During 1974, for the first time in Chicago, Illinois, the Arica Forty-Day Trainingtm was presented. Since then, there has been a continuous Arica community here offering trainings of the Arica School. In 1983 we added the work of Professor Ch'eng Man Ching and Tai Chi Chuan to our curriculum. In 1985, the School of MetaTheatre began a sponsorship whose mission it is to bring the Arica Work and Tai Chi to the Theatre community.
The longest standing of our homegrown teams was at first called The Human Process. In 1992 we converted The Human Process into a State of Illinois and U.S. Federal not-for-profit corporation.
It is an interesting and important historical note that the Chicago Arica Community was pivotal in the establishment of the Tibetan Buddhist center Karma Thegsun Choeling, through our association with His Holiness the 16th Galwa Karmapa and his American emissary, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. As a team, we had the auspicious experience of assisting the Karma Kagyu order when the Karmapa came to Illinois, where he died at the American International Hospital.
In April 2005, the Piccolo Theatre at the Main Street Metra Station became our main teaching center for both Arica and Tai Chi programs.
The Human Process does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, or age.