Maureen Miller, founder Camden Tai Chi, began studying Yang-style tai chi in 1992 in her workplace under Master Quyen Tran, founder of the Tai Chi Institute in Washington, D.C. She has studied under numerous teachers since, broadening her skills to include Sun and Chen styles and forms, plus sword and fan forms. She has been an instructor and Master Trainer for the Tai Chi for Health Institute and a member of the American Tai Chi & Qigong Association. Desiring to bring more mindfulness of Nature to her practice, she became a certified ANFT Nature and Forest Therapy guide. Maureen holds degrees—and has experience in—speech pathology, education, and technology-based distributed learning. As a Tai Chi addict, nature lover, and educator, she is passionate about spreading importance of exercise and connecting to Nature for health and well-being. Maureen is one of the founders of the Living With the Principles Tai Chi annual retreat. As a freelance writer, Maureen co-author of Dr. Paul Lam's "Teaching Tai Chi Effectively" book.
Other Area Instructors
Deirdre Dwyer (Jacksonville & Beaches area, FL)
Deidre 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. She has taught Tai Chi in the Jacksonville, FL area since 2011. She is certified to teach Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention. Deirdre currently teaches Tai Chi to students K-12, as well as to adults in her community and at the local college.
Gary Hickenbottom (Jacksonville & Beaches area, FL)
Gary began his Tai Chi at Jacksonville's, Jim Fortuna Senior Center in 2011. The more he watched the others the more he came to realize a Eureka moment. Called upon to assist the instructor, Gary discovered he enjoyed not just learning, but also teaching. In 2013, he became certified to teach Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention programs, as well as the Tai Chi for Beginners program. In the past year, Gary introduced Tai Chi to participants in the Osher Life Long Learning program at the University of North Florida Herbert Center. As word of the many health benefits Tai Chi spreads, his classes remain full. Gary continues to update his Tai Chi with regular attendance at classes and workshops. His goal is to learn more and use that knowledge to show how one can easily develop a safe "self-care" mental, physical, and spiritual approach to aging, as a care giver, or a care receiver.
Sheri Nicholson (Jacksonville & Beaches area, FL)
In addition to being a certified Tai Chi Instructor, Sheri holds credentials as a Posture Alignment Specialist, Senior Lifestyle Wellness Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Pilates instructor. She specializes in individually tailored programs combining a specific range of treatments and alternative health practices to suit the needs of her clients.
Ron Speakes (St. Marys, GA)
Now retired, Ron was a teacher of philosophy for about fifteen years, Then, making a dramatic change, he became a disaster operations director for the National American Red Cross. Ron has practiced sitting meditation for many decades. Ron teaches at the Camden Recreation Center in Kingsland, GA. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org