Upcoming Events

The Ancient Art of T’ai Chi for Today: Mindfully Improving Balance, Energy, and Joint Mobility

Copper Beech Institute

West Hartford, CT


Six class session with Tom Cushing 
June 07, 2019 09:00 AM - June 07, 2019 12:00 PM


IDEAL FOR: All levels including beginners


This series will explore the basics of T’ai Chi and Qigong and provide a useable and relatable practice for you to take home with you. Whether you are brand new to the art or have been practicing for years, you will find something new in this fun and informative workshop.

Come enjoy a morning of rejuvenating and revitalizing movement and contemplation. This workshop will involve functional qigong movement, standing, and sitting meditation, and an introduction to t’ai chi form. Designed for all levels, Tom will demonstrate modified movements for those with physical challenges, while clearly teaching the most critical principals of effective and satisfying practice.


According to multiple studies, regular t’ai chi practice helps:

- Open your joints and improve your balance, movement and range of motion
- Relax and improve your circulation and digestive function
- Improve your posture and strengthen your body
- Integrate your body, mind, and spirit through mindful movement
- Improve agility and cognitive function

Find out more

Past Events

Introduction to T’ai Chi and Qigong, Mindfully Improving Balance, Energy and Joint Mobility

Copper Beech Institute

West Hartford, CT


Workshop with Tom Cushing
June 07, 2019 09:00 AM - June 07, 2019 12:00 PM


IDEAL FOR: All levels including beginners


This workshop will explore the basics of T’ai Chi and Qigong and provide a useable and relatable practice for you to take home with you. Whether you are brand new to the art or have been practicing for years, you will find something new in this fun and informative workshop.

Come enjoy a morning of rejuvenating and revitalizing movement and contemplation. This workshop will involve functional qigong movement, standing, and sitting meditation, and an introduction to t’ai chi form. Designed for all levels, Tom will demonstrate modified movements for those with physical challenges, while clearly teaching the most critical principals of effective and satisfying practice.


According to multiple studies, regular t’ai chi practice helps:

- Open your joints and improve your balance, movement and range of motion
- Relax and improve your circulation and digestive function
- Improve your posture and strengthen your body
- Integrate your body, mind, and spirit through mindful movement
- Improve agility and cognitive function


Find out more

T’ai Chi: Deepening Our Practice in the Quiet of Winter

Day Retreat with Tom Cushing at the Copper Beech Institute
December 02, 2017 10:00 AM - December 02, 2017 05:00 PM


IDEAL FOR: All levels including beginners


Nature understands that winter is a time to rest, rejuvenate and go dormant with its shorter days and longer nights, but technology (electric lights) enables our desire to live an unbalanced, excessively yang lifestyle year round. Ignoring this natural cycle takes a toll on the body, mind and spirit.We need the renewing, quiet spirit of winter to recover from a year of hard work, stress and energy expenditure. A mindful t’ai chi practice can bring us back to the resting place, the hearth and core of our practice and of ourselves.Come treat yourself to a day of nurturing as Tom shares his practice of connecting the meditative movements of T’ai Chi and qigong with mindful meditation and the quiet mind.