The New Forest® Center For Contemplative Living: Mindfulness Training for Everyday Life
Sifu John Bright-Fey
2805 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham’s Pepper Place
July 3, 2010
For almost twenty years, the Blue Dragon Academy has been providing Birmingham and the surrounding area with the absolute finest education in the Chinese Health Exercise, Meditative and Martial Arts. During those years, I knew that at some time in the future, I wanted to create a place specifically designed to bring the wonders of those arts to a broader audience. Well, that time is “NOW!” The New Forest® Center is open for business.
Our full name is “The New Forest® Center For Contemplative Living,” and that gives you a clue about what will be going on at 2805 2nd Avenue South, Suite A.This move has been in the works for some time and we’re all very excited about it. Our classes will focus on those aspects of our art that are more “contemplative” in nature. Yes, there will be classes in Tai Chi and Qigong, as usual. But, for the first time, we will also be offering regular classes in Zen, Taoist and Tibetan meditation. In the past, our “Zen Month” and “Tao Month” intensive workshops left you clamoring for more. Now, you get your wish.
In addition, we will be offering classes and workshops in Sacred Chinese Calligraphy, Contemplative Music, Poetic Cultivation, Contemplative Prayer and a variety of other exciting topics. And, as you might expect, we’re doing everything the New Forest® Way so you can immediately play in the style of the ancient masters! The schedule will vary, somewhat, from month to month so we can more fully meet the needs of our members.
The schedule for the month of July (click here for updates): Is:
Mondays @ 6:30 – 7:20am ~ Seated & Walking Meditation: Zen Tradition
Mondays @ 6:00 – 7:00pm ~ Seated & Walking Meditation: Zen Tradition
Tuesdays @ 6:30 – 7:20am ~ Tai Chi Moving Meditation: Taoist Tradition
Tuesdays @ 6:00 – 8:00pm ~ Blue Dragon Kung Fu Academy (Invitation Only)
Wednesdays @ 6:30 – 7:20am ~ New Forest® Standing Meditation
Wednesdays @ 6:00 – 6:30pm ~ New Forest® Qigong: Life-Force Meditation
Wednesdays @ 6:30 – 7:00pm ~ Yin Fu Ching: Genesis Of The New Forest® Way
Thursdays @ 6:30 – 7:20am ~ Tai Chi Moving Meditation: Taoist Tradition
Cost: Classes are only $10 each, five classes for $45, or buy a block of ten classes for $90.
Sounds like a good start to me. Later, we will offer an expanded schedule that will include Noontime and Saturday classes, and a path to membership into the Blue Dragon Kung Fu Academy. Until then, come on down to the Pepper Place and see our new facility, complete with meditation cushions, fabulous training floor and -as always- the best teaching staff you’ll find anywhere.
Keep your eye on our new “in progress” website:
It will provide information and updates about what’s going on at the Center.
I can’t wait to see you there!
Sifu John Bright-Fey
PS. Please Note: We will be closed next Monday, July 5th, in honor of Independence Day.
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