2017 Hiatus Schedule Summer / Fall 2017

As many of you know, I am planning both my usual September / Early October hiatus from teaching and some extra weeks away from teaching in July and August this year (2017, if you stumble upon this post in the future). Hiatus is my time to rest, take care of things that have fallen by the wayside during the winter and spring, and to sink deeply into my own training, so that I can return to you with fresh ideas and renewed energy once we're ready to reconvene full time in the fall.

Please print out this schedule and mark it on your calendars, post it on your fridge, or set up notifications on your phones. I will try to set up reminder notices but I make no guarantees.

There will be NO classes on the following dates:

Friday June 30
Saturday July 1
Monday July 3

Friday July 21
Saturday July 22
Monday July 23

Friday July 28
Saturday July 29
Monday July 31

Friday August 11
Saturday August 12
Monday August 14

I will be on longer term hiatus from Friday, September 1 to Thanksgiving (October 9). Classes will resume on Friday, October 13. 

I will be teaching on any days not noted above.

REMINDER: Classes cancelled on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Classes are cancelled for Saturday, May 6. All classes will run as usual on Friday, May 5, and Monday, May 8.

There will also be no class on Victoria Day, Monday, May 22. Classes will run as usual that weekend on Friday and Saturday. (I'll send out another reminder prior to the 22nd, but please note it on your calendars.) 

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April Workshop and Class Schedule

With spring finally coming in, we're all a bit busier (yup, that includes me!), and can look forward to reconnecting with the outdoors. This post addresses both of these themes...

UPCOMING CLASS CANCELLATIONS

Regular classes will continue as usual in April and May, but there will be no classes on Good Friday, April 14, and no classes on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Please mark both of these dates in your calendars! 


OUTDOOR WORKSHOP, Sunday, April 30, 2017
1-5pm

Experience required. Only people I have taught previously, and / or those who are currently enrolled in classes at the Regent Centre, may attend. 

Note: the location of this workshop is subject to change, weather pending. You MUST be registered by email in order to join in the workshop. I will confirm the workshop location by email to all participants ahead of time, and reconfirm the night before, but if I don't have you included on the email list, you won't be able to attend. Transportation will be available from various points in Hamilton, if necessary. 

This workshop is going to be a bit of an experiment, so buckle in! 

As those of you who attend my regular classes know, the teachings we work with are a part of a long tradition, the ultimate aim of which is to harmonize the practitioner with the natural energies that surround us abundantly at all times. There is no better way to work with these energies than to go outside and get into direct contact with them. While we can do a lot of excellent training indoors, there really is no substitute for getting out under the sky. 

Participants will spend the afternoon learning general techniques for connecting with natural energies outdoors; paqua stepping / walking meditation on the trails; and working with trees, understanding the specific energies they offer at this time of year. After spending time outdoors, we will reconvene to the Regent Centre for sitting meditation, and to continue the work we have done outside. 

While the trails we will be using are reasonably maintained, there will be some gentle walking (1-3km, depending on the needs of the group) involved in this workshop. Please come prepared to walk up and down some slopes (nothing extreme, just--know this is a possibility) and clothed for the weather. 

Fee: $40

To register or for more information, please contact Melissa at smithmk2@gmail.com, or at (905) 521-0043. Please note, if you wish to register, I will require an email address. 

Qigong Workshop for February 26 CANCELLED--Pushed back to March 26, 2017

Registration numbers are not quite where I need them to be for the workshop coming up this Sunday, February 26. I'm going to push this workshop back to Sunday, March 26th. 

Please let me know ahead of time, preferably by email, if you would like to attend. These Qigong workshops are open to all levels, from beginner to advanced. We work very deeply on the energy aspects of Qigong, sinking into ourselves and connecting with Spirit. 


Sunday, March 26, 2017
1-5pm
Regent Health Centre Studio
Fee: $60 for those who are not regular Tai Chi or Qigong Regent Centre students
$40 for regular Regent Centre students

Open to all

This Qigong workshop will focus on working with the gentle, whole-body movements of Qigong exercises to relax and invigorate the body and focus the mind. We will return once again to shamanic trance journey to help us connect with spiritual and energetic forces that guide all processes of healing and our life's direction. The workshop will include sitting and standing meditation.

Qigong Workshop, Sunday, February 26, 2017


NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. NEXT WORKSHOP WILL RUN SUNDAY, MARCH 26.


Sunday, February 26, 2017 
1-5pm
Regent Health Centre Studio
Fee: $60 for those who are not regular Tai Chi or Qigong Regent Centre students
$40 for regular Regent Centre students
Open to all

This Qigong workshop will focus on working with the gentle, whole-body movements of Qigong exercises to relax and invigorate the body and focus the mind. We will return once again to shamanic trance journey to help us connect with spiritual and energetic forces that guide all processes of healing and our life's direction. The workshop will include sitting and standing meditation.

No Classes Family Day

There will be no classes this upcoming Family Day: Monday, February 20, 2017. All other classes will run as scheduled.

Thanks, and I hope everyone has a great holiday.

TAI CHI / PUSH HANDS WORKSHOP 29 January 2017

Workshops are a wonderful opportunity to set aside an afternoon for focusing on yourself and your practice. The first workshop of 2017--and the first workshop of the new Rooster Year!--will take place on the 29th of January.

This workshop is only open to current Tai Chi students who have completed learning the Tai Chi set. Details below. 



TAI CHI / PUSH HANDS WORKSHOP
Sunday, January 29, 2017
1-5pm
Regent Health Centre Studio
Fee: $60

This workshop will focus on Push Hands and the Tai Chi set.

Push Hands is both a partner exercise, and the sparring form associated with Tai Chi and other internal martial arts. Learning Push Hands is absolutely key to understanding correct Tai Chi movement, as well as the art of dealing with another person's force, and energy. Practicing Push Hands can enormously benefit self confidence, deepen your practice, and teach you how to tell when your technique is correct, and when it needs adjustment. It moves chi, or energy, like no other discipline we study. At its best, it is deeply invigorating and uplifting, and can help the practitioner conquer common fears, and inspire new approaches to daily challenges.

This workshop will help participants master Push Hands fundamentals, and include instruction on how Push Hands practice relates to Tai Chi technique. We will also be working with Qigong sitting meditation, in order to integrate the body and energy changes that accompany Push Hands.

Participants must have completed Beginner's Tai Chi and be familiar with the Tai Chi set. To register, contact Melissa at smithmk2@gmail.com or (905) 521-0043.