Chungliang Al Huang

The Hero’s Journey
Poetic Imageries of Tai Ji Metaphors

Classical Tai Chi Chuan, a form of movement meditation handed down through generations of Taoist practice in ancient China, offers potent imageries of poetic metaphors. Through in-depth philosophical discussions and movement explorations, Chungliang Al Huang will introduce the essential Tai Ji practice. Drawing on his ten-year history of collaborative teaching with Joseph Campbell in their celebrated Esalen seminars, Mythbody to Live By, he will focus on the depth understanding and practice of Tai Ji as a Mythic Journey in our day-to-day “heroic encounters.” No previous Tai Ji experience is required. Participants should be prepared to enjoy a vibrant and enlightening experience of Being Alive!

Friday, June 17, 2:00-9:00 PM
Saturday, June 18, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
$325 General Admission | $275 special Admission (Joseph Campbell Library Members, Full Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors) | Includes Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast & Lunch, and Booksigning Opportunities | 11.5 CEUs

La Casa De Maria, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara

Chunglian Al Huang, philosopher, performing artist and internationally acclaimed Tao master, is the founder-president of the Living Tao Foundation and the international Lan Ting Institute in the sacred mountains in China, and on the Oregon Coast. He is a research scholar of the Academia Sinica, a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, and an assembly member for the Council for a Parliament of the World Religious. A close colleague and collaborator with the late scholar Alan Watts and mythologist Joseph Campbell, Huang was featured in the inaugural segment of Bill Moyers' renowned PBS World of Ideas series. He is the author of numerous best-selling books, including the classic, Embrace Tiger, Return To Mountain, Essential Tai Ji; Quantum Soup; Chinese Book of Animal Powers, and co-author with Alan Watts of Tao:The Watercourse Way, and with Dr. Jerry Lynch of Thinking Body, Dancing Mind; Tao Mentoring, and Working Out, Working Within. For more information visit