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Approaching the Purple Cloud Temple in China's Wudang Mountains during the 2011 Peaceful Dragon
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The Peaceful Dragon is pleased to present this varied schedule of special events celebrating the best of Asian culture. Details of these and other events are coming, so do check back. (Special events from 2013 are here.)

For more information on any event, call 704.504.8866 or email us at info@thepeacefuldragon.com.

Monthly and Semi-Monthly Classes, Seminars and Discussion Groups:
Here are the dates of regular, ongoing special classes, seminars, and discussion groups for adults and children.

Key: for adults; for children (and their parents); all ages

Saturday, January 4 Quarterly Cleanup Day, 9am-3pm
Saturday, January 11 Children's Promotion Ceremony, 11am-12:30pm
Tuesday, January 14 Fundraiser Workshop: Joint Locks and Pressure Points, 6:30-9:30pm
Saturday, January 18 Adult Promotional Testing, All Blocks, 11am
Thursday, January 23 Children's Makeup Promotion, 5:30pm
Saturday, January 25 Chinese New Year Festival, 11am-2pm
Saturday, January 25 Chinese New Year Banquet , 6:30pm to ....
Wednesday, January 29 Adult Makeup Test, 6:30pm
Saturday, February 15 Quarterly Yoga Workshop: Balancing Your Constitutional Nature, 1-5pm
Friday Evening-Sunday, February 21-23 Shaolin Qigong/Kung Fu Workshop with Venerable Master Guolin
Friday, February 28 Parents Night Out: "Who’s the Next Martial Arts Movie Star", 6:30-9pm
Saturday, March 8 Adult Block A Testing, 11am
Wednesday, March 19 Adult Block A Makeup Test, 6:30pm
Friday, March 21 Parents Night Out: "Sword Fight Night", 6:30-9pm
Saturday, March 22 CACMA Tournament
Saturday, April 5 Day-Long Meditation Retreat, 9am-4pm
Friday, April 11 Parents Night Out: "Board Breaking Night", 6:30-9pm
Saturday, April 12 Childrens Promotion Ceremony, 11am-12:30pm
Tuesday, April 15 First "Mandala" Double-Mat Yoga Class, 6:30-8:00pm
Thursday, April 24 Children's Makeup Promotion, 5:30pm
Saturday, April 26 Quarterly Cleanup and Spring Landscaping, 9am – 3pm
Tuesday, April 29 Second "Mandala" Double-Mat Yoga Class, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday, May 3 Tai Chi Workshop, Columbia, SC, 9:30am-9pm
Saturday, May 10 Adult Block A Testing, 11am
Saturday, May 10 Student Appreciation Picnic and Barbecue, 2-6pm
Tuesday, May 13 Third "Mandala" Double-Mat Yoga Class, 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday, May 21 Adult Block A Testing Makeup, 6:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, May 24-25 Universal Yoga Workshop with Yogi Andrey Lappa
Thursday, June 5 Jr. Black Sash Pretest, 6:30pm
Friday, June 6 Parents Night Out: "Friday Night Lights", 6:30-9pm
Saturday, July 12 Childrens Promotion Ceremony, 11am-12:30pm
Friday, July 18 Parents Night Out: "Water Fight Night", 6:30-9pm
Saturday, July 19 Adult Promotional Testing, All Blocks, 11am
Saturday, July 19 Quarterly Cleanup Day, 9am-3pm
Thursday, July 24 Childrens Promotion Makeup, 5:30pm
Saturday-Sunday, July 26-27 International Kuoshu Kung Fu Tournament in Baltimore
Wednesday, July 30 Adult Makeup Test, 6:30pm
Friday, August 1 Parents Whole Night Out, 6:30pm-8:30am
Saturday, August 9 Jr. Black Sash Test, 11am
Saturday, August 16 Fundraiser Workshop: Tan Tui Two-Person Form, 11am-2pm
Saturday, August 29 100-500 Hour Teacher Training or Intensive Universal Yoga Studies with Andrey Lappa and Mara Healy begins
Friday, September 19 Parents Night Out: "Super Ninja Spectacular", 6:30-9pm
Saturday, September 20 Adult Block A Testing, 11am
Saturday, September 20 Quarterly Yoga Workshop: How to Develop a Simple Home Practice for Body, Breath, and Mind, 1-5pm, with Yogini Mara Healy
Wednesday, Oct. 1 Adult Block A Testing Makeup, 6:30pm
Saturday, October 4 Quarterly Cleanup & Maintenance Day, 9am-3pm
Saturday, October 11 Children's Promotion Ceremony, 11am-12:30pm
Friday-Sun., Oct 17-19 Mountain Tai Chi and Pakua Retreat w/Master Sbarge
Thursday, Oct. 23 Children's Makeup Promotion Ceremony, 5:30pm
Friday, October 24 Halloween Costume Party, 6:30-9pm
Saturday, November 1 Fall Landscaping Day, 9am-2pm
Saturday, November 1 Adult Block A Testing, 11am
Friday, November 7 Parents Night Out: "Super-Fit Night", 6:30-9pm
Wednesday, November 12 Adult Block A Testing Makeup, 6:30pm
Saturday, November 20 Fundraiser Workshop: Essentials of Medical Qigong, 12:30-2:30pm
Friday, December 5 Holiday Party and Pot-Luck Supper, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday, December 11 Jr. Black Sash Pretest, 6:30pm

Tuesday, January 14, 6:30-9:30pm
Scholarship Fundraiser Workshop Series: Joint Locking and Pressure Points (Qin Na) Applications

This workshop is one in a series of four fundraising workshops to help provide funds for qualified Leadership and Mastery students in need of scholarship assistance.

Led by Master Eric Sbarge, at this workshop you’ll learn intermediate and advanced techniques for controlling an opponent through joint locking and pressure-point applications. These techniques are invaluable for all practitioners of any martial arts style.

Open to all teens, adults and children aged 8 and up ranked orange sash and up.

The suggested donation for this fundraiser event is just $29, but you can pay more or less as you wish based on your personal budget.

Saturday, January 25, 11am-2pm
Chinese New Year's Festival

The Peaceful Dragon is hosting its 17th annual Chinese New Year's Festival on Saturday, January 25, from 11am to 2pm. Admission is just $3 per family, or FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Loaves and Fishes charity.

Fun for the entire family, the festival will begin with the colorful ceremonial Lion Dance and Dragon Dance said to bring good luck to everyone for the coming year. Then throughout the festival you can enjoy exciting demonstrations of Chinese martial arts and health arts including Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Yoga, and performing arts such as traditional Chinese dance and music.

Local experts will be on hand to exhibit various Asian arts and practices including feng shui, calligraphy, acupuncture and Chinese medicine. There will be fun and games for kids, including an obstacle course, plus face painting, arts & crafts and more. Additionally, free introductory mini-classes in tai chi, yoga and kung fu will be offered for both children and adults, and there will be special one-day festival discounts for anyone interested in enrolling in The Peaceful Dragon’s ongoing classes.

Catered authentic Chinese food will be available to purchase for lunch.

Here in Charlotte, the Asian population has grown rapidly in recent years and the holiday and its traditions remains an important part of their lives. The Peaceful Dragon's celebration is open to everyone and is particularly of interest to Americans looking for the chance to discover some of the wonders of authentic Asian culture.

Additional festival highlights include ongoing raffle drawings and door prizes, and FREE shuttle parking. The festivities are all held indoors so the festival takes place rain or shine.

Saturday, January 25, 6:30 pm
Chinese New Year's Banquet

new year Open to Peaceful Dragon students and their families, this is the most important event of the year for our students. In accord with Wu-De and the customs of a traditional Chinese martial arts and health arts school, this banquet affords our entire “kung fu family” the chance to welcome the new year together to show support and bring good luck to each other.

This always-exciting annual banquet includes Student, Disciple and Teacher-level promotions; special awards ceremonies; live d.j. with dancing and partying; raffle prizes and more. Family and friends are welcome! The banquet dinner will be held uptown at the very nice Center City Holiday Inn and will include appetizers, multiple entrees, dessert and cash bar.

Tickets are on sale now at our front counter on a first come, first served basis. Seating is limited and tickets may sell out so don’t wait. Last day for purchase is Wednesday, January 22 – sorry, no exceptions for latecomers. Adults $50, children 12 and under half price.

Saturday, February 15, 1-5pm
Quarterly Yoga Workshop: Balancing Your Constitutional Nature

At this workshop, led by Kim Volker, you'll explore the Gunas and the Doshas. Learn about your constitutional nature and how it applies to your yoga practice and your daily life. Gain a general understanding for the three main Doshas of Ayurvedic Medicine: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each doshic breakdown will be followed by a short practice to help balance that dosha; so be ready to move a little! Understanding the different doshas will not only give you insight into yourself, but will help you better understand those around you.

Kim Volker, 200 RYT, completed her teacher training under the guidance of Mara Healy (500 E-RYT). She firmly believes that through the practice of yoga all facets of life are improved. Kim has taken master classes and workshops with Andrey Lappa (the creator of the Universal Yoga System), Jim Bennett, Kino MacGregor, Peter Sterios, David Keil, Dr. Nevin Markel, Mara Healy, Shari Goldstein, Shona Baldoni, and Hillary Kossak. She teaches and practices at Enlighten Yoga where she is enrolled in the 500 RYT Program. She continues to learn from Mara Healy, her mentor and teacher, for guidance and support.

Workshop Fee: Public $39; Peaceful Dragon Introductory Program students and family members $29; FREE for all Mastery and Disciple Program students. Registration deadline is Thursday, February 13th. Please register at our front service counter.

Friday Evening thru Sunday, February 21-23
Shaolin Kung Fu/Qigong Workshop with Master Guolin

Master Guolin

We're delighted to announce that the renowned 34th generation Shaolin monk, Venerable Shi Guolin, will be leading an exciting weekend-long Shaolin workshop at The Peaceful Dragon. Master Guolin is the former head coach of the famed Shaolin Temple, and he’s designated successor to the Abbott of the temple, Shi Yongxin. Both have recently been featured in the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and Discovery Channel. Currently Master Guolin is resident Abbott at the Shaolin Overseas Temple in New York.

This workshop that is suited for anyone interested in cultivating a deeper spiritual practice through the development of the body, breath and mind—beginner or advanced. It is open to teens and adults, as well as Peaceful Dragon youths who are green sash and up, age 9 and over.

At the workshop you will learn and practice a combination of Qigong and Healing forms and methods, as well as traditional Self-Defense Forms and applications. The full workshop will run from Friday night thru Sunday afternoon. Master Guolin will also teach a special one hour Children's Class for younger children or those not taking part in the full weekend workshop on Saturday, February 22 from 12:30-1:30pm.

Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30-9:30pm
Saturday, Feb. 22, 10am-5pm
Sunday, Feb 23, 10am-5pm

Early-bird fee for workshop by Wednesday, Feb. 19: $275 for public, $175 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliate-school students. The one-hour children’s class fee is $25. After Feb. 19, add additional fee of $30 for the workshop and $10 for the children's class. Note: Cash only payments for this workshop and class (out of town attendees can call for early-bird savings and pay day of event). You can leave a 50% deposit to reserve your spot and pay balance at the workshop.

Saturday, April 5, 9am-4pm
Day-long Meditation Retreat

Master Eric Sbarge, head instructor at The Peaceful Dragon, will lead this extended session of Chan (Zen) meditation, interspersed with relaxing and invigorating yoga and qigong as well as discussions on meditation principles, methods, and Chan philosophy. The retreat is open to and suitable for everyone regardless of experience levels.

Early-bird fee until March 20: Public - $79; Peaceful Dragon and affiliate-school students just $39. After March 20 add $15. Peaceful Dragon family members receive the discounted student rate as well. Please register at our front service counter.

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Tuesdays, April 15, April 29, and May 13, 6:30-8:00pm
“Mandala” Double-Mat Yoga Classes

Mara Healy Yogini Mara Healy, who leads our monthly yoga seminar series here at The Peaceful Dragon, will be leading three special “Mandala” Double-Mat yoga classes in honor of and in preparation for the arrival of her teacher Lama Andrey Lappa for his weekend workshop here on May 24-25.

Mara’s special Mandala classes will be held from 6:30-8:00pm every other week on Tuesdays, April 15th, April 29th, and May 13th. For Peaceful Dragon students these special classes will be included in your monthly tuition. For visitors the classes will be $20 each or $45 if you pay up front for all three. You don’t need to pre-register—simply show up ready to go. Please bring two mats, or if you only have one mat we have a few to loan out first come, first served.

Here are the details on Andrey Lappa’s highly-recommended workshop in May.

Saturday, May 3, day and evening sessions
Tai Chi Mastery
A Special Workshop by Master Eric Sbarge in Columbia, SC

The workshop will be held at the Columbia Tai Chi Center, 2910 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC, the school of Peaceful Dragon student, Sifu Wes Adams, and is open to beginners and advanced, old and young alike.

sifu eric sbarge

Session I: 9:30am-4:30pm
Tai Chi to Boost Health and Vitality
Through lecture, discussion and hands-on applications you'll gain a thorough understanding of Tai Chi's key philosophical principles and how to put them directly to work for your own health and well-being. Movement emphasis will be on perfecting your posture, smoothing transitions between movements, and using tui shou (push hands) patterns to refine posture.

Session II: 6:00pm-9:30pm
Tai Chi Self-Defense and Push Hands
You'll learn principles, strategies and methods to maximize your inherent power, and minimize your disadvantages. See how positioning and leverage allow you to make the most of your physical and energetic power.

Workshop Tuition:
Early-bird special: register by April 15! Space is limited; this is a first come, first served event. Register right away to ensure your spot. Please pay at Columbia Tai Chi Center in Cash Only. Session I only: General Public $130; students at affiliated schools $90. Session I and II combined: General Public $180; students at affiliated schools $120. After April 15, add $15. (A 50% non-refundable deposit required to hold your reservation.)

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Saturday, May 10, 2-6pm
Student Appreciation Barbecue

To thank you for your dedication and hard work as students or family members supporting students, The Peaceful Dragon is providing all the food and drink for this annual bash!

Come out with the whole family and enjoy sports, games, water gun fights – or just a relaxing afternoon in the shade of the cabana.

This event is totally FREE for the whole family!

Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25
Universal Yoga Workshop with Yogi Andrey Lappa

This “can’t miss” workshop is not just for yoga enthusiasts but also for practitioners of tai chi, qigong, martial arts and related practices that aim to cultivate and balance the total body, mind and spirit.

audrey lappa

Andrey Lappa is a yogi and lama who is widely recognized as the top yogi to come out of Central Asia. He has trained for decades with several of the most renowned yoga masters throughout India, China and the Himalayas, including B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He has also trained intensively in qigong and martial arts. Andrey is the founder of Universal Yoga, a registered system that has gained immense popularity throughout Asia and around the world. The yoga classes and seminars taught regularly at The Peaceful Dragon are inspired by Andrey’s Universal system.

Day One: Control, Balance & Liberation: An Introduction to the Universal Yoga System.
Become acquainted with the foundational elements of the mayakoshas (layers of body, energy and mind), balancing the body in multi-dimensional space through unique vinyasas (breath-coordinated movements), and creating openings for all ranges of mobility for arms, legs and spine. Understand the correspondence of arm and leg asanas (postures) that will stimulate creativity and balance in your asana practice.

Day Two: The Symphony of Mandala Asana Vinyasa Sequencing: Ultimate Hatha Yoga.
Explore the most intelligent ®Universal Yoga schemes and examples of multi-dimensional sequencing. Andrey will guide students through a complete explanation of The Mandala Yoga Method—the signature practice of the Universal Yoga System. Experience the integration of asanas, vinyasas, pranayamas (breathwork), mantras and visualizations for the ultimate perfection of yogic joy in practice. This is the Mandala Asana Method!

Please bring two mats (we will have a few extras available to borrow if you only have one).

Workshop Schedule: Both Saturday and Sunday will run from 10am-5pm. Mornings will include lecture/discussion followed by a short lunch break and concluding with a three-hour Asana class on the mats from 2-5pm.

Workshop tuition: Early-bird rate for Peaceful Dragon students and family members $160, public $185. After May 9 add $25.

Asana Class Only Tuition: For those who may have already taken this or similar workshops with Andrey, or who for other reasons can only take one or both 2-5pm asana classes, the rates are:
      Early-bird registration by May 9: $35/class for two classes or $45/class for one class.
      Late registration after May 9: $50/class for two classes or $60/class for one class.

Important: A minimum number of registrants is required in order to hold this workshop. Please try to register by the early-bird deadline (May 9) to ensure that there are enough registrants and we don’t lose out on this tremendous training opportunity. A 50% deposit is acceptable, with balance payable day of workshop.

Saturday, August 16, 11am-2pm
Scholarship Fundraiser Workshop Series: Tan Tui (Spring Legs)Two-Person Form

This workshop is one in a series of four fundraising workshops to help provide funds for qualified Leadership and Mastery students in need of scholarship assistance.

Led by Master Eric Sbarge, in this workshop you'll learn the popular two-person application form of the "12 Roads of Tan Tui." This foundational Northern Shaolin form has been passed on for centuries and provides strength, flexibility and coordination for stylists of all Chinese martial arts, a nd can be especially valuable for tai chi and pakua students. This set shows many of the striking and kicking applications that complement the throwing applications common to Tan Tui.

Open to all teens, adults and children aged 8 and up ranked orange sash and up.

The suggested donation for this fundraiser event is just $29, but you can pay more or less as you wish based on your personal budget.

Saturday, Sept 20, 1-5pm
Quarterly Yoga Workshop: How to Develop a Simple Home Practice for Body, Breath, and Mind
with Yogini Mara Healy

Open to beginners or advanced practitioners, this workshop will help you develop your own personal yoga practice in a systematic way to allow you to reap the fullest benefits and enjoyment from your practice. Bring your notebook along with your mat.

Tuition: $69 for general public (included in your tuition at no extra charge for Peaceful Dragon students•please pre-register at our front service counter).

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Friday – Sunday, Oct 17-19
Mountain Tai Chi and Pakua Retreat with Master Eric Sbarge

Relax and rejuvenate yourself while enjoying intensive instruction and practice in the Chinese arts of tai chi and pakua, complemented with sessions of qigong, Zen meditation and yoga.

Here are the schedule and curriculum details (pdf).

Led by Master Eric Sbarge, director and head instructor of The Peaceful Dragon in Charlotte, NC, the retreat will be held at the beautiful YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC, just 10 minutes from Asheville.

Suited for beginners or advanced practitioners, from teens to senior citizens, the retreat includes comfortable lodging, meals, plus free time on Saturday evening to explore downtown Asheville or simply relax on your own in the wooded mountains.

Early-bird savings by September 15:
Double occupancy: $497 public; $397 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools' students.
Single occupancy: $637 public; $537 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools' students.
After September 15 if there are still openings available, add $75.

A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot. Full payment must be received no later than October 10th.

Here's what previous participants had to say:

"I really enjoyed this. In spite of the sore muscles (which actually are the good sore to feel) I feel recharged. Thanks for designing a very fulfilling retreat!"—Ann Gardner

"This retreat exceeded my expectations... the scenery was awesome, perfect for a retreat."—Dale A. Guadagna

"The location of this retreat couldn't have been any better. I would sign up again in a hearbeat. While at the end of the retreat I was slightly sore, I don't think I've ever experienced such a relaxing setting."—Vic Hammett

"I'm always impressed by the harmonious spirit of such a diverse group of people. The Blue Ridge Assembly was a great place. Thank you."—David Crowe

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Scholarship Fundraiser Workshop Series: Essentials of Medical Qigong
Saturday, Nov. 20, 12:30-2:30pm.

This workshop is one in a series of four fundraising workshops to help provide funds for qualified Leadership and Mastery students in need of scholarship assistance.

Led by Master Eric Sbarge, at this workshop you'll learn detailed qigong exercises and meditations to strengthen and heal the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and spleen. You'll also better understand the importance of yin-yang and five-element theories in Chinese medicine and health practices, including how emotions, foods, seasons and more impact your health and well being.

The suggested donation for this fundraiser event is just $29, but you can pay more or less as you wish based on your personal budget.

2015 China Trip
October 15-28, 2015 with Master Eric Sbarge

yangshou Plan and save now for next year’s exciting cultural and training tour to China and Taiwan! Open to all students, family members and friends of The Peaceful Dragon, this once-every-four-years excursion will take place from October 15-28, 2015. The exact itinerary won’t be finalized until early next year, but the tentative itinerary includes Taipei, Hualien and Taroko Gorge in Taiwan followed by Guilin, Yangshuo (pictured), Shaolin Temple and Chengdu in China.

The trip will include a balanced mix of visiting historic temples, training at martial arts schools, sightseeing at exciting cultural and tourist attractions, plus free time to explore the many wonders of these famous Taiwan and China destinations on your own.

The guesstimated cost for this all-inclusive trip will be $3500-3800. This includes all domestic and international flights, first-class hotels, meals, cultural sites, tips and incidentals. Exact price will be available early next year when the itinerary is finalized.