A milestone for the Society in GB was passed on 10–11 November when it held its first workshop at the stunning Scottish Regional Centre in Marionville Road, Edinburgh.
The building is in a very visible location in the city, and passers-by were clearly curious to see long rows of people peacefully practicing tor-yus on a sunny Saturday morning. There was now a different type of nourishment at the former supermarket building.
But just a few days prior, it had been a hive of activity inside as members worked hard to prepare for the event, while the contractors were busy on the plumbing and heating systems. 200 banqueting chairs had to be unpacked, along with the accompanying tables, and members unwrapped and patiently washed well over a 1000 items of new Society crockery. Others swept and mopped the floor yet again, quite a task – as the Centre has a footprint of some 14,000 square feet!
So there was more than enough room for the 136 people who attended the workshop, plenty of space to stretch and let go, and plenty of space for much larger workshops which are bound to follow. Master Moy’s example in trusting in development of other projects around the world, sets an example for the Society in GB to follow.
The first workshop was led by Marsha Eberhardt, President of Fung Loy Kok, and Sean Dennison, Executive Director of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of USA. Marsha talked about how wonderful it is when we find the path which has opened up for us through Taoist Tai Chi ™. There was a feeling in the hall that the path had opened up further through the acquisition of the Marionville Road Centre, thanks to the generous help from Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and supporters from around the world.
With the international theme in mind, a video linkup had been planned with the Toronto centre in Ohio Road, where another workshop was taking place. With no phone line or Internet connection yet installed in our new home, this was an interesting challenge. However, we were able to link up using the cellular data connections of a mobile phone, allowing a brief and heart-felt transatlantic hello.
A taste of things to come perhaps. The Centre’s Grand Opening is planned for next spring, when we hope to fill the space with our friends from around the world. Watch out for the initial announcement.