Conscious Connections with Clive Tempest




The Hestercombe Chi Gung Group

At The Memorial Hall, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton. Courses on a particular theme, each lasting for six or seven weeks. Each class is for 90 minutes on Wednesday mornings, starting at 10.30am. Cost £50 paid in advance for seven weeks of classes, and £45 for six classes. Pay at registration (10.15am on 8 March) or online in advance. Not suitable for complete beginners.

4 January - 15 February
8 March - 12 April
10 May - 21 June
6 September - 18 October
15 November - 20 December

Practice Sessions
From Easter until late October, there are usually chi gung practice sessions in Hestercombe Gardens on Saturday mornings. We set off into the gardens from the ticket office at 10.15am and practise for about an hour. Anyone who practises shibashi taichi may attend. Sessions are free but Hestercombe entrance charge applies. To check if practice is on a particular day contact Elena 01823 619672 / 07526 158739.

Hestercombe Gardens

Read more about the Hestercombe Chi Gung Group here.


Taunton Chi Gung Group

Thursday evenings 7.00-8.15pm.
The Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4EP, UK.

5 January - 16 February
9 March - 13 April
7 September - 19 October
16 November - 21 December

This class is for people who have already learnt the basic Shibashi Taichi form with Clive Tempest and who wish to refine and improve their practice. There will also be instruction in a set called The Marriage of Heaven and Earth. This practice helps you to work with the principles of expansion and contraction, lengthening and grounding. It's an apparently simple exercise but can be used in various ways. In the autumn we will work with the Taichi 15 set. Cost £50 paid in advance for seven weeks of classes, and £45 for six classes. Pay at registration (6.45pm on 9 March) or online in advance.

Contact Amelia 07986 084176 /


Introduction to Shibashi Taichi

Learn the eighteen movements of Shibashi Taichi over the course of one weekend; a set of exercises drawn from different taichi traditions, designed to promote well-being in a more efficient body. The course includes an introduction to essential principles of posture and of the energy-architecture of the body. This is the entry level course for beginners and gives access to classes with the Taunton Chi Gung Group (Thursday evening classes from September) and Saturday morning practice in Hestercombe Gardens (Easter to October). Introductory courses are arranged once or twice a year. Please get your name on the list to be informed of the next course: advance booking is essential. More about Shibashi here

Next Course

Friday 28 July, 7 - 9.30pm
Saturday 29 July, 2.30 - 6.30pm
Sunday 30 July, 11am - 6pm

At Brittons Ash Community Hall, Bridgwater Road, Bathpool, Taunton, TA2 8FT

Cost £95. To book contact Amelia 07986 084176 /

'Since learning Chi Gung with Clive a couple of years ago my health issues have either improved or disappeared, and there's been a big improvement in my general well-being: more energy, ease and clarity.' — Member, Hestercombe Group.

Read what other people say here


The Course in Conscious Living

A series of meetings promoting a conscious connection to what is most real in our lives, and to support individuals with the challenges facing them, through talks, dialogues, feedback and the practice of certain exercises and disciplines. The meetings are on Sunday afternoons most months.

The theme from January to April 2017 is 'The Next Step'. Our individual existence is increasingly fragmented while our civilisation becomes ever more global. The next step is to defragment our perception so we can be more at one with reality.

Read more here.

At The Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, 2.30-5.30pm. 10.

Sundays 15 January, 12 Febuary, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 4 June, 16 July



The Coming of the New

Residential Retreat
Friday 21 April to Thursday 27 April 2017
Dunford House, West Sussex, UK

Chi gung and talks at a country house in the South Downs National Park.

Option to attend only the core sessions from Saturday morning to Tuesday afternoon.

Full details here



What Is There to Change?

Evening Talk
Friday 24 February 2017, 18.00-21.00
Pitsku Culture Church, Henrikintie 25, 00370 Helsinki.

25 in advance. 30 at the door.


Conscious Connections: The Next Step

Residential Weekend
25-26 February 2017
The Sopukka Residential Centre, near Helsinki, Finland.

The next step is the return to a basic principle of chi gung described in the phrase 'one body, one action'. We will work with exercises and nei gung practice to see what this means in practical terms. And then look at how to apply the principle in daily life. Our object is to defragment ourselves . . . More here

Registration: Saturday 10.00. Departure: Sunday 17.00.
Fee: €140 Residential cost: €129 (€10 single supplement if rooms available)
Deposit: €50 payable on booking. Non-refundable.
Balance due no later than 15 February.
Book now or as soon as you can to be sure of a place. To make best use of this course you need to have been practising Shibashi Taichi as taught by Clive Tempest or Sifu Wing Cheung (online video course here)


Summer Chi Gathering

Five-day Residential Retreat
Friday 30 June to Monday 3 July or stopover to Tuesday 4 July 2017
Labbnäs, Kimito, Finland.

Exercises to develop a finer perception of chi and talks on living more consciously.

For all details see Chi Gathering



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