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Scroll down for an alphabetical listing of Golden Flower Instructors.

Golden Flower Instructors are not only highly qualified to lead students through the School’s curriculum and various forms, they enjoy sharing their love of Golden Flower Principals, and the benefits they receive, with their students.

Each Golden Flower Instructor must complete a 1½ – 2 year Instructor Training Program led by Master San Gee Tam.  The Instructor Program goes deeply into the major aspects of Tai Chi and Chi Gong, including:

  • Foundation Principles of Tai Chi Ch’uan
  • Tai Chi form corrections
  • Tai Chi applications
  • Principles of Chi Gong and related practices
  • How to effectively lead a Tai Chi class
  • Communication Skills

Instructor Trainees must pass rigorous testing in order to become a Certified Golden Flower Instructor. But training and development does not stop there. After initial certification, Golden Flower Instructors participate in ongoing monthly training as well as private lessons with Master San Gee Tam and Senior Instructor, Annukka Holland. Instructors also participate in yearly International Instructor Training, a 10-day Retreat, held at Heavenly Way.  Many Golden Flower Instructors worldwide also participate in training events held in England, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Russia.  Indeed, the Golden Flower Instructor experience is unparalleled.

With the background, training, and experience of Golden Flower Instructors, the learning experience for students in Golden Flower classes is highly rewarding. And it’s a lot of fun!


Golden Flower Instructors who teach at The Center in downtown Winston-Salem and at Heavenly Way Retreat in North Carolina, USA


Rick Baudino

Why I love Tai Chi: From the moment I started studying Tai Chi in Santa Fe back in 1984, my life took a big turn for the better and it hasn’t stopped since.  Tai Chi practice completely cured my severe back trouble. It strengthened and healed my ankles, which had become weak through various injuries from running and other sports.  Tai Chi makes me feel great.  And no matter where I’ve practiced over the years, I’ve always found myself in a community of good and interesting people.  There’s just no downside to Tai Chi!

Favorite Golden Flower moment: It’s hard to pick just one since I’ve had so many since I joined the School back in 1999.  But if I had to pick one, I’ll choose our trip to Russia in 2008 to lead a Golden Flower Workshop.  The people there were so warm hearted and sweet I couldn’t believe it.  Growing up during the Cold War and being conditioned to think about the Soviet Union in a very negative way, I’m now so happy I got to meet and spend time with actual Russians.  They are wonderful people!

Years of Tai Chi practice: 1984 – present

Classes He Leads: Saturday morning, 10am at the Center, Wake Forest University Tai Chi course, assists Richard Pollard on Monday 6:30pm at Heavenly Way

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Michelle Carter

Why She Loves Tai Chi: Earlier in life I experienced a lot of anxiety, resulting in an eating disorder and heavy alcohol use. That’s all gone now and I credit Tai Chi and meditation practices for my healing. I also was born with a mild scoliosis that caused pain in my lower back. When I first started practicing Master San Gee Tam said, “You can fix that.” He was right. After years of standing Chi Gong, my scoliosis is 90% improved and there is no pain whatsoever. I teach my students that, with patience, they can change anything in their lives… even their bones!

Favorite Golden Flower Moment: “There are so many, but my favorite moments are quiet times spent with the horses, especially Star, at Heavenly Way.

Years of Tai Chi Practice: 2005 to Present

Classes She Leads: Tuesday, 6m Tai Chi Class and Wednesday at 7 am at Golden Flower Center.
Guilford College: Tai Chi I and II.

Profession: Registered nurse working in the mental health field.

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Marti Lillich

Why I love Tai Chi: Because of the energetic and peaceful feeling it gives me.

Favorite Golden Flower moments: Seeing students be amazed when they, too, get a sense of their energy, become peaceful, and find out what relaxing really means.

Years of Tai Chi Practice: 1998 to present

Classes I Lead: At Golden Flower Center – Monday, 6pm, Tuesday 6pm, Wednesday 7am, Wednesday 6pm (warm-ups only); At Riverlanding Senior Center – Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-2pm

Profession: Bubbling Well employee; part time ESL teacher

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Richard Pollard

Why I love Tai Chi:  The awareness of energy when I practice and sharing energy when practicing with others.

Favorite Golden Flower moment: Working with Damien at Heavenly Way.

Years practice:  2005 to present

Class I teach: Monday Tai Chi class at Heavenly Way, 6:30 pm

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Rick Reich

Place in World: Environmental/Land Use Specialist with an international law firm.

Years of Tai Chi Practice: 2005 to Present.

Classes Taught: Community Tai Chi Class (Golden Flower Tai Chi Center, Winston-Salem, NC).

Favorite Golden Flower Lesson or Moment: Being in the present.

Why & How: Life is. We are. Just be. / Words hint. Being is. Love reveals.

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Damien Reynolds

Why He Loves Tai Chi: My Tai Chi Practice has transformed my life and I am deeply appreciative of all that I have learned at the Golden Flower School.  Because of my Tai Chi practice I am more relaxed, energetic and balanced. I am happier now than I have ever been. I hope that I can share what I know and have experienced with other students so that they may realize a similar transformation.

Favorite Golden Flower Experience: The Tai Chi/windsurfing trip to Aruba with Master San Gee Tam, Mark and Pete.

Years of Tai Chi Practice: 14 years as of 2013. Currently enrolled in a multi-year, multi-faceted advanced training program with Master San Gee Tam covering Tai Chi Chuan, BaGua, Hsing I, Chi Kung and staff.

Classes He Leads: Golden Flower Short and Fast Forms, Push hands, BaGua and Hsing I.

Profession: Co-owner of Bubbling Well Bead and Tea Bar,  corporate professional and “want to be” farmer and rancher.

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Julie Reynolds

Favorite Golden Flower Lesson: Feeling the integration of mind, body, and chi when a tai chi application works

Why I started tai chi: I wanted a practice that would help me integrate my life experiences and a means to keep healthy. I continue to study with Master San Gee Tam and other instructors because the practices bring me back to myself. Tai Chi is a very deep study of nature and self and I find it to be endlessly fascinating.

Years of Tai Chi Practice: 2001 to the present. Became a Certified Golden Flower Tai Chi Instructor in 2004

Classes She Leads: Guilford College for seven semesters and a range of classes at Golden Flower Center.

Profession: Proprietor of Bubbling Well Bead & Tea Bar

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Cindy Wansbury

Why She Loves Tai Chi: I love the way Tai Chi changes my energy. I always feel better after practicing Tai Chi, I feel joyful and light. This good feeling has grown over the years and now I notice I feel an underlying sense of joy all the time. I love moving, exploring and discovering deeper perceptions of subtle energy. Sometimes it almost feels like magic!

Favorite Golden Flower Moment: I think my favorite moments are when I share Tai Chi with others. Often at class, trainings or retreats, by coming together, it raises the vibration of our energy. Everyone feels it. I love to share that.

Years of Tai Chi Practice: 2002 to Present

Classes She Leads: Beginners Tai Chi (Wed 10:30am @ the Living Room in Pilot Mountain, NC)

Profession: Tai Chi Instructor / Massage Therapist / Web Programmer / Working at The Bubbling Well Bead and Tea Bar

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International Golden Flower Instructors

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Testimonials from Golden Flower Instructors Around the World

“For me, being part of the Golden Flower School is about so much more than doing Tai Chi. It is about being connected with other people, learning and working together in a harmonious and fun way.  It is amazing how the Golden Flower School brings us together, whenever I visit the US, UK, Belgium or even Russia —  we share the same passion. I know I am among friends and instantly I feel at home.

Practicing and teaching the principles of Tai Chi is such a fantastic way to share the beauty and possibilities of life.”

~ Wanda, Golden Flower Instructor, Netherlands 


“As a Golden Flower Instructor for the past 10 years I have been privileged to witness how Tai Chi supports positive change in people’s lives. The energy that we create in class empowers transformation way beyond the students and me.  When we gather for a Golden Flower Class we feel the energy of the school in us. The School that we are creating together is unlimited in its potential.”   

~ Tom Gold-Blyth, Golden Flower Instructor, Oxford, England


“I am continually inspired by Master San Gee Tam’s teachings and the curriculum the School offers: personal development in any aspect of life and the cultivation of Happy Chi. I also enjoy the great sense of community and friendship in the School.  In my classes I aim to reflect these aspects so that students can benefit from Tai Chi as much as I do, having fun and enjoyment, depth of experience and also being able to nurture personal development. Being on the South Coast also gives us the opportunity to practice by the sea!”

~ Heike Waters, Golden Flower Instructor, England


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