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Winter Fundraiser Letter

Dear Friends of Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center,

Have you ever seen koi, the golden fish, gliding peacefully through a pond? They are strong swimmers who lend beauty to a garden as they move. It is said that if you leave koi in a pond without any rocks to explore, they will become sluggish, no longer skimming the water to catch the golden rays of the sun. That’s a little like what could have happened to us in the time of coronavirus. We were happily swimming along in the vast ocean of the world when suddenly we found ourselves in a little pond. We had to stay close to home. Not much space, fewer activities than we were used to. It would have been so easy to become lethargic, but CTCC gave us something to explore.

Whether you signed up for classes when CTCC began offering them on Zoom, or whether you went deeper into the forms by practicing on your own, you know how precious the things we have learned through CTCC can be. Every time we “play the lute” or “grasp the bird’s tail” it’s a little different, with something new to investigate. Even if it was hard for you to stay motivated to practice during lockdown, you had the memory of how it used to feel to practice, and the reassurance of knowing that your practice is waiting for you to return whenever you are ready.

Internal martial arts strengthen the heart/mind. We talk a lot about the health benefits of T’ai Chi, referring to physical things like balance, but our mental and emotional health is just as important. Researchers are only beginning to understand the toll that lockdown has taken on the mental health of those who were not lucky enough to be like koi in a pond filled with forms to explore, moving together and feeling the warmth of our T’ai Chi sisters and brothers.

Our annual fundraising campaign is an opportunity to express gratitude for what you have learned and to help CTCC pass on the benefits of T’ai Chi, Hsing I, and Ba Gua to others. Most of you know that class fees alone cannot cover our expenses. As a nonprofit, we also depend on tax-deductible donations to make ends meet. In these challenging times, your generosity will go farther than ever to help secure CTCC’s future, no matter how large or small the gift.

With deep appreciation,
Hiromi Johnson
Director and Founder
Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center

Please click here if you wish to donate online or become a Monthly Partner with a credit card or PayPal.

CTCC is a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit, EIN #20-1001285. Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

COVID-19 At-Risk Students Program

CTCC Helps At-Risk students

As a T’ai Chi family, we will help at-risk students who cannot go out to shop. Josh Lowry will be our point person. He is equipped with latex gloves, masks and he is ServSafe certified.

The process is as below.

A local produce wholesaler, Cavalier Produce, has begun allowing people to order directly from them for pick-up at their facility in Zion Crossroads and in a couple of satellite locations in Charlottesville. There are several advantages in ordering from Cavalier including less handling of the produce (since it does not have to be stocked in the store and handled by other shoppers) and supporting a local business. Details of the offer are at the link below:

For our students particularly at risk for COVID-19, CTCC would like to offer to pick up the produce for you and deliver it to you if you need us to do that. The process for that is:

  1. Visit Cavalier Produce to place and pay for the order by NO LATER THAN 3pm on Friday for Saturday pick up.
  2. Pay by credit card over the phone.
  3. When ordering, specify that the order will be picked up at the Cavalier Produce warehouse by Josh Lowry on your behalf. If asked for a pick-up time, say 10:30am.
  4. Email Josh Lowry. In that email include your address and any other instructions that may apply for the delivery.

Depending on how much demand there is for this service, Josh may need help with pick-up and delivery. If you are willing to help with pick-up and delivery, please email Ferrell Mercer. Ferrell will build a list of people willing to help Josh. All of this will be done with attention to social distancing and safety for both volunteers and recipients.

Thank you for your patience. Stay safe and healthy,

Hiromi Johnson
Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center

Coronavirus Cancellations

Dear Friends of CTCC,

Out of an abundance of caution to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center will be cancelling all face-to-face classes effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. The health and safety of our students, instructors, and community partners are of utmost importance. We will post a notice when we resume classes.

We are now offering online classes. For more information please visit our Class Schedule page.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Stay safe and healthy,

Hiromi Johnson

Dojo Rental

Our spacious training center is available for compatible activities such as meditation or Yoga. It is a wide open room (1400 sq ft) with a high ceiling and a bamboo floor.

Our dojo is also ideal for workshops and weekly meetings. The space is available for $50 per hour. 30 chairs, plus mats and screens are included with the hourly rental rate, if needed. Discounts are available for any single event longer than four hours. Discounts are also available for multiple events paid in advance.

Please email registrar@charlottesvilletaichi.org for times of availability and to view or reserve the space.