WINTER – The Way of the Water Element

Winter is the season of culmination of all that has transpired in the year. Officially, winter begins with the winter solstice, December 21. In a few months, Spring will come along to begin anew. Seeds lie quietly dense with stored energy, anticipating the upcoming cycle of new growth.

Season of Light

Meanwhile, as we harmonize with winter, we emphasize the yin principle if we allow ourselves to become more receptive, introspective, storing. This can be a time of profound healing at every level of one’s being – our deepest essence touched, restored. We cool the surface of the body and warm the core. Cold and darkness (less day-light) move us to seek inner warmth. It is a time to rest, to meditate deeply, refine one’s spiritual essence, and store physical energy. Yet, we must stay active to keep the spine and joints flexible and adaptable (qigong, t’ai chi practices are ideal).

This is the time of the water element; midnight blue/dark purple/black; kidneys and bladder, bones, bone marrow, reproductive organs, body fluids, ears. It is said that the kidneys open to the ears – meaning that hearing is related to the health of the kidneys, the organs most affected by wintertime. The ability to listen clearly is heightened in the cold, silent months. Keep the kidneys and adrenals (atop the kidneys) warm and comfortable. This includes keeping the feet warm – the first kidney point in the meridian being at the sole of the foot. This is a time to recharge our life batteries with loving care and appreciation.

In Balance the water energy of the kidney/adrenal function (energetically speaking) – one experiences strong healthy bones, knees, lower back, teeth; good hearing and ear health; healthy hair; urinary, sexual, and reproductive health; vibrant vitality / youthful aging; strong sense of personal will and gentle power (rather than a sense of excessive fear, stress, insecurity).

Renew your Gentle Power; Release Fear and Stress

Renew your Gentle Power; Release Fear and Stress

Food: Warm hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts are the staples in this season. Dried foods, small dark beans, seaweed, sea vegetables, and steamed winter greens fortify the kidneys in winter. Cook foods longer, at low temperatures and with less water – the qi taking on a more sinking, dense, inward character. Salty (naturally salty or moderate use of sea salt) and bitter foods are appropriate for the season – lettuce, watercress, endive, escarole, turnip, celery, asparagus, alfalfa, carrot top, rye, oats, quinoa, and amaranth, chicory root (often found in grain ‘coffee’), miso, soy sauce, millet, and barley. Take in warm drinks, avoid cold. Drink less alcohol than usual, if any.

Self-Care in Action (what you can do):

  • Enjoy going within and experiencing your own infinitely deep source of gentle power (no need for force) and trusting in your natural state of being able to act will-fully, easily, joyfully in alignment with your purpose and passion.
  • Practices include: slow t’ai chi, qigong; ocean breathing qigong; spine rolling qigong; laughter qigong; 6 healing sounds qigong, inner smile qigong.
  • Play with preparing foods that support your well-being, rather than those that draw you into a need for re-cooperation.
  • Upon arising in the morning, sip 4 cups of warm water (yin/yang water, mix room temperature and heated water)
  • Meditate. This suggested focus will be particularly powerful on the winter solstice, December 21. Stand outside facing the north, the direction of the Water element. Visualize and feel the power of the north in the form of blue light qi. Gather this qi into your body through your inhalation, through your pores, through the door of life in your lower back, and through the crown of your head.
    As your body fills with blue light Qi, visualize that your body becomes transformed into translucent pure blue jade. Feel that you have absorbed the essence of the Water element and that you are recharged and renewed.
  • The holidays…since we live in the West, a time packed with holidays, practice moderation, so you can enjoy the holidays as well as listening to your inner nature, all of nature: Attend only the events/gatherings most important to you – choose foods/drinks that nurture and nourish you, stay only as long as feels good for you; Schedule quiet, alone time, rest.

A Tao Woman Retreat Experience

with Heather Chalon, MPH
Healing Tao  System, Senior Instructor
March 1-3, 2019 Limited to 15 participants

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 – 5:30pm, Intro to 5 Elements, Qigong, 5:30-6:30 Dinner,
    • 7:00 – 9:00pm Tao Yoga and Meditation.
  • Saturday 3/2:
    • 7:00 – 8:00am, morning practice,
    • 8:00-9:00 Breakfast.
    • 9:30 – noon, 5 Elements in Action, Qigong, Tao Meditation,
    • 12:00-1:00 Lunch,
    • 1:00-2:30 Relax, Reflect, and/or practice
    • 2:30- 5:30pm, 5 Element Nutrition, Tao Meditation,
    • 5:30-6:30 Dinner,
    • 7:00 – 8:30pm  Sacred Dance of the Elements
  • Sunday 3/3:
    • 7:00 – 8:00am Morning practice routine.
    • 8:00-9:00 Breakfast.
    • 9:15-Noon   Review,  Q&A,  Qigong and Tao Meditation.
    • Noon – 1:00pm Lunch.   Networking,  Next Steps,  Closing Ceremony
    • 2:00  Departure.

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.
  • Registration deadline, with payment:  January 30, 2019
  • After Jan 30, as space permits, contact Heather.  events@heatherchalon.com
  • 50% cancellation fee after February 15
  • 75% cancellation fee after February 22

Please help spread the word:  flyer Tao Woman Retreat March 1 3 2019

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

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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

NEW  Tai Chi for Health,  Balance, Falls Prevention  at St Philips in the Hills Church.  4440 N Campbell Road, Tucson.  Music Hall.  Mondays and Thursdays 9-10am.  more details on calendar.  Registration at events@heatherchalon.com.

TUCSON  Sun Style Tai Chi Skills Development – Tai Chi for Arthritis, Falls Prevention,  TCA 2,   Saturday January 26, 2019.   Noon-3pm,

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

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

Tao Woman  – A Retreat Experience:  March 1-3, El Rancho Robles, Oracle, Arizona.  space is limited,  reserve your spot nowDetails

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.  Just for Fun pricing too.

Phoenix,  AZ.  Sun Style Tai Chi Skills Development – Tai Chi for Arthritis, Falls Prevention,  TCA 2,   Dates in the works.  Let me know of your interest. 

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.   4 locations being planned May 14-15 Lander,  May 16-17 Casper,  August 29-30 Sheridan, September 26-27, Jackson.

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.