Tai Chi Workshop, Sunday, March 11, 2018

Tai Chi Workshop
Location: Regent Health Centre
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 1-5 pm
Cost: $60 / person

It has been a while since we did a workshop dedicated to the internal martial arts! This session will focus on folding some of the technique we've been focusing on in Qigong—the internal drop / grounding, and pushing from the feet—into the Tai Chi set, as well as on some of the unique energy qualities of Tai Chi that set it apart from Qigong. 

This workshop is open to those who are familiar with the Tai Chi set that we practice, and will include sitting and standing meditation. 

Please let me know by email at smithmk2@gmail.com or by phone at (905) 521-0043 if you'd like to attend. 

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Qigong Workshop, Sunday, February 4, 2018

Qigong Workshop
Location: Regent Health Centre
Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Time: 1-5 pm
Cost: $60 / person

This workshop is open to people at all levels of training (including newbies!). The theme of this workshop will be grounding.

Grounding is a simple and effective technique that can instantly help us relax and re-energize. We'll spend the day focusing on correct alignment and how to use the whole body movements of the five elements qigong set to maintain our connection to the earth. The workshop will include sitting and standing qigong meditation. I hope you'll join us!

To attend, please let me know by phone at (905) 521-0043 or email at smithmk2@gmail.com.

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Spiritual Development Workshop: Sunday, January 21, 2018

With apologies for the late post about this, this workshop will run as planned from 2-4 pm this Sunday, January 21. Please let me know if you would like to attend by emailing me at smithmk2@gmail.com.

Spiritual Development Workshop: December 24, 2017

I know it's a little unusual to run a workshop on Christmas Eve, but here we go. This workshop will run from 2-4pm at my home. Last time, we started working with Taoist chanting. We'll continue to work with this beautiful and challenging practice, as well as to continue to discuss participants' experiences and how they fit in to the big picture of their practice.

This Spiritual Development Workshop is part of a new, ongoing series aimed at helping participants build a better relationship with esoteric aspects of Taoism, shamanism, and their own spiritual path.

You can read more about Spiritual Development Workshops here.

This workshop series is run from my home. If you wish to attend, I need to hear from you by email prior to each workshop. Spiritual Development workshops will represent a more advanced perspective on everything we do, so I reserve the right to let you know if it would be inappropriate for you to attend.

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Holiday Schedule

All tai chi and qigong classes will run as usual, except Monday, December 25, 2017, and Monday, January 1st, 2018.

Qigong Workshop, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 1-5pm

Now that we've been up and running with regular classes for a few weeks, it's time for us to get back into some Sunday workshops! Workshops are an opportunity for you to sink deeply into your practice, to take time to allow the body to respond to slow, gentle, meditative movement, and to work with some techniques we don't often have time for in class. Because workshops tend to have a smaller population than most of my regular classes, it's also an opportunity for me to work with you one on one, and to offer more detailed individual corrections.

Workshop details:

Qigong Workshop
Location: Regent Health Centre
Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: 1-5 pm
Cost: $60 / person

This workshop is open to people at all levels of training (including newbies!). Together we will explore qigong movement, sitting and standing meditation, and shamanic trance journey, in anticipation of the upcoming winter solstice. (This year's takes place on December 21st.)

Winter solstice marks the moment in the annual cycle when the night is longest, and the day is shortest. It marks the official start of winter, the season during which yin energies are at their peak. Winter is traditionally a time of low activity in nature, and yet, underneath the surface of things, all sorts of processes start to prepare for the return of spring. Winter is a time for quiet contemplation, and also a time during which transformation can occur seemingly without effort, or without conscious awareness that things are moving forward. At this workshop we'll talk about how to harmonize with the predominant yin energies to effect gentle, natural transformations for yourself, and your qigong practice.

Please let me know ahead of time if you would like to attend. Contact me at (905) 521-0043 or smithmk2@gmail.com

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New Spiritual Development Workshop Series Starting November 2017

As I'm writing this, classes at the Regent Centre have just re-launched.

I had a wonderful hiatus, with many insights into our direction for the coming year. I'm very excited to work with new people coming in for Beginner's Tai Chi and Qigong, and to offer ongoing classes for people who have been studying with me for a while, as well as experienced students who are coming in from outside clubs. It's going to be a very good year, as we work deeply on fundamentals, and explore some of the other internal martial arts sets, beyond Tai Chi. 

The great thing about Tai Chi and Qigong is that these physical disciplines lead the practitioner, slowly and gently, into a better relationship with the subtle energies that surround us and permeate our world. You don't particularly have to understand these on an intellectual level in order to work with them. If you simply run through a Tai Chi or Qigong set, and do your best to focus and relax, you'll be doing some very deep work. For those who want to treat Tai Chi and Qigong as a physical exercise class, that option is always open, and is an excellent investment in your wellbeing. 

However, as part of Taoist practice, Tai Chi and Qigong sit in a grand tradition that is spiritual and shamanic at its root. As part of that tradition, these arts can bring wonderful insight to the practitioner, and constitute part of a larger life path.

It's come to my attention that there's an increasing interest and need among some class participants, to discuss and work with the more spiritual side of our practice directly. 

To address this need, I'll be running a two-hour workshop, once a month, on the second last Sunday of the month, from 2-4 pm, starting on Sunday, November 19, 2017. Rather than a fee, I'll be asking for a suggested donation of $10. This will be a less formal meeting than our usual workshops, and will be an opportunity for participants to come and talk about life path, spiritual direction, and using Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation, and the other disciplines we work with, to help open that path. It will be a chance for us to share experiences, and to discuss any blocks to progress. Possible areas of exploration include guided meditation, trance journey, and Taoist chanting. I am absolutely open to suggestion about format or things we might do with this time.

This workshop series will run out of my home. If you wish to attend, I need to hear from you by email prior to each workshop. Spiritual Development workshops will represent a more advanced perspective on everything we do, so I reserve the right to let you know if it would be inappropriate for you to attend.   

The core values of my personal practice include grounding in a positive, open, and benign sense of the universe; using the experiences I've had through my training to gather insight and information about the world of spirit (rather than relying on any authority or book); using any received teachings, writings, or inherited wisdom as a guideline, rather than a statement of the way things are. 

I feel strongly that we need to make up our own minds about how we view the world, and whatever meaning we find in our lives. The purpose of these meetings is to bring clarity to the experiences you are already having, and to offer gentle guidance and camaraderie along the way.

I've already begun to work with some of you in assisting you to connect with nature, and to think of your practice in a broader sense. These meetings will be another chance for us to work together.

***The Spiritual Development workshops will not replace the occasional Sunday Tai Chi and Qigong workshops that I run at the Regent Centre. Those workshops will continue to run as they have in the past. Look for an upcoming announcement about the next one soon.***