The Dragon's Head Blog
Solo practice at the Carnival of Flowers – Toowoomba, Australia
Magical spring time has arrived in Toowoomba and the parks are looking spectacular with a massive display of flowers of all colours. Janita Adams from the Toowoomba Branch has found a quiet spot to practice some tai chi amongst the flowers in Laurel Bank Park. Because of COVID-19 things are very different this year. Usually […]
A beginner’s perspective on practicing alone
Scott started his Taoist Tai Chi journey with a beginners weekend last year. When classes were suspended earlier this year due to COVID-19, he initially thought he was craving further instruction, and missing doing the set as part of a group. “Taoist Tai Chi® arts have become a pretty big part of my life in […]
Chanting at 2 am – ‘I was transported to another world’
New Zealand has been in a strict lockdown for a month – some participants have shared photos and reflections on their Taoist Tai Chi practice during this time. “At 2.00 am on Sunday morning (New Zealand time) I was fortunate and honoured to tune into the chanting organised by Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism […]
Field testing our new banner in Brisbane shopping centre
Participants from the Brisbane branch in Australia took our new banner promoting classes to a local shopping centre. The eye catching banner gave us the opportunity to talk to shoppers about the many benefits of practising Taoist Tai ChiTM Arts and invite them to join a beginning class in their area.
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 […]
All Souls Festival 2019
Master Moy taught us to honor the living and the dead, to promote cultural exchange, and to help others. The All Souls Festivals of 2019 has given the opportunity to express all of these aims. Around the world, participants gathered to engage in something greater than themselves. We chanted, prepared plaques honoring the deceased, folded […]
International Programme, Gatton, Queensland
That great Australian expression “No worries” came into its own during the International Programme held at the University of Queensland Gatton campus from 17 – 21 July 2019. More than 230 members from across Australia, New Zealand and the US enjoyed a residential retreat in peaceful rural surrounds that are just perfect for ‘letting go’. […]
A warm welcome to our international family at the International Program in Bayswater
At the ten day program at the National Centre in Bayswater, Australia, we welcome members of our extended tai chi family attending from the UK, Canada and New Zealand. This is a little snippet of their stay experience which we are delighted they shared with us. “The warm welcoming wave of the Australian Society smoothed […]
Mayor visits Bayswater National Centre
Yesterday the Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull dropped by to see our National Centre and enjoy lunch with 135 of our Taoist Tai Chi workshop participants. During a tour of the centre he was introduced to the finer points of the Taoist shrine, and saw a demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi® arts.
Richness of reflections from day 5 of the 10-day International Program, Bayswater National Centre
On day 5 of our wonderful 10-day international program, participants went into small groups to reflect on the following two questions. The first question was, ‘What did we learnt about Lok Hup that wasn’t about where to put arms and legs?’ Some of the thoughts and reflections were: * Be happy with what you have […]
A rich ten day international program in Bayswater, Western Australia
A ten day international program is under way at the National Centre in Bayswater, Western Australia. During the first five days, 108 participants from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain are enjoying a Lok Hup Ba Fa program (‘six harmonies and eight methods of heart and intention’). Every day we discover anew the richness […]
Getting the bigger picture!
There was a sense of great excitement around the National Centre at Bayswater, Australia as 141 participants from the new Perth Branch gathered to attend their first “welcome to continuing” session. The Perth Branch was recently formed by amalgamating 5 branches and 13 locations around the Perth city area. Participants from each of the locations […]
Largest Taoist Tai Chi® Arts Program in Australian history makes the news
A Taoist Tai Chi® arts international program at Gatton, Queensland, Australia, has made the news. The 224 participants made the program the largest in the history of the Australian Taoist Tai Chi Society. Participants told viewers of their joy, how much they love the health benefits they experience and how much more aware they are […]
Short Course Inspiration in Bayswater, Australia
On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of March sixty-five members gathered to experience a short course at the national centre in Bayswater. Working together from commencement of tai chi to wave hands like clouds, the first afternoon passed quickly. Besides 41 newcomers there were another 20 members with less […]
International Program Report from Bayswater, Australia
From October 11-15 Tony Kwong led a five-day international program where participants learned about the unity of opposites and the power of letting go. Hungry participants filled the tables for dinner at the national centre after a full day of intensive tor yu and don yu practice.
Volunteer Weekend at the National Centre in Bayswater, Australia
The National Centre in Bayswater was a hive of activity across the weekend of September 23 and 24, 2017. The centre got a head-to-toe spring clean. Members were popping in and out both days, volunteering their time to assist with rehanging, cleaning, clearing, and preparing surfaces for painting the guest bedrooms. On Saturday afternoon Peter […]
Celebrating Seniors at the Australian National Centre
Throughout this week we have enjoyed welcoming groups of seniors for free tai chi and morning tea classes as we recognise the UN International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP). One day we lost power to the centre but were still able to provide a delicious lunch for our guests.
Thoughts on Practicing Taoist Tai Chi for One Year
I have been regularly practicing tai chi for nearly a year now and must say that the health benefits have become clear and noticeable. Early last year, I had a really bad back with symptoms of acute stiffness and daily painful spasm. My son who is a physiotherapist and GP put it to me […]
National Workshop in Canberra, Australia
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Australia had good reason to smile on Saturday 29th April when 82 members from Canberra, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide joined together to celebrate ACT’s 25th anniversary at a national workshop. A high tea, delightfully prepared by local members with an abundance of treats […]
National Instructors’ Workshop in Adelaide, Australia
There were 82 participants from around Australia who gathered in Adelaide the first weekend in May for a national instructors’ workshop to explore substance and sensitivity. Some participants had only begun practising Taoist Tai Chi® arts a short six weeks earlier. Here are comments from only the first day of the event: Supportive and friendly, […]