- Discover Taoist wisdom that will help you gain clarity and tranquility in your life
- Develop a practice of meditation, Qigong, and/or Tai Chi to nourish your body and spirit
- Join a community where people come together to learn, practice, & support each other
What Is Taoism?
Taoism is a philosophy that emerged thousands of years ago in China. Its practical wisdom guides us along a pathway toward restoring ourselves to optimum health and wellbeing, living from our spirit, and experiencing the Tao—a state of oneness with “Infinite Love, Infinite Wisdom, and Infinite Simplicity.” More on Taoism…
What Is the Tao?
“The Tao is unknowable, vast, eternal. As undifferentiated void, pure spirit, it is the mother of the cosmos; as non-void, it is the container, the sustainer, and, in a sense, the being of the myriad objects, permeating all.”—John Blofeld, Taoism: The Road to Immortality.
“This Divine Current [Tao] is above time, space, and ‘existence’ itself but It fills, guides and nourishes the Universe according to Its own laws. It is Infinite Love, Infinite Wisdom, and Infinite Simplicity and contains infinite potentialities.”—Peter Goullart, The Monastery of Jade Mountain. More on the Tao…
What Is Your Personal Tao?
Taoist seek to find and follow their personal tao. Your “personal tao” means finding your natural ways of being and your own path in life. Each of us is a unique expression of the whole–the Tao. Living our personal tao is about stripping away our unhelpful conditioning and living authentically from that true essence. More on living your personal tao…
Free Introductory Talk on The Way of Being Taoist
Headteacher of the Sanctuary of Tao, Stuart Alve Olson will talk about what it means to be Taoist– finding our path to living in connection and harmony with the Tao. This is the kick-off call and introductory talk for the Member Path, the core curriculum of the Sanctuary of Tao Membership.
There will be a replay available if you’re unable to attend live. We hope to see you there!
NEW Sanctuary of Tao Monthly Membership
We’re excited to announce that our new Monthly Membership is now available. We rely on the support of our members to make it possible for us to continue making Taoism more accessible in the world. For $18 a month you can join our new Sanctuary of Tao Monthly Membership Program.
Tao of Less Stress Program Available For Free
In the spring of 2020, to support each other during these intense times, we gathered together in a program called the Tao of Less Stress, based on Stuart’s book The Tao of No Stress, teaching breathing, self-massage, and the six healing sounds to relieve stress and anxiety. The program also includes an additional set of Standing Qigong practices for mindfulness and relaxation.
The full program is available in the Class Portals area of this site, and is available to access here for free.
The Sanctuary of Tao stands with the movement for Racial Justice and Equity
We at the Sanctuary of Tao have been deeply disturbed by the inhumane murders of African Americans like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and so many others at the hands of White police officers.
We are no longer willing to, through our inexcusable silence and inaction, perpetuate the status quo in this country, where Black people are judged and treated as “less than” and as criminals because of the color of their skin.
To the Black members of our community, we want to do better. We are listening. We are committed to learning, reflecting, transforming, and taking action to dismantle White Supremacy and create a society where Black people, and all people of color, experience justice and equity and are supported to thrive. Read More…
With any simple practice or teaching in Taoism, there are always many more layers to delve deeper into, and many more ways to expand and strengthen your practice.
Combining depth of knowledge with a logical, step-by-step manner of learning, our online programs support your journey toward wellness, wisdom, and awakening.
Sanctuary of Tao Monthly Membership
We rely on the support of our members to make it possible for us to continue making Taoism more accessible in the world. For $18 a month you can join our new Sanctuary of Tao Monthly Membership Program.
Taoist Calendar and Astrology
We also offer a Taoist Calendar with all the holidays, festivals, and auspicious days that Taoists recognize, as well as the Chinese Astrology for each day, month, and year. Here you can also find a calculator and chart with instructions for determining your, or anyone else’s, Chinese Astrological signs.
We also invite you to like our Facebook page to connect with a global community sharing Taoist topics, stories, and ideas, and receive support from our teachers and staff.