The Dragon's Head Blog
What are we doing now that’s different?
120 people from 8 countries gathered in Colchester for a 3-day programme. What are we doing now that’s different from what we did in beginners class? We’re still doing Brush Knee, Wave Hands as Clouds, Partition of Wild Horse’s Mane, Fair Lady Works Shuttles, and so on; but we’re not focused on the 108 moves. […]
The benefit of working together in harmony in our Northern European Center in Helmond
Helmond, November 23-25, 2019 “There was a nice and special atmosphere, it felt very quiet right from the beginning”, said a participant after the first day. Indeed, the atmosphere was very relaxed and helped us to focus and better integrate the instructions. We all worked intensively and with goodwill to experience the ground force, the […]
November Programs at the International Center Florida
The International Center Florida hosted 3 consecutive weeks of Taoist Tai Chi® arts, gently flowing from one retreat into the next. Hsing-I, Continuing Instructor Training and Lok Hup programs brought nearly 450 participants together from around the globe. Fundamental to our experience was letting go to focus on feeling each simple but powerful movement. Sitting, standing, […]
Do you want to change?
“You enter the Taoist training through the body.” Participants worked hard on finding the feeling and the stillness as the leader of a five-day International Retreat in Perth helped us to go deeper in our Taoist Tai Chi ® practice. We began each day with chanting at the Shrine – and an intention to work […]
International Seniors Day Luncheon
International Seniors Day was celebrated with a festive luncheon on November 8, 2019, at the International Center Florida. Attendees included the City of Dunedin Mayor, City Manager, and Commissioners, members of the Dunedin Seniors Hall of Fame, 60 participants from the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area and the 285 CIT Week Participants. As a violin solo was […]
Tinnitus relief – because it works
We welcomed a second group of people to the Centre in Colchester who are living with tinnitus, last Thursday. All came along, invited by their hearing therapist at Colchester General Hospital, a strong believer in the power of Taoist Tai Chi® arts for improving health. We had an enjoyable morning introducing them to the first […]
International Seniors Day in Helmond
31 October 2019 we celebrated the International Seniors Day in our Centre in Helmond, the Netherlands. We started with tai chi and the focussed on the physical benefits that Taoist Tai Chi® arts have on aging. After the International Seniors Day class, we enjoyed each others company and shared together the tasty potluck lunch […]
Taoist training is about Change
It was a very relaxed October program in Colchester, where over 100 participants from 14 countries came together to play tai chi and become more familiar with the themes from this year’s CIT week in May. Taking our time to really be conscious and pay attention to what we were doing helped us make changes. […]
Reflections during the International Workshop in Helmond, September 11-15, 2019
Ida (26) and Isidora (27) from Denmark were attending their first workshop. They have both been practicing tai chi for less than a year. “There is a strong sense of openness and community at the centre and among the other participants at the workshop. – The practice works differently than in the regular classes at […]
Coming together again as family: trust, sincerity and dedication
The international 5 day workshop organised by members of our Scandinavian societies and the Netherlands is now hosting 129 participants coming from 17 countries. New and familiar faces come together to deepen their knowledge and enjoy the legacy of what Master Moy left us. It is always a special opportunity to meet other participants outside […]
Tai Chi heatwave in Colchester, GB
There was a Tai Chi heatwave in the UK as over one-hundred-and-fifty participants gathered for the five-day International Programme in Colchester. The heat truly was a friend, as it softened muscles, tendons and ligaments, enabling everyone to work more deeply into their bodies through the danyu and toryu. The heat also worked to slow our brains, […]
Celebrating compassion with the Goon Yam Festival in Colchester
To coincide with the Goon Yam Festival being celebrated at our Temple in D’Arcy Street, Toronto, members from England, Scotland, and Denmark, gathered to mark the occasion at our shrine in Colchester, chanting the 10,000 Buddha’s Sutra and the Northern Dippers Sutra, and sharing tea, fruit and stories.
Summer International Workshop in the Netherlands
From June 26 – 30, in the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi Centre in Helmond, 66 participants from 9 countries enjoyed a 5 day International Workshop. Temperatures outside were record breaking high but inside everything was cool and calm. What a joy to work together on these arts!
Awareness Day in the Netherlands
On Sunday May 26 we celebrated Awareness Day in Helmond in the Netherlands. We started the day with an instructors meeting where we had some good talks together. Then, after lunch, we walked with about 60 people to the town centre and did ourTaoist Tai ChiTM arts demonstrations. We did quite some sets in a […]
Sabre Workshop International Center Florida
How can 71 participants for Taoist Tai Chi Sabre at the International Center Florida learn to practice “not holding” while holding a Sabre? Perhaps the answer is to start with not worrying, letting go, and just turning the spine. It could take years rather than just three days, but smiling all the while.
Sword Workshop International Center Florida
The Taoist Tai Chi Sword Workshop at the International Center Florida was a new adventure for many of the 83 participants, and a welcome review for others. We learned that Taoist Tai Chi Sword is an application and continuation of our Taoist Tai Chi practice with all of the movements coming from the turning of […]
Fun with the internals in Helmond
Nice challenge to set up for the banquet celebrating 30 years of Taoist Tai Chi in the Netherlands and Chinese New Year on the first day of the workshop. A very joyful celebration as we tried to work with no arms but from the heart. A very international celebration as the workshop was organised […]
The quiet centre of the workshop – Colchester, GB
Days 3 and 4 reach that wonderful quietness when everyone has connected more with their centre, and is harmoniously engaging with their tai chi neighbours in the rich and varied life of the programme: Morning chanting …. Tai chi instruction and practise …. Lunch and clear away …. Tai chi instruction and practise, deeper, quieter […]
Tai Chi internals – Colchester, GB
At our Home in Colchester, GB, a hundred participants gather for a spring 5-day international programme. After breakfast and before the programme starts, a chance to practise chanting, with the 10,000 Buddha’s sutra. The tai chi instruction follows some simple themes to access the internals. Participants put the instructions into practice, with help and guidance, […]
Day 5 Lok Hup / Pain Relief Program – International Center Florida
Our bodies, hearts, and minds have been opened with the fullness of this week. Daily chanting and meditation nourished our spirit. As this Lok Hup/Pain Relief week comes to a close we can sincerely appreciate Master Moy’s vision of almost 50 years. The culmination of understanding has brought us here where we can take care of […]