Redding Tai Chi meditation garden project – vote now!
Members of Redding Tai Chi have partnered with the Turtle Bay Exploration Park to creating an alternative environment for meditative exercise. This partnership will bring to our community a project that blends art and nature and is accessible to people of all ages.
Members of Redding Tai Chi have been approved to build a Tai Chi Court and Meditation Garden at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
According to tai chi instructor Michel Czehatowski, the architect, plans and non-profit status for collecting donations and grants have been acquired. Now, the group is working to gather the rest of the funds for the project.
Czehatowski said community members have made generous donations, but more funds are needed.
“We do need $100,000 and we can’t start construction until all the plans are in place,” he said.
After reading an advertisement in the newspaper, Czehatowski decided to enter the project into USA Today Network’s “A Community Thrives” national grant competition.
Czehatowski said there are several categories in which nonprofits can enter, and the Redding tai chi project falls into the competition’s “health and wellness” category.
He added that the physical and mental benefits of practicing the discipline are extensive.
“Tai chi is a low-impact exercise that originated in China about 600 years ago,” Czehatowski said. “They say when you practice tai chi you should get more flexibility.”
Czehatowski’s goal is to build the court and garden by the time the new Turtle Bay Sheraton is in place, adding another feature to Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
The hotel is expected to open by the fall of 2017.
Mike Flanagan of the Shasta County Arts Council created the Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden project video, which can be viewed here, on the voting website.
The voting period begins at 8:59 a.m. PST on April 12 and ends at 8:59 a.m. PST on May 12.
Learn more about this project: www.reddingtaichi.com
We accept donations by cash or check. Click here to donate online
If you are writing a check, please make it out to “Shasta County Arts Council” and in the memo line please write: “Tai Chi Garden Project”.