Doesn’t everyone secretly long to be a tai chi master, moving their arms like paint brushes, standing as rooted as a tree, moving with the grace of branches in the wind?
But for those who find tai chi a bit frenetic and stressful, there’s always chi kung, a practice which goes even slower! In some ways tai chi is like lots of chi kung moves put together to make a beautiful dance.
Here are some tai chi festivals, chi kung seminars and other opportunities to meet and practise with people who enjoy posing in the park and performing exercises with groovy names like Cloud Hands, the Three Swings and Opening Energy Gates.
- International Push Hands Meeting Hannover 11 – 15 April, Hannover, Germany
- 6th International Taiji-Push Hands-Meeting 31 May – 3 June, Hassfurt am Main, Germany
- Drachen und Tiger – Open Air Pushing Hands Meeting 22 – 24 June, Dötlingen, Germany
- Tai Chi Caledonia 6 – 13 July, Stirling, Scotland
- Les Rencontres Jasnières 27 – 29 July, Marçon, France
- Sommerakademie 22 July – 5 August, Alterode, Germany
- North Sea Tai Chi Festival 17 – 19 August, Zeewolde, Netherlands