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The Vancouver Branch was pleased to host a National Program led by Marsha Eberhardt on May 2-3, 2015 at the Pacific Region Centre. The weekend also included the 18th Annual To Your Health Banquet and the Annual Regional Meeting for the Pacific Region. We were delighted to have all eight branches of the Pacific Region represented in the 112 program attendees and the annual banquet, a delicious 10-course traditional Chinese banquet led by Blaise Baillargeon from the International Centre in Orangeville, served over 220 people, including participants, family and friends. Additional highlights for the evening were our traditional toast “To Your Health,” some lively music that had people dancing in the aisles and an address by Marsha.
Marsha provided clear and simple direction during the weekend program that benefited new and experienced participants, alike. She helped us improve not only our dan-yus and tor-yus but also our ability to organize. We had an opportunity to practice and to see the value of keeping instructions and planning as clear and simple as possible, especially when planning a big event like a banquet. After a successful weekend, we look forward to creating an even better event the next time.
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.
Outside the wind blew and snow lay on the ground but there was plenty of warmth found, for 87 participants, in the Danyus and Toryus led by President of Fung Loy Kok, Marsha Eberhardt.
For break times, Pu-errh with cool melon, strawberries, grapes, apple and orange, were carefully prepared by each task group. With three delicious hot meals each day, cooked and prepared in our own kitchen, the dragon inside never went hungry!
A new Dragon was assembled ready for Awareness Day 2015 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.
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Twenty-seven participants attended the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch Regional workshop on March 27th – 29th with Steve Dingwall, President of the Atlantic Region instructing.
It was a great opportunity to come together to improve our knowledge of the Taoist Tai Chi arts, chat with members from each location in St. Johh’s, Mount Pearl, Conception Bay South and Holyrood as well as enjoy great vegetarian food.
We look forward to the next workshop on May 23rd – 24th.
Spring has arrived!
Not for the first time a grey, damp and cool week in Edinburgh burst into bright, warming sunshine as the day of the program arrived.
It felt that Spring had definitely and finally sprung in Great Britain. Maybe this time it was brought from Spain by our instructor Carmen Capilla. Certainly Carmen’s energy seemed to match that of the sun as she tirelessly demonstrated and helped us find greater balance in a more 3-dimensional sense.
Emphasis was placed on dropping and letting go with the whole movement coming from the feet, letting the hands go out and keeping soft. Carmen stressed the importance of enjoying the journey and not rushing backwards or forwards and encouraged us to take our time. We, in response, moved up and down, left and right and forward and back at the same time, feeling the body expand and grow.
Her sense of humour soon began to exert its effect on us adding light heartedness to the practice. Throughout the week the journey built up and the dan yu and tor yu became stronger and stronger in the set for all. The timing changed and a tangible stillness developed.
So much energy, so much stillness.
Evening group discussions included “Why did we start practising the Taoist Tai Chi® arts and what has kept us coming?” And responses to why we kept coming included: improved health, friendship, wonderful atmosphere, great instructors, more energy, good people, relaxation, quietness – surely, the food too.
We were all thankful for Carmen’s injection of potent, intense but soft, caring energy. Now, like the daffodils, we’re rising from the earth and blooming.