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


Because of Covid 19, our regular classes and
some forthcoming courses have been paused.
- they will be rescheduled once we have more up to date information
about when its safe to resume normal activities.

Sunday 29th March 2pm - 5pm Warton Church Hall LA5 9PG
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 please book in advance 

Still going ahead at the moment until we know more...
Lakes Tai Chi Summer School 2020 FULL
Tai Chi Mantis

Our 21st Summer School will take place at Brigsteer Village Hall
from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August.
Tai Chi combines with the distinctive movements of the Praying Mantis
in this elegant and lively form.
Course will also include Qigong, Partnerwork and Meditation.
​Cost 160.00 for the 4 days (non residential)
We can supply accommodation help if required.
Enthusiasts in all styles of Tai Chi welcome

(Mantis picture from the Ashmolean Museum)

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 is taking a break from teaching right now.
Steve teaches in the Ambleside and Windermere area.
​David teaches 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