Special Events 2016 – 2017

Key:
for adults;
for children (and their parents);
all ages.
Friday, December 2
Holiday Party and Pot-Luck Supper
6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, December 3
1-5pm
Friday, December 16
through Dec. 18
Saturday, January 7
Quarterly Cleanup Day
9am-2pm
Saturday, January 7
Adult Promotional Testing, All Blocks
11am
Wednesday, January 11
8-9:15pm
Friday, January 13
through Jan. 15
Saturday, January 14
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Wednesday, January 18
Adult Makeup Test, All Blocks
6:30pm
Saturday, January 21
11am-2pm
Thursday, January 26
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Friday, January 27
through Jan. 29
Saturday, January 28
6:30pm
Friday, February 10
through Feb. 12
Friday, February 17
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, February 25
Blood Drive
9am-1pm
Friday, March 3
through Mar. 5
Saturday, March 4
1-5pm
Friday, March 10
through Mar. 12
Saturday, March 11
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Friday, March 17
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Wednesday, March 22
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Sunday, March 26
9am-4pm
Saturday, April 8
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Wednesday, April 12
10-Week Shuai Chiao (grappling) Course
8pm
Saturday, April 15
Quarterly Cleanup and Spring Landscaping Day
9am-2pm
Thursday, April 20
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Friday, April 21
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, May 6
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Saturday, May 13
11am
Saturday, May 20
2-6pm
Wednesday, May 24
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Saturday, June 3
1-5pm
Friday, June 16
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Tuesday, July 11
through Jul. 20
Tuesday, July 11
through Jul. 20
Wednesday, July 12
8-9:15pm
Saturday, July 15
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Thursday, July 20
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Friday, July 21
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, July 22
Quarterly Cleanup Day
9am-2pm
Saturday, July 22
Adult Promotional Testing, All Blocks
11am
Friday, July 28
through Jul. 30
Wednesday, August 2
Adult Makeup Test, All Blocks
6:30pm
Friday, August 11
Parents “Whole Night Out”
6:30pm-8am
Saturday, September 9
1-5pm
Friday, September 15
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Saturday, September 16
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Saturday, September 23
Quarterly Cleanup and Maintenance Day
9am-2pm
Wednesday, September 27
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Saturday, October 7
Children’s Promotion Ceremony
11am-12:15pm
Wednesday, October 18
10-Week Shuai Chiao (grappling) Course
8-9:15pm
Thursday, October 19
Children’s Makeup Promotion
5:30pm
Friday, October 20
through Oct. 22
Friday, October 27
Halloween Costume Party
6:30-9pm
Saturday, November 4
Adult Block A Testing
11am
Friday, November 10
Parents Night Out
6:30-9pm
Wednesday, November 15
Adult Block A Makeup Test
6:30pm
Saturday, November 25
through Dec. 6
Saturday, November 25
through Dec. 6
Friday, December 8
Winter Holiday Pot-Luck Supper
6:30-8:30pm
Saturday, December 9
1-5pm

Stimulate & Strengthen Your Inner Immunity through Yoga – Quarterly Yoga Workshop

Saturday December 3,
1-5pm
Adults

The colder weather, the shorter days, and the longer nights create potentially stressful changes in the body-mind complex that powerfully impact your yoga and asana practice.  We will share strategies for maintaining an inner equilibrium and how to power up your immune system! It has to do with gaining understanding of your inner essences called prana, tejas and ojas. The lecture portion of the afternoon is followed by an asana.  Please bring two mats for asana practice. Asana will be from 3pm-5pm.

This workshop is free to all Peaceful Dragon students, and is open to the public for a fee of $49. Please register at the front desk. We require a minimum of 6 confirmed students to hold this workshop.

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Yoga TT – Intro to Ashtanga Weekend

Friday December 16,
through Dec. 18
Adults

Weekend Four of 200 hr Teacher Training

This weekend covers intro to primary and intermediate series, basics of tristana, mantra, counting in Sanskrit, the 8 limb path, postures named for insects and animals, science of asana pairs, adjusting the foundations of postures, use of props for students. Students will be required to attend a minimum number of ashtanga classes at another location at additional cost.

For more information, check the main page here.

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Meditation Course – Level One

Wednesday January 11,
8-9:15pm
Adults

This 10-week Level One meditation course will be led by Master Sbarge every Wednesday night from 8-9:15pm beginning on January 6th. Discover the traditional Chan (Zen) and Taoist approaches to developing greater focus and awareness, reducing stress and worry, and boosting health and overall happiness. This course will blend both discussion and theory with actual practice. The fee is $149 for the public, $69 for students or family members not in our Mastery program, free for students in our Mastery program. Please register for the course ahead of time at our front counter or by calling us at (704)504-8866. Bring your meditation cushion or bench of choice, or we have some available for purchase or limited numbers that you can borrow.

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Yoga TT – Intro to Pranayama Weekend

Friday January 13,
through Jan. 15
Adults

Weekend Five of 200 hr Teacher Training

This weekend will cover basic breathing techniques and retentions, bandhas, mudras, asanas as mudras, universal yoga principles of sequencing for legs, arms and spine, back-bending postures with safety, stability and mobility, adjusting back-bends, linking vinyasas, turns on the mat and basic asana pairs.

For more information, check the main page here.

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Chinese New Year Festival

Saturday January 21,
11am-2pm
All Ages

lionkoThe Peaceful Dragon is hosting its 20th annual Chinese New Year’s Festival on Saturday, January 21, from 11am to 2pm. Admission is just $5 per family, or FREE with a donation of a non-perishable food item for Loaves and Fishes charity.

Fun for the entire family, come celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Rooster! 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 cultural practices such as feng shui, calligraphy, acupuncture and Chinese medicine. There will be a fun game room for kids, a bounce house, plus face painting, arts & crafts and more.

Free introductory mini-classes in tai chi, yoga and kung fu will be offered for both children and adults, and there will be special festival-day discounts to enroll in The Peaceful Dragon’s ongoing classes. Catered Chinese noodles will be available to purchase for lunch.

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.

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Yoga TT – Intro to Subtle Anatomy Weekend

Friday January 27,
through Jan. 29
Adults

Weekend Six of 200 hr Teacher Training

This weekend will cover marmas, koshas, chakras, nadis, granthis, vayus and how it all ties into asana practice and development of the yogi, review and overview of basic asanas named for lifeless forms, vegetation, insects, animals, rishis, deities, putting together asana pairs for legs, arm and spine, with an emphasis on arm balancing.

For more information, check the main page here.

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Chinese New Year Banquet

Saturday January 28,
6:30pm
All Ages

newyearcorkpopOpen to Peaceful Dragon students and their families, this is the most important event of the year at our school. In accord with wu-de and the customs of a traditional Chinese martial arts and health arts school, this banquet affords our entire martial arts and yoga 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; raffle prizes and more. Family and friends are welcome! The banquet dinner will be catered and held this year right here at The Peaceful Dragon, and will include appetizers, multiple entrees, dessert, and soft drinks. For spirits it’s BYOB.

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 25 – sorry, no exceptions for latecomers.

Adults tickets $45, children 12 and under half price.

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Yoga TT – Intro to YIN Yoga and Restorative Yoga Weekend

Friday February 10,
through Feb. 12
Adults

Weekend Seven of 200 hr Teacher Training

This weekend will cover teaching savasana, mritta mudra, yoga nidra, asanas for energetic yoga practices and restorative yoga practices, deep stretch, Nervous System and Brain Anatomy – balancing internal with external practice, hands-on techniques for savasana.

For more information, check the main page here.

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Yoga TT – Intro to Universal Yoga Weekend

Friday March 3,
through Mar. 5
Adults

Weekend Eight of 200 hr Teacher Training

This weekend will cover practice for each sheath of mayakoshas, assisting and adjusting techniques for arm asanas of Universal Yoga, use of props for arm asanas, intro to cross- mat practices and energy classes like spinning, diagonal energy, etc.

For more information, check the main page here.

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Developing a Powerful Pranayama Practice – Quarterly Yoga Workshop

Saturday March 4,
1-5pm
Adults

The diaphragm is the secret manager of the central nervous system.  Because it bridges the gap between body and mind, it is the source we must connect to in order to create any changes we desire, no matter if they are physical, biomechanical patterns or emotional, thinking patterns.  If you have a copy of Gregor Maehle’s book Pranayama: The Breath of Yoga, bring it.  We will reference it frequently.

This workshop is free to all Peaceful Dragon students, and is open to the public for a fee of $49. Please register at the front desk. We require a minimum of 6 confirmed students to hold this workshop.

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Yoga TT – Intro to Sequencing Weekend

Friday March 10,
through Mar. 12
Adults

Weekend Nine of 200 hr Teacher Training – Last Weekend!

This weekend covers practice of putting together templates for on the mat practice using asanas like Rubik’s cubes PLUS final exams, and handing out certificates!

For more information, check the main page here.

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Day-Long Meditation Retreat

Sunday March 26,
9am-4pm
Adults

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 Zen philosophy. The retreat is open to and suitable for everyone regardless of experience levels.

Early-bird fee through March 20: Public – $75; Peaceful Dragon and affiliated-school students and family members just $40. After March 20 add $15. Please register at our front service counter or call (704) 504-8866. Bring a yoga mat and your meditation cushion or bench of choice; we have them for sale or a few available to borrow if you don’t have your own.

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Charlotte Asian Festival

Saturday May 13,
11am
All Ages

The Peaceful Dragon is honored to be invited to perform the opening Dragon Dance and a martial arts demonstration for this year’s annual Asian Festival on May 13th starting at 11:00am.  Bring the whole family to enjoy Dragon Boat races, vendors, and more.  For more information about the festival, please see their website.

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Student Appreciation Barbecue

Saturday May 20,
2-6pm
All Ages

To thank you for your dedication and hard work as students or family members supporting our students, The Peaceful Dragon welcomes you to our annual barbecue. We’re providing all the food and drink for this family-fun bash!

The barbecue will be held right here at The Peaceful Dragon.  Come out with the whole family and enjoy sports, games, water gun fights – or just a relaxing afternoon in the shade of our patio.

This event is totally FREE for the whole family, and will be held rain or shine. Please register at our front counter by Wednesday, May 18 so we will have a head count for how much food to prepare.

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How to Shift to a Vegetarian Diet – Quarterly Yoga Workshop

Saturday June 3,
1-5pm
Adults

Summer is the perfect time of year to make dietary changes, even if they are temporary or just an experiment.  Learn all there is to know about the benefits of dietary changes, agni (your personal fire), how diets relate to the seasons of the year, and how to make food your friend BEYOND any dogma.  It’s a great way to inquire about whether or not vegetarianism/veganism is right for you.  We will be reading from the book: The Yoga of Eating by Charles Eisenstein.  Please bring a copy!  Includes a One Hour Asana class 1-2pm.

This workshop is free to all Peaceful Dragon students, and is open to the public for a fee of $49. Please register at the front desk. We require a minimum of 6 confirmed students to hold this workshop.

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Yoga Teacher Training, Session I with Andrey Lappa

Tuesday July 11,
through Jul. 20
Adults

This intensive Yoga Teacher Training course will be led by Lama Andrey Lappa, the founder of the Universal Yoga System taught at The Peaceful Dragon. The classes will be daily Tuesday, July 11 through July 20 from 8am to 7pm with a break for lunch. This series will cover “A Powerful and Complete Asana Education”. For more information or to register, please see the main yoga page.

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Session I Asana Classes with Lama Andrey Lappa

Tuesday July 11,
through Jul. 20
Adults

Enjoy special daily morning yoga cross-mat classes with Master Andrey Lappa. Train with the founder of the Universal Yoga style that we teach here at The Peaceful Dragon, regarded as one of the top yogis in the world today. Each morning from 8-11am enjoy a complete yoga class including asana (postures), breathing, meditation and more. Bring two mats if you have them, or we have some you can borrow or purchase. One class: $45, Two classes:$80, Five classes:$150. For details see the main yoga teacher training page.

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Meditation Course – Level Two

Wednesday July 12,
8-9:15pm
Adults

This 10-week Level Two Meditation course will be led by Master Eric Sbarge, head instructor at The Peaceful Dragon, every Wednesday night from 8-9:15pm beginning on July 6th.

Following up on the Introductory Level One course, in this course you will probe more deeply into the traditional Chan (Zen) and Taoist approaches to developing greater focus and awareness, reducing stress and worry, and boosting health and overall happiness. This course will blend both discussion and theory with actual practice.

The fee is $149 for the public, $69 for students or family members not in our Mastery program, free for students in our Mastery program. Please register for the course ahead of time at our front counter or by calling us at (704)504-8866. Bring your meditation cushion or bench of choice, or we have some available for purchase or limited numbers that you can borrow.

NOTE: The prerequisite for this course is that you have completed our Level One Meditation course, or permission from the instructor if you already have an equivalent consistent seated-meditation practice. To request the permission of the instructor, please email info@thepeacefuldragon.com describing your practice and how many months/years you have been practicing regularly.

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International Kuoshu Tournament

Friday July 28,
through Jul. 30
All Ages

Join Master Sbarge and many of our instructors and fellow classmates at this weekend-long international tournament that highlights tai chi, pakua, hsing I, kung fu, shuai chiao and more, with weapons, forms, full-contact lei tai fighting, push hands, and much more.  Divisions are for all ages from 5 on up, and beginner to advanced.

Whether as a competitor or spectator, you will come away from this weekend with a much greater appreciation for the variety of Chinese martial arts, and a better understanding of your own practice and how you can improve your skills and derive more benefits and satisfaction from your training.

For tournament information see the USKSF site.

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Understanding the Caste System from a Yogic Point of View – Quarterly Yoga Workshop

Saturday September 9,
1-5pm
Adults

In modern society, Indian Castes are rooted in bloodline rather than in state of consciousness.  Learn all about how Castes, Pathways of Yoga, and personal dharma (one’s personal spiritual mission) are related.  Includes a one hour asana class.

This workshop is free to all Peaceful Dragon students, and is open to the public for a fee of $49. Please register at the front desk. We require a minimum of 6 confirmed students to hold this workshop.

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Mountain Tai Chi and Pakua Retreat

Friday October 20,
through Oct. 22
Adults

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

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 all instruction, comfortable lodging, and all meals except for Saturday evening when you’ll have free time to explore downtown Asheville or simply relax on your own in the wooded mountains with hundreds of acres and many beautiful vistas and trails.

We have a limited number of rooms available, register early!

Early-bird savings by September 1, 2017:

Double occupancy: $550 public; $425 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools’ students AND their family members! (We will gladly assign you a roommate if you wish).

Single occupancy: $670 public; $545 for Peaceful Dragon and affiliated schools’ students or family members.

After September 1st 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 1st.

To register call us at 704-504-8866 or register at our front service counter.

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Yoga Teacher Training, Session II with Andrey Lappa

Saturday November 25,
through Dec. 6
Adults

This intensive Yoga Teacher Training course will be led by Lama Andrey Lappa, founder of the Universal Yoga system taught at The Peaceful Dragon. The classes will be daily Saturday, Nov 25 through December 6 from 8am to 7pm with a break for lunch. This series will cover “A Powerful and Complete Himalayan Vinyasa Education”. For more information or to register, please see the main page.

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Session II Asana Classes with Lama Andrey Lappa

Saturday November 25,
through Dec. 6
Adults

Enjoy special daily morning yoga cross-mat classes with Master Andrey Lappa. Train with the founder of the Universal Yoga style that we teach here at The Peaceful Dragon, regarded as one of the top yogis in the world today. Each morning from 8-11am enjoy a complete yoga class including asana (postures), breathing, meditation and more. Bring two mats if you have them, or we have some you can borrow or purchase. One class: $45, Two classes:$80, Five classes:$150. For details see the main yoga teacher training page.

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Fascia, Freedom, and Flexibility – Quarterly Yoga Workshop

Saturday December 9,
1-5pm
Adults

This workshop is free to all Peaceful Dragon students, and is open to the public for a fee of $49. Please register at the front desk. We require a minimum of 6 confirmed students to hold this workshop.

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