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MORNING MASTERCLASS: THE TAO OF YOGA

SAT 9 JUNE 2018: 10:00-12:00

ST GABRIEL'S HALL, PIMLICO LONDON, SW1V 3AA

We are delighted to be joined at our next weekend course by a guest teacher; Melissa French from New York who will be doing a morning masterclass in uniting yoga asana with Taoist Principles. In this class students will begin to practice the play of polarity in a folding and unfolding sequence, as well as creating a more stable lower body in order to twist left and right. Students will begin to learn technique to set up the cultivation of wu wei to practice both on and off the mat.

MELISSA FRENCH

AFTERNOON MASTERCLASS: THE TAO OF CLOWNING

SAT 9 JUNE 2018: 13:00-15:00

ST GABRIEL'S HALL, PIMLICO LONDON, SW1V 3AA

We are pleased to welcome Gonzalo Alarcón - a circus artist who specialises in clowning to our weekend workshop. He will introduce the fundamentals of slapstick clowning using a playful and physical approach to action and comic performance: the rhythm of play; characterisation; the performer’s relation to his or herself, to partners, to space, to objects and to the audience. Gonzalo will collaborate with Dr. Alex Boyd to incorporate slapstick into performance work interweaving between the Taoist Yang Arts, stage combat, slapstick and composition.

GONZALO ALARCÓN

SUNDAY WORKSHOP: INTRO TO TAOIST YIN & YANG ARTS

SUN 10 JUNE 2018: 10:00-15:00

ST GABRIEL'S HALL, PIMLICO LONDON, SW1V 3AA

Learn how to connect with the flow of energy in your body and others, the connection between earth, nature and the heavens, through the taoist techniques of tai chi, qi gong, dao yin, muscle change, kung fu and breathing. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts– The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’

DR ALEX BOYD

'A TAOIST EXPERIENCE: PAST, PRESENT & POTENTIALITY'

SAT 30 JUNE 2018: 11:00-17:00 and SUN 1 JULY 2018: 10:00-15:00

ST GABRIEL'S HALL, PIMLICO LONDON, SW1V 3AA

An amazing weekend with guest Taoist teachers from Brazil and California as well as the UK. This weekend is an exhibition and celebration that culminates a year of Heritage Lottery Fund(ed) work on the roots and heritage of the Taoist arts in London. There will be energetic immersive Taoist dance, a tea talk about Integrating the Feminine within the sacred Tao and a Taoism seminar, 'I AM Seaweed' medical qigong and ‘Come Explore!’ participative workshops. Wow! The donation for the whole weekend with be about £100 (£10 per hour) - mainly to cover some of the cost of our visiting world renowned expert Taoist from California (Sifu Dr Alex Feng and his partner Charlene). More info and detailed schedule to follow and on request. Please register interest.

SIFU / DR ALEX FENG, ZHI DAO GUAN - THE TAOIST CENTER - CALIFORNIA

Taoist Retreat Wales: 'Nourish & Restore' 2 - 6 July 2018

MON 2 JULY 2018 - FRI 6 JULY 2018

Rhossili, Wales, SA3 1PL

From 7am each morning. Up to 5 hours tuition each day. Free time to explore the award winning Rhossili beach and the Gower Peninsula. Accommodation options available on request. Please Register Interest on link provided.

Dr Alex Boyd (Taoist Centre) & Dr Alex Feng (Zhi Dao Guan, California)

CALIFORNIA

APRIL 2018

MORE INFO COMING SOON

DR ALEX BOYD

LONDON HOIMA: INTRODUCTION TO DAOIST YIN & YANG ARTS

SAT 28 APRIL 2018 SUN 29 APRIL 2018

This is a members only course. Please contact your teacher is you would like to apply for attendance.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO DAOIST YIN & YANG ARTS

SAT 24 FEBRUARY 2018: 10:00-15:00 and SUN 25 FEBRUARY 2018: 10:00-15:00

ST GABRIEL'S HALL, PIMLICO LONDON, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’

DR ALEX BOYD

Taoist Centre London One-Day Workshop Sat 8th Sept 2018

8 Sept 2018 10am - 3pm

Meet 9.45am on Brompton Road on corner of Harrods and Knightsbridge Tube station

Dr Alex Boyd +44(0)7753611768

Taoist Centre London Weekend Workshops 3rd & 4th Nov 2018

3 & 4 Nov 2018 10am - 3pm

St Gabriel's, Main Hall, Glasgow Terrace, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AA

Dr Alex Boyd +44(0)7753611768

Taoist Centre London Weekend Workshop 1st / 2nd Dec 2018

SAT 1st Dec 2018 1PM - 5PM & SUN + 2nd Dec 2018 10am - 3pm (Please note venue for Saturday!)

SAT 1st December at ELIZABETH HOUSE , SUN 2nd Dec at ST GABRIEL'S

Dr Alex Boyd +44(0)7753611768

IDS London Hoima Weekend Sept 2018

29 & 30 Sept 2018

St Gabriels, Glasgow Terrace, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AA

Dr Alex Boyd +44(0)7753611768

East to West Coast USA - New York City and California - October 2018

October 12-14, 15,18, 19-21

East to West Coast USA - New York City and California

Come and join the fun!

Dr Alex Boyd +44(0)7753611768

winter workshop: Introduction to Daoist YIN & YANG ARTs

sat 6 - fri 12 january 2018

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Dr Alex Boyd

weekend workshop: Introduction to Daoist YIN & YANG ARTs

sat 9 december 2017: 10:00-15:00

sun 10 december 2017: 10:00-15:00

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Dr Alex Boyd

weekend workshop: Introduction to Daoist YIN & YANG ARTs

sat 11 november 2017: 10:00-15:00

sun 12 NOVEMBER 2017: 10:00-15:00

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Dr Alex Boyd

north america workshops: Introduction to Daoist YIN & YANG ARTs

Mon 9th Oct - Tues 31st Oct 2017

more info coming soon

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

Dr Alex Boyd

London hoima: Introduction to Daoist YIN & YANG ARTs

sat 7 october 2017: 13:00-18:00

sun 8 october 2017: 10:00-15:00

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Dr Alex Boyd

Working with energy/qi to build physical & vocal scores for acting

mon 3 july '17: 15:30-18:00
tues 4 July '17: 15:30-18:00

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Alvaro Hernandez

Lynette Hunter

Regina Gutiérrez

Peter Lichtenfels

What an actor has to do is learn to have presence. Actors train to create both physical and vocal scores so they can then release themselves from the technique and depend on the pathways the body has learned to follow in the training. Most actor training exercises precisely focus on practising these skills that release the actor from the predictable, put them in that ‘moment’ of undecidability that opens the presencing space for their fellow actors and the audience. These workshops specifically develop performance training to build these scores through energy work.

Workshop 1: The first workshop focuses on movement and building presence on stage with the body rather than the face. The embodied pathways an actor trains-in are built on alignment, on breath, and on energy/qi. The first two are key to contemporary western acting traditions. Our work builds on them to develop performance training through energy work practices in embodied traditions such as Lishi which have centuries of experience in qi cultivation and expression.

Workshop 2: (attendance at Workshop 1 required - additional £5)
The second workshop focuses on voice and vocals making them present so they do something rather than mean something: for example, they touch the ear of another person, they make the air move, they move energy in some form. Most important they get unhinged from their conventional meanings so that they carry energy each time they are spoken aloud.Basic introductory information:Participants will benefit from some training in breathing and alignment techniques, but these are not essential to the workshops. The acting training, suitable for stage and for film, will focus on building physical and vocal scores for improvisation, situation, and scene work.

DAOIST YIN YANG MOVEMENT ARTS DROP-IN SUMMER WORKSHOPS

saturday 1st - friday 7th JULY 2017

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Great for the general public and also for actors, performers, musicians, martial artists and creatives of all kinds.Here's a detailed programme of happenings. Complete beginners are very welcome. To be sure of a place at each Workshop you should book in advance as places are limited OR book a FULL TICKET to be able to attend ANY Workshop at a discounted rate.

Dr Alex Boyd

£10 drop in per hour
£30 day ticket
£200 full ticket

Move Your Body-Mind-Spirit': drop in Tai Chi / Yoga

sat 17 june, 13:00-18:00
sun 18 JUNE, 10:00-15:00

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

From this DROP-IN workshop we want you to feel awesome through experiencing even just a little bit of HEAVEN-ON-EARTH in London! This is a family friendly workshop (kids over 7-8 years who can focus and practice the playful exercises are welcome). You'll be led through a series of therapeutic psycho-somatic ancient Daoist exercises that promote holistic wellbeing.

Dr Alex Boyd

Ideal for everyone and also actors, musicians, dancers, circus people, sports people and anyone who performs in any way (i.e. everyone!). Lishi is all about MindBody/BreathEnergy - Energy (Qi) is the Presence that directs an audiences attention or connects performers together and with audiences. Lishi training teaches people specifically about this - qualities of energy and options for how to use it.

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Introduction to Taoist YIN & YANG ARTs

sat 6 may
13:00-15:00

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Dr Alex Boyd

3-Day Dao Weekend Retreat Basque

Fri, 28 Apr 2017, 19:00 –
Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 15:30

Green Nest Hostel Uba Aterpetxea,
San Sebastian, Spain

Complete beginners to the Daoist arts such as Taiji, Qigong and Healing as well as experienced practitioners are welcome to join us for this special health and wellbeing Dao Weekend Retreat led by International Daoist Society teacher Dr Alex Boyd being held in beautiful San Sebastian in the Basque region.

Dr Alex Boyd

The Dao Weekend Retreat focuses on bringing you back to your true natural self and settling your heart and mind while reconnecting your body and nourishing your soul. You’ll leave the weekend smiling from within and having some new tools for living and exercises for developing that you can use back home to keep that feeling.

€40 – €185

Introduction to Taoist YIN & YANG ARTs

sat 25 march
13:00-15:00

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Dr Alex Boyd

Find your INNER BLISS - Brighton

Sat 18 March 2017
12:00 – 16:00

West Hill Hall
Brighton, BN1 3PS

We are very excited to offer you this amazing 1-day workshop in Brighton - led by Dr Alex Boyd and Gwyneth Curtis - for the first time to help you align and allow your inner radiance to shine!You'll be exercising your Body Mind / Energy Breath through an ancient Chinese Daoist Yin/Yang method of cultivation call Lishi and through Yoga.

Dr Alex Boyd

By regenerating, activating and harmonising your inner energies you will experience INNER PEACE, BLISS and AWE through expanding the awareness and consciousness that connecting your inner and outer worlds fulfils.This workshop is suitable for all levels and no previous experience of Lishi is required! We are family friendly and kids over the age of 8 are welcome IF they are able to focus and join in with a parent or guardian.

£25

Who Wants To Learn from BATMAN?
workshop

Sunay 18TH DEC 1-4PM

venue TBC

• Learn real practical skills workshop where you will improve your technique
• Individually tailored advice to help develop your personal style and potentially stand out on film.
• Certificate of Attendance – stamped and signed to confirm your professional development and skill level
• Opportunity to film your own fight scene for use in your show-reel, promo vid or just to impress your friends.

dave lea

Dave Lea is one of Hollywood's foremost Stunt Coordinators and Fight Choreographers. He is the man behind the mask in Blockbuster films like Batman, Daredevil and Demolition Man!!

Price: £80

Who Wants To Learn from BATMAN?
Seminar and Demonstration Event

Friday 16TH DEC 7-9PM

Chisenhale Dance Studios,
64-84 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ

• Q&A Session where you can get answers to your burning questions about fight choreography, acting for film and stunt work
• Personal Demonstrations from Dave Lea and his Stuntmen and Stuntwomen students
• Learning from the man who has coached Tom Cruise, Ben Afleck, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone
• Opportunity to network, socialise and hear great stories from Dave Lea's experience of Hollywood

dave lea

Dave Lea is one of Hollywood's foremost Stunt Coordinators and Fight Choreographers. He is the man behind the mask in Blockbuster films like Batman, Daredevil and Demolition Man!!

Free

'Chi Voice’ Workshop

Sunday 11th Dec 12-3pm

St Gabriel's main Hall, glasgow terrace
Pimlico, London, SW1V 3AA

'My public workshop will focus on group scores designed for diverse gatherings of mixed musical abilities and inclinations. I will begin with some classic scores from American experimental composers such as Cornelius Cardew and Pauline Oliveros and then move in to some of my own works as performed and developed by members of Thingamajigs Performance Group. These scores emphasize listening practices and can be accomplished with any combination of instruments and sounds.

DR DYLAN BOLLES

Participants are encouraged to bring instruments to experiment with, although nothing but your own voice is required and simply listening is always a welcome form of participation.'

Minimum Donation £36

Introduction to Taoist YIN & YANG ART:daily drop-in workshops

Sun 11 dec: 10-12
Mon 12- fri 16th dec: 10-4pm

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Learn Breathing Exercises, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ 

Dr Alex Boyd

Explore the Yin/Yang Arts – The Harmony Arts, ‘Don’t Get Thrown!’ and conditioning and implement training. There will be an intro to ‘The Eight Strands of The Brocade’ & Taoist Meditation; a practical workshop that will introduce Lishi’s ways of staying healthy in life through breathing, massage, acupressure, heat treatment & dietary therapy.
Follow the Book Event link below for full details of the week's schedule.

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)

Introduction to Taoist YIN & YANG ARTS

Sat 10 Dec: 1-6pm 

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

This free introduction to the Taoist Yin & Yang arts will start with a Qi Bath/Wash’ (service your whole-body through freeing the joints & self-massage), Breathing Exercise, Qi / Li Activation, Ecology with Earth, Nature and The Heavens. We will explore the Yin Arts: the Internal Cultivation, Storage and Harnessing of Qi Energy, learn to Move as Water so not to get get uprooted! 

Dr Alex Boyd

After a Chinese Tea Tasting & Talk ‘Taoist Mythology & Philosophy, we will explore the Yang Arts – The External Utilisation and Direction of Qi Energy, Hand and Foot of the Wind - ‘Don’t Get Touched!’ The Yin/Yang Arts – The Harmony Arts, ‘Don’t Get Thrown!’. Healing Arts – Learn some Taoist Massage Techniques.
From 6pm all are invited to an opening meal in a restaurant near Victoria.

Free event

'chi VOICE' PUBLIC PERFORMANCE & GROUP IMPROVISATION EVENT

Friday 9th December 7-9pm,
Venue: TBC in London

'I plan to present a sequence of sound scores I developed while studying ‘Lishi’ a Chinese Taoist MindBody/BreathEnergy practice in Davis, California. For this program I will focus on a series called "duets with non-humans" in which I co-create with entities and locations which generally fall outside of the boundaries of what is called human or sentient. My intention is to develop clear structures for training the movement of breath-sound-energy in collaboration with the natural world. These scores continue to change as my practice deepens, and as I share them with others.

DR DYLAN BOLLES

Invited local acoustic musicians will join me for a group improvisation during the second half of the performance. Please contact below if you would like to be involved. The public are welcome to immerse themselves in listening during the event or join in vocally, energetically or expressively as felt.'

Free event

NOVEMBER 19 & 20TH 2016

Sat 19: 1-6pm | Sun 20: 10-3pm

St Gabriel's Hall, Pimlico
London, SW1V 3AA

Drop in to this workshop led by Dr Alex Boyd in a family friendly atmosphere. We want you to feel awesome through experiencing even just a little bit of HEAVEN-ON-EARTH in London!
Workshops start at 1pm on Saturday and 10am on Sunday, feel free to stay for however long you wish.

Dr Alex Boyd

Wear loose fitting clothing and lightweight indoor footwear such as plimsols. Free tea provided but bring a packed lunch. If you are visiting London specifically for the workshop we can try and help you find free or cheap accommodation with friends and family of people in our network - please contact us. Consult a GP for advice if you are in any doubt whether taking part in a low to moderate intensity movement & exercise workshop is for you. 

£5-£10 Donation per hour
(based on personal circumstance)