Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies
BA, Pennsylvania State University
Beth Rosenfeld started practicing at Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan in 1983 with Jane and Bataan Faigao, certified students of Cheng Manching in New York City and founders of the Traditional Eastern Arts department at Naropa. Beth was a teaching assistant from 1985 until Jane’s death in 2001; at that time, Bataan promoted Beth to a full teaching position. Before he died in 2012, Bataan turned Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan over to Beth and her partner, Lee Fife.
Beth has also studied with many of the senior teachers in Cheng’s lineage. She has worked closely with Maggie Newman since 2001; Maggie was one of Cheng’s six senior disciples in New York City, and she authorized Beth and Lee to teach Cheng’s full curriculum following Bataan’s passing. Beth’s practice is also heavily influenced by decades of semiannual study with Ben Lo, one of Cheng’s senior disciples in Taiwan. In addition, Beth studied with Wolfe Lowenthal from 1995-2002, and she has worked with some of her seniors in the next generation of teachers in Cheng’s lineage.
In her teaching, Beth explores efficient and conscious movement as a practice for developing a sense of well-being, mindfulness, and transformation through the practice of tai chi chuan as an exercise, meditation, and martial art.