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Re-cap of the February 2012 Medford Workshop
It is always a joy to interact with the sincere desire to learn, heal and grow...and be a part of it...
We started with a warm welcome and sizable attendance to our Friday night introduction. The openness to Life Style Change practices was very genuine and receptive; a strong feeling and openness in the room as we began. In the Lineage Tradition, learning is embraced and shared in the common ground of experience; everything is live and the unknown is embraced, we plan the event structure with a flexible base and change as is needed. Bringing together the Instructors and their expertises, connecting the relationships of physical practice, diet, herbs/teas, seasonal shifts and astrological influences, is a rich base of small and large scale cause and effect parameters and the tangible connection we all share that influence us all. Transformation Arts engages the practical aspects of developing perception, healing from the past fears and limitations, and the returning of naturalness associated with the open state of the child; pre-birth intelligence.
The workshop was well attended, though we did not finish the Wu Short Form on Saturday. The intro to the form was meant to expose the outer framework of the form, and primarily, give an experience that makes the connection to the foundation of the inner qualities more obvious. We had a delicious medicine lunch that followed seasonal-change parameters, was light, nutritious, and energizing for the second half of the workshop (a PDF of the recipe will be available for those who are interested). Lots of Taiwan high-grade teas were share, sold, and appreciated, and a special thanks to Josh of J-Teas International for supplying us with those. Zachary, one of our Instructors-in-training, was our lunch-chef and tea-meister, responsible for pouring, educating and sponsoring our premium selection of Taiwan’s artisan teas, which we continue to have available.
We finished up on Sunday with the completing the rest of the short form, training tips and an informal talk and tea-tasting. I wish to both thank and encourage our Instructors in the Southern Oregon area; Chad Moyer of People’s Choice Acupuncture, Ashland, and Tracy Lamblin who teaches the Medford Program at the First Presbyterian Church. Also, special thanks to LaDonna Thiel for lending us equipment for making the medicine lunch, pots/pans, serving utensils, bowls, spoons and her un-tiring support of the program. We thank the Medford First Presbyterian Church for the space and continued support of the health and wellness program, now going on for its fifth year.
An enjoyable, productive and educational time was had by all and we look forward to coming back down in April to begin the inner framework teachings of Tai Chi and the application of the life style change arts.