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 nearly 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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Dragon & Tiger Qigong Taster

The Dragon House, Downton, Wiltshire SP5 3LT
Friday 5th May 2017 11am to 12.30pm 

This taster session is designed to introduce you to the popluar Dragon & Tiger Qigong set which works the acupuncture meridians of the body, using your hands and mind in specific ways to feel, stimulate and circulate your qi. Once we have enough interest, the set is taught fortnightly on Fridays in 2 hour sessions, in small groups at our home studio in Downton. Cost: £12

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Dragon and Tiger is a 1500 year old medical form of qigong, primarily used as a form of self-healing, or preventative exercise. It is also one of the best methods for learning how to feel your energy body.

Join us for Five Seasons Qigong

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Live and practise qigong in harmony with the seasons. Let the changing energies of nature nourish and guide your mind, body and spirit with their timeless wisdom. For the first time, 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.

Much of Chinese culture and philosophy is based on 5 seasons and their tradition also works with 5 elements. 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.

April 2017 - Spring Growth and Extension
June 2017 - Summer's Joyful Opening
September 2017 - Late Summer to Centre & Integrate
November 2017 - Autumn Gathering
January 2018 - Winter Storing

Please visit our curriculum or events page for more details.



Interested in facts?

Health-specific Tai Chi and Qigong can be easy to learn, generally beginning to be effective as soon as you start practising. These are exercises that can be started safely when you are older, with no restriction on improvement as you age, offering true health capital growth.

A general resource for how Tai Chi can benefit health. 

Get healthy fast - in slow motion!


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Waves and Clouds Drop-in, Fordingbridge
Mon 24th Apr 2017 - 10:30 am
Waves and Clouds Drop-in, Verwood
Mon 24th Apr 2017 - 12:00 pm
Tai Chi Five Section, Southampton
Mon 24th Apr 2017 - 7:00 pm
Waves and Clouds Drop-in, Ringwood
Tue 25th Apr 2017 - 1:00 pm

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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