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Tai Chi For Gardeners ~ At The Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Permaculture is the art and science of creating community ecosystems in which plants, animals, and people interact to produce a fecund, ecologically sound perennial system that has the means to support itself indefinitely. ~ Marisha Auerback

Permaculture is a grassroots response to energy descent. — David Holmgren

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As we mention earlier ... since 2008, when the U.S.—global economy got more than interesting, here at BIOM we’ve become more and more aware of the need for RESILIENCY and SUSTAINABILITY. In this regard, we’ve been exploring the depth and breath of this mindset through the ways and ideas of PERMACULTURE (permanent-culture).

If you think about ‘permaculture’ simply as those customs and practices that ENDURE over generations, it becomes instantly clear that after thousands of years ORIENTAL MEDICINE can be considered ‘permaculture.’

Tai Chi is a form of Chi Kung ... and because Chi Kung is one of the ‘pillars’ of Oriental Medicine ... that makes Tai Chi part of Oriental Medicine and therefore ... permaculture~permanent-culture

Snake Glides Down-Tai Chi Posture

Northwest Permaculture Convergence

So permaculture, in the form of Oriental Medicine and natural living principles is where we’re finding value, as we continue enjoying life today while preparing for the economic and ecological changes in our future.

And ... whenever possible ... we like to have FUN while we LEARN, and we’ve found we can do both at the Northwest Permaculture Convergence.

We attended our first convergence last year at Fort Flagler State Park in Washington, where we had such a good time we immediately made plans to attend again this year, which we did, at Pacific College in Forest Grove, OR.

“The NW Permaculture Convergence is an annual, weekend-long event that alternates between Oregon and Washington State. The Convergence brings together a remarkable diversity of people, all with creative approaches for designing living environments, and economic and culture systems that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits.”


“Permaculture is the art and science of creating community ecosystems in which plants, animals, and people interact to produce a fecund, ecologically sound perennial system that has the means to support itself indefinitely.” — Marisha Auerback

So, with my perspective that Oriental Medicine ... aka Tai Chi ... is permaculture, I offered to teach Tai Chi for Gardeners at the 2013 Convergence, and happily I was accepted ... and had a WONDERFUL time.

Here’s what it looked like ...

... and remember—You’re still growing as a person ... so Tai Chi For Gardeners is for you.

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The Garden is a metaphor for life. If you’re growing as a person—you’re a gardener. Tai Chi for Gardeners is an opportunity to strengthen the body and soothe the mind.  We’ll use Tai Chi and Chi Kung to explore powerfully gentle ways to do both easy and strenuous gardening. You’ll learn how to use your body in a way that avoids injury and general discomforts.

About Michael: He has been practicing, applying and teaching the meditative martial arts of Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan for 30 years.

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IMPORTANT: All information on this Web site is provided for educational use only and not meant to substitute for the advice of a local Oriental Medicine practitioner, biomedical doctor, experienced coach, or martial arts instructor.