Surfing Chi Social & Workshop

Second Saturdays of the month

First Event Takes place Saturday, August 8th at Ocean Park in Melbourne Beach, FL

LIMITED TO ONLY 12 PARTICIPANTS IN 10:00 SURFING CHI WORKSHOP;  RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW BEFORE IT’S GONE BY PAYING FOR YOUR SPOT IN THE ONLINE

What is Surfing Chi and Why: Are you stoked yet?!! I sure am!  If you haven’t read Surfing the Sea of Chi or don’t know why I’m doing this, here’s the super short version.  My whole life I was terrified to go in any body of water: pool, lake, river or ocean didn’t matter.  At 40 years old I decided to overcome this irrational fear by learning to surf. In the beginning, I thought that surfing for me was all about getting over my fear until I caught that first stand-up wave and actually rode it a little. From then on the power of surfing changed my life in ways I didn’t even know I needed it changed.  

  Now, I want to share my ocean joy with others who might have a similar fear.  I know there’s a lot of you out there because you’ve told me you have this fear too.  Thanks to the breath work I learned from my chi arts training, I was able to fully conquer my debilitating fear and now have a profound personal relationship with all things water-especially the ocean. The combination of learning to surf and chi arts taught me that when we move in the natural, cyclical flowing motions of surfing and tai chi, we heal ourselves naturally, profoundly and with no bad side-effects like with conventional Western treatments. Surfing and tai chi have numerous parallels so we can learn to ride waves of chi on land in our tai chi practices and we can learn to ride waves of energy in the ocean as they roll in. Both share ritual, breath work, bow stance rooting, moving fluidly like water in harmony with nature and so many more similarities. 

  I’m so convinced that surfing can heal us on many deep levels that I’m donating 1% of my book’s profits to the local Sebastian Intlet Surfrider Foundation that works to make surfing accessible to all and our community more ocean friendly.  If you’d like a copy of the book signed at the event, please bring one (either from Amazon or my online store) as none will be for sale at the event.

SAFETY:

Please note that YOU are responsible for your body and your own well-being.  It should go without saying but if you don’t know how to swim, please don’t go in the water! Being in the water is inherently more dangerous than being on land so RESPECT YOUR OWN LIMITS and don’t go if it’s not right for you. Please note that it is very possible to get hurt surfing or just being in the ocean so YOU are held liable for taking part in this event and for your own actions, not the hosts, sponsors or teachers of this event!  Also note that photos will be taken for future promotions at this event, so if you really hate being in photos, this may not be for you.  On the flip side, you could get some cool photos of yourself surfing at the beach with friends as I’ll be posting them on my social medial sites including Facebook.

For Questions:  if you have questions, comments, concerns or want to offer a surfboard to loan to others, feel free to reach out to Lea well before this event takes place.  I will be too busy to check my phone and messages the day of the event so contact me before!  

Let’s go surf some chi together!

 

ALL THE DETAILS:

WHO:  Hosted by BAM Community and Lea Williamson of BeachsideQigong.com

WHEN:  Saturday August 8th 8:30-11:00ish

WHERE:  Ocean Park in Melbourne Beach (Google Ocean Park for directions-it’s on the corner of A1A and Ocean Ave with free parking and restrooms, but space is limited or you may have to walk a bit if you get there late.) There’s also free parking at the nearby restaurants and Melbourne Beach Library.  Yes, Melbourne Beach now requires permits for it’s pull-out beach parks but so far, Ocean Park is still free parking. :)  There will be a canopy and flags that make location on beach obvious.

WHAT TO BRING:  The stuff you normally like at the beach especially sun block, water appropriate clothing, water to drink, and enthusiasm!  If you’re coming for the social, bring your own surfboard, boogie board.  If you’re attending the workshop, thanks to a donation from Catalyst Surf Shop, you’ll have a surfboard provided for the event.  Thanks for supporting the local Catalyst!

WHAT’S HAPPENING:

2 Sessions taking place and two different events taking place from BAM Community.

Session 1: Surfing Chi Water Lover’s Chi Social

8:30-9:45ish

This FREE community building event is open to anyone that loves the water but maybe hasn’t thought about being in it as building a relationship with chi/energy.  Meet and greet followed by 30 minute Surfing Chi warm-ups led by Lea Williamson. If the conditions are right, we’ll then go play in the ocean together, if not, some more Surfing Chi lessons and community beach clean up. It doesn’t matter if you’re a surfer that hasn’t  paddeled out in years, want more mature water-loving friends, a boogie board rider, swimmer or ocean-drifter, all water-lovers welcome. Please come share your stoke and learn a little more about the relationship between riding waves, playing tai chi and healing ourselves naturally. Feel free to stay longer and hang-out with new, like-minded friends or register for the 10:00 Full On Surfing Chi Workshop. There will also be a free poster raffle of the cover art from Surfing the Sea of Chi. 

Session2: Surfing Chi Workshop

10:00-11:30-ish. $35 paid in advance for only 8 participants (includes exclusive SWAG Bag bonus material listed below)

This is for people that want to love the water but maybe are a little shy about going in or don’t yet know anything about reading waves and catching them.  In this session, we’ll spend time on the beach learning some safety related surf rituals and tai chi warm-ups that prepare us and connect us with the flowing chi of ocean energy.   Then we’ll ease into the water slowly with no boards to connect, feel comfortable and learn how to play with the ocean and enjoy it if we don’t already.  Once more comfortable and connected with the ocean, we’ll grab some boards and get a little more adventurous in the water, paddling out to get used to a surfboard and connecting with relaxing and letting the ocean hold us up.  KNOW HOW TO SWIM IF YOU PLAN TO GET IN THE WATER!

 Included in the price of this session are 1) a surfboard for the event 2) a bar of surf wax cuz you’re a surfer now! 3) emailed links to Surfing Chi video including breath work, warm ups, strength and flow training 4) rules of surfing and surf etiquette 5) Links to download local surf cam apps 6) inclusion in the BAM Community (Badasses, Alchemists and Mystics) because now you are a surfing badass that understands some of the alchemy and mystical nature of surfing waves of water and of chi!      7) Free T-shirt raffle of book’s cover art only for workshop participants 8) for event participants only-an opportunity to purchase a wholesale priced copy of the paradigm-shifting Amazon #1 New Release Surfing the Sea of Chi for only $11 (in honor of www.BamCommunity11.com) and have it signed by the author at the event. MUST BE PURCHASED FROM THE ONLINE STORE AT TIME OF WORKSHOP RESERVATION-THERE’S A SPECIAL OPTION IN THE STORE JUST FOR YOU! DON’T PURCHASE THE REGULARLY PRICED BOOK THAT IS RETAIL AND INCLUDES SHIPPING!)

RESERVE YOUR SPOT: 

While there’s really no limit to the number of people who can attend on the beach, there is a limit to how far my voice will carry on the beach. While the free social event is open to any and all, only 12 Participants are being accepted for the Surfing Chi Workshop. 

Session 2: Surfing Chi Workshop.   $35 paid at least 1 week in advance.  You can register and pre-pay for this event in my online store by clicking the button below and by paying Lea directly in person during class sessions.  Reserve your spot early so you don’t miss out!

SAFETY:

Please note that YOU are responsible for your body and your own well-being.  It should go without saying but if you don’t know how to swim, please don’t go in the water! Being in the water is inherently more dangerous than being on land so RESPECT YOUR OWN LIMITS and don’t go if it’s not right for you. Please note that it is very possible to get hurt surfing or just being in the ocean so YOU are held liable for taking part in this event and for your own actions, not the hosts, sponsors or teachers of this event!  Also note that photos will be taken for future promotions at this event, so if you really hate being in photos, this may not be for you.  On the flip side, you could get some cool photos of yourself surfing at the beach with friends as I’ll be posting them on my social medial sites including Facebook.

For Questions:  if you have questions, comments, concerns or want to offer a surfboard to loan to others, feel free to reach out to Lea well before this event takes place.  I will be too busy to check my phone and messages the day of the event so contact me before!  

Let’s go surf some chi together!

Friday, August 14th Surfing Chi with the Smithsonian

 FREE Event in Franklin, North Carolina

     

    This special presentation of Surfing Chi takes place in conjunction with the Smithsonian WaterWays Traveling Exhibit - an exploration of the American relationship with water.  The event takes place downtown in the FROGS pavilion on the Little Tennessee River.  It will include a book talk and Surfing Chi workshop followed by author meet & greet, photo sessions and book signings. 

   I’m really excited about this event as the event program director reached out to invite me to present because of the relevance of my book Surfing the Sea of Chi to this national educational event.  Also included will be a free raffle of the book’s cover art poster and free access to the Surfing Chi Warm Up Video to all participants that sign up for it. Learn how breathing can eliminate/control fear and stress while gaining tai chi surf skills!  Even if you live far from the ocean, this event will enhance your relationship with water and your life-giving breath. 

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