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Pausing at the edge of a stream the Master remarked:
“Passing on and on like this it never ceases day or night.”

-- from the Analects of Confucius


Falling water is the internal movement towards life. It is what pours through, washes out and quenches deep. It is our bearing on center and our instinct for resolve. Falling water both fills the cup and empties it. All at the same time it cleans us up, keeps us soft and leads us home. Falling water is more than just a waterfall. It is the settling of the mind and the memory of now. Under everything we do the water is falling. Flowing by following, water points the way. Following by flowing, we drift along.

The Falling Water Tai Chi School is both the personal Chinese Medicine practice of Christopher Kiely, LAc., and the watershed of Tai Chi classes that have sprung from it. Medical services, private lessons and small workshops are offered at Chris's studio on Main Street in Bristol. While larger group Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong classes for all levels are held at various times, in various locations and by various affiliated teachers throughout the Champlain Valley of Vermont.

There are as many ways to learn Tai Chi as there are ways to focus and apply it once learned. It is truly a marvelous tool and one of the great treasures of ancient culture. Whether you learn it passively by receiving acupuncture treatments and drinking herbal tonics or more actively by practicing exercises and studying old texts entirely depends upon the competing circumstances and appetites of your life. Absolutely anyone can do it. No experience is necessary and there is no handicap that cannot be fruitfully integrated into the path of practice. All one needs is the will to learn, the patience to learn right, and a reliable enough guide to help steer the course true.

The river of Tai Chi is deep and long and has been flowing for thousands of years. It has many branches and tributaries and often resembles more of an ocean than a stream. The Falling Water School can provide the ships and moorings, the maps and compasses. We have methods for reading the stars and predicting the winds. We have certified guides available on a daily basis to help you navigate the many currents and keep your keel steady and straight. Please feel free to give a call, drop an e-mail, or visit a class at any time to see how we can help. or 802-349-2725



"The goal of Tai Chi Chuan is not to demonstrate strength, power or violence. The goal is to attain serenity, tranquility and the discovery of oneself. It is truly an exercise of the spirit."

- Master Tung Kai Ying


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