Associate Instructor Training

Learn from Source

  • July 12th – 17th 2020
  • Eco-Centre, Wicklow
  • All Day Retreat
  • €750 + Acc/Food
Associate Instructor Training

We are delighted to offer Associate Instructor Training in Ireland and we hope to have a new wave of teachers sharing Universal Tao practices as brought to the West by Master Mantak Chia. It is our vision that more people have access to Taoist practices in Ireland, Europe and beyond, bringing more peace to our world. 


What’s an Associate Instructor? An Associate Instructor certificate allows you to teach basic practices such as the Inner Smile, Healing Sounds and Qi Gong warm ups in your local area. It is like a halfway point to becoming a Certified Instructor. It suits those who wish to deepen their practice or add to their therapy-work or for people who would not have the time or resources to attend the full 4 week training in the Tao Garden. Once you have become an Associate Instructor, you can upgrade to Certified Instructor at Tao Garden in just 2 weeks.


The Training: This 6 day immersive training takes place in a stunning retreat setting in Wicklow, Ireland. It is a complete programme from early morning to late evening. Expect to immerse yourself fully in the Tao and to feel inspired and full of chi! The training is bespoke to the group and combines practice and theory, as well as all of the essentials for becoming a good teacher.

We cover the following Tao practices, some of which is just for your own personal practice and some of which you will be able to teach:

  • Inner Smile
  • Healing Sounds
  • Warm Up Qi Gong
  • Chi Self Massage
  • Tan Tien Breathing Practices
  • Microcosmic Orbit & Connections
  • Activating the 6 Directions
  • Iron Shirt Chi Kung
  • Tao Yin

To qualify as an Associate Instructor, you will need to demonstrate a competent level of knowledge at the end of the training for those practices you can become qualified to teach – Inner Smile, Healing Sounds, Chi Kung warm ups and Chi self massage.


Pre-Requisites for Certification: This week long retreat is open to everyone – its ideal for those who wish to deepen their practice and immerse in Taoist practice. For those who wish to become certified as an Associate Instructor, some pre-requsities are in place. Universal Healing Tao System requires that you complete 60 – 70 hours of specific workshop/classes with a certified Universal Healing Tao Instructor prior to doing the training. You must have at least 6 months personal practice of Universal Healing Tao practices. Please read this information from Tao Garden with regards pre-requisite hours. 


If you are hoping to become certified please email and we will help you calculate if you have the correct hours. Email us a list of the workshops, dates and teacher’s name and we will assist you in your application. Please note this needs to be done in advance of the training retreat to avoid disappointment. For those wishing to teach the practice, we also recommend doing Mantak Chia’s seminar in Dublin as preparation, May 22nd – 28th. Learn from Source.


Teachers: The training will be facilitated by Olivier Barré (Senior Instructor) from France with Máire Ní G assisting (Certified Instructor), both of whom have trained directly with Grandmaster Mantak Chia in the Tao Garden in Thailand.


Olivier assists Master Chia in teaching and evaluating new instructors at the Tao Garden. He has over 20 years experience with the practices. As an acupuncturist and manual therapist, Olivier is firmly rooted in Chinese medicine, with a broad knowledge of meridians, five elements theory and anatomy which supports his teaching. He is also a Chi Nei Tsang teacher. Olivier assists Master Chia in Tao Garden to certify Instructors. 


Máire is the founder of Universal Healing Tao Ireland and is happy to be establishing the soulful roots of the Tao in Ireland. She is the organiser of Mantak Chia’s visits to Dublin and teaches regular classes and workshops throughout the year.


Venue: The training will take place at An Tairseach, Eco-Centre, Wicklow. It has a sustainable ethos with delicious organic food from their own farm or locally sourced produce. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Weather-permitting we will be able to do some practice in the Cosmic Gardens, a trip to a secret beach to do practice and you will be able to enjoy the tranquil surroundings between sessions. Accommodation and food are extra and affordable.



Tuition – €750

Food & Accommodation – approx €400 TBC


For those travelling from Europe, its possible to get to the Eco-Centre by public transport. If you need help planning your route, just send me an email.


This training is approved by Grandmaster Mantak Chia and Universal Healing Tao System. 


Join us in the Tao.


If you want to learn something, read. If you want to master something, teach”. Confucius


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