- 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
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…
Eight Brocades and the Longevity Methods of Li Qingyun Course
The practice of Eight Brocades, when paired with Taoist principles for approaching everyday life, will help you to develop and increase the flow of your internal energies- your bodily essences, Qi, and Shen, creating a solid foundation for health and longevity in your life. In this four-session live online course, translator and author of The Immortal: True Accounts of the 250-Year-Old Man, Li Qingyun, Stuart Alve Olson along with Patrick Gross teach the version of these classic Taoist exercises that was done by Li Qingyun, a Taoist sage who lived from 1678–1933, along with his core teachings on daily habits and attitudes.
Tao of Less Stress Program Complete and Available For Free
Over the last few months, to support each other during these intense times, we’ve been gathering together in a program called the Tao of Less Stress, based on Stuart’s book The Tao of No Stress, teaching breathing, self-massage, and the six healing sounds to relieve stress and anxiety. The program also includes an additional set of Standing Qigong practices for mindfulness and relaxation.
The full program is available in the Class Portals area of this site, and is available to access here for free.
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.
The Sanctuary of Tao stands with the movement for Racial Justice and Equity
We at the Sanctuary of Tao have been deeply disturbed by the inhumane murders of African Americans like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and so many others at the hands of White police officers.
We are no longer willing to, through our inexcusable silence and inaction, perpetuate the status quo in this country, where Black people are judged and treated as “less than” and as criminals because of the color of their skin.
To the Black members of our community, we want to do better. We are listening. We are committed to learning, reflecting, transforming, and taking action to dismantle White Supremacy and create a society where Black people, and all people of color, experience justice and equity and are supported to thrive. Read More…
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.
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.
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.
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.