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Make the most of your visit while attending this event and take a tour of Dove Cottage and gardens.

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(3/5) Meditations in Dove Cottage Garden

Jerwood Centre

29 June 2017
3.00 - 4.30pm

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This event will take place in the Reading Room due to the poor weather today. 

In ancient Chinese tradition practices such as Taiji (movement) & Qigong (breath) were developed to bring human beings into accord with nature, fostering a sense of inner integrity, or what can be recognised as the ‘inner happiness’ described by Wordsworth.  These meditative arts are also believed to engender ’the valley spirit’, a state of spontaneous creativity which has been sought and venerated by Chinese artists, calligraphers and writers for centuries.

Eileen Pun, a Lake District poet and martial artist (pictured), will lead a series of five sessions exploring these practices this summer:

1st June - The water tortoise and creative flow 

15th June - Floating wooden dragons: mind & direction

29th June - Your fire breathing crane: passion & balance 

13th July -  Crouching tiger, earthly strength

27th July -  Forging metal snakes: flexible precision 

Participants will be lead through simple physical and breathing exercises in order to develop mind-body coordination and overall wellness. Each session will also include reflective, creative journaling and complimentary tea, with a special opportunity to sample a different Chinese tea each time.  The relaxed and informal sessions are designed as a series, but each stands alone

You are advised to wear loose fitting clothes with sufficient layers for the outdoors and comfortable lightweight shoes such as trainers. No experience necessary, suitable for adults of any age. Advanced bookings preferred, drop-ins welcome.

Cost: donations welcome

Eileen Pun is a Lake District based poet and devoted diarist, and has trained in martial arts for over fifteen years. In 2015 Eileen received a Northern Writers’ Award and a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship to China in support of her interdisciplinary work in movement and poetry. She is published in national and international poetry anthologies, and has edited several books on Chinese culture and philosophy. (​

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