Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett demonstrates Roll Away Applications


This week we highlight a clip that Rick made with one of his most advanced students, Denis. Even facing a seemingly big and imposing guy like Denis (who is really a sweetheart but don’t tell anyone), the use of a simple move like Roll Away can mitigate oncoming force without disrupting your own balance. This is part of an ongoing campaign so if you’ve missed the previous #TBT posts, catch up here. Enjoy, and please subscribe to our Youtube channel!  

Gongfu: Thinking, Feeling, Being


Gongfu is doing something diligently over time. A gongfu involves time because true learning is not just adopting a new set of beliefs. It reaches down to the cellular level, and re-writes the operating code of your body-mind. It takes time to implement structural changes in the body-mind. At its simplest, gongfu is Thinking to Feeling to Being. (Joe Dispenza talks about this triad in his delightful book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One. Highly recommended.) Again, this is breaking it down very simply to focus on how we integrate… Read More

Dragon, Condor, and (Platypus) 3: Tending the Fire Within


Where: Clay Pit Pond Park, Staten Island When: April 19, 11am-4pm Dragon, Condor, and (Platypus) is where Tom Delacy, Stephe Watson, and I get together in the springtime to share stuff from Chinese martial arts, indigenous shamanic practices, and things that defy categorization. This year we bring it to beautiful Clay Pit Pond Park in Staten Island. (You won’t believe this gem exists within the confines of NYC!) “Tending the Fire Within” : How do we access the internal resources to meet the challenges of our lives with compassion, courage, and authenticity? How can we live fully and honestly and passionately?… Read More

Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett’s Amrita video from the 90s

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Week two of our Youtube transition! Today I’m bringing back the hour-long instructional meditation video that Rick produced a couple of decades ago. We originally had this on VHS, and they sold like hotcakes, so a few years back RB transferred it over to the digital age. Now it’s here for your viewing pleasure and to help guide you through a daily meditative practice!   This is part of an ongoing campaign so if you’ve missed the previous #TBT posts, catch up here. Enjoy, and please subscribe to our Youtube channel!  

Throw Back Thursday: Revisit some of our archived videos each week!


Hello everyone! Micaela speaking. Rick and I have been talking a lot about Youtube lately. When they merged with Google a while back it left us with a split personality, one channel called Rick Barrett and the other called Taichialchemy. We’ve been updating the RB account but not the TCA one, and starting today is a campaign to re-release all of our videos on one channel! We figured this would be a great opportunity to join in the fun of Throw Back Thursday (#TBT), a popular weekly meme for those prone to a side of nostalgia with their social media. Starting… Read More