Empty Vessel & Mystical Abode
China Tour 2017


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Solala Towler Solala Towler has been traveling to China since 1993. He is one of the founding board members as well as past president of the National Qigong Association and has been studying and teaching qigong and Taoist meditation for over 25 years.

Solala is author of 14 books on the Taoist Arts including:

  • Embarking on the Way: A Guide to Western Taoism (Abode of the Eternal Tao),
  • Cha Dao The Way of Tea (Singing Dragon),
  • Tales From the Tao (Watkins),
  • The Inner Chapters of Chuang Tzu (Watkins),
  • The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy (Sounds True),
  • Practicing the Tao Te Ching: 81 Steps on the Way (Sounds True), and the forthcoming
  • The Spirit of Zen: Teaching Stories On the Way to Enlightenment (Watkins).

In addition, he has been editor of “The Empty Vessel: The Journal of Taoist Philosophy and Practice” since 1993. Solala has recorded four cd’s of meditation/movement music and is founder of the sacred music ensemble Windhorse.

He also offers Taoist Gongfu Tea sessions around the country as well as sessions with the I Ching, the ancient book of divination and self cultivation.

Solala has studied with many teachers both in China and the U.S. including Ni Hua Ching, Chen Hui Xian, Chen Fu Yin, Chungliang Al Huang and Wu Zhongxian.

For more information on Solala and his work see his website at www.abodetao.com.


Jessica Kolbe Jessica Kolbe is a Senior Teacher Trainer for The Institute of Qigong and Tai Chi, (IIQTC) and has helped to certify hundreds of Qigong and Tai Chi teachers. Jessica is also on the Faculty of The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA where she leads several workshops a year.

Jessica is based in the Santa Barbara area, where she leads classes, workshops, corporate wellness programs, certification trainings and private healing sessions.

Jessica and her husband Ray produce an award winning TV show, "Qigong with Jessica Kolbe," that airs/streams on TVSB and on demand. Jessica has been a featured presenter for the National Qigong Association annual conferences. In addition, Jessica has led classes on cruises for Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyages and for study groups in Bali for Spirit Tours.

This will be Jessica’s 2nd trip to China, returning to Hangzhou, Beijing and the beautiful Wudang Mountains. She studied with Master Zhou in 2013 while assisting on a trip lead by Dr. Roger Jahnke, the founder of the IIQTC. Jessica is thrilled to go back to the birthplace of Tai Chi with Solala Towler and friends to study again with Master Zhou.

Jessica began practicing Qigong and Tai Chi 20 years ago. Before this Jessica was a professional windsurfer and an interior designer. She has traveled extensively all over the world. In 2009 she became a certified Qigong and Tai Chi teacher so she could share these stress reducing and healing techniques with others. She believes that Qigong and Tai Chi keep us healthy, happy, balanced, graceful and peaceful.

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