the old fool of
the Tao

 Taoist Coaching and Instruction for  Self-Direction

walk your own path


In my 80+ years on the planet, I have never met a more intuitive and insightful person than Tim Anstett. His ability to help people is marvelous. 

     - Robert Lipschultz, CPA (ret.)  

Embrace the life you have, explore your desires in a healthy and positive way and discover your destiny through the ancient Chinese philosophy found in the Tao Te Ching. Join Tim Anstett, the Old Fool of the Tao and author of The Tao of Laughter and Desire, as he takes you along nine steps that he invites you to consider on this pathless way. The culmination of forty years of studying, practicing, reading and sometimes ignoring the master texts of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu and Wu Hsin, Tim will teach the basics of Taoism, have you laughing as you learn, and open you to the possibilities already inside you for serenity, accomplishment and joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.

One-to-one Coaching: This is available to you in private sessions of at least nine one-to-one meetings and eighteen other private communications.

In-Person Group Instruction: This is available in weekly 75-minute sessions with other students.


“[T]his isn’t one of those programs that tell you to change your thinking or start imagining better things in order to improve your life. The truth is often a pathless land, in fact, so I can only offer you a way to make your own way.,, Actually, I only offer you the opportunity to be aware that this way exists. The rest is up to you... I call it the Tao of Laughter and Desire.” 

- From “To Begin…” 

in The Tao of Laughter and Desire, by Tim Anstett

(c) 2019, by Timothy M. Anstett


Tim Anstett, The Old Fool of the Tao

   I have the heart of a fool.

- Chapter 64 : Tao Te Ching, Victor H. Mair, trans.

Tim Anstett is the author of The Tao of Laughter and Desire and Honorable Work, as well as a few novels and plays. He also contributed a chapter in Pearls of Wisdom. He currently manages a homeless prevention program for an agency in Chicago.  

Previously, he coached high school boys’ basketball for a dozen years, co-created and managed a corporate training firm for eighteen years, wrote a weekly newspaper column, led a homeless men’s group  and managed significant theatre and dance companies in different cities. 

He created and leads all programs offered by The Old Fool of the Tao.