Following last years successful retreat, we have decided to put on two further courses, 11 – 16th May, the other we are hoping will be 3rd – 8th September 2018 – this latter date this will be confirmed soon. Both will offer the participants the chance to enjoy and savour the delights (and flavours) of the peaceful Umbrian countryside, whilst simultaneously participating in the gentle and rejuvenating practises of Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation. Please note this course does not include Yoga this time.


Book some time away for yourself in the peace and quiet of rural Umbria.

Enjoy great food. Great company. Participate in gentle restorative Tai Chi, Qigong and Mindfulness Meditation in an ideal setting.  Visit some  beautiful nearby towns and villages. Be nourished and nurtured by great local cuisine.

Previous Courses….

A Tai Chi Qigong / Yoga Holiday in Umbria, Italy 2017.


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My partner Karen who teaches Yoga (has a background training both in Shiatsu and Acupuncture) and I are teaching a course/holiday at my sister’s house in Italy in September. This one’s a combination of Yoga/Tai Chi Qigong.

We did it before in 2012, it was great fun, and got feedback like this: ‘I enjoyed having a taster of all new disciplines – well organised and informative classes’ ‘Not feeling competitive’ ‘Fun – felt everything was allowed’ ‘Enjoyed learning new skills & relaxing in a peaceful location’ There are likely to be participants with a variety of experience, from absolute beginner upwards…so we bring what we bring. As anyone working with energy exercises knows, what we learn at the beginning forms the foundation of everything. Learning is cyclical, or maybe a spiral..!


* NEW for 2017 * – Two Day Taijiquan Workshop  with Sifu Andy James  Founder and chief instructor for the Toronto  Tai Chi Chuan and Meditation Centre.



*****GREAT NEWS*****

Shifu Andy James has agreed to a return visit for March 18 &19th 2017. Andy has said this may be his last ever teaching trip to the UK so grab this opportunity whilst you can!

This two day non-residential workshop will once again be at the usual venue of 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.Yang (Pan-hou) lineage.

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 Andy James, international martial arts coach and judge, author of four books including; The Spiritual Legacy of Shaolin Temple: Buddhism, Daoism & the Energetic Arts. 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 Andy James’ integrated mind-body practice.  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: £175 (£90 non-refundable deposit required by Nov 16th 2016). One day attendance: £90 (£50 non-refundable deposit required by Nov 16th 2016). The balance to be paid by March 1st 2017.

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



Introductory Shiatsu Day


Saturday 18th July, 10.00am – 4.30pm. Cost £50 per person. At HOPS Wellbeing Service, the Quaker Meeting House, 30 Roker Park Road, Sunderland, SR6 9PG.

An introduction to the basic principles of Shiatsu focusing on the prone position.

• Explore the foundations of Shiatsu – Ki and Yin / Yang

• Enjoy sensing and developing Ki awareness

• Learn simple exercises for your own health and wellbeing

• You will be shown fun, easy to learn techniques which help the body to de-stress and find a greater sense relaxation. Learn a basic routine to treat friends and family.

Please note: If you missed the previous introductory workshops you are still more than welcome to join. Contact Dominic Cleary MRSS for more information on 07766 014912, or call the office on 0191 548 3722. Places are limited so booking is advisable. Dominic Cleary MRSS  


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