Dear friends and clients, As the New Year begins I would like to extend my deep appreciation and gratitude to all of you. I have spoken to many of you already and yet there are many more who may not have heard: that I am now officially retired from my acupuncture and healing practice. The last 45 years have been a delightful journey of sharing life experiences and connections with you. It’s been a humbling and rewarding career that has allowed me to serve you and others in a healing capacity. Thank you.🙏🏼
Some of you may be wondering – what’s next for me? Well, my intention during the months ahead will be to pursue my other interest, which is writing. I will be heading to Bowen Island to begin a month long writer’s retreat in March. Beyond that, when we can safely meet in group settings, I hope to share my other lifelong interest: meditation and embodied living, including the Feldenkrais Method. If you wish to stay in touch and receive the occasional newsletter on my activities and offerings please let me know.
I look forward to this term of Feldenkrais ‘Awareness Through Movement’ classes, with the addition of my series “Trauma Recovery – Basic Resources”. I’ve timed the ’Trauma Recovery – Basic Resources’ series for evening this term, to allow for some folks who were unable to do a daytime class. Please note this series is NOT therapy, but primarily experiential with an educational component. At the beginning of each class we’ll spend a little time learning about nervous system function, how to recognize states, and tools for working with survival energies: tools from Feldenkrais Method, Tellington-TTouch, and Somatic Experiencing. We will spend the greater part of most classes experiencing a Feldenkrais ATM lesson and occasionally another modality.
If you have done either of these series in the past and found them helpful and worthwhile, please consider passing on the information to anyone you know who might benefit, or to your practitioners. I’d be grateful for any referrals.
I hope you can join us for some renewal time on the floor! May we each continue to find that smile in the heart, that exists beyond our circumstances…
I frequently walk past King’s Pond on the north end of Cedar Hill Golf course, stopping to enjoy the interesting variety of birds congregated in and around the pond, including mallards, wigeons, wood and ring-neck ducks. When the weather starts to warm up during spring another resident of King’s Pond starts to reappear, the turtle. On a sunny day, I often see 7 or 8 of them lined up on the log float that’s anchored in the middle of the pond. The turtles are lazily sunbathing and warming themselves, sometimes with one turtle half resting on its neighbour in a friendly fashion. The other day I took a photo of one turtle who decided to sit on a rock near the foot path. Turtles usually bring a smile to my face whenever I see them.
This got me thinking about turtle lore in ancient China and how they were used and still used in traditional Chinese medicine.