Laura Stone

In 2012 Shambhalian Laura Stone celebrated 40 years of practicing and teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Along with the basic principles of relaxation, grounding, effortless power and synchronizing body and mind, core themes for Laura are contact, space, and harmony. These within oneself and in interaction with others.
She is fascinated with the art of soft contact pushing/sensing hands and T’ai Chi boxing as metaphors for relationship. These interactive practices are exquisite training for embodying qualities such as mindfulness, fearlessness, inscrutability and joy in (inter) action.

Laura is an accomplished classical pianist. Improvising with Veronika Simonett, she joins her love of making music via the piano and voice with the sound world of today's music. Music from the heart.

Meditation, counseling and other body-mind disciplines are also part of the mix that inspires Laura and her interplay with others.

Laura lives in Deventer, The Netherlands, with her husband and Shambhala teacher Fred van Welsem.

“ I love the natural world, small and vast, and people.
Sharing the rich mix of T’ai Chi, music, meditation and life experience with others gives meaning, joy and satisfaction in my life, and hopefully theirs too. A way to contribute to creating an authentic and sane society this very moment.”


16 November 2015


Dechen Chöling would like to express its great solidarity and compassion for the families and close ones of the victims of last Friday night's terrorism in Paris. During the coming days, we will conduct ceremonies to their memory, and continue to dedicate our prayers and our daily practice.

13 November 2015

Bid for the Open Heart Retreat at Dechen Chöling! Enjoy five days of practice and study with best-selling author and teacher Susan Piver.

More information here: Bidding for Good Auction

9 October 2015

"Today is a beautiful Fall day, the trees are dancing in the crisp energy of the wind, leaves have already changed colours and are flying about, everything is clear and vivid. It is slightly nostalgic, it is the end of summer, yet everything is very energised.

6 October 2015

Dathün is a four-week meditation intensive, taking place in March 2016 and open to all. It is all about taking time to really unwind, settling into the ground of meditation and finding room for what is meaningful, while...

15 September 2015

Our Winter Meditation Retreat provides a precious opportunity for retreat, reflection and renewal during the Winter solstice and the New Year’s celebration. Join us for these days of mindfulness...

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