Local Farmland around the village
The Chef joins for the evening meal
Tai Chi, like Chinese medecine, is all about balance. But we should not understand this as something static, unchanging. Just as the movements of Tai Chi are a dynamic flow which constantly upsets and re-establishes the body’s equilibrium, so Chinese medecine sees the body as a constantly shifting equilibrium between the principles of Yin and Yang. This equilibrium is maintained, amongst other things, by the body’s inputs and outputs: the ingredients that we take in as food, and the way in which we expend energy.
How and what we eat is thus of great importance in maintaining the body’s internal dynamic, its harmonious balance between Yin and Yang and at our school, we pay a lot of attention to what we eat. Kun, our cook, is a master of the wok, and every day serves teachers and students a well-balanced diet cooked in the traditional Chinese style. Kun gets his ingredients fresh every day from the local farmers’ market: Yangshuo’s agreeable climate means that there is always a wide variety. Farming in the area is still largely dominated by small-scale market gardening and horticulture. If you go walking or cycling in the area, you will certainly see chickens wandering around in the villages, and the typical kind of small plots where our food is grown, often arranged around a fish pond (which provides fish for the table).
Food is not just important for its ingredients, but also for the way we eat, and in China it is hard to imagine eating without sharing. Everybody sits around the same table to share the ingredients of a meal eaten in common.
Talking goes with eating, so that while we eat together, we share experiences from all walks of life, all ages, and every part of the world.
These ingredients too, will be an important part of your enjoyment of life at the school, and in China.