The Taoist Sanctuary hosts world class Taijiquan and Qi Gong teachers from all over the world. Grandmasters Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing, Masters Chen Ziqiang, Ren Guangyi, Jan Silberstorff, David Gaffney and Davidine Sim, and Stephan Berwick have all taught seminars in Chen style Taijiquan. Master Ken Cohen, renowned Qi Gong instructor and author, holds a winter seminar series at the Sanctuary. Bill and Allison Helm give periodic workshops on Taijiquan, Qi Gong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Anatomy of Taijiquan.

Workshops are not part of the monthly or session fees. Costs for the workshops will be available in the shop and are payable online or in person. Some workshops are limited to experienced students, and this will be clearly noted in the calendar event. Workshops rarely fill up, as the Taoist Sanctuary has plenty of space for all interested students.


Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing - Final USA Tour - Last Chance! 

March 8 - 11, 2018
Taoist Sanctuary

Thursday March 8 - Laojia Er Lu corrections 6pm - 9pm
Friday March 9 - Push Hands 6pm - 8:30pm
Saturday March 10/Sunday March 11 - Laojia Yi Lu correction 9am - 12pm, 2pm - 5pm each day

Friday night $65
All other 3 hr modules $75 each (choose number of modules in store) 


This is the last time Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing will travel to the USA to teach - don't miss this final opportunity! 

Chen Xiaoxing, born in 1952, is a grandson of 17th generation lineage holder Chen Fake, youngest son of Chen Zhaoxu and brother of the current lineage holder, Chen Xiaowang. Chen Xiaoxing is the principal of the Chenjiagou Taijiquan School in Henan province. He is the living embodiment of the Chen Village Taiji tradition and the leading representative of the Chen family in China. Chen Xiaoxing is known as Taiji Miao Shou (“highly skilled person”) of the Chen family 19th generation. From 1979-1985 he won seven first-prize titles in national and provincial martial arts tournaments in Taiji push hands and weapons. Although highly skilled and recognized as a great master, he is very modest and approachable, even choosing to live in the school amongst the students.

CXX bio courtesy of Andy Loria at




Yi Jin Jing - Muscle Tendon Transformation with Master Ken Cohen

February 24 - 25, 2018
10am - 1pm, 3pm - 5pm each day
Taoist Sanctuary

Learn the complete Yi Jin Jing, “Transforming the Muscles and Tendons Qigong,” a series of easy to learn postures practiced with isometric tension and dynamic breathing. This style of qigong is so important that it is one of the few styles officially approved in China’s modern health care system. You will learn the original method from the Fujian Province Shaolin Temple. The Yi Jin Jing drives life force (qi) through the tendons, fascia, and muscles, increasing their strength and health. You will also practice qigong conditioning exercises to prevent athletic or everyday injuries, as well as healing visualizations for tranquility and inner peace. These rare meditations are the legacy of the great fourth century Buddhist pilgrim and translator Kumarajiva. They form part of the spiritual, mind-transforming root of qigong. There will also be time for discussion of qigong philosophy and science. You will take home a complete, dynamic healing workout.

The course is open to beginners and all levels.

Cost: $325


Ken Cohen, M.A. ( is a renowned qigong and Tai Chi Master with more than 45 years experience. Ken is the author of The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing (Random House) and numerous works published in both China and the West. Passionate about the dialogue between Eastern Wisdom and Western Science, he was the first to lecture about qigong in North American medical schools. In 2003, Ken won the Lifetime Achievement Award in Energy Medicine.



Additional events with Ken Cohen - in San Diego and beyond 

(These events are not sponsored by the Taoist Sanctuary; for further information and registration information please visit )

Primordial Qigong Intensive with Ken Cohen 

April 8-13, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA


Honoring the Medicine: Native American Healing with Ken Cohen

April 26, 2018

lecture, story-telling, song, and book signing at the Alpine, California public library

Qigong: The Chinese Way of Healing - talk with Ken Cohen

July 19th, Del Mar Public Library, Del Mar, California


Taoism Revealed: Ancient Roots and Modern Branches

July 21, 2018

lecture, San Diego Chinese History Museum, San Diego, California