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About the Author
Lea Williamson is a longboard surfer, chi arts enthusiast, clinical massage therapist, Reiki Master, Space Coast native, traveler, writer, consciousness explorer and health patriot. Lea grew up in Titusville, Florida and began studying the slow moving Chinese energy medicine called tai chi chuan in the early 1990's and never stopped her daily practice. Even though she grew up near the Atlantic coast of Florida, fear kept her from learning to surf until she was 40 years old.
As a young adult she was privately introverted but expressed herself through writing and competitive speaking. She won numerous writing and speaking awards including university scholarships. She was editor of the Brevard Community College Titusville Campus Newsletter as well as President of the Forensics team. Graduating from UCF and having explored most of Florida she drove out of town in a painted up hippie love truck.
After biking and camping in 48 states, she soaked in the enchantment of New Mexico for a spell before returning to her native shores. She now has well over 10 years of longboard surfing experience, mostly along Brevard County beaches. Lea has had a daily qigong practice for over 25 years and is certified to teach several styles of qigong and tai chi. In 2016, she earned the esteemed title of ShiFu (expert) of qigong from martial arts Grandmaster Jeffrey B. Cook.
A member of Space Coast Creative Writers, Lea maintains a chi arts e-newsletter, blog, produces tai chi and qi gong videos (through YouTube channel Beachside Qigong and Tai Chi). Her diverse schedule includes teaching chi arts workshops and classes in community, corporate, and private venues as well as practicing clinical massage at several boutique locations. Participants of Lea's classes appreciate her award-winning speaking and presentation skills. Additionally, her lifelong passion for and knowledge of health and healing are evidenced by a career as a professional clinical massage therapist and Reiki master that began in New Mexico in 2003.
Lea has made it her life's mission to share the ancient healing arts wherever she can. To learn more about her chi arts credentials , click here:
When she took up surfing at 40 years old to overcome a lifelong fear of water, Lea had no idea she was embarking on an epic adventure that would eventually lead her to recognize both the particle and wave aspects of being human. By learning to move with water, like water, we learn to balance our physical, yang, particle selves with our flowing, yin, wavelike selves to achieve balance in health and well-being.
Surfing the Sea of Chi chronicles Lea's journey of overcoming her intense primal fear to unleash the healing medicine that lies within us all. Her 10 year ride explores the parallels between surfing, tai chi, Tao,
"In this book. Lea manages to give the reader a clear understanding of the Tao through her journey of learning to surf. In relating surfing, tai qi quan, and the Tao, Lea clearly shows the reader how it is a master can say, "It's all the same."
- Grandmaster Jeffrey B. Cook, ShiFu, Jia Yu
“There’s a tremendous amount of accessible yet profound wisdom. . . Paradigm-shifting ideas in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way. . . Absolutely a heartening and inspiring journey and ending. . . .This is clearly not a vanity project.”
- Dr. Taj A. Mahon-Haft, Sociologist, Founder The Humanization Project
"Here is wisdom distilled from years of tai chi practice and a strong desire to overcome a fear of water. Lea Williamson's insights into this philosophy takes the reader on a journey from the love of swimming on land to the joy of surfing the oceans."
- Maureen Miller, Tai Chi for Health Master Trainer
"Surfing and Taiji both focus on energy (氣 Qi in Chinese), they teach human beings how to absorb it from the environment and turn it into healing power. Lea’s story is a clear example of this; she used the ‘Qi’ of waves to overcome her deepest fear. Her book is a fascinating, intimate story, one that opens a new chapter in waveriding as a form of meditation."
- Nicola Zanella, Author Children of the Tide: An Exploration of surfing in Dynastic China, head coach Shandong National Surfing Team
What Amazon Readers are saying:
". . . this book will speak to you about living a life consistent with your values." --Profgirl
"A book you will want to read again and again. A real treasure!" --Pat A.
". . .an epic for navigating everything from sharks to erroneous thought patterns. Love it!" Amy D.
"Fab-u-lous! Love her gift of communication." --Anonymous