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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 a class anytime and by enrolling in our 12 week Beginner Series. The next series is May 15 - August 7, 2023, join by May 31st. 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


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.

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

Monday:         7:15-8:30 pm*

Tuesday:         10-11:15 am

Wednesday:   6-7:15 pm

Saturday:         10-11:15 am

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


  • Sun, Mon, Wed: Five Point Holistic Health, 2866 N. Milwaukee Ave, Logan Square. 

  • Tue, Sat: 939 W Wilson Ave, 3rd Floor, Uptown. You must RSVP for the Uptown classes in order to receive the front door code. 

  • Check here for your best route on public transportation.

  • Instructors: Nathan Paulus in Logan Square and Mia Park in Uptown



$22 drop in single class

$150 monthly unlimited

Payable on site, or via Zelle:

Thanks to the generous support from Warrior’s Path Buddhist Academy, we are able to grant scholarships intended for sincere learners who commit to practicing at least twice a week and who have long-term intentions to practice. You may apply for monthly or on-time scholarships here.

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

The Beginner Series​​​​

  • Spring enrollment is closed.

  • Next series in Fall of 2023

  • RSVP to watch a class here.

  • Scholarships available.


Please read about the Beginner Series, below.


Save the Date for Guillem Bernadó

Senior teacher Guillem Bernadó returns to Chicago after managing Patrick Kelly's Nine Clouds school in Shanghai. Guillem is highly sensitive with a mastery of alignment and has studied taiji for over twenty years. 


Weekday Series, 6-8PM

Sept 18 - Sept 21, 2023

Monday Only: Drop-in class open to everyone with or without taiji experience. $40.

Mon-Thur: All levels with some experience. You are expected to take all four classes. $150.


Weekend Series

Sept 22-24, 2023

Friday: 6-9PM

Saturday: 10AM-1PM & 3-6PM

Sunday: 10AM-1PM & 3-6PM​​

Fri Only: Drop-in class open to all levels with some experience. $60
Fri, Sat AM, Sun AM: All levels with some experience. You are expected to take all three classes. $165

Sat and Sun PM: Experienced, must know the short form and be familiar with the long form. You are expected to take all five classes. $240

12 Week Beginner Series

The Beginner Series includes up to 5 classes per week for 12 weeks in two locations. Tuition is $432. 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 will become available before the next Beginner Series in the Autumn of 2023. Thanks to the generous support of Warrior’s Path Buddhist Academy

The series is taught by Nathan Paulus and Mia Park.

Fall 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 take place in the Fall of 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

Taught by Timothy Suh

  • June 11   930-1230 pm
  • July 8      1-4pm
  • Alternative Health Group,  2209 W North Ave.
  • 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.

$60 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 and apply here.



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.

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 Five Point Health

2866 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60647

The student registration and waiver form can be found here.
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