Doesn’t everyone secretly long to be a tai chi master, moving their arms like paintbrushes, 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 practice 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 26 February – 1 March, Hannover, Germany
- Austrian Qi Gong Days 15 – 17 May, Lake Chiemsee, Germany
- Taichi Festival Democritus 22 – 24 May, Xanthi, Greece
- 8th International Taiji-Push Hands-Meeting 11 – 14 June, Hassfurt am Main, Germany
- Drachen und Tiger – Open Air Pushing Hands Meeting Dötlingen, Germany (dates to be confirmed)
- Tai Chi Caledonia 10 – 17 July, Stirling, Scotland
- Sommerakademie 20 July – 9 August, Alterode, Germany
- Les Rencontres Jasnières 24 – 26 July, Marçon, France
- North Sea Tai Chi Festival 14 – 16 August, Zeewolde, Netherlands