Eastover’s “Masters In Residence Series” – Taichi for Health with Terence Dunn

Feb 15, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018

This spring, Eastover is continuing its Masters in Residence Series, which is when professional Qigong/Taichi instructors reside on Eastover’s premises for a period of time so they can share the life-changing benefits of Qigong and Taichi. With the hope of spreading awareness of these ancient teachings, classes will be open to the general public as well as to Eastover guests. Our first Master in Residence is Terence Dunn, who just finished his fall residence here at Eastover, and we are happy to welcome him back to continue his residence into the winter.

Graceful in movement, slow in tempo, relaxed in fluid natural postures, Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese martial art practiced by millions throughout the world as a moving meditation for health, longevity, and self-defense. Regular practice of Tai Chi forms imparts many health benefits: improved circulation, respiration, metabolism, bone and muscle strength, posture, balance, flexibility, neuro-muscular coordination, immunity, and heightened awareness.

“Whoever practices Tai Chi Chuan regularly will gain the pliability of a child,
the vitality of a lumberjack, and the wisdom of a sage.”
– Ancient Chinese Adage

In this 3-day (11-hour) immersive workshop, Sifu Terry Dunn teaches the 60-posture Yang Style Tai Chi form (prechoreographed routine) created by his teacher, the great Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. You will learn the essential postures and body mechanics of Tai Chi Chuan that will give absolute beginners a solid foundation from which to further explore the art, while enabling experienced Tai Chi players of all levels and from all styles to advance their practice. Terry will provide detailed, step-by-step instruction in the William Chen Form in the same manner that he taught the Yang Short Form and Long From to millions upon millions of Tai Chi enthusiasts through his all-time best selling Tai Chi For Health DVDs that he released in 1990. Each of the workshop’s 8 sessions will begin with 30 minutes of classical Tai Chi warm-up and conditioning exercises that Terry has distilled from his vast repertoire of training methods acquired over the past 42 years from several traditions: Yang Tai Chi, Chen Tai Chi (Silk-reeling Exercises), Liu He Ba Fa (3 internal exercises), and Qing Dynasty Imperial Guard Exercises (8). Terry will then “connect the dots” and explain how each classical warm-up exercise supports one or more of the 60 postures of the Form. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be confidently flowing through the 60 Form—and understand the 5 Cardinal Principles of Tai Chi.


$295 Early Registration
Day of retreat $350
Prices included meals, tuition and lodging. Couples queen and king are for 2.

In addition to conducting two in-depth Intensive Taichi/Qigong workshops, Taichi for Health (this workshop) and Tao Tai Pan from July 26-29, 2018, Terence Dunn will be teaching 3 Flying Phoenix Qigong workshops: from March 29 – April 1June 29 – July 1, and Sept 27 – 30. Sifu Dunn also will teach weekly classes that are open to the public and Eastover’s community on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. For more information about these community classes, please view our Community Classes page.


TERENCE PANG-YEN DUNN is an expert instructor of Chinese martial, yogic, and healing arts with more than 42 years of training based in Los Angeles, CA. Since 1990, he has popularized Tai Chi Chuan and authentic Qigong practice throughout America and Europe through his highly acclaimed Tai Chi for Health and Chi Kung For Health DVD programs.

Terry has also pioneered the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong in modern medicine and professional sports. Educated at Yale College and the Harvard Business School, Terry is a gifted teacher, author and filmmaker who expresses an ecumenical vision in preserving some of the most rare and powerful arts found in China’s martial, yogic, and spiritual traditions.

Terry Dunn’s 42 years of experience in Chinese holistic health practices includes more than 37 years in T’ai Ch’i Ch’uan, Qigong and Chinese methods of meditation, and more than 41 continuous years in three styles of Chinese boxing (kung-fu). He has studied authentic Kung-Fu arts under some of the most renowned Chinese martial art masters of the twentieth century. Dunn is a certified instructor in the Southern Sil Lum Five Animals Kung Fu, Taoist Elixir Method (Tao Tan Pai) Kung Fu preserved through 24 generations from the Tang Dynasty, the legendary “Eight Sections of Energy Combined” Kung Fu, and Ehrmei Mountain White Tiger Kung Fu (Bok Fu Pai).

Terry taught Tai Chi and Qigong courses at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for many years, and in 2000 wrote the first medical protocol in American medical history applying therapeutic Tai Chi and Qigong exercises to accelerate patients’ recovery from major surgeries while supplanting pain-killing drugs. In 2000 and 2001, Terry became the first Tai Chi trainer in the NBA, training the Los Angeles Lakers during their second championship season, conducting a 50-minute Tai Chi and Kung Fu warm-up and conditioning regimen at the start of every practice.

Terry is the creator of the all-time best-selling Tai Chi for Health DVD series (released in 1991) and the six-part Chi Kung For Health series (released in 2003) teaching the remarkable Flying Phoenix Celestial Healing Qigong.  Sifu Dunn continues his training to this day under Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, a senior student of the great Chinese Renaissance genius, Prof. Cheng Man-Ching (1902-1975).


Our menus are based on group preferences and budget. We offer delicious, balanced vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals which typically include raw salads and hot vegetable dishes. Upon request, we will gladly prepare unseasoned blanched or steamed dishes for lunch and dinner. We easily accommodate gluten/dairy free needs, and many of our seasonings and oils are provided on the side for guests to season meals to taste. Several rooms have refrigerators, so guests are welcome to bring food that suit their needs if they have issues we cannot accommodate. Please note that we are unable to reduce meal costs due to food allergies.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Other than deposit, no fees are incurred if cancelled up to 7 days after reservation date.
50% of the total cost is retained if cancelled less than 4 days prior to event.
The $50 deposit given at registration is non-refundable.