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Twining Silk: Link-weaving the Energetic Body

Dates: June 11, 2017 - June 18, 2017

Course Leader: Kinthissa

Cost: £385 single room, £280 per person in a twin, £224 dorm. Course fee £310

Daily input of 'hands language' teaching in the tranquility of Holy Isle

TaijiQuan (T'aichi Ch'uan) is a precise and delicate art, which when practised correctly develops the soft energetic body.  The essence of the technique lies in the Twining Silk exercises.  The taiji body in an ever-changing pattern of connected turnings draws forth from within a resilient strength and an abundance of energy.

Twining Silk ~ Chansijin ~ takes its name from the movement of the silkworm as it makes silk. Chan is the action of twining, something turning around itself. Si means silk. Jin means refined power. Chansijin is the spiralling power that emerges from chansi.

The six days of lessons will be devoted to careful fine-tuning and integration of posture and connectivity, alignment and flow.  The Qigong of Zhan Zhuang, where the individual becomes the Standing Pole that connects Earth and Sky, will be at the heart of each day's practice.  Via 'hands language', Kinthissa will assist in the process of forging and dredging the energetic pathways of the body.

The containing spaciousness of the Peace Hall allows immersion in LaoJia 'Old Frame', the matrix (mother-form) of the taiji forms in existence today. Kinthissa will help as needed participants at all levels. Due to the nature of the technique, and especially the way of teaching, people entirely new to the practice can happily learn alongside those more experienced. For this hands-on instruction, there is an optimum number for a group; in three previous years on Holy Isle the course list has filled quickly, so if you are interested for 2017, please make your enquiries early.

We will gather on Holy Isle in time for supper at 18.00 on 11 June, with lessons on the following 6 days, and departure from the Isle on the morning of 18 June.

Holy Isle can also cater for non-taiji companions, who are most welcome. The island with its land and sea gardens, wild ponies and St. Kilda sheep, is a rare place of vibrant tranquillity.


Course fee: £310 

Accommodation costs for 7 nights: £385 single room, £280 per person in a twin, £224 in a dorm, payable to Holy Isle on arrival. This includes 3 generously wholesome vegetarian meals mainly with daily produce from the magical gardens.


To book, or simply to make an enquiry, please send a message to kinthissa@taiji.org

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Dietary requirements

Our kitchen is run by a team of volunteers. Our aim is to offer delicious vegetarian food but regretfully we can only cater for dietary requirements arising from a diagnosed medical condition. 

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