One of the oldest stringed instruments in China, has a history of more than 3,000 years. Referred to as " father of Chinese music" or " instrument of the sages," the instrument is unique in its subtlety and refinement.
Small group classes instructed by internationally recognized Quqin masters who are Chinese-English bilingual. For beginners and mid-level students. Sundays, 2 hours per class, 10 classes for one session.
Ikebana/ Flower Arrangements
Ikebana (生け花, 活け花, "making flowers alive") is the Japanese pronunciation of the art of flower arrangement. Originated in many cultures, people expressed devotion in offering flowers and branches to their ancestors and the deities. The custom was introduced into Japan during the sixth century by Chinese Buddhist monks. Ikebana reached its first zenith in the 16th century under the influence of Buddhist tea masters and has grown over the centuries, with many different schools in Japan and abroad.
Led by advanced Ikebana practitioners, the study group learns the history, development, and skills of various Ikebana schools, including Ikenobo and Sogetsu. Tuesdays, 90 minutes, 10 classes per session
Yoga & Dance
Instructed by Baohong Yan: Ms. Baohong Yan, a well-known dancer and dance educator got the highest level of Yoga instructor certificate in 2000. In addition to the techniques and movements of traditional Yoga, students also can experience the culture and beauty of meditation and performing arts of the East. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 90 minutes per class.
Baduanjin Qi Gong (Eight Silk Brocades) has a history of over 1,000 years and is one of the most famous QI GONG forms practiced within Chinese speaking areas. The name Silk Brocades refers to the priceless value of this QI GONG as well as to the effect it has on one's Qi matrix/Energy field. Baduanjin is a complete Energy workout affecting all the various aspects of one's Qi field, with each of the 8 movements targeting a specific area within. This class is suitable for all ages & for all levels.
Instructed by Chinese-English bilingual instructors via Zoom. Wednesdays and Fridays, 40 minutes per class. Members are free.
Calligraphy is writing Chinese characters as an art form, combining purely visual art and interpretation of the literary meaning. By employing brush, ink, and water, this expression has been widely practiced in China and has been generally held in high esteem across East Asia. Calligraphy is considered one of the four essentials of ancient literati, along with playing Guqin or the seven-stringed zither, the board game "Go", and painting.
Instructed by prestigious Chinese-English bilingual calligraphy artists, the course is currently held online via Zoom. Wednesdays, 90 minutes per class, 10 classes per session. For adults only, all levels are welcomed. Members are free.
Teaism: The Way of Tea and the Art of Life
In the Book of Tea, Okakura Kakuzo defines tea ceremony as an improvised drama whose plot was woven about the tea, the flowers, and the paintings. The tea ceremony aims to find harmony, unity with relaxed and natural movements. The Way of Tea or Cha Dao is a method of self-realization, or "Taoism in disguise." By developing an understanding of Chinese and Japanese tea culture and learning to make different types of tea, tea flower arrangements (Chabana), the course aims to experience tea ceremony as a method of self-cultivation and then achieve inner peace. Monthly online gathering, 90 minutes per session. Members have additional discounts