Workshops & Retreats

The Long Form Project

An extended series of Workshops and retreats on the Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form of Daoist Immortal Liu Hongjie as transmitted by master Bruce Frantzis.

The Plan

To offer three 10hr weekends (Sat & Sun) per year plus a nine day retreat (Sat-Sun) at the end of May over four years or so (however long it takes to get through the form). It is also my intention to offer supplemental weekend courses on various aspects of the internal physical and energetic mechanics of Tai Chi (the 16 neigong).

We started in October 2022, but you may still join the project.

Who is it for

The short answer is ‘almost everyone’. The longer answer is here.



The Location: Whitstable, is a popular seaside town on the north Kent coast, sixty miles from London.

The venue: St Peter’s Church House, 154 Cromwell Rd, Whitstable CT5 1NA.

The nine-day retreat:

The location: Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, HX7 7BY is in the middle of the country to make it as easy as possible to reach. It is a beautiful place with a large range of accomodation choices.

The venue: The Waterfront Hall, Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

The Schedule (so far)

Weekends (in Whitstable):
2023 (Year 1-2)

Weekend 1.3: 15-16 April 2023  next
Weekend 2.1: 21-22 October 2023

2024 (Year 2-3)

Weekend 2.2: 27-28 January 2024
Weekend 2.3: 6-7 April 2024
Weekend 3.1: 18-19 October 2024

Times: Sat 11.00-15.00 and 17.00-19.00; Sun 10.00-14.00.

2023 Nine day Retreat (Retreat 1) [In Hebden Bridge]

27 May – 4 June 2023 (9 days)

2024 Nine day Retreat (Retreat 2) [In Hebden Bridge]

[Provisional] 25 May – 2 June 2024 (9 days)

Times: 9.00-13.00 daily (This is the format that Bruce used in his Boston LF trainings 2003-2007 and it worked extremely well, giving lots of time to practice and rest in the afternoons).

The retreat intentionally covers two weekends, the first of which is a bank holiday, in order to reduce the number of days that need to be taken off to four.


3rd Weekend (1.3) (EArly booking rates)

(Early-bird discounts – before 1 March 2023)

Full: £132 £120

Energy Arts Live (Training Circle) members: £110 £100

Energy Arts Instructors (any subject): £104.50 £95

Energy Arts Wu Style Instructors (short/long form): £99 £90

Regular DIA students: £99 £90

Please note: All discounts finish two weeks before the event (1 April), after which the full price (£132) applies to everyone. If you show up on the day the cost is £150.

The pricing structure is changing after Weekend 1.3

Retreat 1, 2023  —  27 May – 4 June 2023 (9 days)

Book by 13 April to get the early-bird discount, price: £360

Book by 13 May to get the discount, price:  £432

Book from 14 May to pay the full price: £504

(Please note: If you show up on the day the cost is £600.)

Year 2

1st Weekend (2.1)  —  21-22 October 2023

Book by 7 September to get the early-bird discount, price: £100

Book by 7 October to get the discount, price: £120

Book from 8 October to pay the full price: £140

(Please note: If you show up on the day the cost is £175.)

To Register

Please contact Matthew.

Payment is via secure electronic invoice or BACS, which I’ll send once you have notified me that you wish to attend.