22nd Tai Chi Caledonia
14-21 July 2017
Thank you for visiting our website where you will find details of our latest event, Tai Chi Caledonia 2017, our 22nd year offering high quality teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong and other Chinese Internal Arts, here in the beautiful, natural environment of Stirling University Campus in the heart of Scotland.
In addition to comfortable accommodation in either single or, if you prefer, double rooms we invite a range of high-quality instructors from various European locations and beyond.
More detail can be found in the full programme for the event. Please click on the link below to view the PDF version.
ANYBODY NEW TO THIS EVENT IS ADVISED TO READ THE “HOW THE WEEK WILL WORK” PAGE ACCESSIBLE FROM THE DROP DOWN LIST UNDER THE PROGRAMME 2017 MENU TAB AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
It has long been our practice to include early morning sessions of an informal nature. These have typically been in the form of teachers volunteering to present some Qigong for the early risers but also, in the interests of variety, has included the likes of Qin Na instruction and Barry’s boot camp. You will see from the programme that this year we are hosting the 2nd European Bagua Forum and so there will be the opportunity to experience different aspects of this art each morning from 7.30 – 9.30.
We are also again offering early morning Qigong sessions as an alternative (from 8.30 – 9.30) for those of you who are less energetic at that time. A different teacher will take this each day.
Push hands will take place after dinner each evening except Wednesday (Ceilidh night!). There will be a separate area for beginners to receive instruction at the start of each session. This will feature a different teacher each night as we all have different approaches and emphases to this practice.
The programme for the Bagua has now been completed and the link above takes you to details of this year’s workshops. Details of the Bagua instructors will be updated in the coming days.
A short video from not so long ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKqRLGVF0lk
– Below you can read about last year’s event –
21st Tai Chi Caledonia – 2016
So 21 years have now come and gone successfully.
While this year’s event was missing Ronnie Robinson, he had started off the organisation for it , so it still bore his fingerprints. For 2017 Aileen and I will be doing everything “from scratch” and preparations have already begun. A few weeks after the 21st Caledonia we arranged a meeting at Stirling University to go over what had gone well and what could be improved on from the university’s point of view.
This was productive and we were assured that the items that were missing from chalets at the start of this year’s event would be in place for next year.
Instructors for next year have been invited and have accepted, with a couple just checking that the dates will fit into their schedules and Luigi Zanini has confirmed that the 2nd International Baguazhang Forum will be hosted by the 22nd Tai Chi Caledonia.
Despite the weather not being the best this year, all the workshops during the week were able to be conducted outdoors, with only a couple of short showers interrupting them. So we are hoping for at least as good weather next year, if not better!
Hopefully by now you will have seen the photos and videos from this year’s Tai Chi Caledonia on Facebook, this site and the Tai Chi Forum website. Our thanks to Nils Klug, a long-standing friend of both Ronnie and Tai Chi Caledonia for providing these.
In the meantime allow me to thank, on behalf of Aileen and myself, everyone involved in keeping the “Spirit of Caledonia!” going: the volunteer staff, the incredibly talented teachers who gave from their hearts and to each and every person who attended the event, creating an atmosphere of openness, giving, consideration and joy to the lasting benefit of each other!
Al Scott 12.08.16
For this, our 21st year we played host to the 1st International Baguazhang Forum
21st Tai Chi Caledonia
Tai Chi Caledonia was founded in 1996 to allow the people of Scotland and beyond to have the opportunity to work with high level instructors, offering a range of styles and approaches to Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong and other Chinese Internal Arts.
From these early days we have grown to become one of Europe’s best known Chinese Internal Arts annual gatherings.