World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day 2014, Brunswick, Maine video:

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Chen Style Taijiquan with Master Wang Hai Jun @ MacDuffie School
Nov 3 @ 9:30 am – Nov 5 @ 4:30 pm

This is an excellent chance to study with one of the top Chen Style instructors in the world. Starting in the Chen Village as a young boy, under the watchful eye of Chen Zhengli, he now lives and teaches in Manchester, UK, but makes time to come to New England twice each year. Master Wang’s amazing accomplishments in competition tell the story of his exceptional training and skill (see his website). His teaching style is generous, humble and tireless. For beginners and experienced players, this is Chen Style at its best. Check out the teacher- We always have a group of MCT students attending this event, with possible shared housing for those who act early! Friday and Saturday- Xin Jia Yilu/New Frame, First Form; Sunday- Jia Yilu/Old Frame, First Form.

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Susan Cromwell on Acupuncture Points in Taijiquan and Qigong Movements @ Bowdoin College Buck Center #301
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Susan Cromwell is an experienced and beloved practitioner of Chinese Medicine. She holds a Masters Degree from the TAI SOPHIA Institute in Laurel, Maryland, and is the founder of Wellness Through the Seasons in Westbrook, Maine, and an instructor at Maine Center for Taijiquan Studies in Portland.

In this workshop Susan will focus on key acupuncture points and how they are effected/activated by the movements we routinely do in our Taijiquan and Qigong practice. There are so many levels of practice, with the energetic remaining a mystery to many practitioners. This workshop will open the door to how the meridians and energy flow are strategically influenced by the time-honored movements that to some seem like mere calisthenics. They are so much more!

Susan’s understanding of the complexity of the art is extensive, and she is generously willing to share. She’s smart, articulate… a sincere and thoughtful teacher.

This event is sponsored by the Bowdoin College Counseling Service and is free to all members of the Bowdoin College Community. All others interested in attending, please contact Ken Ryan.

MCT 2018 Winter Training Weekend in Florida @ DU20
Feb 2 – Feb 4 all-day

Our first-ever 2014 Winter Retreat was so much fun that we decided to do it again. The balance of  practicing together, relaxation, warm weather, swimming, sunrise Qigong on the beach were just right… smiling at the warm breezes replacing the arctic blast at home. Perfect timing!

The winter getaway started when we found instructor Nick Kusturic in Delray Beach, Florida. He has since moved, so this will be a MCT led event. No problem… the location is delightful for outdoor practice (something new!), fun dining, and a great vibe. Delray Beach used to be called “Dull-ray Beach” a few years back, but not anymore. Ask Kim or Steph who have attended two of these weekends and are already checking their supply of sunscreen for February. The training weekend will be a great chance to relax, learn, enjoy new friends and MCT buddies, get some much needed sun… maybe catch a wave or two? Stay a few extra days?

Please Note– contact Ken if you would like to attend. Students make airline arrangements on their own; we can make group accommodations and travel plans if you wish, or make your own plans and join us there. We will be looking into good deals on accommodations, so speak up if you’re interested.

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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2018 @ Bowdoin College
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

April 28, from 10:00 to 11:30 on the coast of Maine. Anyone interested is invited to attend and watch or participate. Watching is fine! No experience necessary.

The WTCQD organization (Bill Douglas) sponsors this grass-roots event each year, held on the last Saturday of April, at 10:00 in the morning- practitioners around the world gather in their communities for a global celebration of T’ai Chi & Qigong. The result is a wave that passes from time zone to time zone at 10:00am, documented on the WTCQD website. 80 nations participating! We have been observing this special celebration locally at Bowdoin College for well over a decade, hosting the largest event in the state. Our local event is hosted by Bowdoin College Asian Student Association and Bowdoin College Counseling Service. Find out more at And check out our web-page dedicated to the event, including the video of the 2014 gathering.


Italy Retreat 2018 @ Tenuta di Spannocchia
Oct 11 – Oct 18 all-day

This is our second MCT retreat near Siena, Italy, building on a spectacularly successful retreat in 2016. We will be practicing Taiji and Qigong together for a week while basking in the breathtaking beauty of the Italian countryside. Tenuta di Spannochia is a gorgeous, expansive farm in the countryside of Sienna, dedicated to the traditions of sustainable agriculture. So much to see and do! And, as with our other retreats, there will be plenty of exploring, playing, relaxing, shmoozing, laughter, and an abundance of amazing food to go along with the daily, low-key Taiji/Qigong practice. To be there will be Qigong. There will be a limited number of reservations available.