White Cloud Arts

Tai Chi Chuan

Tung Family / Yang Style

Burlington, Lincoln, & Middlebury Vermont

 
Today people practice Tai Chi Chuan for a number of reasons that go beyond physical well being. Many value its recreational and social aspects. However, in order to achieve the greatest benefit, one must pay close attention to the method of study. Above all, students must have self-confidence. You must believe in yourself to have the courage, determination, and patience to study and train diligently. Yet confidence alone is not enough. You also must be ready to persevere and to approach the art with a modest and open mind. Only then can great accomplishment be possible.
- Grand Master Tung Kai Ying
/ LEARNING TAI CHI CHUAN

Teachings and Practice

All are welcome to join in learning this supreme internal art of Tai Chi Chuan, originally from Yang Cheng Fu and passed directly through four generations of the Tung Family Lineage, awakening one’s potential to generate well being for body, mind, and spirit.

Teachings focus on the practice of sequential postures of the traditional Yang style Slow Set along with complementary exercises, qigong movements, push hands/partner practice, and application of principles and Yin/Yang philosophy.

Guidelines for ongoing diligent practice with right effort encourage attention to form, alignment, balance, mindfulness and energetic flow which bring forth greater vitality, harmony and skillfulness within each individual and community as a whole.

We continue to gather for classes and practice in small groups, following current COVID protocols for safety and well being.

Health Benefits May Include:

  • Improve coordination, muscle tone, balance, easing joint movement
  • Stimulate circulation & oxygenate the blood, nourishing organ system
  • Promote relaxation successfully treating anxiety and depression
  • Regulate digestion and healthy appetite
  • Stimulate & integrate brain function and build concentration
  • Generate a state of tranquility and serenity

Beginners Class

This class introduces the fundamentals of Tai Chi Chuan to establish a foundation for its longevity as a life practice, developing attention to form, alignment, relaxation, balance, mindfulness and energetic flow. There are three sections of the Slow Set and this class will begin with learning the sequence of movement postures of the first section along with complementary exercises, Tai Qigong, guiding principles, and application of Yin/Yang philosophy. Personal practice is encouraged and necessary for greatest benefit and development. The following seasons continue with instruction of the second and third section along with opportunities to join in Community Practice and All Levels Classes.

Winter Session: January 15 - March 26

Spring Session: April 2- June 4

Fridays

10 am-11:30 am

Zoom Class (online)


All Levels Class

This class is designed for seasoned practitioners who are continuing to refine their form and deepen understanding as well as for those who have been introduced to Tung Family Tai Chi Chuan in at least one session of our Beginners Class. Practice of the Slow Set as an ongoing foundation continues with focussed attention to correct postures, transitional movements, evenness of flow and group harmonization. Tai Qigong as well as the many complementary exercises which support and strengthen our skills continue to be an integral part of this class. Instruction and practice of the Fast Set / Quai Chuan, a form that largely follows the Slow Set sequence, will be taught as well. Single Push Hands will be introduced along with Partner practices which demonstrate effective application of the postures, both of which reveal the martial aspects of Tai Chi Chuan.

Mondays

Winter Session:
January 4 - March 29
Spring Session:
April 5 - June 28

10am-11:30am

Burnham Town Hall
River Road, Lincoln

Wednesdays

Spring Session:
April 14 - June 30

10-11:30 am

Royal Tyler Theatre Plaza
(Outdoor Class) / Burlington


Taiji Training

Students who have learned the Slow Set and wish to learn additional forms of Tai Chi Chuan as passed traditionally from the Tung Family are invited to join in this class. The Slow Set provides a foundation for continuing with progressive instruction of forms which may include: Family Set Slow & Fast; Push Hands Partner Practices; Hard Set / Kai He; Weapons: Knife I / Sword / Knife II / Double Sticks

It is strongly recommended to take this class in combination with the All Levels Class.

Mondays

Spring Session:
April 5 - June 28

11:30am-12:30pm

Burnham Town Hall
River Road, Lincoln


Saturday Class Series

Here is another opportunity to take your practice to a new level and learn additional forms taught by the Tung Family. In this monthly morning class series, Slow Set will provide our foundation for step by step progressive instruction, to begin learning the following: FAST SET (Quai Chuan) / FAMILY SET SLOW (Tung Jia) / HARD SET (Kai He)

We look forward to growing our practice together in community!

Saturdays (Monthly)

March 13, April 17
May 8, June 5

10am-12:00 Noon

Royal Tyler Theatre Plaza
(Outdoor Class) / Burlington


"One on One" Private Sessions

By Appointment Only

Students of Tai Chi Chuan have traditionally studied “one on one” with a Master or Teacher, generally by invitation after demonstrating a dedicated interest and willingness to practice. In this century, we have the good fortune to have the opportunity of both group and individual instruction available to us. Group classes are wonderful for learning in community and valuable for the experience of harmonizing movement altogether whereas private sessions offer complete attention to the growing needs and interests of a student which may further enhance and deepen their understanding of the art of Tai Chi Chuan

Contact us to make an appointment.

Community Practice

All levels of experience in the practice of Tung Family Tai Chi Chuan are invited to join for open practice of the Slow Set and additional forms according to the experience and knowledge of those present. There is no formal instruction rather, there is someone who leads the group in the session. This is an opportunity to develop both one’s individual practice as well as weave and strengthen the network of practitioners and teachers within the whole community.

Tuesdays

Ongoing

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Burnham Town Hall
River Road, Lincoln
or, when weather permits
Public Tennis Court
Gove Road, Lincoln

Saturdays (Monthly)

March 20, April 24
May 22, June 19

11 am - 12:00 Noon

Waterfront Boardwalk
(Outdoor Practice) / Burlington


To be simple, pure, clear, still, level and constant; to be impartial without action, and in action to be aligned with heaven, this is the way to sustain the spirit.
- Zuangzi


Registration / More Information

Please get in touch with us to register for classes or with any questions.

whitecloudarts@gmail.com

802-453-3690 / 802-777-2684


Instructors

 

Madeleine Piat-Landolt, is a movement artist/ dancer and educator who has shared the wisdom nature of complementary movement art forms, sound, and meditation in North America and Europe with all ages for over 40 years. She has been a practitioner of this authentic Yang style Tai Chi Chuan since 2003, studying with Grandmaster Tung Kai Ying, his son, Master Tung Chen Wei, and long time student, Christopher Kiely. Madeleine has been teaching traditional Tai Chi Chuan classes in Vermont since 2006. She is the Director/Founder of the White Cloud Living Arts Foundation, established in 2007 to inspire, awaken, and cultivate true nature through education, consultations, retreats, and community events wherein all beings may benefit.

 

Andreas Landolt-Hoene, Andreas Landolt-Hoene has had a passion for martial arts throughout his youth and following graduation from the University of Vermont, was introduced to the practice of Tai Chi Chuan in 2009 by Madeleine Piat-Landolt. Within the next year, he deepened his ongoing training through seminars and camps with Master Tung Chen Wei and Grandmaster Tung Kai Ying. He has assisted in teaching all level classes, as well as for the Governor’s Institute of Asian Culture at UVM with Madeleine since 2012. In the Autumn of 2015, he began teaching his own class in Burlington with the blessings and encouragement of the Tung Family. Additionally, Andreas cooks fine meals at Pauline’s Cafe in S. Burlington, and enjoys the arts of videography and photography as well as moving in the flow on his skateboard or snowboard.