Ronnie Robinson – Second Anniversary

On this, the second anniversary of Ronnie’s sad passing, Georgia Brooker has shared this poem with us. Georgia presented the 20th Anniversary Gala with Ronnie and this poem was inspired by the feedback, comments and snippets of conversations she had from lots of people at the previous year’s event.  Thanks, Georgia.

A Shared Poem for Tai Chi Caledonia

Well, here’s the thing:
I have opened an interesting book
and I’ve just read the first pages.
It translates into any language
but save the stories for the campfire.
Look
at the delight on her face as she played
and we played, and at dancing in the chalets,
the grace of footsteps:
spirale, spirale, spirale, like ballet.
And breathe. There’s no end to the breath,
and rigidity is death, and I told you
to empty your leg, not your head.
We talked about flashes, flexing,
adapting, relaxing into changes.
Old root, new branch,
and saw the green oak shoot growing up
through the circle of a rotting stump,
friends sitting on the stairs to rub each other’s shoulders,
the blackbird seizing the morning worm,
and there! the buzzards which might be eagles.

Sink, release.
Good chi,
fun, free, sincerity, generosity,
The amazingness-ness of it all.
So,
Honour your part.
Feel your feet.
Live your art.

And again, listen:
the sound of the mower, a bell ringing.
The gong.
Sorry, what was that? Right…
the other left.
Am I doing this wrong?

CAR SHARING

It has been noted in the past that a few people had come some distance and from the same general area. If you are planning to drive to Stirling in July and have room in your car for others then please post the details as a comment to the car sharing post on the Tai Chi Caledonia Facebook page.

Similarly if you would like a lift to Stirling and are willing to share petrol costs then put your details there too.

You can then PM each other and sort things out, just don’t drag me into it! 😲

Payment Methods

If you are in the UK and are planning on joining us in July can I ask that you pay either by cheque or by bank transfer please?
 
The PayPal account we set up was intended solely for the use of visitors from abroad as their bank charges are even higher than the charges PayPal levies on us! So if you are reading this from somewhere outwith the UK then please feel free to use the PayPal option.
 
However, if you are in the UK…….. 
………while I appreciate that PayPal is convenient, they charge us a considerable amount for each transaction. As cheques and bank transfers within the UK are not subject to any charge at either end please use this method of payment in order to help our efforts to avoid having to increase future prices.

Ronnie Robinson Bursary

We are now into February and, having requested that all nominations be in by the end of January, I am pleased to announce that, having considered all applications, we have now settled on the nominee who will receive for the Ronnie Robinson Bursary for 2018.

PayPal payments – for overseas visitors only!

If you are in the UK, while I appreciate that PayPal is convenient, they charge us a considerable amount for each transaction. As cheques and bank transfers within the UK are not subject to any charge please continue to use this method of payment in order to help our efforts to avoid having to increase future prices.

If you are not in the UK then it is now possible to make your payment via PayPal (which will hopefully be simpler and cheaper for you) to bookings@taichicaledonia.com and make sure you remember to note who the payment is from! (Banking information for making direct transfers is available on request if you would prefer).

Whether paying by PayPal or bank transfer please also submit a booking form with your full details.

If you are in the UK, while I appreciate that PayPal is convenient, they charge us a considerable amount for each transaction. As cheques and bank transfers within the UK are not subject to any charge please use this method of payment in order to help our efforts to avoid having to increase future prices.

The Ronnie Robinson Bursary

Tai Chi Caledonia was pleased this year to have implemented the first Ronnie Robinson Bursary.
 
This allowed one deserving student to attend the entire event free of charge in memory of Ronnie.
 
This year Aileen and myself were advised of a self-employed student who would not only have struggled to afford the fees but would have lost income for that week as well.
 
However, it was always our hope that this bursary should, if possible, be awarded for more than purely financial reasons and this year was successful in that.
 
The beneficiary had had a particularly difficult year, having moved to the other end of the country for a considerable time to support a close relative during and after his wife’s unsuccessful battle with cancer.
 
It is intended to continue this bursary every year so if you know of anyone who might be deserving of it in 2018 please check out the Ronnie Robinson Bursary page on this site and let us know.

Ronnie Robinson Memorial Update

Donations for Ronnie’s books and DVDs at this year’s Tai Chi Caledonia totalled £436.13.

Added to last year’s donations of £1087.93, this gives us a total of £1524.06 which will be  made up to £2000 by Tai Chi Caledonia to go towards the memorial for Ronnie in the university’s Garden of Imagination. Hopefully this will be in place before next year’s event.

Thank you to everyone who contributed.