TCA Celebrates Twenty Years! Part 1

Joe tells his story

Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona is an event unlike any other. TCA 2014 was amazing, even by TCA standards. The coherent love-space that pervaded the whole weekend fostered a safe, creative environment. Participants stretched each other to awaken to the genius of themselves. The tone was set Thursday evening when  The Kirtan Rabbi (Andrew Hahn) performed his own special brand of love-based ecstatic chant to a yoga studio in Sedona. About half the participants were early arrivals for TCA. Andrew blew the house away with his call-and-response kirtan and that vibe continued throughout the weekend. We floated back to the… Read More

What to Expect at Tai Chi Alchemy

Birthing Cave

Two things on my mind right now: Finding You in a World of It and TCA’s twentieth anniversary in Sedona. And they are on a collision course for September 19-21! That’s right, we’re releasing Finding You at TCA! The book is finished and at the publisher. (Beatrice did a wonderful job copy editing!) Micaela is finishing the illustrations and cover art. And I’m all a-twitter. Western Gate was written primarily for us taiji geeks who want to know what is going on with this strange martial art we spend so much time practicing. This one is for anyone and everyone… Read More

Twenty Years of Alchemy


“This is why alchemy exists,” the boy said. “So that everyone will search for his treasure, find it, and then want to be better than he was in his former life. Lead will play its role until the world has no further need for lead; and then lead will have to turn itself into gold. That’s what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist In the early 90s I visited Sedona, Arizona for the first time and was immediately smitten. Magic was… Read More

Guru Mike Casto Talks TCA in Sedona

Guru Mike Casto at TCA

It seem like forever since I last posted. Sorry about that. I’ve been in the home stretch on my new book and I just finished the manuscript!  I’m really excited to share it with you. The book is called Finding You in a World of It. I’ve been working on it for a couple years (Okay, maybe longer than that.) This one is not a t’ai chi book, per se, although it is certainly informed by my decades of t’ai chi experience. I’ll talk about it in a post soon. Right now I’m focused on getting it through the publishing… Read More

Vibrating Qi at the 10th Annual Scholars Garden

Rick, Maria, Stephe at SG

Our 10th Annual Scholars Garden event is just weeks away, and do we have a good one planned! Stephe Watson and I began it in Staten Island (Lo, those many years ago!) and it has now found a permanent home at Stephe’s  Someday Farm in Killingworth, Connecticut. Sunday, June 15 11:00-5:00. If you haven’t been to Someday Farm yet…well, it’s worth the trip all by itself! Stephe and Ritu have carved a little chunk of paradise out of the Nutmeg State, as Stephe’s students will eagerly attest. It’s a pleasant train ride to New Haven, where you will be picked… Read More