Workshops and Special Events

Our one-day workshops, weekend retreats and evening lecture are intended to allow people, interested in various physical and spiritual practices, to explore different paths including, yoga, tai-chi, qigong, and meditation. Check our schedule for dates and locations. Announcements will be sent by email and posted to the schedule section of this site. Instructors will vary per event. The cost is intended to allow for these events to be as affordable as possible. No previous experience is necessary.

 

Special Events and Workshops Currently Scheduled:

 

>> Destiny and Answers! (Readings and I-Ching event)
Saturday, Mar 29th and Saturday April 19th, starting at 2:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

This unique event is composed of two separate yet interrelated sessions:
1. Destiny Readings
2. For participants who had a Destiny Reading done in the past, you can participate in follow-up event: I-Ching Answers. Please note that you can participate in this event even if you didnt had Destiny Reading done before and are just interested in an I-Ching Answer.
1. Destiny Readings:
We are each born with a destiny and it is through fulfilling that destiny that we make our journey through life satisfying. Realizing your own unique destiny is the first step.
Sifu Ken Lo will do individual and private readings of destiny, analyzing the participant’s born fate, the destiny we make for themselves, our personalities and tendencies. He will also suggest guidance in fulfilling the individual destinies. The analysis is based on palm lines, facial features and handwriting. The art of destiny reading is based on knowledge that is thousands years old.
Participants can have one analysis done or all three. Each reading: Palms, Face, and Handwriting is $25. All three readings cost $60.
Sifu Ken Lo is a disciple of Master Eng Suern Gwoo and Grandmaster Hseih Peng in the study of Feng Shui and Oracle, and is a Grandmaster of Wu Mei Pai. His Destiny readings will shed light on your origins, your path and your life’s potential which is written on your hands, face and expressed in your handwriting. For handwriting analysis a one page handwriting sample signed by the writer is required in advance.As with past events with Sifu Ken Lo, advanced registration and payment are required. Please send payment via Paypal (please include your name and what you are paying for in the paypal form or email Ronen separately). Fee may also be paid at the studio by Mar 26th. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully refunded. Space is limited.

2. I-Ching: Find an Answer to a Burning Question!
I-Ching, also known as the Classic of Changes, is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. It is a book of oracle that answers specific questions put to it by using a system that includes seemingly random coin tosses to generate hexagrams. The results, interpreted by a trained master reader, Sifu Ken Lo, will describe the environment surrounding a problem and offer solutions through wise actions. Each question asked takes an hour to answer. Cost is $60. Please have a VERY specific question you wish to find an answer for.
Examples of a specific I-Ching questions: Would I succeed as an entrepreneur? Will I meet a compatible mate? Should I move to L.A.? Should I go back to school?
Examples of non-specific question which are not well answered by I-Ching: What direction will my life take in the next ten years? Will I have more career opportunities soon? Is money on the horizon?
This is a very powerful tool and a unique and fascinating experience you do not wish to miss. As with past events with Sifu Ken Lo, advanced registration and payment are required. Please send payment via Paypal (please include your name and what you are paying for in the paypal form or email Ronen separately). Fee may also be paid at the studio by Mar 26th and Apr 17th respectively. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully refunded. Space is limited.  

 

>> Check our meditation page for meditation events.

 

>> Saturday, Oct 16th, at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi, Monroe, NY.

>> Saturday, July 10th, at Maritime Museum, Sayville, NY.

>> Saturday, June 12th, at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi, Monroe, NY.

 

>> Click here for photos from the Saturday, November 12th, 2011, Chinese Tea Ceremony in the tradition of the Ming Dynasty style.

>> Click here for photos from the Saturday, July 10th, 2010, Maritime Museum, Sayville, NY workshop.

 

Previous Special Events and Workshops:

>> Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony
Saturday, February 22nd, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

We will be holding a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the tradition of the Ming Dynasty style. Handpicked, rare whole leaf teas of an exquisite quality will be served in the Kung Fu (High Skill) method with Yixing teaware. Original poetry inspired by tea experiences will be read by Tea Master Sifu Ken Lo. This is an unforgettable experience not to be missed. Guests to this event will be transported into the world of the Chinese Literati-Scholars. The cost of this tea is very high, reaching $4,000 a pound. We therefore need to have participants register and pay in advance online or at the Studio so costs can be offset. Cost per participant is $25.00. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully reimbursed.

 

>> Flying Into Meditation
Sunday, Dec 1st, 11:00am-1:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

Please click here for more information


>> Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Saturday, April 20th, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

Chinese calligraphy is considered by many the highest form of art. In calligraphy, as in painting, the quality of the line is of paramount importance. A line has to have interest through natural bumps, curves and variations. Straight lines are not absolutely straight but have character. The biology, breath, and nervous system of the artist must show through in every stroke of the brush. The resulting characters appear to be "alive" with spirit and energy (Qi).
Sifu Ken Lo has studied classical Chinese calligraphy since 1990 with Master Lo Chien Wu, student of the legendary calligrapher Leon Long Yien Chang, author of: Four Thousand Years of Chinese Calligraphy.
Specializing in Chuan Shu, the first Chinese writing of the Shang Dynasty, Sifu Lo's calligraphs are of the San Pan bronze bowl unearthed in an archaeological dig. These characters represent the calligraphy principle of "Hide the head and protect the tail," in which the beginning and end of the strokes cannot be seen by the viewer.
This calligraphy workshop will concentrate on the process of copying from actual rubbings of the San Pan bronze bowl to capture the life essence contained in these 4,000 year old characters.
All material will be provided and students will create calligraphic works of art that reflects their own true nature. A meditative attitude and posture will be used during the entire class to elicit the awakening of the unconscious mind to create "natural" works of art free of contrived form. The objects of the artist scholar's studio will be introduced and used by each student. No previous experience or knowledge are required!
Date: Saturday, 4/20/2013
Time: 2-4pm
Tuition: $30 if paid at door, $25 if paid in advanced.
Do not miss this special opportunity to experience the magic of Calligraphy!
For advanced discounted payment please click here (scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the Paypal button – no need to fill out the fom,) or just pay at the Studio prior to the event. Space is limited.

 

>> Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony
Saturday, January 26th, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

We will be holding a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the tradition of the Ming Dynasty style. Handpicked, rare whole leaf teas of an exquisite quality will be served in the Kung Fu (High Skill) method with Yixing teaware. Original poetry inspired by tea experiences will be read by Tea Master Sifu Ken Lo. This is an unforgettable experience not to be missed. Guests to this event will be transported into the world of the Chinese Literati-Scholars. The cost of this tea is very high, reaching $4,000 a pound. We therefore need to have participants register and pay in advance online or at the Studio so costs can be offset. Cost per participant is $25.00. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully reimbursed.

 

>> Movie Night: January 16th, 2013, 8:15pm . We will be screening Monty Phyton's Life of Brian. An animation short titled Why Me? will be screened first. Popcorn, Water and Tea will be served along with lots of laughs. Open to all. No need for RSVP. $5 optional donation (at the door). Please note that a yoga class will be ending at 8pm so if you come earlier, please wait for the lights in the studio to be turned on before entering.

 

>> Discover Your Destiny!
Saturday, Nov 24th, starting at 2:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

We are each born with a destiny and it is through fulfilling that destiny that we make our journey through life satisfying. Realizing your own unique destiny is the first step.
Sifu Ken Lo will do individual and private readings of destiny, analyzing the participant’s born fate, the destiny we make for themselves, our personalities and tendencies. He will also suggest guidance in fulfilling the individual destinies. The analysis is based on palm lines, facial features and handwriting. The art of destiny reading is based on knowledge that is thousands years old.
Participants can have one analysis done or all three. Each reading: Palms, Face, and Handwriting is $20. All three readings cost $50.
Sifu Ken Lo is a disciple of Master Eng Suern Gwoo and Grandmaster Hseih Peng in the study of Feng Shui and Oracle, and is a Grandmaster of Wu Mei Pai. His Destiny readings will shed light on your origins, your path and your life’s potential which is written on your hands, face and expressed in your handwriting. For handwriting analysis a one page handwriting sample signed by the writer is required in advance.
As with past events with Sifu Ken Lo, advanced registration and payment are required. Please register and pay in advance online (scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the Paypal button: this is a direct link to paypal - please include your name and what you are paying for in the paypal form or email me separately). Fee may also be paid at the studio by Nov 23th. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully refunded. Space is limited.

 

>> National Alpaca Days Celebration
Saturday, September 29th, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Sunday, September 30th, 3:00pm-3:30pm at Rock Ridge Alpacas Farm.

Sept 29 (Sat) and Sept 30 (Sun) are National Alpaca Days We are invited to celebrate these days with the Alpacas of Rock Ridge Alpacas Farm. Rock Ridge will be open to the public these days 11am to 4pm.

The celebration includes "Meet the Alpacas" - a free farm tour (there are over 30 Alpacas in the farm), Free Raffle, Giveaways, Yarn Spinning Demos, Kid-Crafts, Live Music, "Shop the Shed".

Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi will have a free Tai Chi session on Saturday 2pm-3pm which includes performing the Short Standardized Yang Form.
We will be doing the form at the farm in close proximity to the Alpacas who's gentleness brings to mind the soft Tai Chi movements.

On Sunday, 3-3:30pm we will have a thirty minutes seating meditation session by the Alpacas. Both events will be guided by Ronen.

No previous experience needed. No advanced registration required - just show up and join us. Feel free to bring friends and family.

The ROCK RIDGE ALPACAS FARM is located at 229 Gibson Hill Rd., Chester, NY, 845-469-6196. www.rockridgealpacas.com.

 

>> Singing Crystal Bowls with Vallerie
Saturday, October 20th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

With a 4 octaves vocal range going from coloratura to deep chest sounds and overtones, Vallerie Legeay blends her voice with the frequencies of Tibetan and crystal bowls. The sounds become One. No two performances are alike; Vallerie plugs into the energy of the audience and offers "their" Sound. It fills the meditative need of the Moment. All are invited to relax and open to this Journey of Sound and then reflect and share. Event cost is $15. RSVP requested but not required.

>> Finding your Ultimate Love - Your Self: The Hidden Secrets of Tantra Yoga
Sunday, August 5th, 1:00pm-3:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

The path of Tantra can be quite confusing; so many perspectives, points of view, various scriptures and a wide range of different practices and exercises. Where does one start? How can we convey to our partner that we are interested in pursuing this type of exploration? How do we practice on our own, if its even possible? What practices should we try, and once we start, what do we actually learn? How do we engage in a Tantric exploration of life? How can we communicate what we’ve processed and learned to our Tantric partner?
In this event, guided by Ran Baron we will discuss how to embark on a Tantric exploration and how to communicate our interests, needs and boundaries to our partners. This session will open up the idea of energy work, touch upon challenging emotions, and offer a brief overview of what can be available by walking this path. The event will offer numerous practices for solo and partner work.
No previous experience or knowledge is required for attending; only an open heart and an inquisitive mind that is willing to ask questions, challenge assumptions and explore in a group setting.
Event cost is $20 if paid in advance, $25 at the door. RSPV is requested to assure seating. Click here to register and pay in advance online (this is a direct link to paypal - please include your name and what you are paying for in the paypal form or email me separately). Advanced payment may also be made at the studio by August 2nd.

 

>> Discover Your Destiny!
Saturday, July 28th, starting at 2:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

We are each born with a destiny and it is through fulfilling that destiny that we make our journey through life satisfying. Realizing your own unique destiny is the first step.
Sifu Ken Lo will do individual and private readings of destiny, analyzing the participant’s born fate, the destiny we make for themselves, our personalities and tendencies. He will also suggest guidance in fulfilling the individual destinies. The analysis is based on palm lines, facial features and handwriting. The art of destiny reading is based on knowledge that is thousands years old.
Participants can have one analysis done or all three. Each reading: Palms, Face, and Handwriting is $20. All three readings cost $50.
Sifu Ken Lo is a disciple of Master Eng Suern Gwoo and Grandmaster Hseih Peng in the study of Feng Shui and Oracle, and is a Grandmaster of Wu Mei Pai. His Destiny readings will shed light on your origins, your path and your life’s potential which is written on your hands, face and expressed in your handwriting. For handwriting analysis a one page handwriting sample signed by the writer is required in advance.
As with past events with Sifu Ken Lo, advanced registration and payment are required. Please register and pay in advance online (scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the Paypal button: this is a direct link to paypal - please include your name and what you are paying for in the paypal form or email me separately). Fee may also be paid at the studio by July 26th. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully refunded. Space is limited.

 

>> Chuang Yen Buddhist Monastery Visit
A group of studio participants is scheduled to take a guided tour of the Chuang Yen Buddhist Monastery (www.baus.org) by Carmel NY on Sunday, June 24th at 11am. It will take a total of about 2 hours. If you are interested in joining please let me know. There is no charge but the Monastery will appreciate a donation. No previous knowledge of Buddhism is needed. Also, the Monastery has beautiful grounds. Consider coming along with family members/friends and stay for the afternoon (independent of our group.) You can get there independently or join others from the studio who will be going (if so let me know and I will connect you others who are going).

 

>> Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Saturday, June 16th, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi. The event is being rescheduled for later this year. We will announce the new date once available.

Chinese calligraphy is considered by many the highest form of art. In calligraphy, as in painting, the quality of the line is of paramount importance. A line has to have interest through natural bumps, curves and variations. Straight lines are not absolutely straight but have character. The biology, breath, and nervous system of the artist must show through in every stroke of the brush. The resulting characters appear to be "alive" with spirit and energy (Qi).
Sifu Ken Lo has studied classical Chinese calligraphy since 1990 with Master Lo Chien Wu, student of the legendary calligrapher Leon Long Yien Chang, author of: Four Thousand Years of Chinese Calligraphy.
Specializing in Chuan Shu, the first Chinese writing of the Shang Dynasty, Sifu Lo's calligraphs are of the San Pan bronze bowl unearthed in an archaeological dig. These characters represent the calligraphy principle of "Hide the head and protect the tail," in which the beginning and end of the strokes cannot be seen by the viewer.
This calligraphy workshop will concentrate on the process of copying from actual rubbings of the San Pan bronze bowl to capture the life essence contained in these 4,000 year old characters.
All material will be provided and students will create calligraphic works of art that reflects their own true nature. A meditative attitude and posture will be used during the entire class to elicit the awakening of the unconscious mind to create "natural" works of art free of contrived form. The objects of the artist scholar's studio will be introduced and used by each student. No previous experience or knowledge are required!
Date: Saturday, 5/26/2012
Time: 2-4pm
Tuition: $30 if paid at door, $25 if paid in advanced.
Do not miss this special opportunity to experience the magic of Calligraphy!
For advanced discounted payment please click here (scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the Paypal button – no need to fill out the fom,) or just pay at the Studio prior to the event. Space is limited.

>> Chinese Tea Ceremony
Saturday, Apr 28th, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.

We will be holding a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the tradition of the Ming Dynasty style. Handpicked, rare whole leaf teas of an exquisite quality will be served in the Kung Fu (High Skill) method with Yixing teaware. Original poetry inspired by tea experiences will be read by Tea Master Sifu Ken Lo. This is an unforgettable experience not to be missed. Guests to this event will be transported into the world of the Chinese Literati-Scholars. The cost of this tea is very high, reaching $4,000 a pound. We therefore need to have participants register and pay in advance online so costs can be offset. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully reimbursed.

>> Your Destiny
Saturday, March 31st, starting at 2:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.
We are each born with a destiny and it is through fulfilling that destiny that we make our journey through life satisfying. Realizing your own unique destiny is the first step.
Sifu Ken Lo will do individual and private readings of destiny, analyzing the participant’s born fate, the destiny we make for themselves, our personalities and tendencies. He will also suggest guidance in fulfilling the individual destinies. The analysis is based on palm lines, facial features and handwriting. Participants can have one analysis done or all three. Each reading: Palms, Face, and Handwriting is $20. All three readings cost $50.
Sifu Ken Lo is a disciple of Master Eng Suern Gwoo and Grandmaster Hseih Peng in the study of Feng Shui and Oracle, and is a Grandmaster of Wu Mei Pai. His Destiny readings will shed light on your origins, your path and your life’s potential which is written on your hands, face and expressed in your handwriting. For handwriting analysis a one page handwriting sample signed by the writer is required in advance.
As with past events with Sifu Ken Lo, advanced registration and payment are required. Please register and pay in advance online (this is a direct link to paypal - please include your name and what you are paying for in the paypal form or email me separately). Fee may also be paid at the studio by Dec 7th. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully refunded.

>> Your Destiny
Saturday, Dec 10th, 2011, Feb 11th and 18th, 2012 starting at 2:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.
Just in time for the New Year, with its resolutions, we will be holding a literarily life changing event focused on individual destinies. We are each born with a destiny and it is through fulfilling that destiny that we make our journey through life satisfying. Realizing your own unique destiny is the first step.
Sifu Ken Lo will do individual and private readings of destiny, analyzing the participant’s born fate, the destiny we make for themselves, our personalities and tendencies. He will also suggest guidance in fulfilling the individual destinies. The analysis is based on palm lines, facial features and handwriting. Participants can have one analysis done or all three. Each reading: Palms, Face, and Handwriting is $20. All three readings cost $50.
Sifu Ken Lo is a disciple of Master Eng Suern Gwoo and Grandmaster Hseih Peng in the study of Feng Shui and Oracle, and is a Grandmaster of Wu Mei Pai. His Destiny readings will shed light on your origins, your path and your life’s potential which is written on your hands, face and expressed in your handwriting. For handwriting analysis a one page handwriting sample signed by the writer is required in advance.
As with past events with Sifu Ken Lo, advanced registration and payment are required. Please register and pay in advance online (this is a direct link to paypal - please include your name and what you are paying for in the paypal form or email me separately). Fee may also be paid at the studio by Dec 7th. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully refunded.

>> During November we will have two events:
a. Saturday, Nov 12th, 2:00pm-4:00pm at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.
We will be holding a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the tradition of the Ming Dynasty style. Handpicked, rare whole leaf teas of an exquisite quality will be served in the Kung Fu (High Skill) method with Yixing teaware. Original poetry inspired by tea experiences will be read by Tea Master Sifu Ken Lo. This is an unforgettable experience not to be missed. Guests to this event will be transported into the world of the Chinese Literati-Scholars. The cost of this tea is very high, reaching $4,000 a pound. We therefore need to have participants register and pay in advance online so costs can be offset. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully reimbursed.
b. Sunday, Nov 20th, 10:30am-Noon at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.
This 90 min workshop, titled Bodhidharma's Sinew Change Classic through the Wu Mei Pai Tradition, includes background on Bodhidharma, the Sinew Change Classic, Buddhist principles as applied to Martial Arts, and partnered Energy work. It is instructed by Sifu Ken Lo and is suitable for all levels. Registeration and payment for this workshop in advance online is required. Cost $20. Please note, if the event will be cancelled for any reason, you will be fully reimbursed.
Bodhidharma was a Buddhist sage that traveled to China in the 6th century CE to spread Buddhism to China. A marathon meditation specialist, Bodhidharma was said to have sat in meditation for nine years in front of a cave wall before starting to speak. When he did finally spoke, thousands sat before him. Upon listening to him recite the Lotus Sutra, they became instantly enlightened. Bodhidharma spent the rest of his life in China, teaching the Chinese about Chan Buddhist practice. He founded the Shaolin, "Young Forest" Temple. The Japanese call him "Daruma" and revere him as the source of Bushido, (Martial Arts) and Zen, the instant enlightenment school of Buddhism. He taught his disciples Chi Kung, (Breath Exercises) and Kung Fu (Refined Skill) to make them fit enough for the long meditation sessions he advocated. Grand Master Sifu Ken Lo will teach some of the very exercises this great Buddhist sage taught his disciples to keep them fit and develop spiritually. This class will link the practice of India's Yoga to China's practice of Qigong.

 

>> Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi.
In this event titled Mantras, Elephants and other Joys -- Meditation Classics, and guided by Ran Baron, we will be taking a journey into the realm of the Hindu mystics, visit the peaks of the Himalayas and the timeless myths of ancient India. We will cover the most classic path of spirituality, with its timeless forms of meditation and rich philosophy. The event will include a multitude of concentration techniques, and brush through a welcoming overview of Hindu mythology as an introduction to an optimistic, and all embracing spiritual outlook of life.
Open to All. No previous experience or knowledge are required to attend.
$10 Admission

 

>> Wed, Nov 17th, 2010, 8:30pm at Monroe Yoga & Tai Chi, NY.
In the twelfth century the Chinese master Kakuan drew pictures of the ten bulls, basing them on earlier Taoist bulls, and wrote comments in prose and verse to accompany the drawings. It has been a constant source of inspiration to spiritual aspirants ever since. This month we are glad to add a special lecture titled:
The Return to the Place You've Never Left - Insights into the Ten Bulls of Kakuan.
The event will be taking place Wednesday, November 17th, 8:30pm-10pm, at the Monroe Yoga and Tai Chi Studio.
In this lecture, given by Ran Baron, we will be exploring the path of the mystics, their dilemmas, conflicts and moments of clarity. What does it mean to seek for truth? What does it mean to walk the spiritual path? Using the timeless illustrative Tomikichiro Tokuriki wood prints inspired by the original drawings of master Kakuan, we will go through the 10 steps on the path of a truth seeker. Drawing in, but not limited to, the timeless teachings of Zen, we shall try to expand our perspective on this exciting topic. No previous experience or knowledge are required to attend. Unlike the the meditation events, this lecture will not include physical exercises. Tea will be served. $10 admission.

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