The Tai Chi Meditation Garden Project
We are planning to build a Tai Chi practice area similar to the David Chen Memorial Tai Chi Court (pictured left). With your support and donations we can make this happen!
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Members of Redding Tai Chi have partnered with the Turtle Bay Exploration Park to create an alternative environment for meditative exercise. This partnership will bring to our community a project that blends art and nature and is accessible to people of all ages. This project will be beneficial not only to members of our community but will also be a unique draw for those visiting Redding and the North State. With that in mind, we are committed to building a Tai Chi practice area in Redding, which we have named the “Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden,” so that anyone can practice Tai Chi or low-impact meditative exercises, or just sit and enjoy a peaceful setting. Our plan is based on the David Chen Memorial Tai Chi Court located at Cabin John Regional Park in Rockville, Maryland.
Tai Chi is an exercise that originated in China approximately 600 years ago. Originally it was practiced as a combination of self-defense and for improving health. Now it is primarily practiced as a low-impact, slow-motion exercise that improves balance, increases flexibility, and reduces stress. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Practicing tai chi may help to improve balance and stability in older people and in those with Parkinson’s disease, reduce back pain and pain from knee osteoarthritis, and improve quality of life in people with heart disease, cancer, and other chronic illnesses.” Tai Chi can be practiced by people of all ages but because of its slow, meditative nature, people typically start learning Tai Chi as they get older. In Redding there is growing interest in Tai Chi with classes offered at Old City Hall, the Senior Citizens Center, and through the Shasta College Community Education program.
The proposed Tai Chi Meditation Garden is a 55-foot diameter hard surface with the Tai Chi Tu (diagram) covering the surface of the court. The Tai Chi Tu is commonly called the “Yin Yang symbol.” The circle itself represents the oneness of all things. The inner part, the black and white “fish,” represents complementary and opposing forces in nature (e.g., hot/cold, light/dark, male/female) and the natural cycle of change (e.g., day to night, summer to winter). Tai Chi exercise is based on the principals of complementary opposites and change, and takes its name from this symbol. The design was prepared by Hsien-Yuan Chen, who is an architect and member of the Maryland Tai Chi club. There is also a Tai Chi court in Arthur Story Park in Houston, Texas. The Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden would be the third Tai Chi court in the United States.
Use of the Tai Chi Meditation Garden would not be exclusive to Tai Chi practitioners but would be multi-purposed, used on a first-come, first-served basis. It would also be used for yoga, Qi Gong, dance, and other activities.
Our original estimate for building next to the Sundial Bridge was over $200,000 but that location is no longer feasible. We expect that our costs will be lower with a new location .
The Tai Chi Meditation Garden is expected to have minor operation budget impact since it is a hard surface for passive recreational activities. An added benefit it provides landscaping that does not need supplemental irrigation. The design is basically a large patio. The surface has a four degree slope to help with drainage. There are expansion joints built into the concrete base and worked into the mosaic surface. Surface joints are filled with a rubber caulk. Pennsylvania field stone (green) and Arizona sandstone (Pink) are used for the surface which is sealed with several coats of clear stone sealant to keep moisture out.
Charles Votaw of the Wu Wei Tai Chi Club in Rockville, MD reports maintenance of their Tai Chi Court “...has been easy. The County uses a leaf blower to keep the surface free of leaves once or twice a month in the fall. The surface is power washed in the spring and it gets a new top coat of sealant every other year or so. We have had a couple of small repairs to the mortar where water did get into the joint.”
At this time Redding Tai Chi, the City of Redding, and the McConnell Foundation have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Redding Tai Chi will be responsible for upkeep of the Tai Chi Meditation Garden.
Construction Begins as soon as we can fully fund the project. Every contribution helps.
The Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden will be built with your help. We have established our own non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to finance the project. We accept donations by cash or check.
To Donate by check, please make it out to:
Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden
and in the memo line please write:
Donations can be made in your name or you can make a donation for or in memory of others.
Return donations to:
Tai Chi Meditation Garden Project
c/o 2135A Airpark Drive
Redding, CA 96001
Other ways to donate:
Engraved Brick Fundraiser. You can help support this project and get a brick engraved with your name with a simple donation. The bricks will be placed on the path leading to the Tai Chi Meditation Garden and will become a permanent marker showing your support. Click here for more information! https://www.thatsmybrick.com/taichimg
Corporate Matching Funds: Many companies offer
matching funds for their employees donation. Please consult
with your HR Director to find out if this option is available for you.
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Past News Stories
April 11, 2017 ANewsCafe Article: Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden Project Seeks Online Votes for Grant
April 10, 2017 KRCR Channel 7 News (video): Tai Chi Court and Garden Project Competes for Grant Money
Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden Planning Committee
Board of Directors:
Michel Czehatowski, Melinda Kashuba, Iraja Siva Das
Members at Large:
Hillary Howell, Veronica Johnson
Ron Huett, Construction and Contracting
NanCee Huett, Accounting and Bookkeeping
Lilian Cesario, Michel Czehatowski, Linda Finkel, Donald Jacobs, Phylliss Nettesheim, Cathy Stone