Dao Lu China Cultural Trip – April 2018

Here is a small selection of people’s feedback:

We were kept well informed prior to travelling.

The information given was very useful especially for someone like me who rarely travels.

Very comprehensive and Aileen [Dao Lu coordinator] was exceptionally responsive to all queries

Fantastic experience, great sights, learnt a lot Qigong, and best group of people anyone could ask for

A very enriching, spiritual, full-on immersive holiday.

This visit to China was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My existing respect for the Chinese people has deepened and I am still getting flashbacks of awe and wonder.

[Chinese tour guide] Lily was wonderful! So patient and attentive to all the quirky individual needs and wants. How she managed to keep track of us all and maintain her calm exterior is superhuman. I enjoyed all her running commentaries and stories too. Hard working has a whole new meaning.

Really enjoyed the depth of training and the explanations Tary [Tai Chi master / organiser] gave on the details of the various moves, the focal points, channels and the philosophy behind both tai chi and qigong

For me, the training was ideal as I was a bit anxious about not knowing any Tai Chi before the trip. The Qi Gong was accessible and gave immediate health and well being benefit. I will be joining local classes.

I enjoyed the time to train everyday. It is an absolute luxury when you are having to deal with the inconveniences of day to day life.

The WhatsApp group is great. I hope it will be used in the future for sharing knowledge, information and upcoming events.

Colin [Dao Lu webmaster] making pictures available on Google and YouTube is great!

Very good value

Very reasonable for a priceless experience

This was a wonderful, exciting, challenging, unforgettable, life-changing experience with a lovely group of people.

I am still amazed at the amount of places we visited in only two and a half weeks. Although my favourite has to be the time spent on Mount Wudang, I loved all the places we visited. I enjoyed the variety of scenery and the contrast between country, mountains and cities.

The food was so healthy and tasty. I have given my diet a complete overhaul as I felt so good after every meal. I am missing the round tables and lazy Susan with the steady flow of increasingly delicious dishes. I cannot say which was my favourite but I loved the variety.

Being the only vegan on the trip I think the selection of food was good. Overall there was an abundance of vegetables and fruit which was great for me. My favourite food was spicy tofu.

China is a fantastic country. The ancient next to the modern is awesome. The Chinese people make it though. I love them.

An enormous thank you to everybody who made this possible and the group for being such lovely warm, life affirming people

Celebrating World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day 2017

Dao Lu students celebrated World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day 2017 on Sunday 30 April.

  • Sunday 30 April, 10.30 – 11.45
  • Aveling Field (near Green Gym), Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP
  • FREE for public members
  • A poster (PDF) is available if you would like to print it out, for publicity
  • Members of the public can join in FREE!

Related projects:

Celebrating World Tai Chi Day 2016

Celebrating World Tai Chi Day 2015

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017

Tai Chi performance and a surprise award
Friday 10 March, 6.30-8.30pm

Dao Lu’s outreach work to girls and women and other wider community groups has been recognised at an International Women’s Day 2017 event hosted by Cllr Yemi Osho. Aileen has been awarded Outstanding Contribution to Health and Wellbeing in Our Community!

Many thanks to the girl/woman students who helped deliver a mini Tai Chi performance, as we did every year! Without so many people’s support and work in many different ways, we cannot reach so many community groups in the past years.

We’d also like to congratulate Cllr Clare Coghill who has become the first female council leader of Waltham Forest in over 50 years!

The event took place in Waltham Forest Council Chamber, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4JF. The Worshipful the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Peter Herrington, and Mayoress Susan Herrington were present as well.

Walthamstow Garden Party 2016

The Land of Shadows – instrumental / Tai Chi / dance show
Saturday 16 July 2016, Walthamstow Garden Party 2016

Directed by Alison Jones, Artistic Director at Shapeshifter Productions Ltd www.shapeshifter-productions.com

The Land of Shadows, from WILDFIRE! performed by Walthamstow Acoustic Massive www.wildfiretheshow.com

Choreography by Cecily Fay and Sam Francis

Cecily Fay as Warrior Queen www.silatschool.com

Tai Chi students, led by Aileen Hamdan, from Dao Lu C.I.C., as Warrior Girls and Women www.daolu.co.uk
Dance students from X7eaven as Travellers on quest www.x7dance.com

Labour of Love Celebration

Labour of Love Celebration

Labour of Love Celebration

Dao Lu attended the Labour of Love celebration event this afternoon in London Legacy Development Corporation, Stratford Westfield. 8 girls and women from the Tai Chi Breeze Tuesday class took part in this art project at incredibly short notice with artist Caroline Jupp, the then artist-in-residency in Queen Elizabeth Olympics Park. We talked about our work experiences and what the impact of Tai Chi or Kung Fu had on us…

Labour of Love

Labour of Love







Here is an example of a story told by a very young person (the last and 170th person)… Caroline did an incredible job of capturing 170 people’s stories and published an limited edition (300 print copies only) of Labour of Love! We are proud of being part of this beautiful and powerful art project!


Grading 2014

Congratulations to all who passed their grading this year! Above are the grading award photos.
If you would like to see enlarged or download for printing, here are the full size images. They may take some time to download as are full size. Click on the link to open, then right click to “Save Image As…”:
Tai Chi Yellow Sash
Tai Chi Red Sash, Tai Chi Black Sash
Gong Fu Yellow Sash
Gong Fu Red Sash
Gong Fu Red with Black Tip Sash +1
Gong Fu Black Sash

Walthamstow Woodcraft Folk – opening day

Dao Lu did a Tai Chi workshop and Tai Chi / Kungfu mini performance on Sunday 14th September, to support Higham Hill Hub / Woodcraft Folk new home openning day. It’s not only just about work, two young people had fun after their Kungfu performance!