Attendees at World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2010Peaceable Dragon and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens thank everyone who came out Saturday April 24th to watch demonstrations of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Qigong (Chi Kung) and Yoga. Some of you also had a great time participating in mini-classes taught by some of the areas leading instructors from a variety of schools. I personally was thrilled to have so many participants playing Tai Chi with me and learning the Tai Chi Walk and the beautiful movement “White Crane Spreads Wings.”

Kris Brinker during Tai Chi Sword demonstrationSpecial thanks to our friends at Qi Elements (Herndon, VA), and Lung Chu’an Fu School (locally in Northern Virginia) for coming to join the fun and add to the variety of demos and classes.

Additional thanks to photographer Rick Gambhir who operates Open Eye Studios (OES) here in Virginia. Rick is a practitioner of Tai Chi and a current student of Instructor Kris Brinker, Peacable Dragon. He quietly, and silently made his rounds and blessed us with wonderful pictures of our event. To see all of the photos (including the ones used in this post), please visit his GALLERY

Learning the Tai Chi WalkPeaceable Dragon holds this event every year at Medowlark. It is a global event with the intent that there are tens of thousands of people coming together across racial, ethnic, religious, and geopolitical boundaries for the sole purpose of advancing personal and global health & healing. By creating a healing wave of calm around the planet, World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day paints a vision of possibility for humanity each year. One World . . . One Breath . . . World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is celebrated in over 65 nations and is recognized by the United Nations World Health Organization.

Paul Rischard, founder of Peaceable DragonPeaceable Dragon is a community of instructors and students of Qigong, Taijiquan, Yoga, Aikido and other “internal arts”, who share a desire to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. Workshops with leading masters are held several times each year. Students of every level of expertise will find a community of learners in over 50 classes per week.

I hope everyone can join us again next year to celebrate this amazing day!

Gassho, Blessings and Namaste,