August and September 2019 News for Classes at the Regent Centre

Greetings! August is the final month for Tai Chi and Qigong at the Regent Centre before I take my annual hiatus in September. Some dates of note:

There will be NO CLASSES on Friday, August 9th, Saturday, August 10th, or Monday, August 12. Mark your calendars! Otherwise, all classes will run as usual, including classes throughout the August long weekend.

There are two workshops this month.

August 4th, 2019, I'm running a Qigong and meditation workshop at the Regent Centre from 1-5pm. We'll be exploring the composition of the human energy field, how to perceive your own field, how to work with it and the energies of others, and what happens to this field when we practice Qigong (spoiler: great things!). Understanding your own field is a fun and important aspect of practicing Tai Chi and Qigong. If you'd like to join us, please confirm your attendance by emailing me at, or calling (905) 521-0043. This workshop is open to all levels of practice, but I would like to know ahead of time that you plan to attend. The cost is $60.

August 18th, 2019, we'll be taking a walk at Eramosa Karst from 1-4pm. Walking in nature is a fundamentally great way to refresh your energies, release stale tensions, and connect with joy. I'll share some information about local plants, and we'll talk about communication with plants, trees, and animals. Email at or call (905) 521-0043 for more details and to book your place. Suggested donation of $15. NOTE: this activity will involve a slow, easy walk on mostly flat terrain, but because the Karst doesn't have many places to sit, you should be able to stay on your feet for a couple of hours at a time, and walk for two or three kilometres if you'd like to join us.

September 2019
This year, my co-instructor, Gillianne Shaver, will also be away throughout September, so if you've been learning with us this year, September will be a great month to engage with solo practice, or meet up in a park for a practice session with your classmates. For me, September is the month during which I rest, recharge, and pursue my own practice in a deeper way than I'm able to throughout the year. There will be no classes at the Regent Centre during September.

Looking ahead to October 2019, classes will be starting up again on Friday, October 4th. The schedule will remain largely the same as this past year, although I'm looking to add an evening Beginner's Tai Chi and Continuing Class. If you've been waiting for an evening class, stay tuned!

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Tai Chi for Beginners, October 2019

If you're interested in learning Tai Chi from the very beginning, welcome! The set I teach takes a few months to learn from beginning to end. The next beginner's session will start on Saturday, October 5th. Beginner's classes will run on Saturdays from 2-3pm, and Wednesdays from 2:00-3:15pm.

Learning Tai Chi is a commitment. It works best if you remember to practice a little bit when you get home from your lesson, then spend a few minutes each day going over what you remember. Beyond that, coming to class and being prepared to be patient with yourself are your best assets.

Tai Chi is an incredible tool for healing and health maintenance, and a beautiful form of meditation. It can be adapted to be very gentle. When performed correctly, it can help restructure the entire body. Many people are surprised to learn that it can be a very challenging workout.

For more information, go to the Tai Chi for Beginners page. I hope you'll join us this fall!

To sign up, contact Melissa Smith at (905) 521-0043 or

August Workshops

As this teaching season comes to a close and I prepare to take my annual hiatus in September, I'm offering two August workshops to boost you up and refresh your energy.

Qigong Workshop
Date: Sunday, August 4, 2019
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: $60
Location: Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke St. South
Prerequisite: None

Please contact me to let me know you'd like to attend:, (905) 521-0043, or in person.

This workshop will focus on simple Qigong exercises and meditation techniques designed to help you become aware of your own energy field, and learn to work directly with it for self-healing and balancing.

Spiritual Development Workshop
Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019
Time: 1-4 pm
Cost: $15 suggested donation per person
Location: Eramosa Karst Conservation Area—weather permitting

Let's take a walk together! There are many exquisite beauties to be had in our local conservation areas. Eramosa Karst features underground watercourses and caves that help ground the entire area. This workshop will involve a slow walk during which we'll pay conscious attention to the surrounding landscape. I'll share some information about local plants, and we'll talk about communication with wild trees, plants, and animals.

Contact me at (905) 521-0043 or

NOTE: There will be no Spiritual Development workshop in July. Beginning in October, I'll be offering a new format of Spiritual Development workshop in which we'll explore topic areas through discussion and guided meditation. The first workshop series will explore the five elements. Stay tuned for more information! 

Lok Hup Workshop, Sunday, July 7, 2019 and Long Weekend Class Schedule

Some of you have asked about the July 1st long weekend schedule. All classes will run as usual through the long weekend. If you're up for a workout, I'll look forward to seeing you at class!

The theme for July's workshop will be Lok Hup Ba Fa. We'll be diving into this set once more for review and polishing. If you've studied this set in the past, then this workshop is appropriate for you! If you haven't let me know that you're coming, please confirm so I can plan the day.

Lok Hup Ba Fa Workshop Details
Date: Sunday, July 7, 2019
Time: 1-5pm
Location: Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke St. South
Fee: $60

Qigong Workshop

A quick note to say I'm shifting the upcoming Qigong workshop to August 4th, 2019. There wasn't enough interest in it this time around to run it this coming Sunday, June 2nd. There will be no workshop on that day, but all regular classes will run as usual. (I know you're all busy!)

So let me know if you'd like to attend on the 4th, and sorry for any inconvenience.  The July 7 workshop will focus on Lok Kup Ba Fa once more, if that suits you.

Take care and hope to see you at class!

Qigong Workshop, Sunday June 2, 2019

Qigong Workshop
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: $60
Location: Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke St. South
Prerequisite: None

Please contact me to let me know you'd like to attend:, (905) 521-0043, or in person.

It's time to ease into Summer! This workshop will focus on Five Elements Qigong, a routine designed to help us build leg strength and harmonize us with the warm and rich energies of this season. We'll also work with standing and sitting Qigong meditation, forms designed to relax and focus our minds and refresh our spirits.

Holiday Reminder, Construction Information, Acupressure Routines, and a Cool Video About the Nervous System

....that is quite a title!

A reminder that classes are on hold for this upcoming weekend. There will be no classes on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, and Monday, May 13, 2019. All other classes will run as usual throughout the month of May, including the holiday weekend.


There's been an update about upcoming construction plans for Locke Street. This is my best information as of this time (note I didn't write this—this comes from the construction folks):

Locke street will be CLOSED between Canada and Melbourne Streets starting on May 21st, 2019. ( just after the long weekend). THESE SIDE STREETS WILL BE CONVERTED TO TWO WAY TRAFFIC AS PER THE ATTACHED PLAN TO ASSIST WITH ACCESS. Your patrons/visitors to the area can still gain access
Access to Locke Street from Main will remain open up to Canada street during this time as well. 
This closure is the first phase of works to allow the contractor full access to begin the underground works along the west side ( new watermain and water services) and catch basins along this side as well. 
Within these limits of the closure, sidewalks will remain open so that people can still get to their destinations. 
So the easiest way for patrons/visitors to Locke street should be Melbourne to Poulette to the parking lot behind Star Bucks and head over to Blessings Church at Stanley and Locke via Chatham street.

This past Monday we ran through an acupressure routine for the jaw, neck, and ear. This routine comes from a wonderful collection that is extremely handy for a wide variety of issues. It's always a great idea to learn more about points, how to find them on yourself, and how to use sequences of points massage to help heal yourself. Learn how to deal with headache, local pain, and nervous system issues like insomnia here at Free Online Acupressure


We talk a lot in class about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems (at least, I feel like I talk about them a lot), but there are some fascinating new emerging theories about how they work. In this lecture from Nerd Nite, Seth Porges delivers a ton of helpful information about the nervous system, fight, flight, and freeze states, how these states influence perception, and the lingering effects of trauma on the body. (Sidebar: there's one little section where for some reason Porges decides to rip on the concepts of chi and the chakras...honestly I really wish scientists would refrain from comment on fields in which they have no training. But he does have a ton of cool things to say about the vagus nerve, so definitely worth a listen.)

For those of you who are studying push hands, one way to view that practice is to understand that we're trying to learn how to fight while remaining in the green light / relaxed state. Quite a trick! (And the reason why it takes so much training.)