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Miranda, CA 95553

United States

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Miranda, CA 95553

United States

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© 2018 by YMAA Retreat Center

July 2, 2019

On my way back to the east coast, I departed from Northern California this past Sunday morning to catch a late morning flight out of Arcata connecting through San Francisco. My three years “on the mountain” were officially over having graduated from the Taijiquan and Q...

June 23, 2019

 Photo credit: Jonathan Chang

Yesterday, June 22, 2019, my classmate, Nona Ikeda, and I officially graduated from the 3-Year Training Program in Taijiquan & Qigong at the YMAA Retreat Center in Northern California! The training experiences were demanding, arduous, chall...

February 4, 2019

I've been back "on the mountain" nineteen days since the winter break which I need so desperately. I enjoyed resting more thoroughly while at home; sleeping in without any self-imposed demands on my schedule or my body. It was great to see and teach many of my students...

December 9, 2018

I finally have the mental energy to write an entry. It is the final one for this semester as I prepare to finish our training and tests before going on winter break at the end of next week. I have been demanding a lot of myself physically and mentally with the training...

November 25, 2018

Prince Zuko: Enough. I've been drilling this sequence all day. Teach me the next set. I'm more than ready.
Uncle Iroh: No, you are impatient. You have yet to master your basics. Drill it again!

- Avatar: The Last Airbender

We get the same corrections repeatedly. It's not...

November 16, 2018

One month left in the semester and this is my first blog post! We've been back at the center as "super seniors" and things are no less busy than before. It's great being just a "visitor" and having many responsibilities passed on to other students. On the other hand, I...

October 14, 2018

It's been six weeks since my cohort and I started training. In some ways it feels like we have been here forever. In others, it seems like I stepped off the bus in Garberville and rode up the mountain only a few days ago.

I think that is one of the first things I noti...

September 29, 2018

Listening to "Hocus Pocus" from Terell Stafford's album Brotherlee Love-Celebrating Lee Morgan and "Shiva-Loka" from Alice Coltrane's  album Journey in Satchidananda...

It was exactly 4 weeks ago that I returned back here "on the mountain" to resume my...

August 24, 2018

The YMAA Retreat Center Graduation videos are released!

I made the basic edits on an old and painfully slow laptop, so thank you for your patience :) As Barking Rabbit Media, Jon and I have worked on a number of projects for Dr. Yang, the YMAA Publication Center, and th...