Category Archives: Netherlands

Long distance Taoist Tai Chi™


In Helmond, workshop leader Andrew Hung made an online connection with the Wednesday class in D’Arcy Street, Toronto, led by Marsha Eberhardt. We waved and we smiled at each other. Both Andrew and Marsha talked us through the set and after that we all enjoyed instruction from Andrew. Despite the 6,000 km distance we felt the connection. What a great example of Taoist Tai Chi™ around the world.


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Cars out, beds in – Helmond hosts an International Program

You always thought a parking garage is meant for cars, but you’ve got it all wrong: in the parking garage in the Taoist Tai Chi™ Society Centre in Helmond people dream of vehicles. 73 Extra beds make a total of 241 for the IIWS that starts today. But we can always fit in an airbed, for you: just come.

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“25 Sets for 25 Years” in Helmond

25 years ago, Taoist Tai Chi™ arts were introduced in the Netherlands. To celebrate this, we organized a big open house in the TTCS Centre in Helmond. And why not show the people what we are doing? So some 150 members showed up to work together by decorating the centre, hosting the guests, cooking two delicious meals and doing 25 sets in a row. This was about 6 ½ hours of non-stop Tai Chi Sets- one for every year that we have been active in the Netherlands! On a big TV screen the numbers of the sets were shown and the last set was accompanied by (digital) fireworks. It was a very pleasant day, with a great atmosphere and the many visitors got a good glimpse into what we do. This week, two beginner classes are starting at the Centre for those who don’t want to miss the next celebration. Hip hip hurray!

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International Intensive in Brussels 

Over 40 participants gathered on May 6th in Brussels, to attend an International Intensive led by Paul Davies. Many of the participants from Belgium had just attended a recent Health Recovery Workshop in Helmond, so it was an ideal opportunity for them to share  some of their experiences from the week. We took time to work on each foundation exercise and some newer participants enjoyed doing their very first don-yus and tor-yus. During the break, we shared the delicious dishes that everyone brought and gathered to listen to the experiences of those who were in Helmond, including a very interesting conversation about using logos to illustrate the changing of our art of transformation. We just had time to work on brush-knees before saying goodbye. Hopefully there will be another intensive in Brussels very soon, on the 7th of June. During the tea-break, we will hold our Annual General Meeting, to which you are all invited.

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Storage arrives in Helmond

A sea container flying through the air.

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Last week a huge 200 tons crane arrived at the TTCS Centre in Helmond the Netherlands. It picked up an empty sea container, lifted it over the building and put it down at the other side in a narrow corridor between the Centre and the building next door. There it will function as an extra storage place. Very handy in September, because during the International Instructors Workshop the parking garage will be used as sleeping-quarters. The renovations are ready to start. And of course there were many members to empty the parking garage and fill up the container. Combined with a Tai Chi class, a lunch and an afternoon high tea. How nice can it be.

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Fundraising for tulips & Demo’s on Kingsday

Last year the Queen of the Netherlands abdicated and her son became king. This means that the traditional Queensday in the Netherlands became the Kingsday with all kinds of festivities for the people. During this day (26th of April) the whole country changes into one big flea market. Also in Helmond where the local group had a booth in the city centre full with all kinds of different things donated by many members. Not only many members tried to improve their selling capabilities, but they also did many demo’s. We were very visible, had a lot of fun and fundraised quite some money. Like every year on this occasion we fundraised for the maintanance of all the colourful tulips at the International Centre in Orangeville.

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An impromptu set at Eindhoven Airport

What to do when waiting for your flight home?

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A set of course!

Another good reason to travel together…:)


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