Tai Chi at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park

Tai Chi @ Spreckels Lk

Tai Chi at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, Oct. 11, 2014 (sketches by Heath Massey)

Last Saturday morning at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park I was mesmerized watching a Tai Chi class performing a graceful series of moves on a sandy peninsula that juts into the water.  The synchronized movements, reflected in the slightly wind-rufflled water, seemed to flow in widening ripples into the surrounding morning, radiating calm.  This class, led by Master Bill Chin and other experienced practitioners, is offered free of charge every Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in this idyllic setting.  Anyone can join;  beginners are encouraged to participate and learn by following along.  Advanced participants wearing red wristbands are interspersed among those less practiced.  The class ended while I was still sketching, but I’m planning to get there in time to join in next weekend.



About fromthethicket

I'm a landscape historian and professor emeritus of landscape architecture, UC Davis. I live in San Francisco.
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8 Responses to Tai Chi at Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park

  1. Tony says:

    Amazing sketches as always. I am not surprised nor amazed that your sketches of the people are just as gorgeous as your other themed sketches

  2. I wish I could be there too. Tony is right about the sketches.

  3. Sue says:

    Gorgeous sketches! Love the colors. And the class sounds like a great adventure

  4. Stephen Kane says:

    I enjoy coming across the Tai Chi practitioners throughout the park, solo or in groups. There are groups daily in the Music Concourse … one of them plays a rather haunting, mesmerizing audio track that includes a repeating foghorn-like sound. Love your sketch diptych!

    • I was foiled in my attempt to get to the Tai Chi at Spreckels Lake yesterday, by the marathon, but will try again next weekend. The one in the Music Concourse with the fog horn accompaniment sounds lovely too !

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