New online classes starting August 31, 2020


Spirit Rising will be offering online classes and other alternatives until we are ready to return to our regular full-time schedule.  Please visit our schedule and general info pages for more information.  Also, please note that classes are subject to change as we continue to respond to CT recommendations and guidelines.

Until then please do your best to Shelter-in-Place
Though, I encourage you to step outside and
practice your qigong in nature ~

Online Qigong for Health and Healing

Spirit Rising will be offering ONLINE CLASSES

in response to COVID-19

to help our community stay safe and strong

during these uncertain times-

When the student asked the teacher which way to turn, 

she replied: The enlightened one faces the sun ~

Qigong for Health and Healing

Online Thursday Mornings at 9 am 

As we all pray to remain healthy and strong ~
as a family, a community, a nation, and one world!
 Please see General Info to Register

Year Of The Rat Signals The Dawn Of A New Day

The Rat leads us into a new twelve-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac.   The first astrological sign, the Rat has the reputation of being cunning, clever and shrewd, but is also known to be clear-sighted, perceptive and insightful.  What this means for the astrological forecast is that we can look forward to a year of successful new beginnings when drawing from the resources of the Rat.  More specifically, the Yang-Metal Rat combines the healthy attributes of the Metal Element such as strength and courage with the creative force of Yang energy for a productive year that will support positive new ventures as well as fresh starts in our personal lives.

The combination of Yang-Metal will also be helpful to find the balance necessary to stay centered and grounded in 2020. While the dynamic nature of Yang energy will often cause us to make hasty decisions the sensitivity of the Rat and the positive attributes of the Metal element will remind us to be patient.  Allowing the dust to settle before rushing into anything can be likened to the rising sun, which is steady and has no need to rush to its zenith or apologize to the previous night.

The year of the rat contains the qualities of the sunrise with the potential of the dawn contained within ~ making it the perfect time to seek new opportunities, start new projects and tackle our personal goals.  To ensure success in the year of the rat is to have reverence for every moment ~ to see that all of life is sacred.  As with Sun Salutations in the Yogic Tradition, to greet each day with gratitude ~ no matter our circumstance helps keep our focus on what we have to offer.  Whether great or small, any act of kindness has the potential to illuminate our lives and the lives of others uniting us in peace and love.


The Astrological Chinese New Year began February 4th, 2020.




CT Connecticut’s Largest and Continuing Celebration


Professional Tai Chi teachers

on the

Colchester Town Green

Has Been Officially Cancelled

Please Stay Posted for more information

or for more details, workshop & demonstration schedule

Please visit our web page at:

In place of World Tai Chi Day check out Boost Immunity Day
Virtual Qigong Summit ~ April 25th 1:00pm – 9:00pm EST

The Element of Winter is Water ~

Photo by S. Didato

This is the time of year for reflection
and given the opportunity,
our hopes and dreams will become the seeds of our future.  
By slowing down and turning inward,
we align with the season in quietude and stillness. 


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

Welcome, Students, Friends, Family & anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Tai Chi Chuan

Please join us  

Saturday, June 22nd

at the 

Ivoryton Farmer’s Market

For a Free Tai Chi Workshop

at 10:30 am

 Presented by 

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, bread, locally roasted coffees, food, crafts, entertainment, and more!  Please visit: for more information

Please join us for World Tai Chi Day 2019

Spirit Rising Tai Chi & Qigong 

is honored to lead 

the opening wave and chi kung

at the

 21st Annual World Tai Chi Day 

 Saturday, April 27th, 2019

 at 9:45 am

Opening ceremonies begin

at 10:00 am

On the Colchester Green in CT

~For the curious and all levels of experience~

Tai Chi & Qigong for everyone!

Tai Chi and Qigong teachers and students

In cities and towns around the globe

Will participate in this worldwide event

To promote Tai Chi and Qigong

For Health and Happiness

Bring your family and friends

For Free Classes, Workshops

and Demonstrations

For more information, please go to:

Nurture The Garden Of Your Spirit

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“It is useless to discuss the peace of the world.

What is necessary just now is to create peace in ourselves 

that we, ourselves, become examples of love, harmony and peace.

That is the only way of saving the world and ourselves. ”

                                                          ~Hazrat Inayat Kahn

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 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:


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.