The Dragon's Head Blog
Technology Bringing Us Closer
Thanks to technology we were able to make a set putting together people from the Southern European Centre in Madrid, Spain and a class at the International Centre in Orangeville, Canada, during the International Workshop taking place from March 21 to 25. Marsha in Canada and Andrew in Spain were able to observe the development […]
New Kitchen in Majorca, Spain
Something’s cooking in Majorca where after years of trials and tribulations the building owned by the Society in Palma now has a fully operational kitchen. It was a long and winding road, starting with winning over the neighbors and raising the funds. But everybody rallied to the cause and finally the big day arrived. The […]
International Workshop at the Southern European Center in Madrid, Spain
The workshop is led by Andrew Hung and 86 members are participating. We have been working on expansion and compression, and the importance of intention in all the movements. In the sequence of moving hands as clouds and in the tor-yu we have applied the circular shape, and finally we have incorporated it in the […]
Finish Line for the Renovations at the Southern European Centre in Madrid, Spain
The renovations at the Southern European Centre are reaching the final stages. Visually there are not many changes from previous photos, as the last days’ action has been mainly in the different installations: gas, water, electricity, heating, fire. And then getting ready for September events…
Renovations Update from Southern European Centre
Renovations at the Southern European Centre have sped up. The photos show the progress in the different areas, including the new kitchen and dishwashing area, the wall between the hall and main dorm, the main dorm and the sewage system. As with any renovations, changes occur due to unexpected issues that arise. However, everything seems […]
Renovations Continue at the Southern European Centre in Spain
Monday 12th June was the first day the long-awaited renovations started. These first two days the work has been mainly demolition on the top floor. There is lots of noise and dust to put up with. But how great it will look in September!
Renovating the Southern European Centre
It was a busy weekend at the Southern European Centre: a rich intensive with around 30 members from different branches, followed by a refreshing and nutritious meal. And for the rest of the weekend, many helping hands to finish clearing things up so all the areas are ready for the renovations. But, of course, we still […]
Renovations at the Southern European Centre, Spain
Preparations are being made for the renovations to start in the next two weeks.
Day Five of International Training Program in Madrid, Spain
Joé Thibault has guided us during five days along a path of softness, lightness and elasticity. Today we have applied these aspects to different parts of the tai chi set. The members of the Taoist Tai Chi® family have shared tasks in a harmonious workshop aided by the energy and good humour of Joé. You […]
Day Four of International Training Program in Madrid, Spain
After having explained the equivalent principles of chanting and tai chi, we held a chanting session. Joé Thibault explored deepy the soft focus of tai chi, with progressive and elastic transitions. She focused on maximizing the expansion and relaxation in every movement without forgetting the intention in the hands and feet until finalizing each of […]
Day Three of International Training Program in Madrid, Spain
On the third day we began with chanting and then we worked on toryus, focusing on going all the way up and then dropping progressively. Later on we applied those same principles to the brush knee movement. After lunch we worked on donyus with the same intention, and then we applied it to the wave […]
International Training Program in Madrid, Spain
We began the second day with chantings. We have worked on fundamentals that have helped us to find good structure in our bodies. We work on toryus and donyus, putting the emphasis on expanding, smoothness and progressivity.
International Instructor Training Program in Madrid, Spain
This is the first day of the program of Taoist Tai Chi® arts led by Joé Thibault, with more than 140 participants. We have been working on the importance of the gaze, the anchoring of the feet on the floor, the connection of feet and hands, expansion and contraction, keeping everything smooth, progressive and connected.
The Taoist Tai Chi Society in Spain’s Got Talent
Talented cooks, talented musicians, talented interior designer … all this talent, garnished with lots of loving care and high spirits, has been displayed in the last days in the different holiday season celebrations throughout Spain, from large branches to small locations.
Florida Quince Cheese from Madrid, Spain
This report is from the South European Centre in Madrid. How to make the sweet delicious “Dulce de Membrillo Florida” (Florida Quince Cheese), as a fundraiser for our home in Dunedin.
A fine weekend at our home in Madrid
76 participants from nine countries enjoyed last weekend an international workshop in Madrid. Martina Pavlovicova led us into the practice of smiling, relaxing, enjoying, opening… Once again the Southern European Centre was everybody’s home. A space of gathering to develop the wide aspects of the Taoist Tai Chi® arts.
A Very Thorough Weekend in Madrid
This weekend we celebrated the Portugal, Spain and Italy annual instructors’ meeting. Some 60 instructors from the 3 countries got together to pool and advance in our understanding of tai chi and our role as accredited volunteer instructors. The activity on Saturday was held at the Southern European Centre and was most varied. It included […]
Taoist Tai Chi® arts: More than just moves
That there is much more than the moves learned during a program is something that we have known for a long time. But knowing and understanding are two different things. We know all about picking up people from the airport and getting them assigned to a bed because typically we are the ones being picked […]
QUINCE CHEESE FOR FLORIDA, BATCH TWO
After the big success of the first one, yesterday at the Southern European Centre we prepared a second batch of 42 tubs of Dulce de Membrillo (Quince Cheese), a fundraiser towards the International Centre in Dunedin. And there is a third batch on the way…
Quince Cheese for Florida
Yesterday at the Southern European Centre a group of members prepared the first batch of Dulce de Membrillo, Quince Cheese or Jelly. A sweet project to raise funds for the International Centre in Dunedin, Florida. Online orders are not available, but perhaps you or some fellow member will be visiting Madrid in the near […]