Classes at the Regent Centre are on hold until further notice. All classes are currently online. See blog for details.



Schedule Change to Saturday Online Classes

Dear All,

I've already announced this at class, but in response to student interest, I'm making a change to the Saturday class schedule.

Beginning this coming Saturday, May 22, 2021, the Saturday online program will be as follows:

1-2:30 pm Qigong
2:30-4 pm Advanced Tai Chi

NOTE that Saturday classes will no longer start at noon. This will make the timing of classes the same as it is on Mondays and Wednesdays. There will be no other changes. Current beginners are absolutely welcome and encouraged to attend Intermediate Tai Chi in order to supplement their practice. 

The complete schedule is as follows: 

Monday
Qigong 1pm-2pm
Intermediate Tai Chi 2-3pm
Continuing Practice, focusing on Lok Hup Ba Fa 3-4 pm

Wednesday
Beginner's Tai Chi 1-2pm
Intermediate Tai Chi 2-3pm
Continuing Practice, focusing on Lok Hup Ba Fa 3-4pm

Saturday
Qigong 1:00-2:30 pm
Continuing Tai Chi 2:30-4 pm

 

Rescheduling Qigong for May 2021

Dear All,

As I announced in my last message, I'm taking some time away from class in May 2021. Since that announcement, one of our members requested that the Qigong classes that will be missed because of my away dates be made up by rescheduling Qigong to Wednesdays, where it will (temporarily!!) replace Tai Chi Beginners. I can't replace all three of the Qigong sessions we'll be skipping, but we can make up two of them. So:

There will be NO CLASSES on the following dates:

Saturday, May 8

Monday, May 10

Monday, May 17

MAKE-UP QIGONG CLASSES will run on Wednesday, May 12, from 1-2 pm, and Wednesday, May 19, from 1-2 pm. 

I hope this compromise works for you! I expect Tai Chi Beginners will work extra hard to make up for their missing classes. 

All other classes will run as usual in May, including Tai Chi Beginners. As previously announced, the fee for May will be reduced to $40.

If you've already paid fees for May, I can refund your $10, or you can pay $10 less in June, just let me know.

Cheers, and hope to see you at class,

Melissa.



May 2021

Dear All,

Just a quick note to let you know I'll be taking some time away from classes in May 2021.

There will be NO CLASSES on the following dates:

Saturday, May 8

Monday, May 10

Monday, May 17

All other classes will run as usual in May. The fee for May will be reduced to $40.

If you've already paid fees for May, I can refund your $10, or you can pay $10 less in June, just let me know.

Cheers, and hope to see you at class,

Melissa.

No Classes this Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

 Hi All, 

Just a quick note to let you know I'm taking a break this Easter Weekend. 

THERE WILL BE NO CLASSES ON SATURDAY, APRIL 3rd, 2021. All other classes will run as usual, including Easter Monday.

Have a great weekend! See you Monday.

Happy February, and a Note About Family Day

Hi everyone,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying our spate of more-wintery weather. Online classes continue to run throughout the winter and beyond!

Just a quick note to say there will be NO CLASSES on Monday, February 15, 2021. I'm planning to take Family Day to spend with my family, like you do. 

All other classes will run as usual in February. 

Stay warm, and hope to see you soon.

Monthly Fee Change in 2021

Dear All,

I've been absolutely delighted by the persistence many of you have shown in continuing with your Tai Chi and Qigong studies throughout 2020, through our Zoom sessions. It's been my pleasure to continue to offer instruction, as well as to include Lok Hup Ba Fa and other advanced sets as part of our continuing exploration of the Taoist arts. 

Something I haven't shared with you is that I had intended to increase the monthly fees this year, starting with our new teaching season in October 2020. I delayed announcing that decision because current events have seemed to provide a never-ending cornucopia of changes, and I didn't want to introduce anything new into the mix.

I know things are still in flux, but it is necessary for me to introduce the planned fee increase now. I hope you'll understand that this change is vital to my ability to support all of you. In return, I'll continue to offer the highest quality of instruction.

Beginning in January 2021, the fee for Tai Chi and Qigong lessons is $50 / month.
If you are a student, on ODSP, OW, or in financial need, the fee is $30 / month.

I understand that there may be some of you who have lost work or income due to covid. Since I'm in the same boat, I understand completely. If you had budgeted for the previous rate of $40 / month and you can't afford more, please let me know. My priority is that you are able to continue studying Tai Chi and Qigong, and I'll do whatever I can to facilitate that.

Thanks for understanding. All my best to you and yours. See you on December 30th for class (don't forget the schedule's a bit different that day!), and / or in 2021. 

If you need to contact me for whatever reason, please do so at smithmk2@gmail.com or (905) 521-0043.

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December 2020 Holiday Schedule

Hi Everyone!

I trust your truly bizarro year is about to be capped off, like mine, with a Christmas with a Difference. I'm planning to take it easy this year, stay close to home, and have a truly cosy holiday season. 

Tai Chi and Qigong Classes

All online Tai Chi and Qigong classes will run as usual throughout December, with the following exceptions:

There will be NO classes on Saturday, December 26, 2020, or Monday, December 28, 2020.

Classes will run on Wednesday, December 30th, 2020 but in anticipation of highly variable attendance, and to make up for the two Qigong classes that will be cancelled on the 26th and the 28th, I'm changing up the schedule for this one day. 

Classes on Wednesday, December 30th will be as follows:

1-2 pm Qigong
2-3 pm Tai Chi All Levels (I promise this will be easy for beginners and challenging for intermediate and continuing folks)
3-4 pm Lok Hup, Sword, and sundry advanced review

I won't be teaching new content so if you can't attend on the 30th, don't worry! I reckon some of you might like to get a workout in.

The regular class schedule will resume on January 2nd, 2021. 


Meditation and Chakra Discussion Sessions

Sunday, December 13, 2020, 3 pm 
We'll continue our discussion of Anodea Judith's Eastern Body, Western Mind, with the chapter on the Solar Plexus chakra. There is no charge for these sessions. It is a casual discussion of a very challenging book.

Sunday, December 20, 2020, 2-4 pm
Winter Solstice Guided Meditation
This beautiful moment in the year is among the most peaceful and powerful from an energetic perspective, although we often fill our time with busy-ness and extra socialising. I believe this year offers a unique opportunity to slow down, check in with ourselves, and practice self-care. This session will include a fun and gentle guided meditation to help you align with the true purpose of the season: to embrace the spirit of restfulness and rejuvenation. The cost is $20.

Sunday, January 3, 2020, 2-4 pm
Heart Chakra Guided Meditation
The chakra series continues in the new year with this, the turning point of the chakra system. In the heart, the earthly energies of the lower chakras meet the spiritual superhighway of the upper chakras. Learn how to mingle these two forces with love as we explore the heart through discussion and guided meditation. Fee: $20.

The complete Chakra Meditation Series schedule is here. The discussion of the corresponding chapter from Eastern Body, Western Mind occurs the week after each guided meditation.

All meetings take place via Zoom. For more information or to join, contact Melissa at smithmk2@gmail.com or (905) 521-0043.