Originally written by: Grace Gentili
If the impressions of a complete novice can be of help, I would like to say that the one day I spent at the Taiji Traditions camp was of great benefit to me. It was an amazing learning experience on many levels.
It was an eye-opening experience to watch Master Chen as he demonstrated applications of the postures and then gave detailed explanations of the moves to clarify what could not be seen at the speed of their execution. His teaching style is very compelling. He explains the concepts with clarity, energy, and intensity and shares such a great volume of information, at a rapid pace, that it required my very focused attention, in order not to miss anything. By the end of the day, I had had as much of a mental workout as a physical one and I loved it.
Furthermore, the friendliness, warmth, encouragement and helpfulness of all the participants that I knew or had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with, made that one day at camp very special. The experience of being surrounded by a gym full of very dedicated, hard-working and focused participants was incredibly energizing. I look forward to going back next year.
As I was only one day at Camp Shawnigan, all I can say is that I very much enjoyed the two meals I had on that day. The food was delicious, the choice of items in the buffet was great and the dining area was welcoming and nicely organized.