“Dàjiā hǎo/Big Home Good!”
11th Moon – Yang Metal Rat
Dec. 4 – Jan 12
The rat moon is the second moon of winter. This means our annual lunar lap has nearly completed another cycle. Had we been wise, we would have had all our loose ends sorted by this time so that we wouldn’t have to scurry around like rodents scavenging for scraps before the cold sets in. Winter is supposed to be a time of rest and retreat. Assuming you’re all prepared for the chill, enjoy this time and nestle in the nest with your pack. The worst of winter is yet to come, but the promise of Spring is just around the corner. Till then, try to take things slow. God forbid you burn out before the new year even begins.
Good Luck – Dragon, Monkey
Not so Good Luck – Horse, Rooster
Wudang West is proud to announce that we have settled in an amazing temple retreat space! Conveniently nestled in the Oakland hills near lake Chabot, we are once again back in our east bay heartland. There had been many talks about moving and we had a number of places to choose from all over the world. We came especially close to landing on the north shore of Oahu just before lockdowns. Fate, however, had different plans, and destiny ushered us into a lovely new space back to our roots in Oakland. Now, with our ten year anniversary coming up right around the corner, it couldn’t be more perfect.
You are going to love our new temple abode! Chances are, by the time you read this post, we will already be settled in. This place has it all; complete with clinic, tea house, physical prehabilitation space, organic garden, and much, much more. It’s just a stone’s throw from Chabot National Park, so you can anticipate plenty of hiking and picnic events on the horizon. The best part about it all, is that it will be practical for us to share mornings at the cathedral again! So much to celebrate! We look forward to seeing more of your wonderful faces.
Tai Chi Sword
As many of you know, Wudang Master, Jake Pinnick, has agreed to teach us Tai Chi sword! All of the content has been filmed on location in Wudang and is currently being edited by our post production team. The first set of the series will be made available for streaming just in time for the holidays. These videos will cover all the foundational aspects of the practice such as footwork, basic movements, and coordination drills. The second series, which will likely follow in the coming year, will focus on the full form and applications. All of our participants will then have the opportunity to train LIVE with Jake in Wudang via ZOOM. For those of you that have ordered training swords, know they are on their way! We look forward to slowly stabbing the air with all of you soon.
Tai Chi Deep Dive
In our ongoing effort to bring the absolute best of Wudang mountain to the palm of your hand, we are excited to host a short intensive session with a community favorite, Lindsey Wei. She has kindly agreed to take us on a Tai Chi Deep Dive, progressing from gentle basic patterns to a full, freestyle flow. We’re still currently considering different dates in January, so stay tuned for more information as that project unfolds.
It’s Tea Time!
Wudang West has teamed with Zen and Tea to forward the legacy of our passed tea master, Wang Yi Ming (peace be upon him). To start, we have humbly inherited his custom tea table – a timeless furnishing, skillfully crafted with salvaged dock wood from the old ports of Shanghai and set with a solid slab of stone with grooves that drain into a reservoir basin below the table. Moreover, we have agreed to consign a small selection of his premium tea reserves; namely, Big Snow Mountain Bricks, Ancient Ancestor Cakes, and a sentimental favorite, formula 301 single-serving satchels. Take a moment to schedule a visit and sample a sip of these liquid vintages.
As for our personal teas, we still have a good amount of that fermented longevity blend, as well as our raw commemoration cakes for baby Amin. Both varieties come in either cake or medallion form and will only be available until this coming Winter Solstice on December 21, 2021. From that day on, we will put our teas into storage for at least 5-10 years of aging. Best to get some now and age them yourself. Could be a cool experiment to see how these subtle flavors evolve over time.
For the Autumn equinox, we celebrated with our indigenous Ohlone community out at Indian Canyon with a magical mugwort harvest. Though small, it was our first social event after 16 full months of lockdown and it felt so wonderful to share space with others after all that isolation. Well, we are gathering at the canyon again, but this time we will tend the trails and harvest loose tinder and debris. The purpose of this project is to create a huge bonfire to celebrate the longest night of the year. The fire service will be complemented by a movement series to warm up the kidneys, and then capped off with a silent tea ritual to wind down the night. Sound sweet? Register Here!
Integrity – Humility – Sincerity
When we Show Up, Shut Up and Add Value, Our Presence is a Present.