SPRING Is In The Air – The Wood Element

A time of new beginnings; birth. We notice the plants pushing upwards, awakening and refreshed after their winter hibernation. The sun rises earlier and we naturally awaken earlier. There is an energy of activity and fresh new life all around us – the energy of spring. This season correlates with the wood element ; the color green; liver/gall bladder; eyes; tendons; balanced natural state of passion, kindness, ease (imbalanced state being excessive anger, dissatisfaction, frustration, shouting).

We see green all around us – this tender new life nourishes our soul through our eyes. There is less desire to eat, as the body naturally cleanses itself in spring. Cleansing is not only residue from heavy winter foods, but of excess desire and pent up emotions of dissatisfaction, impatience, anger, and accompanying short sightedness. This season may bring clearer vision; new ways of seeing things. We are encouraging quickness, more rapid movement, more outward activity. Think of a deer leaping and bounding (such movement is governed by the quality of the tendons). A vital liver supports a calm, smooth, soothing way of being – body and mind; decisiveness; sound judgment; leadership capability; ability to bring one’s passion – ideas, creativity, projects out into the world.

Wood element and FOOD and food preparation:

This is the season to clean the liver and gall bladder. Simple food preparation, including raw and sprouted foods may be emphasized. A little bit of such foods can bring in the qualities of cleansing without too much cooling and/or overworking digestion in those who are in a delicate or re-cooperative state.

Select foods reflecting the yang, ascending and expansive energy of spring. These include young plants, fresh greens, sprouts (including wheat and other cereal grasses). Minimize intake of salty and heavy foods, particularly animal products.

Create your own inner spring by selecting sweet and pungent foods such as honey/mint tea, pungent herbs – basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, bay leaf; complex carbohydrates which are primarily ‘sweet’ flavor (increased by sprouting) – grains, legumes, seeds; young beets, carrots, and other sweet starchy vegetables; raw onions and garlic (to rid the body of parasites).

Include raw food as appropriate. When cooking foods, cook at higher temperatures, with shorter cooking time than winter preparation. If oil is to be used, quickly sauté. When cooking with water steam lightly or briefly simmer foods.

What you can do:

Play Six Healing Sounds Qigong – emphasizing balance and harmony of the whole self, with special attention on the “shhhh” of liver.

Give more focus to playing Qigong practices for the eyes. Play t’ai chi with special attention on the tendons; your ability to feel springy like a deer. If you haven’t done the qigong practices in a class, ask me for details.

Though it is getting warmer outside, keep your neck warm (eg. Wear a scarf), and protect yourself from wind, especially after playing qigong/t’ai chi.

Enjoy getting out in nature; stop and ‘smell the roses’.

Explore your creativity and the projects you have been dreaming about; let them out into the world –the world is waiting for you to authentically, fully express yourself.

A Tao Woman Retreat Experience

with Heather Chalon, MPH
Healing Tao  System, Senior Instructor
March 1-3, 2019

PLEASE NOTE:  We had a marvelous experience.  If you would like to make sure to know about the next Tao training,  please email. heather@heatherchalon.com and/or  go to newsletter sign up so you are added to my MailChimp list.

A Playground for us all to play in, where love,
joy, creativity blossom and grow.

Feel Your Qi

Feel Your Qi

When
March 1-3, 2019

Where
El Rancho Robles, Oracle, AZ
Conveniently located near Tucson & Phoenix

About
Heather Chalon, MPH, Healing Tao Senior Instructor, Healing Tao Instructors Association,  Master Trainer TCHI, presents the fundamental practices of the Healing Tao System as taught by Grandmaster Mantak Chia and other Qigong/Tao Meditation Masters.
Learn the ‘secrets’ of ancient Taoist practices for deep healing of spirit, mind, and body. Open your natural source of wellness. Leave with daily rituals for self-care, feeling nourished and rejuvenated.


May you breathe deeply in the fresh Spring air, be inspired by the beauty of nature, luxuriate in the hospitality of the Historic El Rancho Robles, as you:

Experience the healing power of the fundamental Taoist meditations – Six Healing Sounds, Inner Smile, Micro Cosmic Orbit. 

Play qigong, including 8 Pieces of Brocade, five Animal Frolics, Swimming Dragon.

Exercise the muscle of soul, awaken the muscle of the spirit with Tao Y’in (gentle yet powerful Chinese yoga); Renew the senses and radiate natural beauty with Qi Self Massage; Delight in the theory of Five Elements, and learn how to nourish your whole Self.


Schedule

  • Friday 3/1: Check in 2:00pm   (arriving early? The Patio Cafe is serving lunch)
    • 3:00 thru 9:00pm.   Tea break with snacks, Dinner will be served.
  • Saturday 3/2:
    • 7:00 thru 8:30 PM.  Break, lunch, dinner and tea breaks served.
  • Sunday 3/3:
    • 7am thru 2:00  Departure.  breakfast and lunch served.

Pricing

  • All inclusive:  $365
  • Payments:
  • Mail a check,  to Heather Chalon,  1700 E River Rd, #64422, Tucson, AZ 85728
  • On-line with a credit card  (Pay Pal,  Send Money option,  to heather@heatherchalon.com)

Includes

  • 7 Retreat Sessions
  • Luxury lodging
  • 6 nutritious gourmet meals
  • Snacks/tea breaks
  • Certificate of participation
  • 8 hours of credit toward Healing Tao Associate instructor certification

Important Dates:

  • Space is limited, reserve your space now.
  • 50% cancellation fee after February 1
  • 75% cancellation fee after February 15
  • 100% cancellation fee after February 22

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El Rancho RoblesThe Venue:
El Rancho Robles Guest Ranch offers an extraordinary opportunity to enjoy a romantic wild west experience with the perfect mix of   adventure and relaxation. The ranch is located in the historic town of Oracle, Arizona – nestled at the base of the magnificent Santa Catalina  Mountains. Whether you are warming up by the campfire or enjoying the cool mountain breeze in the ample shade of the oaks,  El Rancho Robles is a beautiful refuge.

Accommodations: Luxurious standard rooms, deluxe suites, and casitas. Shared occupancy.  Most with private bedroom. Requests for  private room will be taken at an additional cost, after January 15, 2019. As this is a gathering in the spirit of sister-hood, and opening to universal love, we are encouraged to participate with a spirit of community, and togetherness.


While you’re in Oracle

    • Biosphere 2…an Earth systems science research facility located in Oracle, Arizona. Its mission is to serve as a center for   research, outreach, teaching and lifelong learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. 520.838.6200
    • Oracle State Park …set in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. This park covers nearly 4,000 acres of diverse forest and desert terrain, offers incredible views of surrounding mountain ranges, and serves as a wildlife refuge.  Enjoy 15 miles of scenic hiking trails, take a guided tour, or visit the Kannally Ranch House Museum and gift shop.
  • AZ Zipline Adventures …AZ’s longest eco-zipline tour.  Experience the beauty and majesty of the desert as you’ve never seen it before!  Easy short hikes and exhilarating zipline rides combine for an  exciting day of thrills and fun.  520.308.9350

Status

Upcoming Tai Chi for Health and Qigong Events

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Look for Weekly tai chi classes, (select agenda view) Details on Calendar

Skill Builders in Arizona: https://heatherchalon.com/tai-chi-for-health-skill-builders-sun-style/

Free Tai Chi for Health at Pima County Libraries – series listing

Mentorship for Instructors at the following public classes with Heather
Tai Chi for Health,  Balance, Falls Prevention
St Philips in the Hills Church.  4440 N Campbell Road, Tucson.  Music Hall.  Mondays and Thursdays 9-10am.
Resurrection Lutheran Church.  11575 N 1st Ave, Oro Valley, AZ 85737.  Gym.  Mondays 1-2 pm.
More details on calendar.  Registration at events@heatherchalon.com.  Instructors seeking mentorship, contact Heather at heather@heatherchalon.com

TUCSON  Sun Style Tai Chi Skills Development – Tai Chi for Arthritis, Falls Prevention,  TCA 2,   Saturday   –  spring date coming soon-2019.   Noon-3pm,  (also see further down this page for other opportunities to come out and play tai chi and qigong in April)

Jr League of Tucson, 2099 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718.  $25 per person
NOTE:  If you are an instructor seeking teaching skills development, please make a note of it in your registration email,  we’ll make a plan for mentoring during this session.
Register at events@heatherchalon.com.
Payment can be made at PayPal to heather@heatherchalon.com  or mailed to Heather Chalon 1700 E River Rd, #64422, Tucson, AZ 85728

FULL.   Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention  (TCA, TCAFP) Skills Update and TCA2 Certification workshop, Tucson, AZ.  March 16-17,  TCA, TCAFP,  March 18 TCA2.   More AZ dates coming soon.

Phoenix,  AZ.  Sun Style Tai Chi Skills Development – Tai Chi for Arthritis, Falls Prevention,  TCA 2,   Sunday May  5,  10am-2pm.   $35.   Foundation for Senior Living.  1201 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014.   email events@heatherchalon.com to register.  You will receive a confirmation email and instructions about making payment.  Space is limited,  register now.   

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention  (TCA, TCAFP) Skills Update and TCA2 Certification workshop, Phoenix,  AZ.    Looking for a venue –  winter or spring dates.  let me know of your interest.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention,   WYOMING 2019.

May 14-15 Lander, CWC Lander Outreach – Central Wyoming College.  120 Enterprise Blvd

May 14,  5:00-6:00 pm  a demonstration class open to the public

May 16-17 Casper, Casper Senior Center 1831 E 4th Street

May 16, 5:00- 6:00 pm a demonstration class open to the public

August 29-30 Sheridan, Sheridan YMCA 417 N Jefferson Street

August 29 5:00-6:00 pm a demonstration class open to the public

September 26-27, Jackson. TBD

National Public Health Week first week of April.   Chinese Health Day, April 6, 2019.   See you at University of Arizona Mall,  we’ll demonstrate  Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention, Sun 73 forms and more.  HELP- please be in touch if you would like to participate in our demonstration.  It is a low key fun time,  and for those who perform,  Chinese lunch is included.  Please look for our information table.

One World, One Breath – World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Last Saturday of April each year.  April 27, 2019,  9am-noon,  with powerful 10am ceremony – gathering Qi,  revving it up with Tucson love and compassion, and sending it on to the next time zone.   Reid Park, Concert Area…. more details coming soon.   Please email events@heatherchalon.com if you plan on joining in on the fun.   We’ll have signs out to guide to our spot.

Annual Tai Chi for Health Institute (TCHI) USA Conference.  St Joseph’s University, Cincinnati, OH.  Weekend Pre-Conference,  Tai Chi for Heart Health, June 8-9.  Week-long Conference,  multiple workshops to choose from, June 10-15 I will be presenting Healing Tao 6 Healing Sounds instruction and practice on Thursday evening June 13, as well as morning qigong instruction and practice Tues-Saturday, 6:30 am.  Registration at TCHI.org.

Qigong /  Healing Tao

Qigong/ Healing Tao –  Healing Tao Instructor Certification series in the works.  Please communicate your interest at heather@heatherchalon.com

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day,  (see above – on this page)

Tao Woman  – A Retreat Experience:  An extraordinary time we had.   Please be in touch with your interest for future events like this one.   March 1-3, El Rancho Robles, Oracle, Arizona.  space is limited,  reserve your spot nowDetails