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

May you follow your heart to a place of peace

Uncompahgre National Forest

Photo: S. Didato, Sneffels Range, Ouray, Colorado

There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place.

And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, happiness, wisdom, and love, it’s the right choice.

                                                                                                                       – ANGELES ARRIEN

This Thanksgiving, This is my wish for you:

S.Didato, Fall 2020

Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes,
rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips,
sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag,
beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being,
faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt,
courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
  – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many blessings to you and yours for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!🍁

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 FREE 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

Artwork by S. Didato

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: www.ivorytonfarmersmarket.com 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