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Taiji In Chicago

Daoist Principles in Practice

We practice and teach taiji, also known as taichi, using the system taught by Patrick Kelly. This taiji system is an intelligent synthesis of the three great esoteric streams of Daoism/Buddhism, Gnosticism/Sufism, and Yogic internal work as studied by Patrick for over 50 years and synthesized with the approval of his teachers.

We believe that the great purpose of taiji is the great purpose of life itself – internal evolution.

If you're interested in learning more about the WorldWideWay
of energy cultivation, self refinement, and meditation through taiji, you're welcome to join us by observing classes anytime, or by enrolling in our 12 week Beginner Series. The next series is May - July, 2023. All classes take place in Chicago, IL.

Learn more about our lineage and what to expect from practicing taiji on The Practice page and watch videos on the Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? of our taiji system on the Media page



Our teacher Patrick Kelly has written several helpful books, available in Chicago and online. Read more about his books here.


We recommend "Infinite Dao" which is available in Chicago for $50. Order here. Some books are also available as Ebooks on his website.

Special Weekend Workshop

Train with Christine Schneider from Austria

April 14-16, 2023. Details TBA

Christine has studied under Patrick Kelly for 25+ years and belongs to his network of senior teachers. She has lead the school, taiji-schule since 2011 and teaches outside of Austria regularly. This is her first workshop in the United States. She's also teaching in Boston, April 21-23. We're thrilled to host her!

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Class Schedule

You must either complete or be enrolled in the 12 week Beginner Series, or have agreement from the instructor to participate in these classes. There are no drop-in classes. You're welcome to observe any class, free of charge. Please RSVP here.

The below classes accommodate both experienced students and the Beginner Series.  Class marked with * is experienced students only.

Sunday:          11:30 am-1 pm 
Monday:         6-7:15 pm 

Tuesday:         10-11:15 am 

Wednesday:  6-7:15 pm
Thursday:       6-7 pm  

Thursdays:      7:15-8:30 pm*

* Long Form: ( Only students of 6 months +)


  • Sun, Mon, Thur: Alternative Health Group, 2209 W North Ave, Wicker Park.  CTA:  Damen Blue line stop   

  • Tue, Wed: 939 W Wilson Ave, 3rd Floor, Uptown. You must RSVP for the Uptown classes in order to receive the front door code. CTA: Wilson stop on the Red Line.

  • Check here for your best route on public transportation.

  • Instructors: Nathan Paulus in Wicker Park and Mia Park in Uptown

$16     single class
$40    3 classes in one week
$144   12 classes in one month

Payable to Nathan on site.

As schedules occasionally change, please contact us to make sure class is confirmed.

The Beginner Series​​​

  • Beginner Series May - July, 2023.

  • RSVP to watch a class here.

  • Scholarships available.


Please read about the Beginner Series, below.

12 Week Beginner Series

The Beginner Series includes up to 5 classes per week for 12 weeks in two locations. Once you've observed a class and are ready to enroll, payment info will be provided. If you enroll after the first week, tuition will be pro-rated. Credit for future classes and workshops will be issued in lieu of refunds.

Scholarship applications have closed. Thanks to the generous support of Warrior’s Path Buddhist Academy

The series is taught by Nathan Paulus and Mia Park.

May - July, 2023

We accept new taiji beginners every 3-4 months. We ask that you commit to taking at least 2 classes per week at either location. Attend when and where you're able. The next Beginner Series will be May - July, 2023.

Before beginning your taiji practice with us, we first ask that you observe a full class.  You can see exactly what we do and we can answer any questions you may have. Learn more about the practice and what to expect on The Practice page. Please RSVP here. 

This practice is safe for every body to practice, from mature young people to elders and more.


Wondering how to get started right away? 

Monthly Workshops

Lead by senior teacher Timothy Suh

Sundays from 8-11AM on Feb 12, March 12, TBA.

Location: Alternative Health Group,  2209 W North Ave., Wicker Park. RSVP here.

Open to all taiji practitioners from any lineage with at least 6 months of experience. Learn in depth about the taiji forms, push-hands and applications done with partners, about the spirituality of taiji, and more.

$75 payable to Timothy on-site. Scholarships are available to these workshops thanks to the generous support of Warrior’s Path Buddhist Academy. To apply,  RSVP here and apply here.


Seek a broad balance of life experience while balancing action, feeling and thought.

  • Harm no one – help those near to you.

  • Respond positively – don't react.

  • Understand others – change yourself.

c/o Alternative Health Group

2209 W. North Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

The student registration and waiver form can be found here.
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