The Wudang Taoist Wellness Academy is located in the heart of China's Wudang Mountains.
The Online WTWA is Master Gu's online teaching academy.
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Between heaven and earth, in the heart of the great middle kingdom, lies the legendary Wudang Mountains. Wudangshan tells a story of centuries, and charms with hidden temples and palaces.
Taoism (pronounced dow-ism) is an ancient philosophy indigenous to China. It emphasises living in harmony with Nature. Taoism is based on the teachings of Lao Tzu contained in theTao Te Ching. As the story goes, Lao Tzu was a wise man who lived in the city of Chengzhou (known today as Luoyang). Lao Tzu grew tired of the moral decay in Chengzhou, and predicted the kingdom's decline. He decided to venture west to live as a hermit in the unsettled frontier at the age of 80. At the western gate of the city, he was recognized by one of the guards, who, recognising this wise old man, asked the master to record his wisdom.
The text Lao Tzu wrote was said to be the Tao Te Ching, the foundational text of Taoist Philosophy. Taoism emphasizes the philosophy of wúwéi(translated as non-action, effortless action, or spontaneous action), living in harmony with nature, simplicity, patience, and compassion.
Perhaps the greatest legacy of Taoism is the art of wellness. Wellness is talked about very much today, but what does it actually mean? What are the characteristics of Taoist practice? People often only focus on the well-being of their bodies, but Taoism offers a holistic approach of cultivating not only physical, but also mental and spiritual well-being.
Taoism teaches us to become aware of Qi (pronounced chee), the universal life energy that flows through and sustains all things. By becoming aware of the Qi within us, we can cultivate our Qi, learn how to let it flow unobstructed, and learn how to balance our own life force with the life force of other living beings and of Nature itself. Taoist wellness teaches us that true health and well-being comes from balance and harmony—with oneself, with others, and with our environment.
Hi! My name is George, I’m Master Gu’s disciple and the filmmaker who helped create WTWA online. Pleased to make your acquaintance.
After finishing formal education, I fell into anxiety trying to work out what I was doing with my life.
Through a series of unexpected events, the universe brought me to a remote Chinese mountain and a small Tai Chi school: the Wudang Taoist Wellness Academy.
For the next 3 years, with the guidance of Master Gu, I entered into the rich world of Taoist wellness. I found much of my mental pain was of my creation, I found that I could use my breath to help calm me down and through practising Tai Chi I felt a renewed connection to my body.
When Master Gu told me his ambitious vision for WTWA online, I was keen for my filmmaking to capture the beauty and healing energy of the Wudang Mountains. As a student you can join Master Gu for tours and training in temples, caves and forests, filmed in Full HD quality with tender love and care.
If you are looking for a way to nurture your health and well-being that is fun and beautiful, I think you will fit in very well with the growing community of WTWA online students.
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