Rick Barrett, who has taught Chinese internal martial arts and practiced energy healing in NYC for more than a quarter century, will teach a tai chi seminar, Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures, from July 21 to 23 at Eastover, a holistic retreat center in the Berkshires.
Barrett says he likes the form because it can be covered in a weekend, comprises large-frame postures that serve as a physical workout, and “generates an impressive qi,” or life-force energy.
“Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures is a short but extremely powerful taijiquan form,” he says. “It is especially valuable to experienced taiji practitioners who are ready to take their practice to a new level. If you are not rooted, fully present, energetically connected throughout your whole form, and capable of the effortless power that is promised in the classics, then you may find what you are looking for in this seminar.”
Barrett says he has tailored the seminar for all levels, so no previous experience is required. “We’re going to infuse this terrific form with ‘the three pillars’—energetic coherence, central equilibrium and song kua—which are essential for any taijiquan and qigong practice, and for its application as a martial art, for health and healing, and as a moving meditation.”
The emphasis, he says, is on directly experiencing the qi and the expanded awareness that comes from practicing this form with the three pillars. Students won’t just memorize movements, but will learn the form through practice. Each movement will also be broken down and examined on video posted to YouTube.
Admission is $240 and includes meals, housing and facilities. For more information, visit Eastover.com.