TCA’s 20th, Part 2. Maria goes Hawaiian.

Maria and Kiara

“Get out of your head and into the game.” Yes, that was our theme at TCA this year, and it really resonated with everyone. Easier said than done, though, right? It’s been an issue for us humans since we realized that we didn’t need to have a mastodon in the room to talk about it. Meditation has been used for eons to get you out of your head. You sit in stillness until the silt in the water settles to the bottom and you are left with a clear stream. Great stuff. And the more you practice it, the deeper… Read More

New! Finding You in a World of It by Rick Barrett

FYWI cover

This is really exciting, people! You know that book I’ve been working on for a couple of years now?  Well…it’s is out and available on Amazon! I’ll get my first load of the little darlings by next weekend (Just in time for the sold out Dr. Renee Rhodes’ Forest Summit in Killingworth, CT next Saturday). If you want an autographed copy, you can order directly from me at ($20 includes postage.) Or get one on Amazon and I’ll sign it when next I see you.   finding You in a world of It is big. It breaks down the… Read More

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