My name is Hiromi Johnson. I am a founder and director of Hiromi T’ai Chi, a non-profit educational organization teaching the art and health benefits of T’ai Chi in Charlottesville community.
I am originally from Tokyo, Japan. My husband and I moved to Charlottesville 15 years ago. In Japan, we celebrate “Respect the Elderly” on the third Monday in September. It is a holiday to honor the elderly citizens. The origin of this national holiday traces back to September 15, 1947.
I would like to bring this tradition to honor the senior citizens. Hiromi T’ai Chi will hold the “Respect the Elderly” Week from September 9 (Mon) to 15 (Sun). Our instructors and I would like to visit centers and organizations to give a 30 – 45 minute T’ai Chi presentation for free on a first come, first served basis. Please choose your preferred date and time from the attached schedule chart.
T’ai Chi is proven to prevent falls in elderly and people in wheelchairs can practice, too.
I have been working with Mary Williams Senior Center and they put up a video of our class on Youtube. Please check it out below.
I am excited to share the benefit of T’ai Chi with seniors. If you are interested in this program, please contact us at email@example.com.
I look forward to sharing this wonderful exercise with your community.
Join Caverly Morgan, the founder and director of the Portland, OR based nonprofit, One House of Peace, for a mindful eating seminar on May 12.
This workshop will be an opportunity to delve into the nuances of bringing consciousness to what we eat and how we eat it. Through guided imagery, mindful eating exercises, journaling and group discussion, we will reveal the conditioned habits we’ve created around food and open ourselves to a practice that allows eating to become a nourishing and joyous event.
Join us as we create a relationship with food based on presence, compassion and consciousness. This workshop is an invitation to transform how you relate to food through bringing Awareness Practice with you to the table every time you sit down to eat.
The Fall Benefit for Children’s Enrichment program was held on Friday, October 14. Many thanks to the Charlottesville community for their generous contribution! Three children received a scholarship award for one year T’ai Chi class at the dojo.
Children who have taken classes at the dojo demonstrated some of the forms they have learned. Scholarship recipients and donors were able to meet and talk to get to know one another. Special thank you to Mrs. Tussi Kluge for offering her beautiful home for this benefit. Details will be in our November newsletter.
You can still be part of this special combination:
One generous donor + One eager child = One year of valuable T’ai Chi instruction
If you would like to help financially challenged children who are interested in taking a one year class at HTC dojo, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks for the generous support of the Japan Relief Effort. We raised $3,791.04 for the 1st benefit in April and received thank you notes from the Consulate General of Japan.
The 2nd benefit raised $2,444 for Ookuma-town in Fukushima and was sent on July 25. Residents in Ookuma-town moved to 6 shelters and now they are going to start a new life in Aizu-Wakamatsu city. Our donation of $2,444 will help 3 families to move to a new home.
Thank you notes from the Consulate General of Japan and Mayor of Ookuma-town are up on our bulletin board in the dojo.