Downshift Events

Tao Calligraphy Workshop at Master Sha Tao Center

Thursday, October 17
6 – 8 p.m.
Master Sha Tao Center
885 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Join Blue Zones Project and the Master Sha Tao Center Hawaiʻi for a free introductory evening exploring Tao Calligraphy Meditation and learn this ancient method towards overall health and happiness.

Free parking (at stalls marked “Tao Center”).

What is Tao Calligraphy?
In ancient times, humanity used natural methods to heal and rejuvenate the body and to boost energy, stamina, vitality and immunity. One of these particular methods has been a long-kept secret. We are excited to introduce you to Tao Calligraphy Meditation, an ancient alternative method to help facilitate healing, rejuvenation, and longevity. It melds the power of one’s innate natural healing abilities with high-level frequency and vibration created by the ancient healing art of calligraphy. Combined with both traditional as well as a unique form of Tai Chi movement meditation, Tao Calligraphy Meditation is used to increase the flow of energy or Qi within the body which embodies the 5000 years foundation of traditional Chinese medicine that when energy flows one is healthy and flourishing.

In this workshop, you will learn:
• The power and significance of the Tao Calligraphy Meditation
• How Tao Calligraphy Meditation can enhance your physical, mental, emotional health and more
• How the sacred connection of the soul, heart, mind, and body, can be blocked, and how you can realign them to experience optimal health, well-being and happiness
• How you too can join the Tao Calligraphy Meditation sessions to boost your healing and rejuvenation journey

Hosted in partnership with:
Master Sha Tao Calligraphy Field

Forest Bathing at Arbor Day Foster Botanical Garden

Saturday, November 2
Session 1: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. (check in at 9 a.m.)
Session 2: 11 – 12 p.m. (check in at 10:45 a.m.)
Foster Botanical Garden
180 N Vineyard Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96817

Join Blue Zones Project as we participate in the Arbor Day Honolulu Festival with Forest Bathing Hawai'i! For those who registered for a session - PLEASE MEET AT THE BLUE ZONES PROJECT BOOTH. Mahalo!

Forest bathing, also known as forest therapy, is scientifically proven to improve your health. Studies have found that spending time in forests lowers our heart rate and blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, boosts our immunity, and improves our mood. It's no wonder that forest bathing is a growing worldwide trend and a recommended Blue Zones activity. Come experience a free introduction to forest bathing with Phyllis Look, owner of Forest Bathing Hawai'i, and Hawai'i's first and only certified forest therapy guide. You'll get some background on this evidence-based wellness practice inspired by the Japanese "shinrin-yoku," then you'll be invited to try some of the nature connection activities in a section of the Foster Botanical gardens. Your brief taste of forest bathing will end with a sample of a forest tea made from one of Hawai'i's endemic healing plants. Reservation required on this registration page, limited to 25 people per session, ages 8 and above. For more informtion about forest bathing or to book a separate full 3-hour walk through, visit Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi's website.

Hosted in partnership with:
Smart Trees Pacific     Forest Bathing Hawaii

Advance Care Planning Workshop Series 1

Saturday, November 9
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church
2655 Manoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Join Kōkua Mau, Hale Kōkua o Mānoa and Blue Zones Project for this workshop series on planning for the future and starting the conversation about end-of-life care. Families - especially caregivers - are welcome for this FREE community workshop series.

Kōkua Mau is a community organization dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for care at the end of life. Questions to explore: Have you talked with your loved ones about what matters most to you? Have you talked with your doctor about the kind of care you want to receive? Kōkua Mau, Hawaiʻi’s go-to source for information on hospice and palliative care, is launching a new program to help families to start out those difficult discussions. Our goal is to help community organizations, churches and temples and families understand decisions they may need to make and find resources and information in our community to talk about their wishes for care at the end of life. Learn how to talk with your loved ones about what matters most to you. Share about the kind of care you want to receive with your doctor. You’ll feel more confident and ready for the future. Learn more about these workshops at Kōkua Mau's website, Facebook, or contact or (808) 585-9977.

Hale Kōkua O Mānoa, or “House of Helping in Mānoa,” grows out of our strong desire to meet the felt needs of the communities of the Mānoa Valley. Every community has human needs unique to its demographics, and our goal is to identify those needs and where possible assist and contribute. More than just survive or get through each day, we want people in Mānoa flourish, thus “Helping Mānoa thrive.” Learn more at their website.

Hosted in partnership with Blue Zones Project Approved faith-based organization:
Honolulu Japanese Seventh-day Adventist Church

Hale Kōkua O Mānoa            Kōkua Mau






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