Sedona Sky and Mountains

It’s August and I’m really getting pumped for next month’s 24th Annual Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to spend some concentrated time with the most delightful people you’ll ever meet in an atmosphere of unconditional love and open-hearted exploration and sharing.

23rd Annual Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona


I have recently discovered another one of those hidden treasures buried in plain sight that turns out to be a game changer. If you know anything about me you know that I’m really fond of simple actions that create big effects. And this one will not disappoint!

This year’s theme is “Meeting the Big Qi.” The Big Qi (Ch’i) is what I like to call Nature Qi, the yin qi of the earth and the yang qi of the heavens. Most of the time we only feel a trickle. Old habits of standing and moving that date back to infancy actually block most of the available energy our body-mind can safely process. As a result, we are like batteries that are slowly running down and never seem to take a full charge.

Years ago I introduced a simple way to get your personal energy more coherent. When any system gets highly coherent, it can display qualities not present in a more non coherent state. One of the easily seen effects of heightened energetic coherence is that it makes you stronger…instantly. In this video, my good friend Annette gets her first taste of this simple process:

“Meeting the Big Qi” takes a huge jump and plugs you into a virtually limitless energy source. The only limitation is how much you can comfortably handle at a time. Regular practice upgrades your wiring so you learn to tolerate more flow. But unlike a “closed system” approach, (see “Meditation in Action, Part Three: Open and Closed Systems” ), we don’t hang onto the energy. We become efficient conduits and learn to direct the flow in useful ways: for health, healing, martial arts, meditation. More important, we quickly shift to a state of superconsciousness: body-mind-spirit integration beyond the limits of the rational mind. “Seeing with Three Eyes.” (Yes, “SuperConscious!” was the theme of last year’s TCA.)

Maria performs a wordless “emotion poem” at Sunday night’s poetry reading

I hope you will join us for this exciting new chapter in the TCA adventure. There is still time to register. (Please don’t wait til the last minute!) Just contact me at and we’ll set you up.



See this blog from two years ago, Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona,  as it answers questions that frequently come up, particularly for those new to TCA.