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!
We spoke about the internal structure.
Wrapping and Unwrapping the form.
Keep chest open, push from the feet.
We spoke together about the 8 Virtues and how we can apply them in our daily lives.
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?
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!
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!
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.
95 participants from the Southwest Area gathered at the Southwest Centre in Stratford for an intensive with instructor Andrew Hung. The afternoon began with a delicious pot luck. The Southwest Area locations are learning to work together at our many get-togethers. Each location takes responsibility for part of the event. This is working well as everyone is becoming more familiar with the SW Centre and things run smoothly.
Andrew helped us develop our understanding of the importance of expansion and contraction in each move in the set, with the emphasis on going all the way up as well as all the way down. He talked about the importance of completing the donyu and toryu in the set for developing balance.
By watching Andrew work with individuals we learned about how our practice can help pain.
The afternoon was greatly appreciated by all who participated. We all were anxious to work on everything we learned.
The next event at the Southwest Centre is our Regional Program on May 23. We’re learning to cook for that one.
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.