As the sun shone brightly on the Big Apple, some 60 people gathered on Roosevelt Island for the annual NYC Tri-State International Workshop on June 28-29, 2014. Canada, Mexico, California and branches from the Northeast Region were all represented. Against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline, participants pushed and dropped and toryued their way through two days of instruction from International Director Judy Millen.
Situated in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island is a bustling residential development. Reflecting the ethnic diversity of the city, workshop meals featured Greek, Indian, and Jewish foods.
During the evening session on Saturday night, participants shared what their practice of danyus and toryus (i.e., Taoist Tai Chi) taught them on a personal level. Themes ranged from patience and perseverance, to letting go and opening up. Some had personal health recovery stories. Others believed the machinations of the Society showed them different ways to be in the world.
All in all it was a refreshing and rejuvenating weekend of hard work, personal health, and good fun.