Residential Course

There is no residential course planned for 2020

Although there is no residential course planned for 2020, the pictures and text below give an impression of previous courses held at the Cudham Environmental activity centre in 2017, 2018 & 2019. We will run our next residential course in 2021.

This short residential course is to be held at the Cudham Environmental Activities Centre, just outside Orpington, Kent from 5pm Friday until 3pm Sunday. Accommodation is on site at the centre. It is for both experienced and novice practitioners of the art of Tai Chi Chuan and will be led by Sifu Don Spargo, Chief Instructor at Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Archway.

It is open to all levels of Wu's style practitioners, as well as people who have never practised Tai Chi Chuan before.

For those looking to start Tai Chi Chuan the course offers an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of Wu's style Tai Chi Chuan in a peaceful, secluded and unhurried atmosphere provided by the centre.

For the existing practitioner it offers an opportunity to improve their existing practice and learn new depths to the art, without the distractions of everyday life at home.

It is our sincere hope that all participants will return home refreshed and re-invigorated after a weekend spent exercising in the clean fresh air of the tranquil Kent countryside - and eating nourishing, freshly prepared vegetarian food.

Accommodation and cost of the course

The course offers full board accommodation with vegetarian or vegan food. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. The accommodation is hostel style, with 2 rooms for 4 persons (female) and 2 rooms for 4 persons (male) and 3 rooms that are double occupancy. The course costs ₤175 per person.

Registering and paying for the course

There is a limit of 16 participants for the course. Registration for the course will close either when the course is full or on a stated date.

The method of payment is made on line via Paypal, the registration is handled by Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account to use Paypal, it will accept all major credit and debit cards and handle payments via the secure Paypal system. We will send you an e mail as an acknowledgement of your booking and payment.

Alternatively participants can register for the course by downloading and filling in the registration form and returning it with a cheque for the full amount to the Academy (address on form). We will send you an acknowledgement letter or e mail.

Course Tutor

The course tutor is Sifu Don Spargo, a leading practitioner and teacher of Wu's style Tai Chi Chuan. Don has over 25 years teaching experience in Wu's style at all levels and has been Chief Instructor at The Archway Academy since it opened in 2004. To view Don's experience profile visit the International Wu's style federation website

What to bring with you

After you have registered for the course and close to the start of the course, you will be sent a welcome letter detailing the schedule and all the other arrangements necessary to make your participation enjoyable and successful. However a few brief pointers beforehand are often useful.

  1. Whenever possible we will be training outside - bring sunscreen
  2. Insect repellent - just in case
  3. Suitable headwear and sunglasses
  4. Clothes suitable for outdoor training, especially outdoor footwear, it may sunny, but grass can still be wet.
  5. Slippers or house shoes for use when not training, participants should not wear outdoor shoes in the indoor training area.
  6. Indoor training clothes and shoes
  7. A smile and a positive attitude

Booking Form

There is no booking form available at present

Course Content

For all participants

  • Warm up Exercises set
  • Breathing exercises (QiGong or Chi Kung)
  • Loosening and stretching exercises
  • Meditation

For Beginners and Novices

  • Learning Tai Chi Hand Forms
  • Tai Chi theory and philosophy
  • Applications of selected Forms
  • Introduction to Pushing Hands

For experienced practitioners

  • Refinement of Tai Chi Hand Forms
    • 108 Movements - Standard Form
    • 54 Form
  • Pushing Hands practice and refinement
  • Refinement of 24 Forms Qi Gong
  • Sabre, Sword and Spear Form practice

About the Centre

The site belongs to the Woodcraft Folk Charity and is run by a small and friendly staff working with a dedicated volunteer team.

The organisation welcomes groups ranging in age from pre-school to adult work residential trips, training days, away days and even family gatherings. We know you will have a positive experience and want to return.

This area of Kent, known for its diverse landscapes and countryside panoramas, is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The centre is open throughout the year and offers people of all ages the opportunity to mix education and fun in a rural setting.

The food at the centre is home cooked, nutritious and delicious. They use local produce where possible and you will be very well fed.

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