Deirdre Dwyer, from Jacksonville, FL, was introduced to Tai Chi in 1992 during a 6- week trip to China. Hooked from the beginning, she continued to practice and study, most notably in Shanghai where she lived for 5 years, coming second place in a Shanghai competition for the Yang 24 form. Since 2011, Deirdre has been teaching K-12 school students and adults in the Jacksonville, FL area. After 11 years working in China and studying the Chinese language and seeing significant differences between these two world-views (eastern and western), she is able to assist her students in understanding and appreciating these differences.
from Jacksonville, FL, is a licensed posture alignment specialist and personal trainer with over 17 years of experience. She creates programs to improve posture and enhance a healthy lifestyle through structured exercise and nutritional guidance. Sheri began studying Tai Chi seven years ago. Upon finding how well this ancient art fits in the holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, she began adding Tai Chi movements and principles into her daily client sessions. Her clients love it, making Sheri determined to continue practicing and teaching Tai Chi for the rest of her life.
Meghan Bryant from Palmyra, VA, is a graduate of Radford University with a Fine Arts Degree. She has a post-graduate certification for Art Education and nearly 20 years experience with Genesis Rehab in retirement communities and nursing homes. Meghan has nearly 15 years practicing and teaching Tai Chi. As a Master Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Meghan enjoys sharing her knowledge, enjoyment of movement, and fascination of Tai Chi during instructor and depth workshops. Her artistic mind creates many ways to experience tai chi and life itself, but always through a sense of playfulness. As a recently Licensed Massage Therapist, she is able to reflect on the artist’s observance of muscles, with a better understanding of fascia and how it relates to movement.
Mike Poole from Staten Island, NY, has been studying the martial arts since 1991. He holds a third degree black belt rank in Okinawan karate and Kobudo (weapons). Mike also practices and teaches Tai Chi, Qigong, Hung Gar, and Iaido/Kendo. He is a Senior Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Mike has spent the last couple of years adding yoga to his practice, becoming a yoga instructor with a focus on trauma-sensitive yoga. A retired police officer who also spent ten years in the US Army, Mike is the co-founder/developer of Earth And Cup, Inc, a non-profit that uses movement as the entry point for a holistic approach to healing, health and wellness. Mike enjoys wearing a kilt, and in his spare time, he plays the bagpipes.
Deb Schumacher, from Leesburg, FL. is a retired paralegal. She began studying meditation in the 70s and was was introduced to Tai Chi in 1987 at an in-patient program for chronic pain management. She has 16+ years’ experience teaching tai chi, qigong, and meditation and holds multiple teaching certifications from the Tai Chi for Health Institute and the Integral Ch’uan Institute. Her expertise is in adaptive techniques she developed while teaching at a health crisis center as well as nursing homes, so people with differing abilities can participate. Deb holds a degree in Integrative Health and Healing and is certified in several energy healing techniques, including Healing Touch, Medical Qigong, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). In addition to teaching, she serves on the boards of an Alternative Health Club, a Meditation Club and her synagogue, performs with two bands (guitar, ukulele, and vocals), plays with ukulele clubs, sings in a chorus, learns clogging, hula, and line dancing, enjoys acting, water activities, and book clubs – and sleeping-in whenever she can.