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Discover Taoist Wisdom and Practices through the Sanctuary of Tao Membership


Explore a wealth of Taoist teachings that not only provide you with the knowledge and philosophy of essential Taoist writers and masters but also teach practices of Meditation, Qigong, and Tai Chi (Taijiquan)

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Six Streams of Study and Practice

The teachings and practices of the Sanctuary of Tao combine theoretical understanding with practical application for meaningful and effective results. As Albert Einstein said, “Theory without practice is sterile, and practice without theory is blind.” Therefore, our membership provides a dual path of theory and practice, imparting wisdom through philosophical teachings and methods of internal cultivation of body, breath, and mind.

Taoist Philosophy

Discover the essence of Taoism with analyses and interpretations of key illustrations and seminal works such as the Tao Te Ching and Zhuang Zi

Taoist Meditation

Engage in Taoist methods of Tranquil Sitting,  Sitting and Forgetting, and Zhang Sanfeng’s Quarter-Hour Method


Learn standing and seated exercises like Tracing the Wall, the Yang Style 21-Posture Taiji Qigong Form, Eight Brocades Seated Qigong, and Chen Tuan’s Seasonal Exercises


Access in-depth programs on Taijiquan, including the Before Heaven 16-Posture Taijiquan Form

I Ching Studies

Join monthly talks by Stuart Alve Olson exploring diverse facets of the profound I Ching (Book of Changes) and its teachings

Member Talks

Enjoy Stuart Alve Olson's monthly talks covering Taoist works, discussions on meditation, Internal Alchemy, and practical advice for living a Taoist life in today’s world

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About Stuart

Meet your guiding teacher, Stuart Alve Olson, a prolific author with over 35 books on Taoist-related subjects. Having lived, learned, and taught alongside the renowned master T.T. Liang, Stuart is on a mission to carry forward and share Master Liang’s rare teachings.

For four decades, Stuart has delved into the intricacies of Taoism, practicing meditation, Qigong, Tai Chi, Praying Mantis Kung Fu, and Internal Alchemy. His lifelong dedication has culminated in the Sanctuary of Tao’s Membership and Programs, where he shares the wisdom he cultivated under Master Liang's guidance.

Embark on this transformative journey with Stuart Alve Olson, gaining access to a wealth of knowledge and practices that have shaped his spiritual path. Join the Sanctuary of Tao’s Membership and delve into the timeless teachings that bridge the gap between theory and practice, wisdom, and inner strength.

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Why You Should Join?

By becoming a member, you not only access a wealth of knowledge and practices but also contribute to the sustainability of a non-profit organization devoted to spreading the teachings of Taoism. Your membership supports the mission of enhancing people's health, well-being, and spiritual growth through engagement with these transformative teachings. Join the Sanctuary of Tao’s Membership and embark on a journey of self-discovery and illumination.

Comprehensive Taoist Education

Gain access to a rich repository of Taoist teachings, including essential works like the Tao Te Ching, Zhuang Zi, and Lieh Zi. Immerse yourself in the profound philosophy and wisdom passed down through generations.

Guided Meditation and Practices

Learn and practice Taoist meditation techniques. Engage in Qigong and Tai Chi exercises designed to cultivate internal strength and enhance your overall well-being.

Membership Taijiquan Programs

Access additional programs on Taiji Qigong and the Before Heaven 16-Posture Taijiquan Form. These programs provide an opportunity to focus more deeply on the art of Taijiquan and Qigong.

I Ching Studies

Participate in monthly talks by Stuart Alve Olson on the profound I Ching (Book of Changes) and its teachings. Deepen your understanding of this ancient divination and calculation system and its relevance to modern life.

Member Talks and Podcast

Immerse yourself in Stuart Alve Olson's monthly talks covering various Taoist works, in-depth commentaries on classics like the Tao Te Ching,  Zhuang Zi, and Lieh Zi, discussions on meditation, Internal Alchemy, and practical advice for incorporating Taoist principles into today's world.

Guidance from a Renowned Teacher

Benefit from the wisdom and experience of Stuart Alve Olson, a seasoned cultivator and teacher, who lived and learned alongside the renowned master T.T. Liang. Stuart's mission is to carry forward and share the rare teachings he received, providing invaluable guidance on your own spiritual path.

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Join a community of people like you—who are nourishing their bodies and spirits for the sake of leaving the world in better condition than when they arrived. 

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Integrate Mind, Body, and Spirit with Our Taoist Wisdom and Practices

Calmness, tranquility, and peace—the foundations of Taoist teachings and practices—can have profound and positive effects on both your physical and mental well-being. Here's how they may impact you:

In essence, calmness, tranquility, and peace create a fertile ground for holistic well-being, positively influencing your mental and physical states. Incorporating practices that promote these qualities into your daily life can lead to a more balanced, fulfilling, and resilient existence.

Explore Taoist Philosophy

Dive deep into Taoism with our comprehensive resources:

  • Tao De Jing: 89 audio commentaries on the 81 chapters
  • Zhuang Zi: 22 videos on the Inner Chapters (1-7)
  • Translations with Commentaries: 18 PDFs by Stuart Alve Olson
  • Tao of Everyday Living: 25 videos on practical applications
  • Taoist Scriptures:
    - Clarity and Tranquility Scripture
    - Jade Emperor’s Mind Seal Scripture
    - Jade Pivot Scripture
    - Yellow Court Scripture
  • Spiritual Concepts: 6-video seminar series on the Hun and Bo Spirits, Three Corpse Spirits, and Nine Worms

Taoist Meditation

Immerse yourself in the profound practice of Taoist Meditation:

  • Meditation Methods:
    - Tranquil Sitting
    - Sitting and Forgetting
    - Zhang Sanfeng’s Quarter-Hour Method
  • Video Series: Ongoing sessions on Taoist meditation methods and concepts
  • Spiritual Practices: Lessons on bowing and offering incense (PDF and audio downloads)
  • Taoist Chants: Audio and PDF resources
  • Treatises and Scripture Texts for Contemplation Meditation:
    - Clarity and Tranquility Scripture (PDF and Audio)
    - Yellow Emperor’s Yin  Convergence Scripture (PDF and Audio)
  • Tao De Ching: Dedicated lesson with audio version of the Book of Tao and the Book of Virtue

Nourishing Life Arts

Discover a variety of exercises designed to restore health and vitality:

  • Eight Brocades Seated Qigong: The practice of Li Qingyun and other Taoist masters
  • Chen Tuan’s Four-Season Qigong: 24 Dao Yin Seated Exercises (updated bi-monthly to harmonize with seasonal changes)
  • Core Strength: Tiger Waist Exercise
  • Internal Organ Health: Five Animal Frolics Taoist Qigong Exercises

Bonus Membership Programs:
Taiji Qigong: Cultivating the Qi ($108 value)

  • 32 videos; PDF and audio downloads
  • Over 6 hours of instruction
  • Guided practices on the 21-Posture Taiji
  • Supplemental Qigong methods
  • Advanced Tracing the Wall Qigong practices

Before Heaven 16-Posture Form of Taijiquan ($300 value)

  • 97 lessons total
    • Video Lessons
    • Guided practice sessions
    • Supplementary resources, PDF and audio downloads

I Ching (Book of Changes)

Learn about the I Ching (Book of Changes) with:

  • Monthly Talks:
    - Led by renowned author Stuart Alve Olson
    - Exploration of the book’s timeless teachings and diverse facets
    - Conducted via Zoom and recorded for your convenience

  • Three Illuminating Lessons:
    - Taoism and Chinese Astrology
    - Astrology Cycles
    - Charting Chinese Animal Signs
    Provides deeper insights into celestial influences and cosmic alignment

  • Lunar Calendars:
    - PDF downloads of yearly Taoist calendars from the 2023 Lunar Calendar onwards
    - Align your spiritual practices with the natural cycles of the moon for growth and transformation

Internal Alchemy

Discover insights into Taoist Internal Alchemy through our collection of resources:

  • The Tao of Immortality: 5 videos providing overviews on immortality and Internal Alchemy practices
  • 64 Stages of Cultivation According to the I Ching: Insightful audio talk
  • Yellow Court Scripture: 70 audio recordings covering a myriad of Taoist subjects from the chapter text
  • Old Taoist Illustrations: 16 lessons on important Taoist illustrations with translations and commentary
  • Taoist Yoga by Lu K’uan Yu (Charles Luk): 9 audio talks on the book
  • Secret of the Golden Flower: 6 audio talks on Richard Wilhelm’s translation of the text
  • Taoism: The Road to Immortality by John Blofeld: 2 audio talks discussing this work

Member Talks Podcast

Immerse yourself in a wealth of Taoist wisdom and practical guidance with our Member Talks Podcast:

  • Join Stuart Alve Olson via Zoom for enlightening talks on:
    - Taoist works
    - Meditation
    - Internal Alchemy
    - Living a Taoist life in the modern world

  • Comprehensive Archive:
    - 41 episodes (and counting) of Stuart Alve Olson's Member Talks
    - A valuable resource for past discussions and ongoing insights into Taoist philosophy and practice
    - Listen to the talks through your favored podcasting app or service

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I had been practicing qigong for several years when a work-related relocation made me consider online classes. The quality of personalization and depth of these sessions have been amazing. We delve into all aspects of the practices, seeing the spiritual, emotional, and physical effects. Not only is the vastness of Stuart’s knowledge awe-inspiring, from the meditations, external movements, and internal alchemy, to the esoteric meaning of a Chinese character; but the depth of his direct experience helps you to incorporate these into daily life where they take on real meaning.

—Leda Watanabe

After completing the 16-posture Tai Ji program, I find it incredibly relaxing and dynamic at the same time. The program format is easy to understand and the instruction is very clear. Stuart and Patrick are excellent teachers with tremendous experience and patience.

—Blaine Brown

Having looked for a Nei Dan teacher for some years, and having read many of Stuart’s books, I was still a little hesitant to sign up for the Closed-Door Program. It seemed quite a commitment, and while Stuart was clearly a great author and very knowledgeable, I had no idea how he would be as a teacher. As I approach the end of the year and look back, I can say with absolute clarity that it was a great decision to sign up. I have learned a huge amount and Stuart is an amazing teacher, with Patrick and Lily providing a brilliant program structure and tech platform that works seamlessly. Studying with a group is great and supplements the 1:1 lessons. That I can go back and view the videos is also a huge bonus. As I reflect on our work together, I have hugely benefitted from the program—with a long-standing sports injury clearing up, and my energy better than ever, despite needing less sleep. This is the sort of material you simply can’t learn from a book, and if you are considering stepping on the path with Stuart and the team, I would recommend it without any doubt.

—Mark Smith

Stuart Olson learned Tai Ji from the legendary T.T. Liang and I was thrilled to hear that he would offer a 64-posture Tai Ji course that I could attend even though it is not close to home. The 16-posture Before Heaven program uses the computer-based medium at its highest potential. Having learned a kung fu form via the computer during the pandemic, I know how difficult it can be to absorb movement-based content via Zoom. The Sanctuary of Tao leaves nothing to chance. Everything you need to learn is provided. Their combined use of text, graphics, live and recorded explanations, and step-by-step instruction from multiple angles precisely conveys the footwork, movements, and practical applications. Their 2-, 4-, and 6-count breakdown of movements allows you to work in the proper breathing. I can replay a troubling segment as many times as necessary without worrying about distracting other students. I feel like this course takes my Tai Ji to a higher level and as an instructional designer by training, I have nothing but praise for how the class is assembled to promote synchronous and asynchronous three-dimensional remote learning.

—Robin Downing

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