The Vancouver Branch was pleased to host a National Program led by Marsha Eberhardt on May 2-3, 2015 at the Pacific Region Centre. The weekend also included the 18th Annual To Your Health Banquet and the Annual Regional Meeting for the Pacific Region. We were delighted to have all eight branches of the Pacific Region represented in the 112 program attendees and the annual banquet, a delicious 10-course traditional Chinese banquet led by Blaise Baillargeon from the International Centre in Orangeville, served over 220 people, including participants, family and friends. Additional highlights for the evening were our traditional toast “To Your Health,” some lively music that had people dancing in the aisles and an address by Marsha.
Marsha provided clear and simple direction during the weekend program that benefited new and experienced participants, alike. She helped us improve not only our dan-yus and tor-yus but also our ability to organize. We had an opportunity to practice and to see the value of keeping instructions and planning as clear and simple as possible, especially when planning a big event like a banquet. After a successful weekend, we look forward to creating an even better event the next time.
40 people from 4 different countries gathered on Tuesday the 5th of May in Brussels to enjoy a truly International Intensive. People from all locations in Belgium were pleased to welcome participants from Buffalo, New York, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
“Smile and relax!” were the main instructions. A longer step in Repulse Monkey helped us stretch further and find more balance and relaxation. During the break we tasted the delicious cakes and pastries that people brought and shared the latest news about our search for a permanent home. Everyone could also discover and buy the Year of the Ram T-shirt.
Good food, beautiful T-shirts, and smiles shared internationally resulted in a successful evening of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts.
26-month-old Valentin Verstappen-Tourtet has already started on his Taoist path, volunteering at the International Centre at Orangeville for several months over this Canadian summer.
With his parents Nicoline and Ted, he arrived from France last month and has already been helping with the temples, gardening, washing dishes, cleaning, taking out the recycyling and compost bins, and entertaining the other volunteers and centre staff.
Valentin has also helped our tai chi; we can observe his good posture and watching him roll around on the floor we can see where the movement starts in his spine.
Thursday April 16th found sixty-four of us squeezed into our Bowen Road location in Nanaimo, BC for a seniors intensive.
We began the day with a set, which was a bit of a challenge with so many participants however it was very good practice to make sure we were all moving together. Achieved by extra Monkeys and fewer Horse’s Manes; we are nothing if not adaptable! After the set we worked on our jongs, tor-yus and dan-yus, allowing ourselves to become open and light – lovely!
Lunch was delicious with a soup and home made buns from a local participant, plus all the fixings for a very tasty sandwich, and the best apple crumble we’ve ever had! After lunch, we worked on applying the morning’s instruction to moves in the set which resulted in all of us feeling much lighter and more open. Everyone agreed it was a wonderful feeling!
A big thank you to all attended, and who helped make this program a success!
Tony took us on an adventurous journey letting us work on the moves of the set. He helped us to make our step longer and turn and stretch more. He showed us the next level of raise hands and we had great fun working on it ourselves.
On the fourth day we worked on wave hands like clouds and the movement got smoother and rounder. It felt like a perpetual motion.
The participants were eager to learn and had so many questions that Tony limited the amount of questions per session. One question per person! The most asked question was: please show us again.
In the past few months we organized a raffle as a fundraiser for the Fenway International Centre. During this workshop we had the draw and we raised 2500 euros.
We were very lucky that many volunteers helped to make this a workshop to remember.
After lots of hard work it was great to sit down to wonderful meals prepared by the kitchen crew.
Tony has given us an insight of what he has in store for CIT week. We can’t wait!
Over 50 members gathered together for a fun day at the Western Region Centre in Newport, Wales.
The morning focus was in making the centre beautiful again with a good deal of cleaning. There was also a beginner’s class and a national board meeting at the same time. A delicious lunch of beef in black bean sauce with rice and stir fried vegetables followed.
In the afternoon there was a continuing class for all and Lok Hup practice after that. Energy was high and the mood was happy after a full day of Taoist Tai Chi® arts.