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 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.
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.
From now on we can receive all our guests in style, because we have a very nice reception in the entrance hall of the Taoist Tai Chi Society Centre Netherlands in Helmond.
Come and feel welcome too!
Chris Lewis took 95 participants through the first 31 moves of the Lok Hup set that left us exhausted but happy.
About half of the participants came to Buffalo from Canada (Ottawa, Toronto, Woodstock, St. Catharines, and Guelph Ontario), and the US (Denver, Columbus Ohio, Chicago, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, St. Petersburg and Hallendale Florida, Ithaca, New York City, and Syracuse, New York).
A Pot Luck Dinner was held at the Kenmore Center on Friday, April 18th. We used the Tapestry Charter School for the program on Saturday and Sunday. Here are more photos from the weekend.
Thanks to all the volunteers and participants for making the National Lok Hup program a success.
We raised $29,000 from workshop donations, which Chris designated to go to the Taoist Tai Chi Society ® International Center – Fenway project.
This weekend we organized three accelerated weekend beginner classes in the Netherlands. In our centre in Helmond and in our clubhouses in Rijswijk and Haarlem we welcomed 126 participants of which 23 real beginners. What a good way to start the Taoist Tai Chi® arts.