Shen aims to hold occasional events and activities related to ancient cultural and wisdom traditions. In this regard, the Foundation initiated and is involved in co-organising and co-facilitating the Forres Chinese New Year festival. In its second year, the February 2013 event celebrating the Year of the Snake attracted external funding from local authorities.

IMG_1129A series of schools workshops, a ‘Treasures from China’ exhibition and a week-long free programme of events were held.

Events included a lion dance, a ‘Bian Lian’ performance, martial arts workshops, Chinese calligraphy and language workshops, tea tastings as well as talks on Daoism, Buddhism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Highlights of the week can be viewed here.

“The valley spirit never dies;
It is the woman, primal mother.
Her gateway is the root of heaven and earth.
It is like a veil barely seen.
Use it; it will never fail.”

Lao Zi, Chapter 6, Dao De Jing