Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit

The Rabbit symbolizes peace, hope and prosperity in Chinese astrology.  The Rabbit is influenced by the Element of Water (in 2023) which carries the potential for fluidity in nurturing relationships, building bridges to make connections, and bringing new opportunities in business and travel.  Water Rabbit suggests going with the flow and directs us to enjoy the company of our friends and families!  At the same time, rabbit cautions us not to get caught up in the tide causing us to avoid our commitments.  Instead, the nature of the rabbit signals us to stay alert, trust our intuition, and adapt to each moment putting thought into action to complete projects and reach outstanding goals for a successful year.

Connecticut World Tai Chi Day ALERT: Rain Re-Schedule, Worldwide Wave on Zoom

Design by Lynn Bywater 2023

We’re going to re-schedule

We’ve been watching Saturday’s forecast get rainier and rainier (and windier!). Without a shelter location, we’re going to reschedule our event, as outlined below.

This seems the best balance of still being together for Saturday’s worldwide healing wave, and still offering a great program day for people to enjoy.    

~ Worldwide Healing Wave on Zoom ~

Saturday, April 29th, 9:45am  –

 Please use link below:



For our Full Outdoor Program see Rain Date below: 

Saturday, May 20th2023

10:00am – 3:00pm

Colchester Town Green   

We are postponing our in-person event to the above date, and will run our full program according to the original schedule. 

PLEASE VISIT our website for online calendar and updated information: https://connecticuttaichi.us/

A Prayer for Peace

Photo Credit: S. Didato Peru, 2019

May I be at peace.
May the world be at peace.
May I have an open heart.
May we all have an open heart.
May I know the beauty of my true nature.
May we all know the beauty of our true nature.
May I be healed. 
May we all be healed.
May my life be a gift of peace in the world.          
May we all serve as a gift of peace to each other.
Within each heart, there is a place of peace.
May we each live from that place,
And thus we are healed into the heart of peace.

                                    ~ Marina Raye 1999

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2022

2022 is the Year of the Water Tiger.  

Symbolizing a powerful spirit, the Tiger pauses to reflect on the past few years reminding us that which lies behind us is that which ultimately makes us stronger.  Fortified by the waters of a long winter’s thaw, the Water Tiger also represents the Spring wherein the conditions for revitalization have arrived ~ just as spring begins to unfold.  

© S.Didato 2022

Please join

Spirit Rising Tai Chi & Qigong

at the 

24th Annual 

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 

April 30th 2022

 10 am – 3 pm 

on the Town Green in Colchester, CT

Now that we will be able to gather together again, let World Tai Chi Day be your opportunity to seize the day and come outside to play!  Whether you are new to Tai Chi, already a practitioner or just curious~

All are welcome to attend

Free workshops and demonstrations scheduled throughout the day


Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received.

Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling.

Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.

Henry Van Dyke

Free Tai Chi Workshop

 Welcome Tai Chi & Qigong Enthusiasts!

 Please join us

At the

Ivoryton Farmer’s Market


Saturday, September 9th

at 11:45am

for a Free Tai Chi Workshop

 Presented by Sharon Didato

of Spirit Rising Tai Chi & Qigong

to promote healthy living in our community –

 Please bring your friends and family for local fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, breads and locally roasted coffees, food, entertainment, crafts and more!


~ 100th Anniversary Celebration ~

Come Celebrate Master Jou’s 100th Birthday ~ Join family, friends, colleagues and students of The Late Master Jou, Tsung Hwa ~ July 14th, 15th and 16th 2017~ honoring and celebrating his memory by sharing his Tai Chi principles, practices, and philosophies on the 100th Anniversary of his birth.


Workshops, demonstrations, and inspirations by colleagues, instructors and students. Please visit http://www.taichipark-masterjoutsunghwa.org for more information.

Announcing The 19th Annual World Tai Chi & Qigong Day! ~ Celebrating the Year of the Fire Rooster 2017

Hello everyone!

 Spring is upon us and so is The 19th Annual Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong! Come out and join us at the park for a sun-filled day of demonstrations, free workshops and good chi!

From David Ritchie

All classes and demonstrations are free and open to the general public~ All are welcome to join in the day! Come to watch or come to play!!!!

 Please Join

Spirit Rising Tai Chi & Qigong


World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

 Saturday, April 29, 2017

 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 On the Colchester Town Green

 World Tai Chi Day in Waterford, CT 2010

World Tai Chi Day in Waterford, CT 2010

…where Connecticut’s largest group of teachers, volunteers and practitioners come together in celebration of the ancient martial and healing arts of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong ~ All are welcome to join in the numerous workshops from our most talented area teachers and Tai Chi Masters!  Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience World Tai Chi and Qigong Day ~

Everyone is invited to attend ~

Please bring your family and friends

(and a picnic if you plan to spend the day ; )

 Please note: there will also be a list of local restaurants available at the information booth the day of the event. Blankets and lawn chairs are a must if you plan on being a seasoned spectator!


Opening ceremonies start at

10:00 AM

~ for the curious and all levels of experience~

For details, on free workshop & demonstration schedule and directions

go to: http://www.connecticuttaichi.us/


Happy Chinese New Year!!!!

In The Year Of The Rooster, 2017 “The Early Bird Gets The Worm”.

Yet, there is no need to arrive early, if you are already present!


The Chinese Year of The Rooster comes around once every twelve years and is not only the first herald of spring but of a new year pregnant with opportunity and success as well as misunderstandings and potential skirmishes.   In the year of The Fire Rooster, the sages warn that we must prepare ourselves for “a period of immense changes” while at the same time, we must note that the Rooster crows at first light bringing hope and the potential for transformation.

The Rooster calls to attention a time for meaningful and harmonious action. We must unite in the present moment where there is room enough for all to stand in the center ~ at no cost to the next. This is the place where fellowship, peace and opportunity abound and is otherwise lost if we choose to bury our heads in the sand. However, to act without forethought will only lead to conflict and exhaustion.  Therefore, it is advantageous to arrive with a practical plan that is sincere and adheres to good old fashion values and common sense.

The Fire Element of Summer


Summertime is considered the most yang time of the year~ The energetic qualities of each season represent the physical transformation of each element with regard to the cycles of nature. Summer is represented by the Element of Fire because it is the time of year when our environment is considered to be in full yang~ some of the characteristics include rising temperatures and longer days. Emotionally, a balanced Fire Element manifests itself in leadership qualities and warmth which brings out the best in others. Wholesome individuals recognize beauty and express passion in a way that fosters the success of those around them.

Welcome the Element of Wood

IMG_S. Didato (Didato Images)

The spring is a time of awakening and rejuvenation ~ bringing the body from a state of stillness into motion.

In anticipation of the warmer, more active months ahead we continue to develop our skills

with new and invigorating practices to awaken and strengthen our energy for a smooth transition into summer.

 The Element that represents Winter is Water


During the colder months, it is best to conserve our energies, to generate warmth and cultivate peace

By slowing down and turning inward, we align with the season in quietude and stillness. 

This is the time of year for reflection and given the opportunity, our hopes and dreams will become the seeds of our future.

 The Five Elements

Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth 

represent the fundamental qualities of nature  ~

The nature of water is to be fluid and adaptive.


The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places that men reject and so it is like the Tao.

LaoTsu “Eight”. Tao Te Ching. Trans. Jane English and Gia-fu Chia-fu. Feng. London: Wildwood, 1972