The Local Organizer
Because of my busy schedule, I simply don’t have time to organize workshops outside of Gainesville. I do, however, have time to teach workshops outside of Gainesville. So I rely on the organizer to make these workshops happen.
Bringing me to your area is easier than you might think. It does require effort and planning, but it’s easy, brings a lot of benefit, and it’s fun. Read on if you’re curious.
Don’t worry. I don’t expect the organizer to do this entirely out of the goodness of his or her heart (although that should definitely be a part of it!). Here are some of the benefits to being a local organizer:
- Free workshops
As the local organizer, you get to attend the workshops for free. In addition, you may bring one friend or family member, also for free.
- Sifu Time
The organizer gets to spend time with me outside of the workshops. Students often tell me that this “Sifu time” is more valuable than the actual workshop. Similarly, my teacher often says that some of his biggest “aha!” moments happened while having tea with his Sifu, not during class.
Yes, of course you get paid! Money represents energy, and you need to be paid for the energy that you put out. Depending on how hard and how smart you work, you can make $500-$1000 with about 35 hours of part-time work over 4 months. So the hourly salary works out to about $15-$30 per hour. Not bad!
By bringing me to your area, you’ll be creating a local Flowing Zen community. This may be the best benefit of all. Having people to practice with is a huge boon to your own practice. And of course, if you build a community in your location, then it makes it more feasible for me to visit more often. Imagine having me there 2-4 times a year! Wouldn’t that be something!
- Good karma
If you bring me to your local area, then together we’re helping people that otherwise wouldn’t be helped. In the Zen tradition, this is a blessing not only for those who are helped, but for those doing the helping. If you want do more for your community, your country, or the world, then this is a great way to start. Trust me — helping people is incredibly rewarding.
Is it Difficult?
Another good way to get people interested is to get an article published in a local newspaper. This is easier to do than you think. I will send you a professional press release, which you can then send to a local newspaper. They will be happy to publish it.
Finding a Venue
Finding a good room is important. The hall should have good ventilation, and should have chairs placed along the sides of the room for each of the participants. Windows and natural light are preferable, but not required. Here are some ideas for where to look:
- Local churches.
- Elementary and high schools.
- Dance studios.
- Yoga studios.
- Martial Arts schools.
- Hotels and conference centers.
Like many things in life, the first step is to schedule a date. We can always change it later. In my experience, nothing starts to happen until a date is scheduled. Since I’m teaching more and more of these workshops, it’s best to schedule the date 4-8 months in advance.
If organizing a workshop appeals to you, then contact me directly so that we can discuss the details.