Spring Newsletter including info on upcoming class schedule, Saturdays in the Park, World Tai Chi Qigong Day, Rusel’s Rehab Update, and Costa Rica 2020!

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Spring Newsletter 2019

Greetings everyone,

With warm days ahead, Spring sessions begin Monday, April 8th. I’m writing to share with you:

    • Our Spring Schedule of classes
    • Our Snow Make Up days at the end of Winter Quarter
    • World Tai Chi Qigong Day
    • Return of Saturdays out in the Park
    • Saturday’s new Qigong Exploration Weekend
    • New Feldenkrais classes with Heather Danso
    • Rus’s Rehab Update and how you can make a difference
    • Reminder Rates going up in the Spring
  • And, say Yes and join us for our Costa Rica Tai Chi & Qigong Immersion Retreat 2020!

With the return of the light, and longer days ahead, Spring sessions offer some new opportunities to deepen and renew your practice.

First, we begin our Spring Session Monday, April 8th at the Studio with Morning Qigong and Chen Tai Chi followed by the Tai Chi for Seniors class. Also this spring, we’ll be offering:
    • All levels Chen Tai Chi, Monday & Thursday evenings at 6pm as well as Monday and Wednesday mornings at 8:45am, and Saturdays at 10am
    • Qigong All levels Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30am and Saturdays at 9:15am
    • Yang 108 Tai Chi All levels will be back at Limber Yoga in West Seattle Tuesdays & Thursdays at 8:30am
    • Burien Tai Chi for Everyone will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:45am
    • Chen Tai Chi for Beginners in Burien will have a new session beginning Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm
    • Burien Qigong for Health of Body Mind & Spirit will return on Wednesdays at 10:45am starting April 10th.
    • a new session of Intro to Tai Chi – Fundamentals for Beginners will start Wednesday April 10th at 6:30pm at the Wise Orchid Studio
    • Erlu with Eldan with return May 2nd on Thursday evenings following the all levels Chen Taiji,
    • and at South Seattle College, spring sessions of Yang 24 Tai Chi and Qigong will begin Wednesday, April 10th
    • Tai Chi for Seniors will also return on Thursday afternoons at 2pm starting April 11th
  • and this spring, Saturday classes will be held at Pratt Park between Yesler and Main off of 20th Ave. South.

Due to the snow closures, there will be Qigong and Chen Tai Chi classes Monday March 25th at the regular times and Yang Tai Chi in West Seattle at 8:30am on Tuesday March 26th. The Burien Chen Tai Chi for Beginners on Tuesday evenings will have two make up classes on March 26th and April 2nd at 6pm.

World Tai Chi Qigong Day is Saturday, April 27th this year. Again, we will hold a free 2 hour practice from 10am to noon. All are welcome, no experience necessary. We encourage you to come and invite friends, family and neighbors to celebrate and share practice with people around the world as we join the wave of healing energy circling the earth.

Check here for more information and to RSVP.

Now that spring is here, we’ll be returning our Saturday practice to the great outdoors. Starting at 9:15am we’ll practice Qigong, then at 10am Chen Tai Chi, followed by Push Hands and Weapons practice. Join us in Pratt Park. If we run into inclement weather, we will meet under the shelter. Bring layers and see you there.

Tuesday evenings 7-8pm through April 23rd at Wise Orchid studio, there is now Feldenkrais – Awareness Through Movement group classes being offered by Heather Danso. 


As many of you know, about 8 months ago, upon our return from China, Rus was stricken with Shingles and as a result suffered a serious injury to his L4 and femoral nerves impacting his ability to use his left leg. He was told that it could take 1-3 years or more to see improvement and that full recovery may not happen.

Above is a picture from our trip to train with Grandmaster the year before in Toronto. I post this picture as this is the image of his goal to be able to return to Tai Chi practice and be able to rehabilitate the strength in his left leg to be able to perform low stances once again. In the last several months, he’s moved from a wheelchair to a walker and is now able to walk with a forearm crutch. It is remarkable the progress that he’s made. In April he’ll be participating in Swedish Hospital’s Functional Restoration and Pain Psychology Program which is a month long commitment that entails 5 hours a day 3 days a week of multi-modality therapies. It has been a challenging time for Rus and myself as he works to heal and recover and I work to maintain the classes along with caregiving.

With the encouragement and help of students, we now have a GoFundMe page. We are hoping that with your help we can meet the medical bill obligations and stay afloat. Please have a look at the campaign and share with your friends and contribute if you are able. You have all made a difference in us getting this far. Thank you so much for all you do and give.

And, a reminder that the tuition rates will be increasing about 5% at the end of Winter Quarter. If this creates a hardship for anyone, please don’t be shy to connect with me, as I am open to helping make the class accessible to all who want to come. And, if you would like, you are always welcome to contribute to the scholarship fund to make it possible for those with less means to attend.

You can continue to take advantage of the old rates through the end of March 23rd, so feel free to pay it forward as far as you like. Thank you for your understanding and all your support. And, you are always welcome to pay the new rates as that helps keep the studio afloat with the increases in rent over the last 2 3/4 years. The new rates are listed near the bottom of our registration page. Thank you everyone!

We are excited to announce that our Costa Rica Taijiquan & Qigong Immersion Retreat is on for next January and open for registration now. This week long retreat is open to all levels of practitioners. Come immerse yourself in beauty, relaxation and good practice. For details and registration link here.

By cultivating peace within yourself you are cultivating peace within your home and community and making the world a better place. Thank you for being part of our community and sharing this practice. See you soon!

Much love and gratitude,