Our workshops are generally held at either St John's Highbury Parish Hall in Conewood Street, N5, at the North London Buddhist Centre on Holloway Road, N7, or at The Fulbourn Centre, Home End, Fulbourn, near Cambridge.  The day or weekend focuses on a particular theme.  The workshops are generally very suitable for beginners as well as those with previous experience.  They are sometimes over-subscribed so early booking is recommended.

Next workshops:

HUN YUAN QIGONG: A Qigong Workshop with Tom & Richard

Hun Yuan is usually translated as Primordial, though a direct translation might include such words as “mixed”, “chaos”, “circles” and “rotations”.  The meaning that arises is “undifferentiated and original”, hence primordial.  The precepts at the heart of this qigong system are somewhat older than is found in much qigong practised today, and there is a corresponding focus on the eight Extraordinary Meridians rather than the twelve regular meridians.  The movements of this twelve-part “form” (or sequence) are straightforward and the workshop will be perfectly suitable for the beginner.  Taijiquan Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang, with whom it is particularly associated, felt this form could bring great health benefits and was keen to see it shared widely.  Tom and Richard were fortunate to learn it from Kenneth Cohen, to whom it was taught both by Madame Gao Fu, one of GM Feng's close students, and by GM Feng himself.  Master Feng felt that this practice could even tonify a person’s yuan (original/pre-natal) qi.  Tea will be provided.

Dates & Times: Sunday 22 April 2018, 10am-2pm

Venue: The North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, N7 8JG

Cost: £44 (£32 concessions)

WOOD - An Elemental Qigong Workshop

Wood is the power of growth and is associated with the season of Spring.  In the body it manifests as the Liver and Gall Bladder organs, responsible for planning, decision-making and the free flow of Blood, Qi and the emotions.  The Liver in particular is said to house our 'wild inner spirit' and its vitality governs the healthy expression of this aspect of us, including our sexuality.  The expansive and spiraling qualities of Wood and its connection to these organs and their meridians will be explored in both moving and static forms.  The Deer is the animal most associated with the Wood Element and we will use several Deer forms that embody the animal's power and grace.  The day will be gently paced and will be perfect for the beginner.  Tea will be provided.

Dates & Times: Sunday 13 May 2018, 10am-2pm

Venue: The North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, N7 8JG

Cost: £44 (£32 concessions)


The Daoist Yoga sequences are designed to help us understand how to open and form our vessels so that we may gather and transform energy.  This is based on the Daoist concept of the body's joints and our organs as vessels for 'qi' energy, the abundant energy of the universe that animates all life.  Through practice we construct and develop these vessels internally so that we can refine the state of our energy.  In terms of Daoist philosophy, we take care of our internal landscape (microcosm) and our external lives (macrocosm) will reflect back to us the harmony we cultivate.

This workshop will cover preparatory sequences and circle-walking.  The Daoist practice of Ba Gua is a physical manifestation of the ideas of the Trigrams (representations of the eight basic forces of the universe) that combine to make up the sixty-four hexagrams of the I Ching, the ancient Chinese oracle text.  The workshop will cover the Alchemical sequences designed to improve the strength and structure of the body.  We will do this through study of movement and stillness based around the central 'axis' of the body, the pole that connects heaven (yang) and earth (yin) through us.  In this way we use the practice to balance the energies and forces within us by deepening the connection of mind and body.  In circle-walking, the more dynamic aspect of the practice, our movements create a spiral-type vortex with powerfully transformative effects.  Tea will be provided.

Dates & Times: Sunday 24 June 2018, 10am-1pm

Venue: The North London Buddhist Centre, 72 Holloway Road, N7 8JG

Cost: £36 (£24 concessions)

Booking for all above workshops: Through the North London Buddhist Centre – Tel: 020 7700 1177 / Web:

Contact: Richard on 07939 592 975 or Tom on 07961 177 003, or e-mail: for more information.

Further 2018 workshop dates to follow.

North London Buddhist Centre

St John’s Parish Hall Highbury (adjacent to St John’s Highbury Vale School)