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Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden

Illustration of proposed Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden by architect Ryan Russell, of Russell Studios.

Members of Redding Tai Chi are raising funds to build a Tai Chi practice area next to the Sundial Bridge. “So far Turtle Bay Exploration Park has donated a building site located at northwest side of the Sundial Bridge and they have approval from the City of Redding to build the project. They also have partnered with the Shasta County Arts Council for fiscal sponsorship to allow them to collect donations as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.”

Tai Chi is a low-impact, slow-motion exercise that improves balance, increases flexibility, and reduces stress. It can be described as a standing yoga, meditation in motion, or a slow dance. Tai Chi exercise is based on the principles of complementary opposites and change, and takes its name from the Yin Yang symbol.

The proposed Tai Chi Meditation Garden is a 55-foot diameter hard surface with the Tai Chi Tu (Yin Yang symbol) covering the surface. The original design was prepared by Hsien-Yuan Chen, who gave permission to use his plans as a template and adjust it for local needs. Ryan Russell of Russell Design, along with consulting architect Terry Topolski, modified the plans for the Sundial Bridge site.

The project is currently out for bid with Donald F. Gallino, Inc., General Contractors and they hope to have the final bids in by early spring 2018.  Expected cost is about $80,000.

The Redding Tai Chi Meditation Garden Planning Committee is leading the fund-raising efforts to finance the project through donations and grants. They are not seeking city, county or state funding for this project.

In return for a donation of $125.00 or more they will engrave a brick with a name, date, or wording of your choosing and place it on the walkway that leads to the Tai Chi Meditation Garden. Donations are made payable to the Shasta County Arts Council, Tai Chi Medication Garden Project. You may donate online with PayPal or a credit card at Shasta Arts Council.

Find out more at their Facebook page or contact Michel Czehatowski.