Bourton Leisure Centre is up and running. Please book your place direct with them. 

Broadway starts on Tuesday 4 January  2022, 6.30 – 8.00 pm. (8.30 pm finish for advanced practitioners.) We are revisiting the basics so Beginners are very welcome to come along.

Milton under Wychwood starts on Monday 10 January, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm, at Milton Village Hall. Also a good time for beginners to join.

Tai Chi in the garden, Barton on the Heath, continues for the dedicated! More sessions are planned as the weather improves so please check here for updates.

Broadway and Milton are particularly suitable for beginners so please contact me for further information and to book your place.

Sadly, U3A sessions in Evesham have been postponed again. The new start date is proposed for 2 March 2022. 


At Cotswold Tai Chi, Valerie Ward helps us to maintain and improve our general health and well being in both body and mind. The ancient Chinese systems of Qi Gong (pronounced – chi gung) and Chen Style Tai Chi achieve this, not through pounding and straining, but through the cultivation of relaxation and gently focused attention.

The classes cater to a wide range of physical abilities and are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners. Everyone works at their own level but beginners can expect to progress quickly as they benefit from having more experienced people in the group.

Most sessions include some time devoted to a tai chi ‘Form’, a series of movements, which take several minutes to complete. This can seem rather complicated and be a little daunting for new students. But after just a few weeks of following and copying, the Form becomes more familiar. Individual movements are practiced and refined each week so the whole Form gradually comes together. Learning the sequences should be a fun and interesting challenge but it is not the most important aspect of the practice. Tai chi is about mindfully learning how to move, to integrate the whole body as one unit. This produces the improvements to balance, coordination, flexibility and strength. Promoting harmony for body, mind and spirit.

Cotswold Tai Chi is affiliated to the Three Counties Chen Taijiquan Association headed by Master Chen Yingjun.

Here is a ‘taster’ of the Silk Reeling technique and The 19 Form from Chen Yingjun’s father, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. Happy practice.