Dear Taiji Friends,
I hope you’re all thriving!
I wanted to let you know that I am transitioning out of my role as the teacher of the Integral Taiji & Qigong class at CIIS. I’ve really enjoyed my time practicing with you all over the past 7 years that I’ve been leading the class. However, I feel that I can’t continue teaching the class at CIIS because I need to focus on finishing my doctoral dissertation and graduate in May 2017. Simplifying my calendar will help me carve out more time for writing.
To give you context, I’ve been teaching 10 1-hour classes each semester for the past 2 years. (In prior years, I had been teaching up to 14 classes each semester.) In order to receive a modest stipend from Student Alliance for teaching the classes, I am required to attend the mandatory Student Alliance meetings. While these meetings are very interesting and a great way to build community, they are also time-consuming. This semester alone, I’ve spent over 60 hours total teaching the classes, attending the Student Alliance meetings, and commuting between my home in Berkeley and CIIS. While this has been time well spent, my top priority at this stage is finishing my dissertation.
It’s been a blessing to have been given this opportunity to teach, and I’m so grateful to you all for helping me develop my teaching style and deepen my understanding of taiji and qigong. I will continue to offer private lessons for individuals and groups, so don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re ever interested.
I wish you well, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Take good care,