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Sixth Annual Traditional Thai Massage & Medicine Community Gathering

Sharing Our Gratitude with the Community

We would like to invite you, your family, and friends to the "Sixth Annual Thai Massage and Medicine Community Gathering". This is our sixth year for the Thai Institute and first year in Colorado of creating a warm setting for an informal gathering of students, practitioners, and teachers, from all schools, to further our knowledge, share interests, and build community through participating in an annual educational event.

We are celebrating the 1st year here in Westminster, Colorado with the following schedule of events.

Save the Dates: August 12-14, 2016

  • In-depth Thai massage guidance, eight (8) hours of bodywork practice.
  • Relax and recharge in our Thai herbal sauna four (4) hours over 2 evenings.
  • Gain insight into the annual wai khru, its preparations, and the ceremony itself.
  • Expand your knowledge with five (5) interactive workshops.
  • Learn Thai culture from direct interaction with the Thai community.
  • Direct access to teachers that have studied the Thai healing arts.
  • Opportunity to connect with Thai healing arts professionals from all schools around the world.

It is $195 and includes the cost of lunches and materials for the workshops. Includes 26 continuing education credits. Registration (RSVP) is requested.

We look forward to interacting with you throughout the year and at this important community event - the only one of its kind. In the below, you will see the detailed schedule with descriptions of events. We look forward to connecting and reconnecting with you in August 2013.


Entire 3 Day
Community Gathering
$195

August 12, 2016 (Friday) – Day 1
8:00 AM
Doors Open - Event Registration - Connecting with Others
9:00
Daily Wai Khru (?)
9:30
Guided Meditation
10:30
Traditional Thai Culture for the Thai Healer:
Understanding & Preparing for the Annual Wai Khru Ceremony
12:30 PM
Thai Style Lunch at the Thai Institute
2:30
Traditional Thai Culture for the Thai Healer:
The Art of Thai Flower Arrangement for Offerings
4:00 - 6:00
Open Mat Practice with Guidance from Teachers

August 13, 2016 (Saturday) – Day 2
7:00 AM
Doors Open - Connecting with Others
8:00
Thai Yoga (“Luesii Dat Ton”)
9:00
Daily Wai Khru (?)
9:15
Spirit House Offering
9:30
Opening Ceremony with Thai Theravada Buddhist Monks
10:30
Traditional Thai Healing Arts - Annual Wai Khru(?)
12:30 PM
Thai Style Lunch at the Thai Institute
2:30
Thai Healing Arts Workshop: Thai Herbal Bath Preparations
4:00 - 6:00
Thai Herbal Sauna & Open Mat Practice with Guidance from Teachers
 
6:00
Daily Wai Khru (?)

August 14, 2016 (Sunday) – Day 3
8:00 AM
Doors Open - Connecting with Others
9:00
Daily Wai Khru (?)
9:30
Guided Meditation
10:30
Thai Healing Arts Workshop: Thai Massage for PTSD
12:30 PM
Thai Style Lunch at the Thai Institute (?)
2:30
Thai Healing Arts Workshop: Sak Yan - Magical Tattoos of Thailand
4:00
Daily Wai Khru (?)


Entire 3 Day
Community Gathering
$195

Daily Wai Khru

Wai khru (pronounced like the English words "why crew") is the most important spiritual practice of the Thai healer. Wai khru means "appreciation for teachers and knowledge," and this is the formal ceremony in which a practitioner of Thai massage, or other healing art, shows appreciation for his or her teachers

There are two types of wai khru; there is a daily wai khru that prepares the healer for their day of work with patients, and then a larger and more involved ceremony that includes the entire community of students, practitioners, and teachers, which is referred to as the annual wai khru.

The daily wai khru is performed by individual healers within their healing space each morning and often times in the evening as well. At large clinics, schools, or medical facilities there may be several people in attendance. This ceremony helps to provide centering and grounding for the day ahead. For more information on the annual wai khru, see the below.

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Thai Yoga (“Luesii Dat Ton")Thai Yoga or “Luesii Dat Ton” is an indigenous self-stretching and self-massage technique that has been used in Thailand for centuries to improve health and healing. Thai dancers, Thai kick boxers, and Thai massage practitioners often use Thai yoga as a way to provide self-care. Thai yoga can also be used to compliment a regular meditation practice. Warming up the body and mind before a dance, a fight, meditation, or before seeing massage clients is vital for peak performance.

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Traditional Thai Culture for the Thai Healer:
Understanding and Preparing for the Annual Wai Khru Ceremony

Each year, all of the major schools in Thailand host a large “wai khru” ceremony. This is an annual homecoming and gathering for the community of students, practitioners, and teachers to share their mutual appreciation for knowledge they have received from Thailand. It’s the most important and sacred ceremony for the Thai healing arts practitioner. Attendance to this event helps maintain a close connection between all the members of the healing community while providing an opportunity to connect and share with one another.

The seat of each major lineage in Thailand will host the annual wai khru. Most western students, practitioners, and teachers aren’t able to attend this event unless they happen to know when it is scheduled, or they happen to stumble upon it while visiting Thailand. If Westerners do attend, they are typically confused as to the individual elements and the meaning of the ceremony itself.

This year, Kristine and Marty Traucht will lead participants in developing a detailed understanding of the Annual Wai Khru ceremony. The symbolism of the items needed for the ceremony, how the offerings are created, and the actual setup. This will aid participants in developing a deeper understanding of the entire event and bring more meaning for attending the annual wai khru on the following morning. This will be a very interactive workshop with involvement from all of the participants.

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Thai Style Lunch at the Thai Institute with Massage Share

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Thai Herbal Sauna & Open Mat Practice with Guidance from Teachers

At the conclusion of both Day 1 and Day 2, we invite participants to practice Thai massage using our equipment with the guidance of several internationally renowned teachers. We will also start up our Thai herbal sauna for participants to enjoy the benefits of herbal inhalation and some well deserved down time. Kristine Traucht will provide a customized herbal recipe for our steam sauna each day.

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Entire 3 Day
Community Gathering
$195

Traditional Thai Healings Arts - Annual Wai Khru

Wai khru (pronounced like the English words "why crew") is the most important spiritual practice of the Thai healer. Wai khru means "appreciation for teachers and knowledge," and this is the formal ceremony in which a practitioner of Thai massage or other healing arts shows appreciation for his or her teachers. The teachers also show appreciation for the students through preparations to host the ceremony and by giving students gifts during the ceremony.

It is interesting to note that not only traditional medicine practitioners, but shamans, fortune tellers, Thai kick-boxers (muay thai), Thai dancers, and practitioners of many other arts each have their own wai khru ceremonies to show gratitude to their own teachers and lineages.

While many Western students and practitioners have learned an abbreviated wai khru ceremony and practice it on a regular basis, they are most often not able to attend the major annual ceremony in Chiang Mai. As part of our role in building a Thai massage and Thai medicine community in the West, the Thai Institute has the responsibility of conducting an annual major ceremony of wai khruhere in the U.S.

We invite all practitioners of Thai massage and Thai medicine, along with their family and friends that are in any way interested to share in this annual celebration and learning event. Whether you studied with any teacher from the Old Medicine Hospital, Thai Institute of Healing Arts,Thai Massage Training Center Shivagakomarpaj, ITM, Pichest Boonthumme, Sunshine Network, Lotus Palm, or any other teacher, you are invited to participate in the ceremony in order to experience this traditional practice. If you are teaching or practicing a form of Thai massage that derives from the Old Medicine Hospital curriculum (which includes the vast majority of those in the west), we are particularly interested to ensure you know you are invited to attend this ceremony annually.

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Entire 3 Day
Community Gathering
$195

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