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“The Tao  is the undivided unity of being, both the essence and way of the universe. All things are one within the Tao, all emanate from it. We become at peace, fulfilled and enlightened, when we fully realise our oneness with the Tao.  We can realise this oneness by developing the ability to be conscious of ourselves as the essential presence within and recognise it in others and within all of life. This is a process that is beyond words or concepts: it happens deep within ourselves, it happens as we become fully present and conscious in our bodies, emotions, minds and souls - it happens when we become fully present within the depth and breadth of what is in this moment. This is an earthy, grounded process - illusory ways of living fall away as we come into the actuality of who and what we truly are. It is a journey to awakening, a journey to become strong in heart and spirit, empowered, fully alive and integrated into the whole of life.”

“A barefoot practitioner traditionally is someone who has learnt healing ways  and is able to share them in the community. Having integrated the ways of self healing into their own lives, the barefoot practitioner can enable self healing in others. ‘Barefoot’ alsointer-connectedness with the web of life and so can help others do the same.”

This course will go more deeply into the healing and growth process that the foundation year BPT course initiated, furyou further on your personal journey and deepen your ability to work with others. There will be in depth information about holding healing space for others throughout the course. We will explain more about why we are doing each process and practice and how they work, giving time to look at the inner dynamics of what is happening at many levels of the process, both personal and interpersonal. There will also be time for in depth questions and clarification.

This course is about becoming a practitioner -  in the sense that a practitioner is discipline, a profession or a way of life”healing way into action in your life. With this as a foundation we can then move much more deeply into the understanding and integration of all that is involved in the healing journey. There is the opportunity to go right to the core of wounds and imprints and the resulting patterns and survival strategies and make much progress in integrating them.  Journeying with a group of people who are all putting this material into practice and are committed to the healing journey is a very valuable and rare experience.  It is a place to learn from each other’s experience and also about giving and receiving real support. It provides a unique opportunityspace.

Course Schedule

February• responsibility, self care and developing the will to heal • More on in-depth emotional healing, safe release and self holding • More on integrating patterns, core beliefs and survival strategies transference • The art of questioning, processing, reflecting and challenging • Learning to trust yourself and your essential presence  - the nature of clear intuition • Shifting identity from the ego to core presence • Opening to universal presence and the Tao  - love, acceptance and compassion • Holding healthy boundaries • Empathy and protection • Creating safe space for healing • personal histories,  choosing what to do, how to complete sessions, issues of managing time, money and energy exchange.

 March: Deepening the•effects of different breathing patterns • The yin and yang of the breath • Developing sensitivity to energy flows • Breath work and Taoist energy practices for full energy release • Working with birth, conception and early experiences and how they impact on our lives • Working with tetany, unconsciousness and breath release • The breathing cycle • When to question, process or reflect •  More on integration and completing breathwork sessions •

April: Deepening understanding of fragmentation and integration
• The human condition - the nature and origins of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual fragmentation • Identity and the origins of the egoThe nature of defense and protective mechanisms Working with deep wounds and trauma • The integration of cultural, ancestral and family patterns and fragmentation • Finding the way back into presence from fragmentation and pattern bound consciousness • alignment and strengthening of will and presence  • Knowing yourself as essential presence: bringing about full integration •

May Body awareness, aliveness and body workUnderstanding and developing sensitivity to the physical, emotional and energetic body • Working with the bodies energy centres • Becoming fully aware, present and consciousmaintenance and grounding • Body aliveness, building energy and life force • Working with food and addictions and de-tox processes • Body work techniques that support the Living Tao healing way • Working with the breath and body work •

June: Soul healing and empowerment More on the healing and integration of soul wounds • The ego’s agendas and the power of its thought forms and beliefs • The nature of illusion and delusion Working with separation, alienation, loss of connection, despair, disempowerment and fear of annihilation • Integration of past life imprints  • Reclaiming lost power and energy • Integrating the primal energy core • Fully grounded psychic awareness and understanding psychic phenomena. • Working with guides. • Finding courage, strengthening spirit, empowering the soul. • The journey to full spiritual embodiment water

July : Conscious supportive healing relationships• More on working with relationship dynamics •  Patterns and survival strategies in relationships • More on moving out of codependence and pattern based relationship - the journey of coming into full presence together  • Working with conflicts, grievances and arguments •  Working with fear, anger and blame • Taking responsibility • Working with power issues, judgements, moral rule books, wants, needs and expectationsheart and the healing power of conscious, loving relationships •  growth.

September• Male and female healing : more on the history of sexual fragmentation • More on the Taoist sexual energy practices. •  Ching flow in men and women: working with the energy centres •  Healing and integrating blocks to energy flow  - bringing wholeness and empowermentpresence • More on working with sexual abuse and trauma • Reclaiming the body’s natural innocent energetic formSupporting others in sexual healing and integration.

October:  Oneness oneness in presence with each other • Living in presence - a conscious cohesion of body, mind, emotions, heart, soul and spirit • The process of becoming fully alive in complete connection with universal presence •Understanding the nature of our being • Integrating our animal nature   Flowing with the yin and yang of life for rest, renewal and creating with full empowerment, inner alignment and balance • Living and loving fully, opening to and flowing with life’s deepest potential  • Coming into trust with life • Being an integrated part of the whole, living in integrity with all of life •  if you can. Please note we start Friday 1st at 7.30 as normal and finish Monday 4th at 4pm.)

November  Group work  and Completion
• Looking at group dynamics - the process of conscious group work • Holding group space 
• Boundaries and agreements in group work • Setting up support groups • Completion of this group’s journey together • The ongoing journey to healing and growth.

Pre -requisites/ group agreements.
The course is a unique opportunity to heal and grow at the deepest of levels so we have set strict prerequisites to ensure the depth and safety of the journey to real freedom. This course is offered as deepest service into healing humanity’s condition on the planet and we offer it only to those who want to really deeply heal and transform and are prepared to deeply commit to the healing journey.

To join the course you need to:

 • Be committed to working with the process of understanding and the integration of patterns, core beliefs and survival strategies, and practicing awareness and integration of inner fragmentation.

 • Be regularly engaging with the basic practices of self holding, body awareness, meditation on presence, conscious breathwork, and preferably practicing the microcosmic orbit and the Taoist sexual energy practices.

 • Be committed to being fully present, honest and self responsible within the group and to fully engage in the healing process and to work consciously and openly with any issues or feelings that arise.

 • To have mastered any habitual addictions to any drugs, alcohol or nicotine. If on the course you have a relapse, we require you to be immediately honest about it and ask for help getting through it.  If you do not you will be asked to leave the course.

 • Be willing to have individual sessions with us should it be clear to us that this is needed to aid the integration of the material. If you act out in an unconscious ways in the group from unintegrated patterns and survival strategies you will need to do sessions with us. Although there will be opportunity to work with personal process in group space, both in partnered sessions and also in the circle, where it serves as an example to deepen understanding, you will not be able to rely solely on the course as a space in which to process and heal.  Deep wounds, imprints and repeating entrenched patterns really do need individual attention. You will get most from the course if you are doing individual sessions on a regular basis - this will be with other group members as part of the support system within the group, but when things are difficult we ask that you work with one of us. This will ensure that the you will be able to step up to the level at which the course needs to be run.

 •  Be committed to keeping the agreements, if you are not you will be asked to leave.

 •  Have a clear relationship with us - Andy and Ella. If there is any difficulty or issue you have with us, it is a prerequisite to come and have a session, or sessions if necessary, to clear this before starting the course.  This will be of substantial benefit to you - for instance parental transference is very likely to get triggered with group leaders and is a rich area to work consciously with.

 • If you haven’t worked with us since doing your foundation year we ask that you come and have a session so we can see where you are and find together if the course is suitable for you.


The cost of the course

The deposit is £200.

These are committed groups and payments of the full amount up front strengthens the group.   However if you need to pay by committed installments you will need to talk to us about this and we will arrange the setting up of direct debit payments. Because cheque guarantee cards will no longer be operational we will no longer be able to have the option of prepaying with post dated cheques and then being paid in cash on the night.

Group times:Sundays. This will vary on the 3 day.

Please note

Staying on site: Staying in group room @ £8 a night.  Camping  £6 a night. Staying in the stable room £10.  Bring your own breakfast.

We will provide teas and spring water.


 Certification : As we said on the first year course we only certify someone as a Living Tao Barefoot Practitioner, after completing this Advanced Course and then only if we are confident that there is enough personal integration and understanding of the healing process. We will provide a part of our web site for those we feel have reached this stage of integration, and provide ongoing supervision for those setting up their own practices. There will also be ongoing support groups for those actively engaged in working in this advanced course and are practitioners please contact us if you want to explore this now.


“This is the simple path: to return to the simplicity and naturalness we once had. The path of the breeze that gently whispers through the trees, of the bird that climbs into the open, clear blue sky. The way of the simple flowers that blossom without effort and through Wu Wei catch the warmth and blessing of the sun. The way of the waters that run through the veins of the earth and pass at last into the wide ocean. To feel Wu Wei is to know the inner pulse of the Tao, which is reality itself.”

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