Find Your Sanctuary in the Tao …

  • Discover Taoist wisdom that will help you gain clarity and tranquility in your life
  • Develop a practice of meditation, Qigong, and/or Tai Chi to nourish your body and spirit
  • Join a community where people come together to learn, practice, & support each other

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What Is Taoism?

Taoism is a philosophy that emerged thousands of years ago in China. Its practical wisdom guides us along a pathway toward restoring ourselves to optimum health and wellbeing, living from our spirit, and experiencing the Tao—a state of oneness with “Infinite Love, Infinite Wisdom, and Infinite Simplicity.” More on Taoism…

What Is the Tao?

“The Tao is unknowable, vast, eternal. As undifferentiated void, pure spirit, it is the mother of the cosmos; as non-void, it is the container, the sustainer, and, in a sense, the being of the myriad objects, permeating all.”—John Blofeld, Taoism: The Road to Immortality.

This Divine Current [Tao] is above time, space, and ‘existence’ itself but It fills, guides and nourishes the Universe according to Its own laws. It is Infinite Love, Infinite Wisdom, and Infinite Simplicity and contains infinite potentialities.”—Peter Goullart, The Monastery of Jade Mountain. More on the Tao…

What Is Your Personal Tao?

Taoist seek to find and follow their personal tao. Your “personal tao” means finding your natural ways of being and your own path in life. Each of us is a unique expression of the whole–the Tao. Living our personal tao is about stripping away our unhelpful conditioning and living authentically from that true essence. More on living your personal tao…

Announcements

Tao of Less Stress Program – Part Two

Over the past several weeks, we have been coming together for a program based on Stuart’s book Tao of No Stress, teaching Taoist practices and philosophical approaches to relieve stress and anxiety.

This program has been primarily about how we can use mindfulness—along with other practices like meditation, self-massage, breathing practices, and the six healing sounds—to help us relieve stress by re-centering ourselves in our spirit.

Over these last weeks, many of us found that using these practices helped us find more inner calm and spaciousness during these difficult times.

It seems that current events are perhaps as challenging and unclear now as they were in early March when this crisis began. Because of that, we want to continue gathering together to support each other as a community through Part Two of the Tao of Less Stress Program.

All are welcome to sign up and join us for this next round of the program. It’s free, or by optional donation, and you will have access to the portal with the previous sessions when you sign up.

Learn more about the Tao of Less Stress Program.

Fundamentals of the I Ching Program

Learn Online from Stuart Alve Olson in Monthly Intensive Seminars

Throughout millennia, Taoist have used the I Ching, the Book of Changes (or another way of translating it, the Book of Sun and Moon) to discover how to live in harmony with the Tao and Nature and to move through the changes of this world with greater clarity, ease, and purpose.

Working with the I Ching can bring wisdom, intuition, and perspective to our lives and those qualities are much needed amidst the current intensity.

For new students, if you’ve been wanting to learn about the I Ching, this is the perfect opportunity to start developing your ability to understand and utilize this incredible work. 

For students who have been studying the I Ching with Stuart for years, this is an opportunity to go over the frameworks in a step-by-step way. With this material clear and fresh in your mind, you can feel confident in going forward into the advanced I Ching training that will be coming up in the near future.

Learn more about the Fundamentals of I Ching Program.

Services

Programs

With any simple practice or teaching in Taoism, there are always many more layers to delve deeper into, and many more ways to expand and strengthen your practice.

Combining depth of knowledge with a logical, step-by-step manner of learning, our online programs support your journey toward wellness, wisdom, and awakening.

Learn more about our programs

Sanctuary of Tao Membership

Become a founding member of the new Sanctuary of Tao membership with a tax-deductible membership for just $9/month (paid annually, $108 dollars a month) and you can,

  • Learn the 16-posture Tai Chi form that offers the same benefits as a long-form

  • Learn a Taiji Qigong practice you can do anywhere, in minutes

  • Learn Five-Animal Qigong to revitalize your heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and stomach

  • Engage in-depth with Taoist philosophy and cultivation

The membership will have new programming coming up soon, that we will be announcing in the next couple months.

Learn more and become a member of the Sanctuary of Tao!

Free Resources

Taoist Practice

Through our free library area, we provide resources to help you get started or enhance your practice of meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi, chanting, or scripture contemplation.

Taoist Philosophy

Through our blog and monthly newsletter we present Taoist perspectives and concepts that you can apply to your practice and life to support your cultivation.

Taoist Calendar and Astrology

We also offer a Taoist Calendar with all the holidays, festivals, and auspicious days that Taoists recognize, as well as the Chinese Astrology for each day, month, and year. Here you can also find a calculator and chart with instructions for determining your, or anyone else’s, Chinese Astrological signs.

Taoist Community

We also invite you to like our Facebook page to connect with a global community sharing Taoist topics, stories, and ideas, and receive support from our teachers and staff.

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