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Tai Chi taster session for people with dementia for a care home in Waltham Abbey

Thursday 22 March 2018, 11.00 – 12.00

A Tai Chi taster session for people with dementia for a care home in Waltham Abbey:

  • Thursday 22 March, 11.00 – 12.00
  • Paternoster House Care Home, Waltham Abbey, London EN9 3JY

Many thanks to Colin who helped introduce sitting Tai Chi to this care home via a contact in his drama group!

Related projects:

Dementia Awareness Week: FREE Tai Chi for people in supported living

Green Tai Chi Corner for people affected by dementia, family carers and support workers

Tips for Dao Lu Tai Chi Visit to China

Essential Information

Please read these two PDFs:

Master Yip’s “things you need to know” (click to download PDF) – July 2017

Aileen’s Q & A information (click to download PDF) – March 2018

Where we’re going

Here’s a Google Map. Note you won’t be able to use this map in China, but may be useful for before you go, and for family and friends. Note you can click on the markers A – E for further information, and zoom in. Click on the link to open in your browser.

Local maps – you won’t be able to use Google Maps when in China. is in Chinese only. If you would like to try an offline map, Osmand looks good (available in Google and Apple stores). It’s free for up to 7 areas. As it’s offline, you can download the maps here and use when in China, without an internet connection. Naturally you’ll need plenty of spare space on the phone’s memory (it’s 700MB for the whole of China, or 200MB for the provinces + cities we will be visiting). This space would might reduce what’s left for photos. The maps have English instructions, Chinese street names and English city names – a good compromise.


Those in the group booking can use this link:

click on “retrieve booking” on the right

enter your first/middle names as one word (as on booking info) and the booking reference


Travel as light as possible. During the trip we are constantly on the move and only stay 2/3 days at each place, therefore I recommend you all to go as light as possible; no need for any formal dress, we are on holiday so casual is the norm.

A lady from a previous trip suggested the following:

  • One or two pairs of comfortable walking shoes / trainers.
  • A few T-shirts (don’t forget your Dao Lu T-shirts for training!), one or two loose comfortable
    pants and a small towel for use during training (most hotels provide towels and soaps, but it is always safer to bring one towel just in case)
  • 2/3 pairs jeans or trousers, one or two dresses for the evening
  • Training pants and fleece or sweater in case weather takes a deep when we train outside.
    Sun cream, and other skin protection products
  • A jumper and a jacket for the evening.
  • A towel, flannels, tooth brush and toothpaste.
  • Rain Coat in case it rains, especially as we are travelling up a mountain (Wudang)

In the mountain (like Wudang) and small towns, some older hotels may not have elevator (lift) facility and you might have to carry your luggage up a few flights of stairs. That is another reason why we recommend travelling with light luggage. Unfortunately the hotel does not meet and greet at the bottom of the mountain, therefore we will have to carry our suitcases up the mountain with changes between two mountain buses (a 45 minutes journey). I am planning to get a minivan to bring the luggage up, however there will be a charge of ¥50RMB for bringing the luggage up and down the Wudang Mountain. This is optional depending on how many suitcases you bring.

Chinese currency & exchange rate

In most major cities department stores and tourist shops will accept credit cards. You may want to inform your credit card company you will be using your card in China. Some establishments may have a surcharge for accepting credit cards. It is wise to have alternative forms of spending money in your local currency.

The currency in China is the ¥ Renminbi (RMB) and the basic unit is the Yuan. The exchange rate is around £1 – ¥8.2RMB, It is worth changing some RMB before you go if possible, if not you can always change it when you get to China. Bring a small amount of cash (suggestion £300 / $400 / AUD$500 only suggestion).

Currency rate at the moment is £1 =¥8.5100 RMB (15th March 2018)


The weather in China in April is between 12C – 25C, however it could be a bit lower in the morning and evening 10-15C. Due to the slight changes on the flight, our itinerary also changed to make sure we make the best of the trip. During this trip we will be travelling quite a bit, we will be making mainly coach and train journeys, and the place we are travelling to are some of the most famous places for Tai Chi and Chinese religions, but unfortunately they are also small towns too, and the conditions and standard will be lower than major cities like Beijing, please be prepared.


Always carry a small bottle of hand-sanitiser and small roll of toilet paper. Toilet paper is usually not provided in rural areas. You can, of course, buy some in local shops.


Breakfast a generally Chinese style, if you can’t survive without a morning cup of English tea,
coffee or cereals every morning, I would suggest you bring a small pack of tea bags, small jar of coffee or some bite size cereals pack just in case.

Sainsbury’s and other supermarkets sell real coffee in drip containers, if you need your fix.

Breakfast in the hotel is mainly Chinese style (meat or plain buns, congee, Chinese tea & some veg and rice), however, there would still be plenty of choices. We will be sampling all types of Chinese food from different parts of the country, but don’t worry; nothing extreme. Lunches and dinners will all be Chinese cuisine from different regions of China, and they are the real / authentic things.

Some hotels have drinking water taps, and it is important to use them for drinking water. We strongly recommend members to buy bottle water when out visiting since water from normal taps is not safe to drink.

Contact with family and friends

Save money on international calls – if you have opened a WeChat account,you may ask your friend or family to open one. You can talk to them free over WiFI in hotels with super sound quality & share photos or leave voice messages.


Please also see Tai Chi Trip to China April 2018

The Chingford Holistic Wellness Event

Tai Chi is part of this new wellbeing event in Chingford, hosted by a range of external organisations.

The event is designed for people to “explore a new level of health through educational talks, healing activities and therapies while discovering a whole new level of freedom around your wellbeing you never thought possible and the wisdom of the ancient civilisations”.

We will run a Tai Chi workshop at 12.30-1.20pm. Please do come along to support the running and meet others. Please note this is a ticketed event.

  • Sunday 25th March, a whole day event from 10am to 8pm
  • Tai Chi workshop at 12.30 – 1.20pm
  • At The Masonic Hall, Forest Approach, Chingford, London E4 7AZ
  • Ticket £5 pp. Children under 16 go free.
  • Bookings and payment, please see the poster and book directly with the organisers (

9.10 – 10am Frankie George Children's Yoga taster session
10.10 – 11.15am Everybody’s Climbing Tree drumming workshop for the kids
11.30 – 12.20pm Jonita DSouza Women's workshop
12.30 – 1.20 pm Tai Chi with Aileen from Walthamstow Dao Lu
1.30 – 2.20pm Cathy Edgar Gong therapy taster group session
2.30 – 3.20pm Tony White sound healing with didgeridoo  taster group session
4.30 – 5.20pm Pilates with Davina Gutteridge
5.30 – 6.15pm Tal Althrop singing workshop
6.20 – 7.05pm Yoga with Maria taster yoga session
7.15 – end Jalpana Laughter Yoga

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2018: Tai Chi taster session

Saturday 10th March, 12-1pm, Walthamstow Leisure Centre, 243 Markhouse Road, London E17 8RN

Many free workshops throughout the day for girls and women to try out. Here is the event poster for the whole day programme and FREE activities.

Related events in the past:

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017

Celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March 2016: Tai Chi mini demonstration

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2015

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2014

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2018

Come along and celebrate Chinese New Year of the Dog in style with Dao Lu! We will take part in a Chinese art performance event organised by Beijing Association of the UK and UK Beijing Art Group.

  • Saturday 10th February, 16:00 – 18:00
  • Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ
  • Dress code: Chinese style, red/black, an indicator of Year of the Dog. Be creative!
  • An event celebrating Chinese arts including Tai Chi, dance, choir, drums (Yao Gu) and many more.
  • For all Dao Lu students, friends, families and partner organisations
  • Ticket £10 pp. Must be purchased by 2nd February.
  • Bookings and payment, please pay to your Tai Chi instructor or use the contact form.

Here is the full programme in English and in Chinese.

We will then travel back to Walthamstow by Victoria Line and continue our celebration with a dinner party!

  • Saturday 10th February, 19:00 – 20:30
  • Peking Chef, 178 Hoe Street, London E17 4QH
  • Dress code: Chinese style, red/black, an indicator of Year of the Dog. Be creative!
  • For all Dao Lu students, friends, families and partner organisations
  • £15 pp including soft drinks (Chinese tea, orange juice, apple juice and water). Lots of veg & vegan options. Cash bar for other drinks.
  • Must be booked by 2nd February.
  • Bookings and payment, please pay to your Tai Chi instructor or use the contact form.

We would like to wish everyone a prosperous, healthy and lucky year!

Related project:

Run like the wind

This is partnership work with Mayor of London, England Athletics and Team Personal Best.

All the movements are gentle and easy to follow – all welcome, but especially older people, disabled people and girls/women.

  • Wednesdays at 11:00 – 12:30
  • 2nd August to 4th October 2017
  • Total 10 sessions, FREE
  • At Leyton Jubilee Park, Marsh Lane, Leyton, E10 7BL
  • Meeting point – outside Kukoolala Cafe near the main gate
  • To book, please use the contact form  (or just turn up)


Here is a poster Run Like the Wind (PDF) if you would like to print it out and/or send to your network to help spread the word!

As part of this athletics programme, we will also be hosting a community celebration event on Sunday 1 October 2017, 12:30 -16:00, in Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London E17 4PP. More details to follow soon.

World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships are taking place this summer in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To help celebrate these world sporting events, Dao Lu has been awarded a Mayor of London community athletics grant to host an athletics project, Run like the Wind, from August to October 2017!

Related project:

Hula Fun for Mums & Kids

Tai Chi Performances and Join in Sessions at Walthamstow Garden Party 15th/16th July 2017

Lloyd Park (behind William Morris Gallery), Forest Road, London E17 5JW

This is our annual event now in its 4th year! We’ll deliver a Tai Chi performance and Join In session at 14:30 – 15:30 on both days over the weekend.

  • Meet at 13:30 on Aveling Field/Sports & Activities Area on both days
  • Tai Chi performance and join in at 14:30 – 15:30. We need as many as students to take part as possible to help showcase different levels and age range to the public!
  • The specific performance site to be confirmed on the day by Barbican. As usual we will need to set up our own fence area and banners for safety and promotion. We need lots of pairs of hands to help with these tasks.

Clothing and other essentials – please wear Tai Chi white uniform and/or Dao Lu red (or white) T-shirt and black trousers. Please bring sun cream and water. If you carry weapons, they must be kept in their bags except for the performances and you must have your Dao Lu licence with you for security checks.

Entry – Dao Lu performers and volunteers will receive briefing on how to register for entry before the event.

Rehearsals – You must attend your regular sessions in the two weeks before for performance training.

Read full event details at:

Related projects:

Walthamstow Garden Party 2016

Tai Chi performance and join in at Walthamstow Garden Party 16th/17th July 2016

Tai Chi performance at WAM Concert, Leytonstone Festival 2016

Tai Chi Performance at WoW U! Summer Festival

Sunday 9th July, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Town Square

Women of Walthamstow Uniting, a voluntary organisation working to celebrate and unify the diverse women of Walthamstow, will be hosting WoW U! Summer Festival, their inaugural event, on Sunday 9th July from 12noon to 6pm. This community event aims to celebrate and unite the diverse girls and women of Walthamstow.

We’ll lend our usual support to all community work by staging a Tai Chi performance!

  • Sunday 9th July 2017
  • Meet at 1:30pm in Town Square
  • Tai Chi performance at 2-2.30pm
  • Wear your red Dao Lu T-shirt and black trousers. Bring your weapons in bags with your Dao Lu licence.
  • Don’t forget your water, sun cream and hat!

Here is a pdf poster for the WoW U! Summer Festival.

Related projects:

Walthamstow Garden Party 2016

Summer Tai Chi @Winchester Road Methodist Church

Dao Lu is piloting an 8-week Tai Chi project for the local community in Highams Park in parallel with a new Tai Chi project for people with learning disabilities at the same venue.

  • From 15th June to 3rd August 2017
  • Every Thurday, 7-8pm
  • Total 8 sessions
  • Block rate of £40 for 8 sessions, pay in advance; drop in £8 per session
  • At Winchester Road Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Highams Park, London E4 9JP
  • To book a place, please contact Oliver, the caretaker, on 020 8531 8663, or contact us.

There is a poster (PDF) for publicity.

We’d like to say a big thank you to Oliver Shykles, the caretaker, and the Minister to help initiate and pilot this project to bring more activities into this vibrant and accessible community hub.

Related projects:

Tai Chi for people with learning disabilities at Winchester Road Methodist Church

Tai Chi for people with learning disabilities at Winchester Road Methodist Church

Dao Lu is piloting an 8-week Tai Chi project for people with learning disabilities. Dao Lu is working in partnership with Days 4 U 2, a voluntary organisation running a day centre for people with learning disabilities, and hoping to set up a sustainable weekly session for more people with learning disabilities in the near future. This was a result of a free taster session on 26 April 2017 which was well received.

  • From 24th May to 12th July 2017
  • Every Wednesday, 11:30 – 12:30
  • At Winchester Road Methodist Church, Winchester Road, Highams Park, London E4 9JP

Here is a PDF poster for publicity.

To find out more about this group or to book a place, if you work with people with learning disabilities, please contact us.

Related projects:

Tai Chi taster session for people with learning disabilities at Winchester Road Methodist Church

Tai Chi for young people with learning disabilities at PIP