Category Archives: Tai Chi

Harvard promotes Tai Chi

Tai Chi Silhouette by lake

In this post I’m letting Harvard do the talking about the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong practice.  I’m including a  link to a page which provides results of studies they have carried out validating the power of this ancient form of moving meditation and flowing exercise system, which has been proven to reverse illness as well as prevent it.

The art of Tai Chi developed over millennia in the East and is known to slow down the ageing process considerably and, when practiced with awareness, brings restful expansion and flexibility at the very least, and heightened spiritual awareness at its optimum.  One of the benefits, at a most basic level is a very refined attunement with ones body so any discord is noticed immediately thereby facilitating preventive action as soon as possible.

While  orientals speak of Jing, Qi and Shen as the three treasures of Tai Chi; various forms of energy kept flowing and vitalised through the practice of this health giving art, the Harvard people speak in terms of a Western understanding of the practice granting a more immediate access to this wonderful gift from the East.

As clicking on the above link won’t work for some inexplicable reason (!), copy and paste into your browser to read the very informative article above.

So, wherever you are, at whatever stage of health, fitness or age, check out Tai Chi classes near you to gift yourself the best chance of enhancing your quality of life, simply and affordably, anywhere.



Journey from Limitation to Liberation

Your Journey from Limitation to Liberation

Women coming together for a fun and inspiring Fundraising Workshop in interactive strategies to



From 10am to 5pm  Cost €50 euro per participant

All monies go to aid the work of

We are coming together as women to help each other.  Ruhama is an Irish charity dedicated to rescuing women from sex traffickers.  Most of these women are lured to Ireland under false pretences, have their passports removed from their possession and become slaves to the pimps who bully them into submission.  The average age for girls to be coerced into prostitution is 15.  By raising money we will aid Ruhama to rescue and rehabilitate these girls so they can recover their liberty and their lives.

We will refer to inspiring female role models such as Debra Searle who rowed solo across the Atlantic, and will explore strategies they have used to overcome their own fears and go on to succeed in their endeavours.

This interactive workshop will involve talking, listening, drawing, sharing, laughing, supporting and in practising the beautiful energy raising techniques of Chi Kung and Infinite Tai Chi.

The Celtic Ross Hotel have kindly donated their impressive main function room overlooking the Atlantic and we look forward to sharing it with you on the day.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat.  You may bring along your own refreshments and lunch or avail of the hotels restaurant.

The wonderful Carmel O’Connor and Michell Gupta will assist in facilitating the day.

For tickets and details please email or

phone Gillian Treacy 087 6726293



The following movie intelligently and beautifully contributes to humanities understanding of itself as boundless, infinite and magnificently creative…

I’m hoping the above link is working now……fingers crossed!!!  If it doesn’t, copy and paste the link into your browser.  Ok, having checked it yet again, simply delete the second “http://” and it should direct you to the site to watch this movie by Frank Hueguenard.  It’s worth the effort.  Enjoy!



“Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world awaits.  A world lives within you.  No one else can bring you news of this inner world.  Through our voices, we bring out sounds from the mountains beneath the soul.  These sounds are words.  The world is full of words.  There are so many talking all the time, loudly, quietly, in rooms, on streets, on TV, on radio, in the paper, in books.  The noise of words keeps what we call the world there for us.  We take each other’s sounds and make patterns, predictions, benedictions and blasphemies.  Each day our use of language holds what we call ‘the world’ together.  Yet the uttering of the word reveals how each of us relentlessly creates.  Everyone is an artist.  Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxes the invisible to become visible.” – John O’Donohue from Anam Cara

It is a cliché to say a picture paints a thousand words, and oversimplified at that, however, there is truth in the statement, and particularly when it comes to photography.  In this creative and interactive workshop we explore the photograph, not as window, but as mirror; not as document, but as highly persuasive text; as a convincing language which employs the eloquence of rhetoric with the seduction of realism and the allure of aesthetics.

The medium is particularly suited to an investigation of identity.  We look through the ‘window’ of images to validate the existence of an external world; towards a concrete and linear reality in which tradition and fixed views offer both threat and comfort; where everything that affects us happens ‘out there.’  Throughout this process we unconsciously  imagine ourselves in relation to the reality proffered for our perusal, sculpting narrowly defined identities as we succinctly and ‘silently’ dialogue with the barrage of imagery in our environment.  Mistaking ourselves for the wraiths we come to experience ourselves as through repetitive exposure to a limited selection of symbols, we inadvertently “sacrifice Self for self image,” abandoning our inner power as we fail to ‘listen’ to our essential, eternal, and infinite being.

“I have arrived, I am home, I am solid, I am free.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

The age old arts of Infinite Chi Kung and Tai Chi provide the means for us to re-connect with our intangible, yet felt sense, of True Self.  These internal martial arts foster a nourishing of the deprived inner being, allowing the enlargement of the silent space lost in the noisy connection of the consumer experience.  Re-experiencing ourselves through the beauty of moving meditation, we find the supportive solidity of our Real Presence, always there, waiting for our re-cognition.

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine De Saint Exupery.

For workshop details please go to WORKSHOPS page.

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