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.
Learning Wu Style with Longwater
What our students say...
"I started this form many years ago, only knowing I wanted to 'do tai chi', but having no clue what it was. This form takes smaller steps than many other styles of tai chi and was perfect for me to learn how to move and coordinate my body, without having the strain on my joints. Little did I know then, but most tai chi styles are taught using much bigger stances, which wouldn't have suited me, as I was in poor health. Even as a complete beginner I could feel the difference one hour per week made to my energy levels. My health has improved enormously, as has my love of all things related to tai chi. Patrick and Jane are excellent teachers, tailoring moves for individual needs and skill levels. I highly recommend it!"
"Learning the Wu form has been a truly interesting and enjoyable journey. Benefits for me have included reducing stress levels, eliminating headaches, helping back pain, gaining better body awareness and most importantly I have made lots of new friends with similar interests, so it has been a lot of fun. Patrick and Jane are superb teachers (a real find). I would really recommend anyone to give it a go."
Welcome 2018 - Year of the Sword!
Having just returned from an excellent 5 Section solo sword workshop with Master Sam Masich, we are pleased to annouce that by popular demand our regular monthly Yang style workshops will now be primarily supporting sword training - covering principles of operation, as well as solo and partner forms. Our local classes and workshops will be supplemented by two full weekend workshops with Sam in June and November - keep an eye on our diary for details.
Also for the first time In 2018 we will also begin teaching the partner hand and sword forms in a regular class, which is an ideal vehicle for learning how to be sensitive to connections with another person - improving your ability to deal with difficult interactions in everyday life as well as improving your Tai Chi solo form work.
Join us for Five Seasons Qigong
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 30th 2018 - Summer's Joyful Opening
September 2018 - Late Summer to Centre & Integrate
November 2018 - Autumn Gathering
January 2019 - Winter Storing
What is Tai Chi?
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.