Portrait of Martin Hall by Trevor Felcey.
I am a qualified Taoist practitioner (Cultivator) with the "Foundation of Tao, Inc." and hold a current certificate for the "Tao of Revitalization" under
Dr. Stephen T. Chang.
I live in the UK on Dartmoor National Park with my partner and two children, in a Coach House that took us a decade to renovate. We thought doing it ourselves was a good idea when we started!
I was a very active and inquisitive child, and as a young man this was channeled into the study of Shotokan Karate, which I did for many years. After achieving my 1st Dan (black belt) I opened a karate club and worked as the instructor.
In my 20's-30's I traveled intensively across the world experiencing different cultures and their approaches to fitness, health and medicine. On returning to the UK, I qualified as a Master Healer, and ran courses in this system in the UK and the USA.
In 2006 I met a professional painter that asked if I would sit as a model for a painting. That first painting took eighteen months! I carried on being a model with that artist for seven years, sitting on a daily basis. The long hours of having to sit still were very demanding. This led me to study deeper into meditation (which I used for the sittings); this allowed me to keep still but awake for long periods of time. I was finding it very demanding and needed help to keep my body, mind and spirit revitalized. It was then I came across Dr. Chang's book "The Complete System of Self Healing". I followed the exercises that Dr. Chang had published, practiced his meditation techniques, and took the appropriate herbal formulas. My health and sitting capabilities improved from strength to strength, and around 25 portraits were accomplished!
So great was the system Dr. Chang had published, I was drawn to attend his classes, and after six years of study under him I completed a thesis on the "Tao of Revitalization" in 2012, which was vetted by Dr. Chang himself.
Now my daily practice follows this wisdom from Dr. Chang.
Dr. Chang is a highly accredited scholar of Taoism, and the ancient Chinese art of herbalism. Over the years I have witnessed my own health continually improve, and the health of my family (as we all take Dr. Chang's Taoist Teas).
me Taoism is time proven (at least 2,200 yrs.), and one of the oldest sustaining systems of health and well being that we have recorded, and the simplest.
As the human race, we would be very foolish to let this ancient knowledge evaporate.
Blessings to all.