Monday, March 22, 2021

Tai chi classes start up in April

 Tai chi students: 


It's starting to look (and sometimes feel) like spring out in the orchard ... time to start breaking out of my winter hibernation 😊

I anticipate starting up tai chi classes - outside, social distance, with facemasks - the first full week of April (April 5th).

I expect the class times to be Tuesday and Thursday mornings 11 am - 11:45 am (weather dependent), although that can (and probably will) be adjusted as we go. 

Class will be simple - chi gung warm ups, running through the long form, and closing exercises.  


Looking forward to seeing everyone again!

Remodel in progress

 We have started on an ambitious project this winter while classes have been closed down - we are insulating the inside of the dojo!

Right now the mirrors and heaters are down and studs are ready to put up.  Not being skilled carpenter types, we are hiring out that part.  

Once the studs are up we (and our intrepid crew - Caden and Conner) will be laying in the insulation (a blend of wool and hemp manufactured in Idaho) and putting up the new wall.  

When it comes time for the finish work, especially around the windows and doors, we will be hiring that out also.

Our goal is to have the dojo ready to go May 1st, but keep checking in, and we will post updates as we go.  

Friday, November 20, 2020

Class Closure update

 With deepest regret and deep respect for the lives of our students, 


Nov. 17, 2020

#MyORHealth horizontal rule

Statewide freeze begins tomorrow

Today, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-65 following last week's announcement of a statewide freeze to stop the rapid community spread of COVID-19 in Oregon. In light of increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the order outlines necessary risk reduction measures designed to limit gatherings and curb human contact

Starting tomorrow, Nov. 18, Oregon will begin the statewide two-week freeze.

Nov. 19, 2020

#MyORHealth horizontal rule

OHA reports new records and renewed determination

We are saddened to report that today marks the highest number of cases and deaths reported in a single day in Oregon since the beginning of the pandemic. OHA reports 1,225 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases and 20 new deaths.

“We offer our condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19,” said OHA Director Patrick Allen.

Sadly, we have also surpassed our 800th COVID-19 death today, less than three weeks after marking the 700th death. These are family, friends and neighbors, and we note their deaths with sadness and a renewed determination to suppress the spread of the virus.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Two week pause in ALL classes

 Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced the addition of four counties—Baker, Clackamas, Union, and Washington—to the Two-Week Pause on social activities to help stop rapid spread of COVID-19 where community transmission is on the rise. These four counties join Jackson, Malheur, Marion, Multnomah, and Umatilla Counties on the pause, announced Friday. The pause measures will be in effect for two weeks, from Nov. 11 through Nov. 25.

“As we continue to see alarmingly high case rates reflective of sporadic community spread, now is the time to implement measures to further reduce gatherings and curb human contact," said Governor Brown. "The Two-Week Pause measures are designed to reduce the amount of people we interact with and the frequency of those encounters. We all must continue to do our part to stop this virus from spreading, particularly limiting our social gatherings and interactions, or we risk further closures and restrictions."

Here at Classes at the Orchard we are following the guidelines to restrict contact - and will be pausing all classes until November 24th.

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No tai chi class

Tuesday Nov. 10th


Friday, October 30, 2020

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Tentative schedule (for good weather)

Tai Chi long form: Tues, Thurs, Fri mornings  10 - 11 am OUTSIDE

Tai Chi Sword class: Friday morning 11 am OUTSIDE

NOTE: class updates on time and place will be texted out the morning of class

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