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.

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

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

Canfield, 2012. S. Didato

Autumn is the season corresponding to the Metal Element and represents the Harvest time of the year in which the cool, dry air signals us to gather our essential resources in preparation for the Winter. In the chapter on the “Art of Life”, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine instructs us to “remain calm and peaceful” as dwelling in grief and depression, the “emotion of the lung”, will make it difficult to transition into winter. Instead one must “gather one’s spirit and energy” and strengthen the lung qi to “keep the lung energy full clean and quiet”.

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

~ Melody Beattie

During this time of year Thanksgiving acts as a reminder to share our feelings of gratitude. Though each day we allow our gratitude to go inward, we celebrate a Thanksgiving that is imbued with the genuine expression of our true nature ~ everyday!

The Ivoryton Village Alliance

Please join us for a

Free Workshop

this Saturday

September 26th, 2015

at 11:30am at the 


Please come to the Ivoryton Village Alliance Farmer’s Market

to support local farmers and 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 & more!

Free Workshop: The Five Treasures Qigong Set is an introductory set of exercise typical of most qigong healing practices.  The  gentle movements are easy to follow for all levels~

14th Annual Master Jou, Tsung Hwa Birthday Celebration 2015

Master and Teacher Demonstrations


Master Liu Suibin visiting from China (above).

In honor of The Late Master Jou, Tsung Hwa family, friends, colleagues and students gather in his memory to share his inspiration, Tai Chi principles, practices, and philosophies. This year is the 96th Anniversary of his birth. Master Jou hosted the Annual Chang San Feng Festival at his farm in Warwick, NY. For more information please visit with photo gallery / archives and current descriptions of workshops and upcoming events. Also discover the history of the Chang San Feng Festival and the philosophy behind the original and continuing gatherings.

Learn from a variety of master teachers and workshops:

Bruce La Carrubba Teaches early morning Smiling Qigong Set

At Left: Dr. Christopher Viggiano demonstrates in the Bagua Garden at his workshop:

Sanjiquan 三極拳 ::The 3 Sister Arts : Taijiquan ~ Baguazhang ~Xingyiquan

Below: Ron Gee on the Art of Calligraphy

A welcoming place to come play with friends old and new…

Dr. Christopher Viggiano and Master Liu with Grandmaster Jianye Jiang

IMG_3507 Master Liu and Dr. Viggiano.


Connecticut’s Largest and Only Continuing Celebration

~ Saturday, April 25, 2015 ~

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Colchester Town Green—Colchester, CT 

 This is an amazing event you will not want to miss! 
Please bring your family and friends and join us


Opening ceremonies

 start at 10:00 am

For details, workshop & demonstration schedule and directions go to: 





The tranquil sheep brings Yin energy to 2015 for a year characterized by peace and harmony. According to Astrologers,  nurturing goodness and trust in one another will mend relationships and heal nations. Albeit, wise compromise will bring success and happiness. Also a symbol of creativity and healing, it is beneficial to focus on matters of the heart, restoring self and others. A year where goodwill unites us and triumphs over evil. This continuous flow of compassion will extend outward in an atmosphere of calm and happiness. So, it almost goes with out saying, have a prosperous and Happy Chinese New Year!

Free workshops in Ivoryton

Please join Spirit Rising for a free workshop 


Bushy Hill Nature Center’s

3rd Annual FarmFest 2014

Saturday, October 11th

FREE Workshop at 11:30 am (by the pond)

Hours: 11am-4pm

This EVENT is FREE and open to the public! Enjoy Local LIVE MUSIC and BBQ along with the vendors from The Ivoryton Farmer’s Market.  Tour the Nature Center and enjoy games (for kids and adults), Hayrides to the Farm with live animals, including Reptile/Amphibian presentations, Blacksmithing demonstrations and more!  This fundraiser benefits the Bushy Hill Nature Center.

For more information please visit:  

253 Bushy Hill Road in Ivoryton, CT 06442