May Reminders

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

Just a few reminders as we head into the end of May:

5/25: Outdoor Classes, Meditation with Meghan and Tai Chi for Beginners

Outdoor Classes

Our Thursday morning classes will meet outdoors this week (5/25) at Training Field Park in Amesbury (55 Monroe Street). This includes Martial Movement at 8:00am, Short Form at 9:00am, and Long Form at 10:00am. Please join us there! Our next outdoor classes are planned for Tuesday, 5/30.

Meditation with Meghan

Later Thursday afternoon, Meghan will hold her 4:00pm Meditation class and begin looking at No Self, No Problem: How Neuroscience is Catching Up with Buddhism by Dr. Chris Niebauer. The group will read a chapter the week prior to each session, although Meghan will also have a synopsis every Thursday for anyone who was unable to read. Each week will incorporate tools and meditations from each chapter. 15 minutes of each class will be devoted to book discussion and 30 to meditation practice.

Tai Chi for Beginners

Tai Chi for Beginners also continues on Thursday evening at 7:15. As this is week two of the course, this is the last chance to get in to this session.

5/26: Open Practice 8:00 am

On Friday morning (5/26), Martial Movement will be replaced by Open Practice. Please feel free to come to Internal Arts New England anytime 8:00-9:00am to work on any of your material.

5/27: Half-day Retreat with Matthew Daniell

The Compassionate Mindfulness half-day retreat with Matthew Daniell of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will take place on Saturday, 5/27 at Internal Arts New England 10:30am-1:00pm.
In Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is often practiced to both calm the heart and see into experience in a way that lets go of clinging. Compassion is an embrace of experience with the clear intention to dispel suffering. Often, these two practices are seen as being complementary but separate. In this retreat, we will systematically explore, drawing from various Buddhist practices, how mindfulness and compassion can become one skillful fabric that naturally supports the quality of our own and others’ lives.

6/25: Chin Na Seminar with Paul Mahoney

On Sunday, June 25, Great Bay Tai Chi founder Paul Mahoney returns to Internal Arts New England for a morning seminar on Chin Na. Chin Na translates as “seize and control” and refers to the joint locking applications found in all Chinese martial arts, including Tai Chi. These applications are especially useful in escaping and countering when grabbed. An art unto itself, the study of Chin Na will greatly enhance your understanding of your form practice. This seminar will meet 9:30am-12:00pm and costs $75 to attend.

Save the Dates

Saturday, June 24 – Half-day Retreat with Matthew Daniell. Topic TBA.
Saturday, July 15 – A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones.

Thank you all for your continued study and practice. We look forward to seeing you in class!