Most of last year I was mentally working through the idea of a different direction of focus concerning teaching. With the whole global virus scare and so many lockdowns, closures and fear keeping people at home and avoiding personal interaction, I had ample time to ponder.
In the end it was a difficult decision and one I didn’t make lightly. I have chosen to step back for a bit from teaching classes in a school setting. One might call it a sabbatical of sorts. But I prefer to think of it as a new path of direction.
Starting this year of 2021 I will only be offering self defense workshops to organizations requesting, and once things open back up after the Covid scare is over, offer the occasional combat camp, which will be determined completely by solid interest.
I have become an instructor at both the Vermont Center for Responder Wellness and The Institute for Trauma Recovery and Resiliency. Most all of my teaching activities are now taking place at those organizations. I am presenting trauma sensitive Tai Chi, Kata and Mindfulness practices to clients and staff. Once the covid restrictions and severe mandates are released, the level of interaction and class offerings will increase. At this time the classes are directed at the IOP (intensive outpatient program) for both men and women groups.
The Institute for Trauma Recovery and Resiliency is open to the public and assists people dealing with trauma navigate the healing process with a well-rounded, highly experienced and caring staff. The Institute offers therapies such as EMDR, DBT, CBT, trauma sensitive yoga, breathing exercises, mindfulness, Tai Chi and Kata, acupuncture, Reiki, Cranial Sacral and more.
The Vermont Center for Responder Wellness is designed to work with and assist responders (police, military Vets, medics, fighter fighters) and their immediate families who are struggling with trauma. The VCRW also offers a wide range of highly effective therapies listed above, presented by an equally talented, caring staff.
I feel very strongly about funneling my focus and offering my skills and energy towards these two projects, and find them both to be incredibly worthy and needed establishments in today’s insanely fast paced, high stress and trauma ridden world. I believe so deeply in these two Institutes and their pursuits and am proud to have become part of their team.
Feel free to visit both their websites (linked above), contact them if you wish, sign up for their newsletters if you desire and share with anyone you feel might benefit from their services.
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