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Fu Chen – Horsetail Whisk (拂尘) Weekend Workshop

October 1, 2022 @ 9:00 am October 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT


Xuan Ju Daoist Center (Francestown, NH)


October 1 – October 2; Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 PM EST

Read Master Zhou’s blog about Fu Chen, here.
View Master Zhou’s demonstration of Fu Chen, here.


One of the more uncommon weapons of kung fu is the Fu Chen or Horsetail Whisk (拂尘). The horsetail whisk is associated with spiritual power. It is believed to have the power to sweep away desires and evil influences both in the environment of the holder and within their own thoughts, bringing them closer to transcending the mortal realm. Iconic Daoist thinkers and scholars are often depicted holding a whisk, including Laozi himself, the great philosopher Wang Chongyang, and even the Monkey King’s Daoist master in “Journey to the West”.

In ancient times, when a Daoist disciple would leave their temple to travel as a wandering monk, their master would give them three gifts, including a horsetail whisk. If the disciple was tempted to return to secular life, the whisk would serve as a reminder that these thoughts were like mosquitos buzzing around them, and could be swept away.

Fu Chen – Horsetail Whisk (拂尘) as a weapon
The horsetail whisk can be used like a saber, straight sword, whip, and dart. Its movements are categorized as wrapping, pulling, snapping, whisking, poking, and sweeping. The Fu Chen is also used in Daoist rituals as a spiritual tool for purifying a space and removing evil influences.


2-day Tuition: $300

Rooms: $30/night

Limited space – first come first serve, there are alternative boarding options in the area including local Hotels & Inns and AirBnB.

There will also be an option to set up your own tent on the retreat grounds with access to our showers and facilities at $15/night. Please contact us at info@daoistgate.com if you plan camping on the retreat grounds.

Meals: $25/day

The fee includes Dinner on the night of your stay and Breakfast the following morning. Lunch will be taken at nearby restaurants with split checks. If you choose to opt-out, feel free to bring your own food.

Visiting Xuan Ju and Our Stay Policy:
For general stay policy, lodging information, and pictures of rooms, food, and packing list, click here.

Participant Cancellation Policy:

  • A full refund will be given to participants who cancel their event attendance up to 30 days prior to the event. 
  • Cancellations within 30 days of the event will result in a credit toward a future event only, no refund will be given. 


A negative COVID test is required before attending workshops at Daoist Gate Center.

Please read the Liability Waiver and Photo & Video Release. At Check Out, you will need to indicate that you have read and agree to the terms provided.


If you have any questions, please email us at: info@daoistgate.com.

If you plan to stay with us before or after the start and the end of the workshop, please let us know so we can invoice you accordingly.

132 2nd NH Turnkpike N.
Francestown, New Hampshire 03043 United States
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