Change of Venue

So far we have been using Kentish Town Studio for all our events.  However, starting in January 2018 we will be holding events in different places.  These will be published in our calendars, Universal Healing Tao, and Jade Circle®

We look forward to seeing you at all our events!

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Ah the days of rain and thunder, bad weather driving us indoors!

But what is this?  A Free Talk!  Come on by to hear the good news about Taoist Inner Alchemy, Step 1 on the journey to self-fulfillment, freedom to be oneself, and to qualify for Step 2, Taoist Healing Love.
It’s only an hour and a half – what more could you need?  Enough to know how little you already know?  Enough to know how how much more you can take on!
7.30 to 9pm on Thursday 16th November, 141-145 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PB.
And if you can’t make it on Thursday evening, why not sign up?  It’s only £197 for the whole weekend of 18th and 19th November:
I’m looking forward to seeing you, and to sharing the Taoist Secrets!
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Grandmaster Mantak Chia Returns

Friday the 3rd through Thursday 9th November: Mantak Chia, world renowned Taoist teacher, will be running a series of introductory seminars every day.  From Friday 3rd his assistants will be showcasing the important parts, but in the evening it will be a talk by Chia himself: A Life in Balance.
The next two days will be the basic workshop ‘Taoist Basic Practices’, and the four days after that will be Fusion of the Five Elements, again with Mantak Chia.
And for those addicted to the visual, there’s a film evening on Tuesday 7th.
Full info here:
Don’t hesitate to grab a slice of the action: this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your self in the frame!
And of course, if you miss the visit, you can always catch up with the Taoist basic practice with us on November 18th and 19th.

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Chi Nei Tsang – Hunter or Quarry?

Chi Nei Tsang, like the shamanic rituals, captures the deepest of the human emotions. It touches the heart, is captivated by the lungs, goes deep into the liver, magically opens the door to living life in the present through the spleen, and gathers the sensations of ebb and flow through the tides, the kidneys.
Whether you want to be a practitioner, or simply use it to enhance your life, come on by.
This weekend, 7th and 8th October, 10.30 to 5pm, Kentish Town Studio, 141 Kentish Town Road NW1 8PB.

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My Sarie Marais So Near To My Heart!

Drafted at eighteen to service under Menengai, a mountain with a flat wooded peak and bare sides just like the haircut they gave us, overlooking the Kenya Regiment Depot outside Nakuru, I got my first taste of army life.  Six months tough training and how we grew to hate that hill.  Mostly guys from the farms around the Highlands, a few city slickers from Nairobi, one bearded artist from the UK – well he lost that on Day 1, and then into the bush and up the Aberdares.

And as we marched we sang the songs that soldiers sing and it wasn’t long before I met Sarie Marais.  A bunch of Afrikaaner boys were leading the march the day I first heard the song that popped back into my head last Sunday.  I didn’t understand the words – still don’t, except the first line I’ve misquoted above, but I know them all.  She joined our marches, sang around our camp fires and lived in my head.  We could go for hours, swinging along the tracks and trails, light of heart and loud of voice.

I’ve been looking for a recording of her as a march sung by the voices of men as I first heard.  The Royal Marines adopted her as an instrumental, pretty rousing but no singing, there’s a bagpipe version, a couple of high-pitched choir renditions and plenty of balladic solos, but the song in my head is loud and raw, packed with rhythm, and the colors of the Regiment: through the mud and the blood to the green hills beyond – as it happens the same colors of the Gurkhas where I ended my military career thirteen years and a thousand marches later.

So if you know her, and you know her sung in a rowdy chorus of bullets, bass and baritone, please send me a link.  And if you don’t know her, here’s a sweet karaoke version.  Play it loud.  Totsiens!

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The Song In My Head

Every day it wakes me.  Yesterday it was Saturday Night Fever – and the pictures that go with, Travolta sashaying down the sidewalk, the songs in his head filling his day.  Today it’s Yesterday and an image of young Paul playing left-handed guitar.  It’s not always pop – sometimes the dirges of compulsory chapel sixtyfive years ago pop up.  How does my brain still know all the Latin words to Tantum Ergo?  I barely remember the meaning but somewhere in my sensory library the suffocation of incense evokes aching knees on a Sunday night.  Other times dirty ditties from nights after rugby: Off To See The Wild West Show…

Now I’m writing about it, my head is crowded with songs, wannabe songs competing to be the song of the day, my own x-factor,  head’s-got-talent, my voice.  Lucky me, they’re all great performers singing great songs and I don’t have to suffer Cowellisms such as ‘So your mum told you you could sing?’  It’s my free-to-air, unsubscribed cable, on demand entertainment.  Happy Hippocampus!


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Ancient China in Bali

Literary research brings me to amazing places and interesting discoveries: here in Bali a shrine to the Goddess Kuan Yin and her worship even today. I was privileged to share, beside my beloved Anamarta, a blessing.from her living embodiment.

Chinese merchant seafarers came by these islands some 1500 years BCE, the period setting for a book I’m researching and that so far has taken ne up the Himalayas, down the Ganges and across the ocean following the trail of those ancient travelers, and finding Kuan Yin.

Where next – soon to be revealed!



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