I promised myself this year I would return home at least once every season. On Kaua’i that means the wet season, the even-wetter season, and the drying-out-from-the-wet season. You can’t claim the garden isle to be “the wettest spot on earth” without some drenching downpours! Fortunately, with rain also comes rainbows and the hope of a brighter, dryer tomorrow – which has arrived upon my return from Thailand where my friend and collaborator, Francesco Garripoli, co-led a Qigong study trip with me.
The Tides of Change in the Year of the Dragon
This year’s Thailand Qigong Study Trip was a grand adventure, with dear friends and students joining us from around the world from as far as Albania, Turkey, Australia, Canada and, of course, all parts of the US. The two weeks were filled with much love, laughter, and transformative moments for many, but it was not all aloha and roses…we hit stormy waters on our boat ride on the river, with thunder, lightning and a torrential downpour that rivaled Kaua’i's finest (Thailand obviously wanted me to feel at home!) We made the boatman smile as we hooted and hollered through the storm while less brave souls hid under the bridge, trembling with fear – we were infused with Qi – what was a little water to ducks like us? I thank our adventurous students for continuing on courageously through that ride without drowning or sputtering even one profanity, at least to my face.
Stormy waters in Bangkok, Thailand
Highlights of 2012 Thailand Qigong Study Trip
Dear friends, Brian Seraiah Wood, Maria Silen & Cheri Trousil "feeding the fish" with our feet - the newest thing to hit Asian spas!
There were many memorable moments, but I’ve reduced it to these few:
1. Sharing this trip with students who have become my dearest friends over the years.
2. Celebrating my birthday without a storm for the first time in…how many years?? My, how the mind forgets little unimportant details after a certain age! (And yes, it counts, even if we crossed the international date line and the storm would have fallen on April 3 in America!)
3. Seeing students let go of their fears and break through old patterns of thinking and behavior as they practiced Qigong each day and received incomparable healing treatments.
4. Observing the mutual love and support in our group as we all entered unfamiliar territory together. Is there anything greater than extending and receiving love and friendship as strangers become friends…or at least, a little less strange!
5. The magnificent tigers, elephants and Thai people, of course!
New friends from Thailand
I will save my insufficient words and direct you instead to photos that better tell the story of our wondrous adventure. If you are not already on Facebook, please feel free to “friend” me on my Facebook page if you’d like to see the smiling faces of 25 Qi-filled friends, tigers, elephants, pink taxis, golden temples and more!
Daisy having a grrrrreat time with tiger cub
In my next entry, an update of my schedule for the coming weeks and months, including a workshop series on Kaua’i (April 17-23) with Tai Chi Master and renowned author/PBS-TV host, Arthur Rosenfeld.
I look forward to connecting and sharing Qi with you this Spring and Summer!
Until soon and with much love and warmest aloha always,
From Thailand with Love