My T’ai Chi journey began in 1983 when a wise friend, who was helping me through a period of great turmoil, suggested I try it. From the very first session I felt at home with T’ai Chi, though that did not mean it was easy! Initially, I found the movements pleasing to watch and deeply satisfying to perform; later I came to feel that an awareness of how the T’ai Chi form reflects the cycles of life and nature makes it even more rewarding.
My first teacher, Jonathan Bruce, led me eventually to study oriental medicine, which has given me some understanding of the culture from which T’ai Chi emerged. I later studied with Edith Holt, a student of Gerda (Pytt) Geddes, who introduced T’ai Chi to the UK and has inspired a generation of T’ai Chi teachers. I sought individual tuition with Pytt and was given permission to teach in 1991.
Since then, I have learned from many other teachers in several countries. My teaching is also influenced by my previous experience as a nurse and shiatsu practitioner. In recent years, I have become more closely involved with the European School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, and am particularly drawn to Tew Bunnag’s imaginative and ground-breaking work on applying the wisdom of T’ai Chi to care of the dying.