IDOS – A new wellbeing centre opening at St.Peter’s Wharf, Newcastle

Come and learn Qigong (sometimes pronounced ‘chee-gung’) at IDOS, a new wellbeing centre based in St. Peter’s Wharf, a stone’s throw from Newcastle upon Tyne’s Quayside. The class starts on Monday November 8th and consecutive Mondays from 11am to 12.30pm. Address is: Unit 23, St Peters Wharf, Newcastle NE6 1TZ.

Qigong is an ancient exercise system practised for centuries by millions of Chinese people which is taking off in popularity now in the west. Qigong is easy to learn and enjoyable to do. Even a few minutes of practise can have an invigorating and rejuvenating effect. The benefits of qigong include lowered stress and anxiety, increased focus, improved balance and flexibility, and a more positive outlook on the world. Many of us now want to maintain good health and stay well – so don’t wait to be ill. If you’re interested in calming your mind and body, don’t take our word for it, give it a try!

The class will be 1 ½ hrs in length. It will include a period of seated meditation at the end whenever possible. The idea is to be outside as much as the weather permits – so bring coats, hats & gloves. We will find as suitable a place close to the Tyne as is practical. The cost is £12 for a one-off session, and £40 for four consecutive classes. Please let us know if you wish to attend, and it is perfectly OK to just show up on the day as well.

The teacher is Dominic Cleary FWSS, a member of the team at IDOS. Dominic has been teaching Qigong and Tai Chi (a ‘cousin’ of qigong) for 24 years. He is also a Shiatsu practitioner who will be providing sessions on Monday afternoons. He can be contacted on mob. 07766014912, email: Facebook: shiatsutaichiqigong

“A man is born gentle and weak; at his death he is hard and stiff. All things, including the grass and trees, are soft and pliable in life; dry and brittle in death. Stiffness is thus a companion of death; flexibility a companion of life. An army that cannot yield will be defeated. A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind. The hard and stiff will be broken; the soft and supple will prevail.”

IDOS website:

Come and try a shiatsu session in a beautiful recycled timber off grid studio space. Located in the quiet countryside of the Derwent Valley, with easy access to public transport & parking. Treatments available on Thursdays and Fridays.

Here’s what one satisfied customer says: ‘Ahhh shiatsu! I am feeling calm and unblocked after a shiatsu with the amazing Dominic Cleary. It all took place in the wonderful new Yoga & Shiatsu Shed at the end of my street.’

Contact me to book a treatment. Post code NE177TE.

During the pandemic I created some home help videos to assist with common problems like anxiety, insomnia, lower back ache etc. Have a look – there could be something there to help you!


Baguazhang (also spelled Pa Kua Chang) is one of the most graceful and effective of the Chinese martial arts. With its fast circular walking and continuous, coiling, turning, twisting movements, Bauazhang has been likened to a spinning energy ball, a fan or a tornado…also to the waist of a dragon, ever turning and twisting.  Baguazhang practitioners can attack or defend while rapidly walking or turning.

Like the two other main styles of “Internal” Martial Arts – Tai Chi Chuan and Xing Yi Quan – Ba Gua Zhang is an integrated mind-body art that uses powerful wave-like whole body dynamics and continuous, circular techniques based on Yin-yang principles of flow and balance.

Benefits include surprisingly effective self-defence capabilities, aerobic training, improved breathing and coordination, increased flexibility and whole body speed and internal energy skills (Qigong). Since it is based on the same principles as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), its training can be as beneficial for internal health as for martial prowess.

Session at: Gosforth Parish Church Hall, Wardle St NE3 1AN. Parking available.

Date: 14th June 2019

Time: 1 – 4pm

Cost: £45

To Book: Call Dominic Cleary FwSS on 07766014912,


Suitable for: Anyone interested in Martial Arts – beginners and those with some experience. Donna’s biography is here:

© 2019 Shiatsu, Tai Chi & Qigong /

3 Fife Terrace Blackhall Mill, Tyne & Wear, NE17 7TE.

Shifu Donna Oliver Master Instructor M.Q.T. is teaching a two day
non-residential workshop on 15th & 16th June 2019 at:

St Joseph’s Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, Tyne & Wear, NE21 5AE.

This workshop will be of interest to anyone who practises Yang style Tai Chi Chuan and is of particular interest to those who practise Rose Li Tai Chi Chuan. The workshop is a unique opportunity for you (whatever your skill level) to polish your Taijiquan form and deepen your understanding of its underlying dynamics and energetics under the personal guidance of Shifu Donna Oliver. Donna has trained in Chinese internal martial arts and Qigong since 1988, predominantly with Shifu Andy James, at the Tai Chi and Meditation Centre in Toronto, where she continues to teach, study and oversee the organization’s direction. She has consistently won “Gold” in competitions including the Pan Am Games and is a Medical Qigong Therapist and certified instructor of the International Institute of Medical Qigong (Canadian branch). 

The day will include detailed Taijiquan form review (as taught at the Tai Chi & Meditation Centre), static and dynamic structure, partner exercises, push hands and more. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the integrated mind-body practice that is Tai Chi. 

You can find out more about The Tai Chi and Meditation Centre in Toronto here:

Each day will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm. Please bring a packed lunch, tea and refreshments will be provided.

Cost: Two day attendance: £220 (Early bird fee £190 required by March 31st 2019). One day attendance: £110 (£95 Early bird fee required by March 31st 2019). Cheques made out to ‘Dominic Cleary’, and sent to the address below. Details for BACS payment available on request. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For further details call or text Dominic on 07766014912 or email:  

© 2019 Shiatsu, Tai Chi & Qigong | 3 Fife Terrace Blackhall Mill, Tyne & Wear, NE17 7TE

Students enjoyed a mixed schedule of classes, opportunities for trips to local venues and great company and good food. The course was set in the peace of the Umbrian countryside just south of Perugia.