In the recent BBC programme ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’, Michael Moseley tested Tai Chi and Zumba as forms of exercise to compare their effectiveness on our health. He asked can the slow movements of Tai Chi be as good for our health as the high energy activity of Zumba? – The result was astounding, read more in our blog on ‘What is Tai Chi?’. Here we round up some of the best Tai Chi retreats for you.
Cortijo Romero offers Tai Chi retreats on selected dates. At this peaceful haven you can practice Tai Chi with the most stunning mountain views and the all important clear mountain air – while you are deepening your breath and expanding your mind with this deceptively powerful form of exercise. You can also swim in the pool, go on excursions and walks in the mountains. Here you can truly let go, relax and be yourself.
Selected retreat dates. From £590 per person per week sharing room; singles rooms available. Fly to Malaga.
La Roane is set in a peaceful 20-acre estate with forest and fields, and nearby gorges and caves. It’s close to St Antonin, the setting for the film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ with Helen Mirren. Feel at one with nature while practicing Tai Chi amongst the birds in the private woodland or amongst the butterflies in the private fields. Enjoy the swimming pool and sauna, and excursions to the local market town St Antonin, local walks, and if it takes your fancy go kajaking in the nearby river. Of course, make the most of the delicious vegetarian cuisine by award-winning chef and the fun sociable company of the hosts.
Selected dates between June and September. From £630 per person per week. Fly to Toulouse.
True Nature’s lakeside wellbeing retreats are for natural peace and tranquility in the heart of the Exmoor National Park and Dark Sky Reserve. Discover the relaxing benefits of water, rest your senses, enjoy time for reflection at this beautiful lakeside retreat. Amongst other they offer guided relaxation and shibashi, a style of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Weekends 22-24 March and 26-28 July 2019. £249 per person full board 2-night weekend, sharing room. Single room available for extra £10. In the heart of Exmoor National Park, on the banks of Wimbleball Lake. Nearest train station is Taunton, plus 45 to 60 minutes drive.
Claridge House has a long-standing reputation as a healing centre. They offer day courses and weekend retreats throughout the year, with Tai Chi retreats on selected dates. Here you can find peace and relaxation in quiet rural surroundings in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Selected dates. From £220 per person for two retreat nights, full board. sharing room. In the Surrey Hills, about 20 minutes from Gatwick station.
And if you are looking for seaside Tai Chi retreats in a hotter country then you’ll find it in Sri Lanka in combination with Ayurveda at the West Coast Ayurevda Resort or the South Coast Resort. Best book months in advance for these popular resorts! – There’s 10% off full board accommodation from 8 November to 20 December and 15 March to 23 April, often including Easter. And for up to 50% off full board rooms come between 24 April and 7 November.
For updates of new Qigong and Tai Chi retreats see our overview.
For a sample of Tai Chi practice for health, see ‘Tai Chi 5 Minutes a Day for beginners’:
The old Western spelling is Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung. – In the early 1990 Chinese authorities decreed that the spelling in Latin characters should be Tai Ji Quan (or in one word Taijiquan) and Qigong. This more closely matches the Mandarin pronunciation and differentiates the two different ‘chi’ – in Qi gong it means ’energy’, whereas Tai Ji Quan means the ‘Supreme Ultimate’ (‘Ji’ does not mean energy). So the modern spellings for short are Qigong and Taiji (but Tai Chi is still widely used).
Updated 7 November 2019.