Stillness in Movement: Tai Chi & Bagua as Meditation
July 24 - August 5
“Moving Meditation” is a popular phrase in tai chi circles…but what does that truly mean?
It’s much more than simply moving fluidy and feeling more calm and relaxed. Genuine meditation traditions give you the capacity to not only still the surface noise of your mind and body, but connect you to the deepest layers of yourself, resolve the blockages and traumas of the conscious and unconscious mind, and help you feel fully present, alive, and spontaneous no matter what life throws your way.
This is a deep wellspring of knowledge that is rarely understood, much less taught.
In this course, Taoist Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis will lead students into using their moving practice of tai chi and bagua as genuine, transformative meditation. Teaching will be alternated between tai chi and bagua throughout the duration of the course, allowing the common threads and contrasts between the two arts to deepen the training.
If you do not practice tai chi or bagua, some teaching of basic choreography may be worked into the course. However, the emphasis will not be teaching the physical movements of tai chi and bagua, but rather how they can be used as a method of Taoist meditation. If you do not currently practice tai chi or bagua, the movement choreography taught in the previous week of Tai Chi Circling Hands: Exploring Neigong, Circularity, and Qi will give you a physical container to participate in this course by Master Frantzis.
Have you ever been confused about what “meditation” actually means? You’re certainly not alone. It seems the popular usage of the word has been diluted to mean nearly anything.
In contrast to being vague and opaque, Taoists over millennia have been known as some of the premier energetic and meditative “scientists” in the history of the world. Their approach to consciousness has always been practical, integrated, and specific.
By mapping the energetic continuum between body, energy, mind, and spirit (or jing, qi, shen), they laid a roadmap connecting the opening of the body and energy, to realizing the potential of consciousness and spirit. These things are not seen as separate, but rather supporting each other as an integrated whole that leads to the core of who and what you are.
This course will be giving you real techniques and practical steps on a path toward exploring your body, energy, and mind using moving meditation as your vehicle.
Some of what is planned…
For beginning students:
- Keeping the mind stable while moving with the eyes open
- What you need to do in the physical body to allow access to a meditative mind state
- Identifying the sense of how energy is flowing through you and how your breath and intention affects that flow
- Using neigong and qigong to fuel meditation
- Finding stillness in midst of activity and the speed of daily life
For experienced students:
- Deepening your internal awareness and expanding it to include the body and energetic field as a continuous whole
- Feeling the primary energy channels of the body and recognizing how the qi of body is moving within them
- How the qi of the primary channels is affected by the inner world of your emotions, perceptions, psychic influences, and karmic conditions
- Becoming aware of the heart-mind and opening the three dantiens
- Understanding how your inner world and what is perceived as the outer world join, balance, and go beyond toward contacting your spiritual nature
Lessons will be communicated in the traditional way, by teaching what is determined to be of greatest value to the students in the room. Course content is not conveyed in a rigid, checklist fashion, but rather flows spontaneously with what is emerging in the teaching and those receiving it.
Learning from a Master
Intellectual Understanding vs. Embodied Understanding
There can be an ocean of difference between understanding something conceptually and absorbing it as a felt reality in body, energy, and mind. Truly grasping this difference can transform your practice and multiply its benefit to your life.
This event will be focused on not only giving you a greater understanding of moving meditation within tai chi and bagua and the context of how to apply it, but more importantly leading you into feeling the quality of mind necessary for these practices to take root within you.
Bruce and his instructors will be doing everything possible to give you the best opportunity to leave the course with the felt sensation of what you’re trying to accomplish in your own practice.
We know it’s been a tough year for everyone and that travel and finances are likely strained. With that in mind, we’re making this summer’s events more affordable than ever before*, and also adding discounts for TSL members** and EA Instructors***
Stillness in Movement – Tai Chi & Bagua as Meditation: $1,297.00*(Includes a digital recording of the live-stream portion of the event – see below for broadcast details)
Full Summer Event 3wk Package (July 17 – August 5: $1,697.00)* (Save $200 – Includes Tai Chi Circling Hands: Exploring Neigong, Circularity, & Qi with Senior Instructor Craig Barnes and a digital recording of the live-stream portions of both events – see below for broadcast details)BUY SUMMER PACKAGE 2021
**Members of our Tao Space Live online subscription program receive a 10% event discount code as part of their membership. Please check your email for code, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re having trouble finding it.
***Certified Energy Arts instructors receive a 15% discount code. Please check your email for code, or contact email@example.com if you don’t see the email. Coupon codes are not able to be combined.
Registration/Check-in: July 17 (Saturday), 8:00-9:00AM--First class session is 9:00AM.
Prerequisites: All levels welcome.
Accommodation: is not included in the course fee, students are responsible for making their own arrangements. You can scroll down to the location section for more information about finding accommodation.
With many still unable to travel, the format for this summer’s events will be a hybrid model of both in-person attendance and virtual online broadcast. That means that a portion of the classes that you are attending will also be broadcast online to a virtual audience. Other sessions will be exclusively available to those who are attending in-person. In-person attendees will also receive a digital recording of the broadcasted portions of this event within a week of course conclusion.
All Saturday & Sunday teaching will be broadcast virtually, as well as the first hour of the morning session on Tues-Thurs. The remaining teaching time on Tuesday through Thursday will be exclusively available to our in-person attendees.
Saturday & Sunday (All classes recorded and virtually broadcast)
Morning Session – 9am – 11am / Lunch Break – 11am – 1pm/ Afternoon Session – 1pm – 3pm
Tuesday – Thursday (First hour of Morning Session recorded and virtually broadcast)
Morning Session – 10:30am – 12:30pm / Lunch Break – 12:30pm – 2:30pm / Afternoon Session – 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Monday & Friday – Rest and recreation days
A wonderful feature of this summer’s hybrid model is that as an in-person attendee, you will also receive a digital recording of all the classes and practices that are being broadcast virtually. These class recordings are an incredibly valuable way to review the content of your course at your convenience. It’s like having digital notes to remember what you were working on! Your recordings may be watched online at your convenience, or downloaded to your personal device.
If you’re still finding yourself wanting to squeeze in a bit more training and practice during your visit to The Tao Space, all event attendees are also welcome to attend any of our regular weekly classes and guided practices that are taught at the school as part of our Tao Space Live online subscription program.
These classes are taught by Master Bruce Frantzis, Craig Barnes, and international summer guest instructors to be announced. There are over 7 hours of classes each week taught by world class Energy Arts instructors. Just be sure to get enough rest.
The Tao Space
1602 9th Avenue, Longmont, CO 80501
We will be holding our Summer events at our Tao Space training center. We look forward to seeing you there!
Enjoy Good Company in Beautiful Colorado!
A standout experience of attending an Energy Arts event in-person is sharing the time with an amazing group of people who are as deeply interested in energetic practices as you are. You’ll be enjoying the support and encouragement of practitioners with experience levels all the way from first day beginners, through attendees that have been practicing and teaching the Energy Arts system for decades.
To top it off, you’ll be learning right at the foot of the majestic Rocky Mountains. The world famous Rocky Mountain National Park is just a scenic 45 minute drive from the school. Or stay closer to home and enjoy a walk around beautiful Lake McIntosh just a few minutes drive away. The Pearl Street walking mall in nearby Boulder is also a great way to spend some downtime when you’re unwinding from class or on a day off.
We will be referring to the local governmental guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Boulder County is currently at status level CLEAR. Level Clear does not have any mandatory mitigation requirements for businesses or gatherings.
In the interest of abundant caution and to maintain more generous room spacing, we’ll currently be limiting event attendance to 75 participants. If local and national advisories continue to trend positively, we will be re-evaluating the course limit on June 17 and may choose to open an additional 25 spots for registration (still well below our total room capacity under normal circumstances).
Our event training hall is spacious with excellent air turnover. We will have multiple high capacity UV enhanced air filters operating throughout the course as well as ozone air treatments during off course hours. Heightened cleaning protocols will also be in place.
We will be following local governmental guidelines regarding masking requirements. Currently, Boulder County is at Level Clear, meaning there are no mandatory mask wearing requirements for businesses or gatherings.
Please feel free to mask to your level of comfort regardless of local advisories. Be prepared to wear a mask at the event should local guidelines change.
Participants will not be required to present proof of vaccination to attend.
Should you develop symptoms of illness (fever, nausea, sore throat, coughing, etc.), you must notify event staff immediately and you will not be permitted to come to class. After your symptoms have cleared, you will need to present a clear Covid-19 test in order to return to the event. You will be issued pro-rated course credit for any event days missed during recovery.
This training course is not recommended for those with any kind of mental health issues or major medical problems. We simply do not have the resources to handle these needs.
Please note: The practice of Taoist energy arts may carry risks. The organizers are very concerned to ensure that the training is a positive experience for every participant. If for any reason whatsoever Bruce and/or his assistants deem that there may be any potential safety risks for you during this training, you will be asked to leave the course and suspend training immediately.
If this occurs you will be refunded a prorated course fee. All other expenses that you may have incurred, including lodging and travel will be your sole responsibility and the Energy Arts will not be responsible for these expenses.