Welcome to Longwater Tai Chi

Jane and Patrick Foley teach Tai Chi as a relaxing, enjoyable exercise. Its slow, meditative movements are practised by millions of people for their proven health benefits. We both switched from successful careers to spread our love of Tai Chi. Between us we have over 50 years of experience in the art. We teach regular classes and workshops in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset UK and sometimes further afield.

We have a broad curriculum and teach Tai Chi, its ancient sister art Qigong, and Meditation in various ways to suit different levels of interest and ability. Our main focus is to nourish the body, mind and spirit and lead you to a life of better health and wellbeing.  Read more about our current classes and workshops. If you are a beginner and want to know what might suit you best, please visit our beginners page or contact us.

We also still regularly attend both local and international events with our teachers Bruce Frantzis, Sam Masich, Brian Cooper and Dr Paul Lam.

What is Tai Chi?

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Unlike aerobics and most forms of modern Western exercise, Tai Chi steadily teaches you how it is possible to achieve vibrant health and assist healing through correct body alignments and low-impact movements. It is based most importantly on moderation, known as the 70% Rule. The internal health aspects of Qigong (subtle energy 'Qi' work, pronounced chee gong) practised alone or within Tai Chi can help relieve physical, emotional and mental tension and stress and pave the way to self-healing, reducing your dependence on the overburdened health service. We believe that the way we teach Tai Chi is safe for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

Longwater Tai Chi holds regular classes and workshops in Wilton, Salisbury and Downton in Wiltshire, Fordingbridge in Hampshire and Verwood, St Ives and St Leonard's in Dorset. We also teach private lessons and small groups at our studio in Downton plus some specialist groups, corporate sessions and groups in new areas, by arrangement.

The different ways in which we teach our curriculum are designed to suit your interest and commitment, from taster sessions, weekly drop-in classes; weekend, day, half day or mini workshops, to regular short form, long form, qigong and meditation courses for those who want a more challenging or long-term commitment.

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Join us for Five Seasons Qigong

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Learn how to integrate qigong practices into your normal busy life whilst staying in harmony with the seasons. Let the naturally changing energies of nature nourish and guide your mind, body and spirit. For the first time this year, we will be teaching a series of 'immersion' weekend workshops that span the year and its seasons. Discover and embody ancient practices that were created to naturally resonate with the energies of the Earth through its annual cycle.

During each of the 5 Seasons of the year, we aim to bring you the best practices to support your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing for that seasonal phase. If you attend all the workshops, you will have learnt 5 beneficial sets of practices to help you integrate your lifestyle with the core energies of nature.

November 2017 - Autumn Gathering
January 2018 - Winter Storing
April 2018 - Spring Growth and Extension

June 2018 - Summer's Joyful Opening

September 2018 - Late Summer to Centre & Integrate

Please visit our curriculum or events page for more details.



My personal trainer has me doing tai chi

Howard Jacobson,The Guardian, 8th July 2017

"I make neither boast nor apology, but I have started to explore that form of martial mysticism the Chinese call tai chi. It’s the slow, trance-like movements that appeal to me, even when I’m being a soaring crane or sharpening my tiger claws on the living room carpet. To be frank, all I’m really doing is learning how to breathe, my personal trainer having told me that I have never breathed properly in the whole of my life"...

For the full article, click here.

A general resource for how Tai Chi can benefit health. 


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  • Christmas Break Dec 15 - Jan 7
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  • Christmas / New Year 
    Class times over the holiday season.

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Happening soon...

Winter Qigong - Wilton
Sat 13th Jan 2018 - 10:00 am
Yang Style Workshop - Wilton
Sat 27th Jan 2018 - 10:00 am
Wu Style Workshop - Downton
Sun 28th Jan 2018 - 10:00 am
Yang Style Workshop - Wilton
Sat 24th Feb 2018 - 10:00 am

Students write...

What our students say...

"Tai Chi classes with Patrick and Jane are enjoyable, stimulating and also relaxing."

"Thanks so much for the waves and clouds dvd. I really love doing it and it is just what I need at the moment for the arthritis and fibromyalgia. It is gentle and healing."

"Sometimes you are so busy rushing around that you can forget what’s important in life..."


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