Lakes Tai Chi - Tai Chi and Qigong in the Lake District and North Lancashire​


Contact us to book on our popular courses​​


Sunday 30th June - Broadsword and Shield 
(A Step Further)
2pm - 5pm Warton Church Hall
Sword and Shield, Part II with John
If you came on the last sword & shield workshop,

this is a chance to extend and develop those skills.
Suitable also for people who already have sword/sabre experience.
£30 (£25 if you have your own shield)

Lakes Tai Chi Summer School  2019
Journey Through Four Directions 
26 – 29 July (Friday to Monday) 10.00 – 4.00 daily
 Brigsteer Village Hall LA8 8AL (near Kendal)
Join us in the lovely Lakeland village of Brigsteer
for four days of Tai chi & Qigong

A journey through 4 directions represents the freedom and ability to take any direction in life.
Each day we will learn a different short movement form.
These travel round the compass points and are both dynamic and graceful.
The sequences consist of open hand work and sword play.
The skills enable us to orientate ourselves in space,
to become balanced and poised,
whilst increasing awareness of self, centre and others.
The programme will include related Qigong exercises along with solo and partner work.

 £160 for the 4 days (non residential).   
All equipment will be provided as will refreshments each day but please bring your own lunch.

Booking: This course books up quickly. A deposit of £60 reserves a place (Bacs details on request)
There is a wide range of holiday accommodation nearby, from luxury hotels to camping.
Contact us if you need advice on where to stay.

The journey heightens and enhances our appreciation of home

Sunday 29th Sept - Beginners Fan Form 
2pm - 5pm Warton Church Hall
An introduction to fan techniques, with a taster short form (8 moves) to take away.

The fan embodies the martial and graceful in a unique way.
Attack and defence, opening and closing, yin and yang.
Fans provided, or bring your own.
Experienced fan enthusiasts also welcome.
£25 (£20 if booked by 31st August) 


Tai Chi - Meditation in Motion
 Our aim is to provide a balanced practice using  t'ai chi principles that can be applied to all areas of life.  

Yang and Chen style T'ai Chi - hand forms
 Qigong for health
Meditation and Philosophy
Sword, Sabre, Staff, Fan, Flute, Halberd 
Bagua and HsingYi

We offer classes and seminars in the South Lakes, Cumbria and North Lancashire area
Windermere, Kendal, Ambleside, Arnside, Broughton in Furness, Milnthorpe, Warton.
A friendly welcome assured to beginners who would like to try Tai Chi or Qigong. 

Senior Instructors: Dee Swift and John Bolwell

John Bolwell 
(Hon. President Tai Chi Union of Great Britain) is one of the most experienced teachers and practitioners in Britain. He has over 40 years martial and healing arts experience. He has been a full time teacher for most of those years with Pennine T'ai Chi, and was a founder member of the
Tai Chi and Qigong Forum for Health. 

Dee Swift 
(Senior Instructor TCUGB) has been a Tai Chi and Qigong teacher for more than 25 years, 
most of that time in the Lake District and Cumbria. She has taught many other Tai Chi teachers on the Certificate in Tai Chi for Health course - for the Tai Chi and Qigong Forum for Health
- and the other teachers who are listed on this website. 

John and Dee were married in 2009 and both continue to share their enthusiasm
and skills in Tai Chi and Qigong.

Registered Instructors: Mike Leese, Steve Tomlinson and David Redmore
Mike, Steve and David are registered instructors with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain,
each with more than ten years experience.
Mike's classes are open to all based in the Furness area,
Steve's to those in the Ambleside and Windermere area.
​David's to those in the Lancaster area.
Our teachers are members of the TCUGB and are fully insured.

  1. Long Tassel Sword Practice
    John Bolwell has a particular interest in tai chi weapons, and teaches sword, sabre, broadsword, staff, halberd, spear and fan, as well as double weapons and some lesser known tai chi weapons such as the flute. Contact us if you want to know more.
  1. Tai Chi Hand Form
    Tai Chi Hand Form
    Practice of movements from the form on one of our Partnerwork days.
  2. Bagua
    Guest teacher Allen Pitman during a Wisdom of the Body and Bagua seminar.
Meditation in Motion