Private Lessons

StuartAlveOlsonStuart Alve Olson

Stuart Alve Olson (Phoenix, AZ), head teacher at the Sanctuary of Tao, is the author of numerous books on Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, I Ching Philosophy, and Taoist Internal Alchemy practices. Since his 20s, he has studied and practiced Taoism and Chinese Buddhism and has been translating various Taoist texts, conducting lectures, leading retreats, and teaching.

If you are interested in learning in one-on-one, in-person intensives with Stuart Alve Olson, please email us at


Patrick Gross

Patrick Gross (Minneapolis, MN), main instructor at Sanctuary of Tao, started learning Tai Chi Chuan from Stuart in 1992, becoming his primary student (Da Shi Xiong) in 2000. Patrick has been working with Stuart for over twenty years to preserve and present the teachings Stuart learned from Master Liang and other notable teachers. One of those efforts has been co-authoring the soon-to-be-released Tai Chi Changes book on the Yi Tai Chi After Heaven 64-Posture Form. He is also working to create online courses on Qigong, Tai Chi, and more.

Patrick is available for online or in-person instructional sessions on Eight Brocades Seated Qigong, Tai Chi Qigong, and Tai Chi Chuan. Contact him for more information:

Deni Gendron

Denis Gendron (Winnipeg, Canada), has been a student of Stuart’s since 1985, and helped co-found the Sanctuary of Tao. Besides his years of training with Stuart, he is also an accomplished musician (and has written and performed pieces for Sanctuary of Tao). On this website he is featured demonstrating the Four Seasons Qigong exercises. Denis offers group and private lessons in Winnipeg, Canada, teaching Four Season Qigong, Meditation, Eight Brocades Seated Qigong, and Tai Chi Chuan.

Please contact him for information on scheduling and prices:

Lily Romaine Shank

Lily Romaine Shank (Minneapolis, MN) is the coordinator of programs and outreach for the Sanctuary of Dao. She teaches male and female restoration and dual-cultivation practices, which she’s been studying with Stuart for over ten years. Lily offers private sessions combining wellness coaching and restoration lessons with massage and shiatsu therapy for transformative rejuvenation.

Please contact her for information on scheduling and prices:

Bruce Goff

Bruce Goff (St. Paul and South Metro, MN) has been a student of Stuart’s since 1995, studying the Tai Chi Chuan system along with other Taoist longevity exercises. He has focused on incorporating these various exercises in a very busy family and professional life. Over the years Bruce has become skilled in many of these practices and is now available to instruct students in the Yang Style Tai Chi Qigong form, the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan 16-Posture form, Eight Brocades Seated Qigong, and more. Bruce is available for individual or small group classes.

Please contact him for scheduling and prices:

Course Links

Fundamentals of the I Ching Program

The Tao of Less Stress ProgramTao Te Ching Class

Eight Brocades & Longevity Methods Course

Private LessonsClass Portals

Sanctuary of Tao