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


Contact us to book on our popular courses​​

TAI CHI FOR TWO - Partner Practice
The art of sensitivity, structure and martial skill.
Saturday 2nd June 2018 11AM - 4PM 
The art of sensitivity, structure and martial skill.
Pole Star Qigong
On this day we will work with a stationary Qigong Form,
and a walking pattern, both of which contain hidden martial applications.
We will practice them as solo sequences, and then practice the applications with a partner.
All players welcome, but please book in advance
£40 (or £35 if booked and paid by 20th May)

The Circle and the Sphere
Friday 27th - Monday 30th JULY inclusive (four days) 10 - 4pm daily 
Brigsteer Village Hall, near Kendal LA8 8AL
Four days of Tai Chi in the beautiful Lake District
One of the defining characteristics of Tai Chi is the rounded nature of its movements,
reflecting the sinuous curves and shapes found in the natural world.
The Chen Tai Chi Ball Form is a beautiful flowing form that enables us to develop
a sense of groundedness and connection to the centre through its inherent circularity. 
Our work with the form will include exercises, learning a short sequence of movements,
and sensing hands with a partner to uncover its martial possibilities.
Cost £160 non-residential
(includes a Tai Chi Ball for you to take home, and refreshments each day.) 
Please bring your own packed lunch. Contact us if you need advice with accommodation.

The circle and the sphere are seen as symbols of completeness and unity.

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 20 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