Category Archives: Workshop Watch

News about upcoming and past workshops on the local, regional, national, and international level.

Longer step leading to the next level: IWS in Helmond, May, 2015

2Tony 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.

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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!

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Finding form and virtues.. with a little help from a Dragon.

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.

 

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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!

 

 

 

Patience

Patience

 

Sacrifice – Doing the tasks without expectation of gratitude.

Sacrifice – Doing the tasks without expectation of gratitude.

 

A new Dragon was assembled ready for Awareness Day 2015 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto.
Booked your flights yet?

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National Program in Longueuil April 11 – 12, 2015

It was a great week-end for the 124 participants who were in Longueuil for the National program last April 11-12. Judy Millen led us through this wonderfull program and once again, was an outstanding resource for our Region. Participants left with a very large number of instructions to practice, and fortunately, Judy mentioned the importance of taking notes during the program, it will certainly be useful for many! In addition to instructions, she shared with us stories and thoughts on our training and our organization, so we truly have benefited from her experience at all levels.

Saturday at lunchtime participants discovered the “sugar shack meal” that was waiting for them! Each of the 12 tables displayed its own stoneware proudly and with the smell of the “fèves au lard à l’érable”, the  “fesses de jambon à l’érable cuites au four” and the “poudings chômeurs à l’érable” for desert, you could almost hear the sap flowing from the maple trees!

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Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Program March 27 – 29, 2015

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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.

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National Program in Ottawa Mar 28 – 29, 2015

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The Ottawa Branch hosted a National Program on March 28 and 29, with Judy Millen leading 86 participants through a wonderful weekend of practice of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts. The program was packed full of opportunities and invitations to learn. Here is a little of what people had to say about the weekend.

“Wonderful assembly. People want to participate as a team and work together. I recommend this for all. This is fine-tuning for us and our instructors are fabulous.”

“Judy a dit: ‘keep your arms alive’. Elle a dit aussi ‘everything turns when you let go’ et d’autres choses encore. Et j’ai entendu ce dont j’avais besoin pour continuer de grandir at d’éprouver de la gratitude envers la vie.”

“This is a total ‘body, mind and spirit’ experience.”

“Je me sens renouvelée et reconnaissante. ‘Pay it forward’ prend tout son sens.”

“This is great collective learning.”

“First time I have had the time and energy, after a serious illness, to participate in a full weekend workshop. It was inspiring, instructive and transformational, many many thanks.”

Ottawa Branch participants, and we’re sure those from other branches as well, having found their understanding changed in some way as a result of the program, are no doubt sharing lessons from the weekend throughout their classes.

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IWS Edinburgh April 4 – 8, 2015

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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.

carmen-logoIt 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.

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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.

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2015 International Program, Kuantan Malaysia

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We have just returned to Great Britain after an unforgettable time in SE Asia where we were lucky to take part in the Malaysia International Program. The program started early in the morning of Saturday, March 7th, with a photoshoot of all participants wearing matching workshop t-shirts.

There were 90 participants over the course of the two days. A couple from USA, 1 from Canada, 29 from Australia West coast and 6 from the UK while the rest were local members.

Tony Kwong led the workshop and it was wonderful watching him being able to instruct in his first language. As we worked in small groups, Tony worked with two Malaysian women, instructing them in the moves so they could show others. I loved watching his relaxed manner with them and how amazing for them to be able to take instruction directly from Tony.

Tony worked us hard during the course of the two days. On day two, new participants joined us and we continued working on foundation moves and the opening moves of the set, right up to 5 wave hands. It was very sad to say farewell to our new found friends, what a fantastic workshop and how much we learnt under Tony’s expert guidance.

What really struck me was how lucky we are in the UK and Europe. Almost every week there is an intensive within an hour driving distance. I have the choice of attending programs at home and those within a couple of hours flight away; the folk from W Australia had flown for 5 hours and told us it was quicker and more economical than attending a program in their own country, Brisbane. The total membership for Malaysia is roughly the same as in our branch in SEE and it will be two years until the next program held there, whereas I am able to choose between several workshops all within easy travelling distance.

On Sunday evening, after the program ended, we sailed up-river in powered motorboats to see the fireflies darting from one side of the river to the other, their electric light flashing before us. We visited an old tin mining town and ate amazing local dishes. Early one morning we rose to watch the sunrise from the top of a mountain and visited an elephant sanctuary; watching orphaned and injured elephants enjoying their daily dip in the river.

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The next workshop is planned for 2017, with an optional tour, hopefully into the Taman Negara National Park. We cannot recommend it highly enough and would like to thank our Malaysian friends for organising such a memorable workshop and tour. We’ve made new friends from the other side of the world; what a fantastic opportunity and how insightful of Master Moy to realize how important this is to our well being and understanding of others. Our gratitude is to him and the legacy he has left behind.

Hopefully we’ll meet again in 2017, maybe you’ll be there too. Thank you.

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