Category Archives: Cultural Exchange

Posts relating to the Society’s aim and objective of cultural exchange.

Kick-off first National Seniors Intensive in the Netherlands

ietsjesmeerThe first national senior’s intensive was held in Haarlem last March 3, 2015 and attended by 38 senior- and younger members from all over The Netherlands

The intensive, lunch, and a little activity was organized by the newly formed Seniors Committee in The Netherlands named ‘Ietsjes meer’ (a little bit more). Guideline is to encourage senior and other members to be more actively involved in the Society. The group enjoyed the intensive and a lovely lunch. To spice up the activity a visit to the Dolhuys museum (Psychiatry museum) was organized, and part of the group joined.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year on the West Coast!

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The Vancouver Branch, like the other branches in the Pacific Region, welcomed in Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 21st with a fundraising event for the Fenway. Almost 50 attendees enjoyed a Florida-themed potluck dinner, complete with crab cakes and key lime pie for dessert. The evening’s entertainment included trivia, mini-golf and a skit centered on our “Fenway collage,” created by many class participants in the weeks leading up to the event.

The next day, 30 participants from the Vancouver, Surrey and Chilliwack branches converged on Chinatown in downtown Vancouver to walk in the Chinese New Year Parade on a crisp but sunny day. An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets while we walked, brush knee’d, and waved hands through the 1.3 km length of the parade. Many of those watching waved right back at us as we greeted them with the first jong. Such a unique opportunity for a demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi® arts was surely an auspicious start to the New Year on the West Coast!

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Lantern Festival 2015

First set of pictures from a fantastic day at the International Centre in Mono, celebrating the 2015 Lantern Festival!

 

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Enlivening ceremony Wong Dai Sin Temple on Steeles: Little video clip

A little clip of the Enlivening Ceremony at our Wong Dai Sin Temple on Steeles Avenue.
(In Chinese, follows a short commercial)

Watch Clip >

 

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25 Things to do When You Visit Dunedin, Florida

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The first five day Central Region Workshop in Dunedin, Florida just wrapped up on Sunday. Rumor has it we can anticipate an encore in January 2016, with likely several other special events including banquets and programs in Dunedin before then.

The consensus is in and it seems there is overwhelming enthusiasm hailing from Alaska to Florida and many points in between regarding plans for us to put down deeper roots in Dunedin. Hopefully at least as many Fung Loy Kok participants as have visited the International Centre in Mono, Ontario (Orangeville) will one day pay a visit to our second international center at the historic Fenway hotel in Dunedin. If you are considering making the journey, here are some suggestions to help you get the most out of your visit:

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1)  In downtown Dunedin, just five blocks from the Fenway Taoist Tai Chi International Center, visit the many unique shops and then have an ice cream, beverage or meal of your choice. There’s something to suit every palate.

2)  Visit Dunedin’s popular “Green Market” in the downtown every Friday and Saturday till 2pm. Much more than just produce, this farm market features artisans, green products, unique teas and many other delicacies and delights.

3)  Attend a class at the Dunedin Taoist Tai Chi Centre; for the moment still located on Main Street two miles from downtown, but soon at the centrally located Fenway Center. Check the local branch website for further news about upcoming programs and special events.

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4)  Take a stroll and bird watch along quiet Victoria Drive from the marina at the end of Main Street (at the Best Western) to Weaver Park. How many species did you spot on the docks, waves, palm trees and shoreline within a mere six blocks? How lucky our we all to have an oceanfront lawn like this now too at the Fenway?

5)  Catch the Toronto Blue Jays in training at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium just two blocks from the Fenway. Or when it’s not spring training season, check the schedule for the Dunedin Blue Jays.

6)  Though off the usual beat and path, locals recommend Homeplate for some freshly made homestyle cooking; its just one of several dining options in the ballpark neighborhood a couple of blocks behind the Fenway. FullSizeRender 9

7)  Watch the radiant sunset from the front porch of the Fenway. Practice your Taoist Tai Chi® arts in the fresh ocean air here and you’ll be radiant too. Anyone up for a sunrise set?

8)  Don’t forget to take your own “karate kid” photo posing on a post that once supported the Fenway’s private pier and perhaps will again in the future.

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9)  See pods of wild dolphins up close and get a guided boat tour of the offshore islands and celebrity homes. If you go on a sunset cruise, bring an extra layer; the ocean breezes can be a little chilly after the sun goes down. Check the Internet or visit the marinas in Dunedin and Clearwater to investigate options. FullSizeRender 12

10)  Enjoy live music with your lunch or dinner at many pubs, breweries and restaurants around town including gourmet options Bon Appetit (at the marina) and the Living Room (downtown).

11)  Whether from a pier, private vessel or fishing charter, try some deep sea angling. I hear there’s some good fishing down here in January… ice free!! Stop by the Olde Bay Café & Dunedin Fish Market for the catch of the day and a chat with Walt about the marine life “under the dock” at the marina.

12)  Rent a bicycle from Dunedin Cyclery, Energy Conservatory or Wheel Fun Rentals and enjoy Dunedin’s plentiful bike lanes and paths including the renowned, paved, level, motorized-traffic free walking and cycling path, the Pinellas Trail, and take in the ocean views. It passes right through downtown and just half a block inland from the Fenway! FullSizeRender 7

13)  Stop and enjoy some of the many parks along the way. Did you pack your picnic lunch?

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14)  Try some Dunedin style “bar hopping” on board the vintage trolley cars or stop along the Pinellas trail to try the trail front cafés.

15)  Explore Dunedin’s roots at the Celtic Shop of Dunedin along the Pinellas Trail near downtown and the Dunedin Historical Museum located in the former train station. What more can you discover about the Fenway’s interesting history?

16)  Tour the Dunedin Brewery. No newcomer to the microbrewery trend, it’s the oldest craft brewery in Florida, but by no means the only place to try a unique brew in town.

17)  Antiquing anyone? Dunedin offers many options for treasure hunters of the vintage variety. Start downtown and inquire from there.

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18)  Shopped out the downtown? Check out the Westfield Countryside Mall just 10 minutes drive from the Fenway. Find all your favorite cross-border shopping destinations within an easy drive in the Bay Area.

19)  The cinema at Westfield Countryside has 12 screens and is just one of 4 movie theaters within 15 minutes of the Fenway. There are a dozen more within 30 minutes, several of which have 20 screens or more. When did you last watch a movie you really wanted to see on a truly big screen?

20)  Take a thirty minute side trip to St. Petersburg and visit the Dali Museum. Call or email the local Taoist Tai Chi club to see if there is a class happening on the museum’s architecturally acclaimed plaza with its stunning views of the marina and airport. FullSizeRender

21)  Feeling artistically inspired? Get connected with the local arts scene by visiting the Dunedin Fine Arts Center as well as the many downtown galleries and studios.

22)  Take the bridge over to Honeymoon Island and explore the beaches and hiking trails in the state park.

23)  Catch the Ferry from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island and work on your tan on one of the most beautiful natural beaches in the entire USA; afterwards, limber up with some tai chi and a gentle hike on the adjacent nature trails.

24)  Rent a kayak (or stand-up paddle board) and explore Caladesi Island’s kayak trail.

25) Pinellas county has many other renowned beaches. Which one will you be doing tai chi on next?

Whether you’re a local, snowbird or recent first-time visitor, do you have more suggestions to add to this list? Know where to sample the local citrus? Explored some other worthwhile side trips in the area? Found the perfect park bench for resting or reading? Have a favorite activity or eatery to recommend? Which of Dunedin’s many Festivals throughout the year should we visitors try to catch? Submit your recommendations to blog@taoist.org

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Festive Fun Day in Edinburgh, 06 Dec 14

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On Saturday 6th December, members had the opportunity to join in Taoist Tai Chi Society activities throughout the day at the UK National Centre in Edinburgh.

The aim of the day was to gather together for Taoist arts and some festive fun, while also fund-raising for the new International Centre at the Fenway in Florida.

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Members in Edinburgh, Scotland feel a special connection with Dunedin, Florida. A millennium-and-a-half ago, the settlement that has become Edinburgh was named Din Eidyn in the ancient Cumbric language. To this day, in Scottish Gaelic the city is known as Dùn Èideann.

Our day started early with chanting practice followed by a three-hour open class attended by 50 people, led by the President of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain, Crispin Barker. A pot luck lunch, catching up with old friends, rounded off the morning.

Throughout the afternoon, a team drawn from leaders of the Society in Scotland worked in the kitchen to prepare a festive dinner of turkey and all the trimmings, nut roast with tomato and garlic sauce, and a surprise dessert.

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Meanwhile, in the practice hall, a project to raise funds for the Fenway was brought to completion. Over the past two months, members in Edinburgh and beyond have been collecting twenty-pence coins each worth around 30 US cents. The target was to collect enough coins to lay edge-to-edge along the length of the UK National Centre, which measures nearly 40 metres from front windows to back wall. This would require 1,900 coins with a value of £380. Good news! We didn’t just reach the target, we smashed it! £656.40 was collected, a sum in excess of 1,000 US dollars.

In the early evening, seventy members, family and friends gathered for a most enjoyable meal. But what of the dessert? Home-made “Key”- Lime pie, in recognition of fund-raising for the Fenway in the Sunshine State, and much appreciated on a dreich (= dull and miserable) December evening in Scotland.

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Our twelve hour day was completed with a ceilidh in which everyone, from youngest to most senior, joined in Scottish country dancing to a live band. Donations for the evening raised a further £500 for the Fenway.

Fellowship, fun and fund-raising: a grand day. Happy Holidays!

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Open Door in Warsaw, Poland Oct 15th

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On Wednesday, October 15th, the Warsaw branch of TTCS in Poland had a great pleasure to welcome 53 guests at Open Door. All together along with members, over 90 people participated in the activities conducted by two regular instuctors: Mariola and Zosia. We were also honoured of the presence of the district head of the Social Affairs and Health Department – Mr. Miroslaw Starzyński.

His warm words and a great kindness for the Society helped to overcome shyness and encourage all guests to join exercises.

 After more than one hour of practice, during which we familiarized new people with Taoist Tai Chi Society, we invited everyone to a hot meal. None of the springrolls were left and we still had time to practice a bit more.

The Open Door was once again a great proof of how strong Master Moy Lin Shin’s teaching are and how important it is to work together in harmony.

We would like to thank all the members for their commitment, starting from the preparation of the leaflets, through active participation in many demos and encouraging people to come to the Open Door, preparing posters in the windows of the club, cutting the vegetables, wraping spring rolls, cleaning the clubhouse and taking good care of our guests during the event, so they could feel warm and friendly atmosphere.

 Our eyes and mouths kept smiling through the whole day. Our joy is even greater now, because the very next day several new people, who came to Open Door, joined a beginner’s class.

In Polish language:

W ostatnią środę w naszym ośrodku na Miedzianej odbył się Dzień Otwarty. Ponad 90 osób w tym 53 gości miało okazję uczestniczyć w zajęciach poprowadzonych przez instruktorki: Mariolę i Zosię.

Szczególnie uradowała nas też obecność pana Naczelnika Mirosława Starzyńskiego, którego ciepłe słowa i ogromna życzliwość dla Stowarzyszenia pomogła przełamać nieśmiałość i zachęcić wszystkich gości do wspólnego ćwiczenia.

 Po ponad godzinnym ćwiczeniu, w trakcie którego przybliżyliśmy nowym osobom nasze Stowarzyszenie zaprosiliśmy wszystkich na ciepły poczęstunek. Żadna sajgonka nie ostała się na talerzu. Po jedzonku poćwiczyliśmy wspólnie jeszcze dobre pół godziny.

 Dzień Otwarty to po raz kolejny wspaniały dowód na to jak silne są nauki Mistrza Moy i jak ważne jest to, abyśmy działali wspólnie w harmonii. Dziękujemy wszystkim członkom za ich zaangażowanie, począwszy od przygotowania ulotek informacyjnych, poprzez liczny udział w wielu pokazach i zachęcanie osób do przyjścia na Dzień Otwarty, przygotowanie plakatów informacyjnych w oknach klubu, krojenie warzyw, zawijanie spring rolls, wymuskanie klubu i zaopiekowaniu się naszymi gośćmi w trakcie wydarzenia, tak, aby mogli poczuć przyjazną atmosferę.

 Bardzo cieszymy się z naszego wspólnego sukcesu, widać to w naszych uśmiechniętych oczach i buziach.

Radość nasza jest tym większa, że już następnego dnia na zajęciach grup początkujących pojawiło się kilkanaście nowych osób z Dnia Otwartego.

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