Maureen Miller is the sole proprietor of Camden Tai Chi in St. Marys, GA. She 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 AreaTai Chi 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.
Ursula Johnson (St. Marys, GA)
While following her Navy husband around the world for 25 years, Ursula applied her skills in banking and auditing, When they were transferred to Sat. Marys in 1987, she began to study Yoga, but soon found Tai Chi more to her liking. In 2014 she became certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and quickly followed that with certifications in Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and diabetes. She enjoys playing with both Sun and Yang styles, as well as gardening, glass etching and making jewelry.
Art Jones (Jacksonville & Beaches area, FL)
Art has a background in sports and fitness, which transcends into everyday life for every age. A 22 year veteran of the US Air Force, Art retired as a Sports and Fitness Superintendent. He is certified as a Tai Chi Instructor since 2013. Art currently teaches Tai Chi and fitness at Sawgrass Fitness Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center.
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.
Mary Womack (Kingsland, GA)
Mary was an elementary/reading teacher for 38 years in Hartford, CT. In the early 2000's she began taking classes in Tai Chi, enjoying the relaxation and stress release it provided after busy school days. Upon retiring, and after double knee replacements, Mary moved to Kingsland. She learned about Tai Chi classes at the Recreation Center while in physical therapy for a shoulder injury, and has been a part of our team there ever since. Mary is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention, as well as other Tai Chi for Health programs. She enjoys playing with both Sun and Yang styles. She is also a quilter, a budding artist (beach scenes are her favorite), a community volunteer, and Sunday school teacher.