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.

New from September 2018

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From September 12th 2018 we will be changing our Wednesday and Thursday evening classes into a exciting new format. Our main aim is to provide an easy path for new or drop-in students to progress into the more traditional Tai Chi / Internal Arts subjects usually taught in advanced classes, workshops and retreats, and previously only made available to beginners once a year.

New students will be able to start enjoying the traditional curriculum we teach, at any time. Existing intermediate students will be more empowered to access what they individually require with regard to curriculum material. We hope that this will encourage them, through sharing their skills with beginners and more targeted personal practice, to break through their ‘plateaus’ and so reach the next level. Find out more...

Research Trial: September – December 2018

We are pleased to be taking part in this research project within our classes in Ringwood and Fordingbridge. If you would like to participate in an MSc research project, overseen by Southampton University, then find out more at our following taster sessions.

Tuesday 11th September 2-3pm, course starts 18th September
Greyfriars Centre, Ringwood BH24 1DW

Thursday 13th September 2:30-3:30, course starts 20th September
Avonway Centre, Fordingbridge, SP6 1JF

Find out more... 

Summer Break 2018

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Jane and Patrick will begin their summer break from 25th July 2018 and return to normal classes on Monday 10th September.

NB The last Weds evening classes of this term are on 25th July, but the Thursday evening classes in Salisbury end this week, last classes on June 28th. Anyone can still come along to the Weds 6.30pm Shibashi drop-in classes in Downton until the end of term. Evening classes using a new format start 12 Sept in Downton and 13 Sept in Salisbury (For more details see this page).

For full details of your class please view this PDF.

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Good Qi, have a great summer and see you all again after the holidays!

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. During each season of the year, we run one workshop to teach our deepest level material, which we have learned over 27 years of study and integration. We both teach at these sessions, enabling us to pass on material to you at multiple levels, adapted to suit everyone. Students of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Spring Growth and Extension

June 2019 - Summer's Joyful Opening

22nd September 2018 - Late Summer to Autumn Integration

January 2019 - Winter Storing

Please visit our curriculum or events page for more details.



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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What our students say...

"I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my first class this week. I felt so at peace with myself afterwards and this lasted all day."

"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."


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