The Dragon's Head Blog
Beginners’ Weekend in Colchester, Great Britain
Over 130 participants travelled to the European Centre in Colchester, Essex from as far afield as Cardiff, Southampton, and Northampton to take part in a beginners’ weekend of Taoist Tai Chi® arts. Here is what some of the participants said about their first visit to the centre: The kindness of the people made it a […]
Banquet Hosting at International Workshop in Colchester, England
There were 220 participants from 16 countries in attendance, which made for a cosmopolitian international workshop in Colchester. There are many routes to discovering a stillness in our centre — dan yu, tor yu, chanting, sleeping meditation, and practising hosting a banquet — a delicious lunch with musical entertainment and a moving testimonial.
Celebrating with Seniors in Great Britain
Branches and locations around Great Britain have been taking the message to the people: Taoist Tai Chi® arts are a great defence against the problems of aging. There are more pictures on the matter from around Great Britain on Twitter @TaoistTaiChiUK. For now, here are three towns beginning with the letter B. Bedford — Tea and […]
Awareness Day in Bristol, Great Britain
For Awareness Day 2017 in Great Britain about 200 members gathered at Millennium Square in Bristol on a sunny August Bank Holiday Saturday. This year the dragon took to the square and paraded amongst the tai chi sets and the beautiful silver planetarium to the sound of our very own drumming team. For […]
International Seniors’ Day Preparations in Great Britain
What’s happening in Great Britain for International Seniors’ Day? Where can you come and participate in the events that we are organising? On Sunday 01 October, in both Colchester and Edinburgh, we’re having a day of celebration based around the global video link-up at 15:00. Branches around the country are organising displays and open […]
Finding Balance, Timing and Feeling at International Workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland
The first international workshop after CIT (Continuing Instructor in Training) Week is a particularly friendly and intimate event. Participants have been practising a potent mixture of foundation exercises and moves from the set. We’ve been working on some of themes from CIT Week – balance, timing, feeling – and discovering that these can […]
Awareness Day Display in Edinburgh, Great Britain
For the second of TTCS Great Britain’s Awareness Day displays this year members from around the Scottish region were joined by early arrivals for the two-day international workshop. We did many sets, we attracted attention, we spoke to people and we ran taster sessions. We brought a little bit of our International Awareness Day in […]
Stretching and Turning in Cambridge, England
A beautiful setting for a beautiful art. Dr. Karen Laughlin treated us to a concise and concentrated form of the weekend workshop. How can three hours pass so quickly and enjoyably?
Having Fun with Immortality
For many it was great to see Dr. Karen Laughlin return to Colchester again, after several years, and for others it was a wonderful opportunity to meet her for the very first time. For all of us it was a special time, a chance to hear some stories about Mr. Moy and also the Eight […]
Fun, Learning, Balance in England
Over 100 people, including 25 new participants, enjoyed a beginners’ weekend at the European Centre in Colchester. While the weather was unusually hot, the group succeeded in getting all the way through the set. There was also some storytelling about Master Moy and how the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi® arts came to Great […]
May the 4th Be with You! Spring Gardening Day in Colchester, England
At our Colchester Centre on May 4th, members came together from four different branches for our first gardening day of the year. It was a very productive day as we tidied and pruned, weeded and cut back, planted up pots with young bedding plants, planted lettuce and sunflower seeds, and prepared a tomato bed. A […]
Afternoon Tea in South East Essex, Great Britain
On 29th April, South East Essex branch members met at a local garden centre tea room to enjoy an afternoon tea together. The dress code was ‘wear your brightest tai chi T-shirt’ — and we did! The tea room kindly let us use their outside space to practice a tai chi set in the garden […]
Lok Hup Workshop Ends in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Workshops provide opportunities for cultural exchange. Workshop leader Sean Dennison shared his experience of Master Moy’s teachings. During a lunchtime meeting we discussed the forthcoming health questionnaire.
Lok Hup Workshop Continues in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We have participants from 15 countries at the workshop. Large groups took it in turns to practice their Lok Hup, for the others to observe: Great Britain (off camera); Central Europe; Southern Europe; Northern Europe and Canada.
Lok Hup Workshop in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The United Kingdom national centre in Edinburgh is hosting a lok hup workshop, with 225 participants. The first two days have included chanting practice, Taoist Tai Chi® practice, and lok hup ba fa practice, all together and in small groups.
Fung Loy Kok Workshop in Colchester, United Kingdom —Day Five
On Sunday morning the workshop participants practise the Jade Emperor lighting ceremony.
Chinese New Year Banquet in Colchester, United Kingdom
Returning to the origin … participants at the Fung Lok Kok workshop in Colchester prepared and served a delicious Chinese New Year banquet for 150 people, with 20 invited guests. Speakers included Jim Nicholson of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism, and Sir Bob Russell, High Steward of Colchester. Diners enjoyed watching a display of […]
Fung Loy Kok Workshop in Colchester, United Kingdom — Day Four
Saturday of the workshop, and we are joined by a further 20 participants for the weekend. The attention turns inwards again, and Sean and Jim help people who have questions about quiet sitting. The group practices the Taoist saan fa chant again, sounding much stronger than earlier in the week. Sean provides an update on […]
Fung Loy Kok Workshop in Colchester, United Kingdom
Cultivating stillness … Taoist saan fa chanting, practiced around a table; Confucian chanting including the Ten Thousand Buddhas sutra, practiced in front of the high shrine; and quiet sitting. These are just some of the methods of cultivating stillness, under the gentle guidance and encouragement of workshop leaders Sean Dennison and Jim Nicholson.
Chinese New Year in Aberdeen Angus, United Kingdom
Members from across the newly extended Aberdeen Angus Branch met for some tai chi practice, and prepared a traditional meal of haggis, neeps and tatties, to celebrate Chinese New Year and Robbie Burns Night.