About the Universal Tao Boston

Decades of Teaching

For 30+ years the Universal Tao Boston has held classes in Chi Kung, Meditation, Tai Chi and ancient healing techniques in the Boston area. 

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Decades of Classes

Through the years countless students have come through our doors to learn to cultivate their life force energy for a strong, healthy and conscious life.

Marie Favorito

Marie is the Founder and Director of the Universal Tao Boston. Marie has consistently and compassionately met students where they are to teach them practices to get them where they want to go. 

Course Offerings


Taoist meditation is a really down-to-earth practice. The focus is on generating, transforming and circulating energy. Once this energy is developed and refined one can use it for healing, creativity or delving into deeper meditation practices.

  • Inner Smile
  • Microcosmic Orbit
  • Fusion of the Five Elements
  • Kan & Li

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a relaxed moving meditation and martial art which calms the body and mind. At BHT we teach Yang Style.

  • Short Form
  • Long Form
  • Sword Form
  • Rainy Day Tai Chi


Chi Kung practice increases your Chi, flow and brings a sense of calm and centeredness. Here is a short list of some of the chi kung forms we teach:

  • Ba Gua Qigong
  • Incense Qigong
  • Iron Shirt Qigong
  • Buddha Palm Qigong
  • Six Healinng Sounds Qigong
  • Healing Love and more.....

100 Day Practice

Practicing is the only way to develop and improve your skill. We'll hold the space for your commitment with support and guidance for 100 Days straight. This is a challenge and not to be taken lightly! That said, we approach our daily practice with great joy in a caring community with consultation if needed. We'll even help you design a personal practice focused on your goals.

Alexander Technique

The Alexander Technique is a tool for transformation, a 'way' for making changes to better your life. Improvements are noted:

  • Co-ordination
  • Clarity in the present moment
  • Ease in movement
  • Making conscious choices
  • Improvements in activities

Chi Nei Tsang

Chi Nei Tsang is a healing technique that detoxifies, regenerates and balances each one of the human body’s vital functions. CNT brings greater circulation and balance to the abdomen, the 'Lower Tan Tien'. Chi Nei Tsang is a method to clear blocked energy or stagnant chi to clear body, mind and spirit.

Class pricing

Tuesday Weekly Qigong


90 minute class 6:30 to 8pm

$25 per class

$85 monthly (4 classes)

3 month commitment = $250

Private Lessons


Private Lessons are by appointment only. They are generally one hour and held at the Somerville studio. Single lesson or package pricing available. Please contact us for details.

Saturday Weekly Classes


9:30 Qigong. 10:30 Tai Chi. 

11:30 Meditation

1 class = $20

2 classes = $40

all 3 classes = $50

One Day Workshop


A full day workshop runs for 6-8 hours depending on the topic and includes time for lunch. Generally costs $125-160 for the day. Please contact us for upcoming opportunities to study and practice together.

Weekend Workshops


Weekend workshops run for two consecutive days Saturday and Sunday. Each day is 6-8 hours depending on the topic. General cost ranges from $250 to $300. Please contact us for upcoming opportunities to study and practice together.

Saturday Senior Discount


Saturday Senior Discount: 

$40 for all 3 classes

1 month of classes = $140

3 months for $420

Special Events

Joe, Marie and Jamee at brunch after Saturday classes!


All of our Senior Instructors are First Aid CPR AED Certified with the American Heart Association. We've also taught at the following institutions:

  • Harvard University
  • Mass General Hospital's 'Home Base' Program for Wounded Warriors.
  • The Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Beth Israel Hospital Pain Clinic - Tai Chi classes.
  • Rosie's Place

Angels Rest Spring Retreat!

Enjoy a beautiful weekend retreat in the Berkshire Mountains! Join Senior Tao Instructors Marie Favorito and Sharon Smith for a weekend of renewal and rejuvenation this April 19-22.

Teaching will Emphasize:

  • The Microcosmic Orbit
  • The Inner Smile Meditation
  • The Six Healing Sounds Chi Kung
  • Training for New Instructors

Together your Instructors, Marie Favorito and Sharon Smith have over 50 years of experience in the Taoist arts! We guarantee that you will come away with a solid base for your practice of the Tao.  April 19-22, 2019

Summer Weekend Retreat at Kripalu!

Exploring Yin Taoist Meditation and Qigong for Women

August 30–September 2, 2019 Friday-Monday: 3 nights

For women; no experience needed. 

Taoism contains an important tradition of female mastery that is inherent in its philosophy and practices. Women represent the cosmic force of yin, while men represent its yang counterpart. Together, these forces create the whole and keep each other in balance. The harmonious relationship between yin and yang is essential for good health and the stabilization of life-force energy, personally as well as in society. Women occupy a unique position in today’s world, stepping up and finding their voices and expression, strengthening yin in an overly yang world.

Whether you are new to Taoism or are a seasoned practitioner, join faculty from the historic Immortal Sisters Conference and learn

  • The ancient wisdom of Returning to the Tao
  • Ways to cultivate connection to your female nature
  • Qigong, tai chi, and meditation practices.

Return to your life grounded in yin and feeling renewed, refreshed, and strengthened.

Study with Us


Meet with Marie

Marie's joyful approach to life and healing is contagious  touching 100's of lives worldwide. Skills include meditation, tai chi, qigong, healing and chi nei tsang. Meet one-to-one in person or connect online. Learn more about Marie below.


Meet with Jamee

Jamee uniquely synthesizes ancient Taoist practices, Alexander Technique principles and Spiritual Healing to open the way for deep personal transformation. Meet one-on-one in person or connect online. Learn more about Jamee below.


Meet with Joe

Joe's positive, energetic approach to teaching stems from promoting peaceful engagement. Skills include meditation, tai chi, qigong and chi nei tsang. Meet one-to-one in person or connect online. Learn more about Joe below.

Ways to Study


Live Classes

The best way to learn for most people is to attend a class in person. We offer these options throughout the year:

  • Weekly Classes
  • Weekend Workshops
  • Residential Retreats

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Online Courses

Perhaps there are no teachers local to you. Or, you want extra practice assistance at home or while traveling. The following is a list of our online courses:


Digital Products

If you enjoy practicing with a CD or DVD we can help you with our digital media: 

  • Meditation CD's 
  • Tai Chi Short Form DVD
  • Chi Kung DVD's

Click here to purchase DVD's and CD's and we will ship them to you.

Amplify Healing Energy


Meet with Jamee & Marie Together

Group energy amplifies healing. The combined dynamic energy Marie and Jamee carry will enrich your learning and healing experience. Together they offer a unique perspective for creating health and happiness to discover a depth of strength and peace within. Contact us to make an appointment. 

Custom-made Study Programs

  • Private lessons
  • Online learning
  • Instructor training
  • Workshops in your area

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"Your Meditation CD is amazing...

"I have your Microcosmic Orbit Meditation CD and it is amazing! I am feeling energy moving that I haven't before. You did a great job guiding the meditation. Thank You!

My private lessons with you...

"My private lessons with you have helped me sleep through the night. I no longer wake up with back pain ...for the first time in a year and a half. I'm just so grateful!"   ~ Sonia  

After 3 weeks in your class, I move without pain...

"Your Tai Chi class has helped me with a painful hip/leg problem. I had difficulty moving from a sitting to a standing position. After 3 weeks in your class, I move without pain. Thank you for your guidance and help." ~ Rose

Peace & blessings to you for all of your work...

"Marie! You gave me my first Chi Kung DVD and I just want to tell you how much it has helped me and how much I love it!! In just the warm up section I felt less tension and pain in my back.  I felt relaxed and energized and it has worked every time.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  

Jamee's "13 Points of Power" original course...

Jamee's  ’13 Points of Power’ class combined the science of intentional movement and ancient healing methods. Her delivery is insightful and thoughtful. She welcomed the class and the individual to explore movement to bring about ease and a sense of clearer awareness in motion.   It was really, really good. Thanks so much! ~ Diana

Learning from you is a privilege...

"After the first day of Jamee's class I realized I was already looking forward to the next. Learning from her is a privilege. I so enjoy being in the same room with her. The energy she creates and the space she provides for each student is warm and magical. Learn all you can from this intuitive, generous teacher!"    ~ Harry

Marie Favorito

Director of the Boston Healing Tao, Universal Healing Tao Senior Instructor

Marie is a Senior Instructor in the Universal Tao Boston founded by GrandMaster Mantak Chia. Marie has nearly 30 years of teaching experience in the Tao: Tai Chi Chi Kung, (Long and Short Forms, Sword Form), numerous Chi Kung Forms and many levels of Meditation.  

Special Assignments

Marie has years of experience teaching seniors at Senior Centers locally. Marie participates in Tai Chi studies with Harvard University. Marie taught tai chi in the Home Base program associated with Mass General Hospital for wounded Veterans suffering with PTSD.

As well as teaching these Taoist practices Marie incorporates Chi Organ-Abdominal Massage, Chi Nei Tsang, CNT, and Chi Kung Healing in her private practice.  She has teaches workshops Internationally in Germany, Thailand, Australia Canada and throughout the USA. Marie is First Aid CPR AED Certified with the American Heart Association.  

Jamee Culbertson

Universal Tao Boston Senior Instructor

Jamee is a Senior Instructor in the Universal Tao Boston. She teaches Tai Chi, Chi Kung and the Meditation techniques taught within the Universal Healing Tao System. Jamee is also an Internationally certified Alexander Technique Instructor. 

Special Assignments

Jamee participates as an instructor for Tai Chi studies with Harvard University. Jamee taught tai chi in the Home Base program associated with Mass General Hospital for wounded Veterans suffering with PTSD.  Jamee participates in the 'Love Yourself  day at Rosie's Place sharing wellness techniques with the special women there.  Jamee is also a teacher trainer at the Alexander Technique School at Cambridge and the Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee College of Music.  Jamee is First Aid CPR AED Certified with the American Heart Association. 

Jamee's workshops span the globe: Canada, Mexico and Asia and throughout New England, She has a private practice in Massachusetts. Jamee is also a Video Artist and Award winning Documentary Filmmaker. She produced the film “How it All Began, Origins of Master Mantak Chia’s Universal Tao System” and is enjoying the distribution release into the marketplace as of June 2014.  Click here to learn more about this film.  

Joe Anzalone

Universal Tao Boston Senior Instructor

Joe is a Senior Instructor in the Universal Tao Boston. He has been a student of alternative wellness practices since the mid-1980’s.  Joe is a Senior Manager at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, in the Department of Global Health.   Joe is First Aid CPR AED Certified with the American Heart Association. 

Special Assignments

Joe is trained in the Relaxation Response taught by Dr. Herbert Benson. Joe participates in Tai Chi studies with Harvard University.  Prior to working at BU, he served in the Peace Corps, in Liberia West Africa as a Health Volunteer.  

Joe has a BA degree in International Relations from CSU, Chico and a Master of Public Health degree from BU.  He is happily married since 1993. 

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Universal Tao Boston

11 Bow St, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143, United States

(617) 501-9118

Classes are held weekly:

Tuesday:  Qigong and Meditation

                   6:30pm - 8pm 

Saturday:  Qigong at 9:30am 

                   Tai Chi at 10:30am 

                   Meditation at 11:30am 

Workshops and Retreats as scheduled

Private Lessons: By appointment


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Our Teachers


Master Mantak Chia

Founder of the Universal Healing Tao System. Our studies with Master Chia span decades. Chi Kung, Tai Chi forms, Inner Alchemy.  We've enjoyed bringing him to Boston for many years.


Master Wei Lun Huang

Master Wei Lun Huang has been our main tai chi teacher since the early 90's until his untimely passing in 2016. We brought him to Boston 2x yearly to share his unique insights with our students and to further our training. We honor him and miss him dearly.