Seated Tai Chi:Awakening Stillness and Well-being

Jan. 22, 2024

8 a.m. EST



A unique continuing education course to train therapeutic activity professionals in long-term care to guide seated tai chi sessions for people in their care.

Course Summary

Tai Chi can bring us to a quiet center in our being. It is as though our ailments disappear during the Tai Chi session. While the movements you learn are significant in this process, creating a stillness environment is equally crucial.

During the course, you will learn how to guide seated Tai Chi sessions for people in your care. Prior knowledge of Tai Chi is not needed. Ideally, your main commitment is to practice the movements yourself every day from the point at which to start the course.

With practice, both you and the people who participate in the seated Tai Chi sessions will experience less anxiety, increased relaxation, and feelings of well-being.

People facing cognitive decline may also experience enhanced memory ability and/or postponement of symptoms. Physical outcomes may occur such as less pain, lower blood pressure, and better sleep. These benefits may extend to reduced stress and more focus on life balance.


The course is suitable for therapeutic activity professionals, working in memory care settings, who would like to add a new dimension to their work. Nurses working in rehabilitation settings also benefit from the course.

In our approach, both you the teacher, and the participants benefit from Tai Chi stillness practice.


Self-paced learning
January 22, 2024 - March 4, 2024

The first part of the course is comprised of on-demand videos which can be followed at your own pace.

We recommend that you practice the movements shared in these on-demand videos each day for at least two full weeks before the interactive part of the course begins. This means you start following the on-demand lessons by February 20, 2024.

Weekly live interactive Zoom sessions
March 5 - April 2

Each Tuesday, 09:00-09:40 AT

The second portion of the course involves five -40-minute interactive sessions, spread over five weeks. During these sessions, you receive feedback to help you feel more comfortable performing the tai chi movements, work out how to organize sessions for people in your care, and begin to guide sessions on your own.

Monthly Zoom check-ins
May 7 - July 2

First Tuesday of each month at 09:00-09:40 AT

In the final part of the course, participants share and learn together based on the knowledge being acquired from running the seated Tai Chi programs at your homes.


The entire course is available via an online education platform. The live interactive sessions are delivered using Zoom. These sessions are recorded and made available to you. There is a course handbook and you are welcome to reach out to the course instructor with specific questions.


This course is CA$ 549, plus HST. In New Brunswick, 50% is reimbursed through workplace training grants. We can support your organization to apply for the grant.


On-demand videos

Self-paced learning between January 24 -March 4

Introducing the main concepts

A thirty-minute introduction:

  • What is Tai Chi
  • What is Stillness
  • What is Narrative Care
  • Follow along exercises

The Stillness Environment

Thirty minutes on the guidelines for Creating a Stillness Environment:

  • No expectations
  • Co-Creating—We are together
  • Music


  • Follow along exercises

Relaxing into Stillness and Narrative Care

Thirty minutes on the guidelines for the Relax-into-Stillness Movements

  • Softness—Loose Joints
  • Comfort Zone
  • Narrative Care


  • Follow along exercises

The Movements

The Movements

  • Wu Chi—Breathing
  • Reach
  • Wave
  • Moving the Ball
  • Wave Hands Like a Cloud

Weekly Zoom Sessions

Practicing together
09:00- 09:40 AT, Tuesday, March 5

The focus is on practicing the movements together and feeling increasingly comfortable doing them. We briefly revisit the guidelines for creating a good stillness environment.

Practicing together
09:00- 09:40 AT, Tuesday, March 12

The movements are led by participants. We discuss how putting this new knowledge into practice is going. And together we help each other to make improvements.

Organizing a session
09:00- 09:40 AT, Tuesday, March 19

The movements are led by participants. We begin planning how to organize the first seated tai chi session. You learn from a home that has already implemented a seated tai chi program.

Guiding the first session
09:00- 09:40 AT, Tuesday, March 26

The movements are led by participants. We begin to hear back about participants promoting and guiding first sessions at their homes.  

Regular seated Tai Chi sessions
09:00- 09:40 AT, Tuesday, April 2

The movements are led by participants. We discuss how putting your new knowledge into practice is going. We help each other to make improvements. Participants share feedback on their first sessions guiding residents. We learn how to continue providing sessions programmatically to residents each week.

Monthly Zoom Check-Ins

09:00-09:40 AT, May 7, June 4, July 2

In this final portion, we meet to share the knowledge that you are acquiring from guiding seated Tai Chi sessions at your homes


  • Course Handbook
  • Audiobook Pathways to Stillness - Reflect, Release, Renew
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Lifelong Inspiration develops ideas, services and solutions to advance a person-centred agenda. In eldercare, their most well-known project is True Doors®, decals that transform facilities into homes, which are now found in sixteen countries.

Person Centred Universe has partnered with Lifelong Inspiration to develop a number of programs, such as the One-Page Profile Masterclasses, Pathways On Demand, and Seated Tai Chi: Awakening Stillness and Wellbeing.

Gary Irwin-Kenyon
Gary Irwin-Kenyon

Gerontologist and Tai Chi teacher @garyirwinkenyon

Dr. Irwin-Kenyon was born in Montreal, Quebec, and completed his early studies at Concordia University. He did his doctoral work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and then became a postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Southern California. He was also a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Linkoping, Sweden, and is a frequent visiting scholar in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon is founding Chair and Professor at the Gerontology Department, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

He is a Fellow of the Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Southern California. Gary is listed in Who’s Who in Canada (Grey House Publishing) and the United States (Marquis Biographies Online).

He has authored, co-authored or co-edited six books, including Narrative Gerontology, Storying Later Life, Restorying Your Life, Ordinary Wisdom, and Pathways to Stillness.

Gary is a teacher and practitioner of Tai Chi with more than thirty years of experience. He designed a program, Tai Chi as Narrative Care, which he has been teaching for the past ten years to special groups, including residents in long-term care. He conducts workshops and seminars in Canada, The United States, Europe, and Asia. Gary is also an apprentice barista. He resides in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada with his wife Liz, where they operate Seahaven, an organic B&B.

Rahzeb Choudhury
Rahzeb Choudhury

Founder @Lifelong Inspiration

Rahzeb is the founder of Lifelong Inspiration. Lifelong Inspiration promotes and develops ideas, services and tools to advance a person-centred agenda. In long-term care, Lifelong Inspiration is most well known for True Doors®, decals help that improve the lives of people with dementia. True Doors began as a social art and life story project and is now a respected brand adopted from Tasmania to Vancouver.

Rahzeb has been a London city banker, market analyst, and language technology entrepreneur. He and his family are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.