Tai Chi and Qigong Instructors Training Course

Tai Chi and Qigong Instructors Training Course

Tai Chi and Qigong Instructors Training Course

Qualification: Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor (Level 1)

2016/2017 Professional Instructors Tai Chi & QiGong Training Course

This course is now closed. Please contact us if you would like to express your interest in attending this course at a future date.




  • Learn to teach Tai Chi & QiGong in a Professional, Coherent & Grounded way.
  • Bring its benefits into your life, and the communities.
  • Supplement your livelihood while helping others.
  • No previous experience required.

See what others have had to say about the course at the bottom of this page. See our Testimonials page for more.

Course Content: Qigong Training

These are based on various Qigong systems.
1. Fundamental Qigong form/Standing Qi Gong (open energy channels)
2. Qigong Breathing Systems (to ground, move and balance energy)
3. Walking Qigong Forms (to pump energy, move stagnation and strengthen deficiencies)
4. Moving Qigong Forms (to advance all of the above)
5. Tai Chi Ball Qigong
6. Sitting Meditation Qi Gong
7. Interior Scanning Qi Gong (Outer Layer & Inner Layer)
8. Letting go/Dissolving Qi Gong Healing
9. Celestial Qigong Form (introduces spiritual dimension of the human being leading to transformation of the Qi field)
10. Creative Energy Qigong (to strengthen creative Qi)
11. Explore the Spiritual, Energetic and Physical Dimensions of Qi Gong Practice

Tai Chi Training

These are based on traditional Yang Family Style principles.
• Tai Chi Circle/Clock
• Tai Chi Walking
• 24 step Tai Chi Form (Yang Family Tradition Short Form)
• Tai Chi form starting on the opposite side
• Explore the Tai Chi principles of:

– Yin and yang,
– Full and empty,
– Rising and sinking,
– Pulling and pushing

Body/Energy work practices (Linking Movements)

• Posture alignment
• Self-healing warm ups/Qigong warm ups
• Gentle stretching and massage techniques
• Single & Double Push Hands
• Single & Double Hand Silk Reeling

Explorations of relationships between all practices

Explore the relationship:
• between Tai Chi practice and meditation. (Training the Spirit).
• between Tai Chi form practice and Celestial Qi Gong
• between Eight Extraordinary Meridian Qi Gong and Celestial Qi Gong

Explore the deep healing effects of:

• Tai chi Form
• Qi Gong forms
• Tai Chi forms when connected to Celestial Qi Gong


Tai Chi and Qigong are integral to each other and although they are presented above separately in reality they are completely interwoven each assisting the development of each other.

As part of the training in Year 2 students must attend a 3 day course which is the equivalent of Module 1 of the Jade Sun School Syllabus. You can see more information about this at elysiumsanctuary.com.  The material covered on this 3 day course is to help trainees with their own spiritual and personal development and is not a part of what trainees will be certified to teach upon completion of the training. Please contact Gary directly if you wish to discuss this element of the course in more detail.

Training: There are a total of 50 training days and two days for exams over the two years. Each day we will start at 9:30 and finish at 5:30.
Year 1 consists of 11 weekends and a 3 day course.
Year 2 consists of 9 weekends, one 4 day intensive and a 5 day wrap-up (consisting of 3 days of full training and 2 days of exams).


These are the provisional dates for Year 1 of the 2016/2017 Training Course. We always endeavour to ensure that the dates set are adhered to and as there are two instructors there is generally no need for dates to be adjusted.

Year 1


Weekend 1: Saturday 12th March & Sunday 13th March

Weekend 2: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th April [with Neal Traynor]

Weekend 3: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May [With Gary Collins]

Weekend 4: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June [with Neal Traynor]

3 day Course: Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July

Weekend 5: Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August [With Gary Collins]

Weekend 6: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September [with Neal Traynor]

Weekend 7: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October [with Neal Traynor]

Weekend 8: Saturday 12th November & Sunday 13th November [With Gary Collins]

Weekend 9: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December[with Neal Traynor]


Weekend 10: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th January [with Neal Traynor]

Weekend 11: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th  February [With Gary Collins]

Year 2


Weekend 1: March 11th & 12th

Weekend 2: April 8th & 9th

Weekend 3: May 13th & 14th

Weekend 4: June 10th & 11th

4 Day: July 7th to 10th

Weekend 5: August 5th & 6th

Weekend 6: September 2nd & 3rd

Weekend 7: September 30th & October 1st

Weekend 8: October 28th & 29th

Weekend 9: November 25th & 26th

5 Day Wrap Up: January 4th to 8th (Exam days 6th & 8th)

Payment Plans:

Instalment Plan Year 1 Costs:
€2,500 payable €200 per weekend, and €300 for the 3 day course.
By enrolling for Year 1 you are agreeing to pay the full fee of Year 1.

Instalment Plan Year 2 Costs:
€2,600, payable €200 per weekend (x9), €400 for the 4 day intensive and €400 for the 5 day wrap-up, including exam fees of €50 per exam.
A deposit of €400 at the beginning of Year 1 secures a place on the course which is redeemable against the 5 day wrap-up.

Deposit Payment

Please use the below Pay Now button if you would like to pay the €400 deposit to secure a place on the course.
(For alternative payment options please contact Neal Traynor on 0879085684 or info@jadesuntaichi.com.)


One-Off Payment Plan

A one-off payment can be made at the start of Year 1 of €4,335 for Year 1 and 2. This gives a total reduction of 15% on the overall price.
Please use the below Pay Now button if you would like to pay the One-Off Payment.
(For alternative payment options please contact Neal Traynor on 0879085684 or info@jadesuntaichi.com.)


Yearly Payment Plan

€2,250 at the start of Year 1 and €2,340 at the start of Year 2. This gives a total reduction of 10% on the overall price.
Please use the below Pay Now button if you would like to pay for Year 1.
(For alternative payment options please contact Neal Traynor on 0879085684 or info@jadesuntaichi.com.)

Please use the below Pay Now button if you would like to pay for Year 2.
(For alternative payment options please contact Neal Traynor on 0879085684 or info@jadesuntaichi.com.)

Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong’ and sent to ‘The Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong’, c/o Neal Traynor, 3 Broomhall Avenue, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow.EFTs should be made to The Jade Sun School of Tai Chi & Qi Gong:BIC: IPBSIE2DIBAN: IE29 IPBS990623 22997523

Instalment Payment Options

Please use the below button to make a €200 Instalment Payment.

Please use the below button to make a €300 Instalment Payment.

Please use the below button to make a €400 Instalment Payment.



Gary Collins (Senior Instructor), Neal Traynor (Assistant Instructor)


This course will be held in the Elysium Sanctuary Centre in Wexford. [Elysium Sanctuary, Rathnageeragh, Gusserane, Near New Ross, Co, Wexford.]

This is a wonderful environment for the course set in a quiet and rural part of Wexford, but within close range of all amenities.

Kitchen facilities are provided so you can bring your own lunches.

You can visit their website at www.elysiumsanctuary.com


Please contact Neal Traynor on 087 908 5684 or at info@jadesuntaichi.com for details on how to reserve your place.



“I’ve been attending tai chi classes with Neal and Gary for a few years and have been attending the teacher instructors course for the last year.I have benefited hugely in so many areas from my tai chi/ chi gong practice over the years it can be difficult to pinpoint all of them.

However, when my twenty-one month granddaughter came from Canada to spend Christmas, it struck me as I lifted her up in my arms or bent down to play with her, that my level of flexibility and strength has so greatly increased over the last few years.
Having had a history of back trouble , that had required physiotherapy and that generally left me in a degree of pain most of the time, I am really appreciative of this change.
Thank you Gary and Neal for your meticulous , inspirational and always enjoyable teaching of tai chi/chi gong practices that has brought a new level of ease and strength to my body.”
Monica O’Loughlin, Student & Trainee Instructor

“I am loving every aspect of the training. What is special about this training is that the learning is based on the practical and the healing benefits of Tai Chi/Qi Gong. Gary and Neal are patiently showing us how the importance of each move done correctly allows the Chi to move through our bodies and assist healing. Since I have started the training it has certainly escalated my own spiritual growth and healing and my body is beginning to feel stronger. I am so looking forward to bringing this wonderful teaching to my community.”
Bernie O’Reilly,  Trainee Instructor

“Gary and Neal’s skill insight and dedication never cease to inspire me. I am very grateful”
Siobhán Halligan, Student & Trainee Instructor

“I only have positive comments about the Jade Sun School 2 year Instructor course.  It’s more than I expected.  The sharing of knowledge and expertise is second to none. I feel lucky. Now it’s not without challenges on a personal level you have to go within and look at all aspects of the self, the good the bad and the ugly.  However the whole person approach that Gary and Neal bring can only bring about transformation on a personal and health level which is bringing balance into my life. It feels like a journey of the heart and the body.”
Geraldine, Trainee Instructor

“What has really made the course unique for me is that the Tai Chi is being taught in such a human and compassionate way. I feel it has provided a wonderful platform to help me to heal on a deep level. This is always done in such a safe and sacred way and it is testament to the integrity of Gary and Neal, the course instructors. I wholeheartedly recommend the Jade Sun School of Tai Chi and QiGong.” Laurence Reddin, Trainee Instructor

“Highly recommend this course. The course is excellent – professional and meticulous teaching. I have found Tai Chi helpful to clear the mind, relax and energise the body. I love it.”
Sinead, Student & Trainee Instructor

“Thank you Neal and Gary. What a transformative year it has been on so many levels. It’s an honour and a blessing working with you guys and the group as a whole.” Roisin, Trainee Instructor

“Thank you Gary and Neal for this great opportunity to study this beautiful system. This year has been brilliant and the in-depth instruction is first class. I am really looking forward to next year.”  Tony, Trainee Instructor

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