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MoonWillow Tai Chi & Wellness

Healing Movement for Every Body

Our Instructors

photo by Maureen Zwier

Allison Deputy has nearly 30 years experience in Yang Style Tai Chi, and is a certified Tai Chi Master Instructor through the American Tai Chi & Qigong Association. She conducts classes and workshops across the northwest suburbs of Chicago, specializing in Yang Style 12 and 108 Forms, and now offers Tai Chi Ball Qigong. She has an active Tai Chi Teacher Training Program in traditional Yang Style and Chair Tai Chi. When she is not teaching or giving workshops, Allison is a writer. She has published poetry and short fiction and is working on a young adult novel series. Her instructional DVDs are available in class or on this website. Favorite quote: "Follow your heart and live well."

Lyn Drathring is a Moon Willow Certified Instructor in the 12-Step Short Form, First & Second Section Long Form, and Chair Tai Chi. She is is also a Reiki Master/Practitioner.. Lyn recently retired from 25+ years teaching, training and leading groups in the Outdoor/Environmental Education field. She is looking forward to spending time with her grandchildren and family, gardening, travel, and of course Tai Chi. Lyn believes Tai Chi is the perfect retirement career. Not only does she get to enjoy the many benefits from Tai Chi, she also gets to share them with others. Favorite quote: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu

Tom Wallquist is a MoonWillow certified Tai Chi instructor, and has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Northern Illinois University. His interests include science fiction, ancient mysteries, astronomy, and the study of Functional Medicine as a promising alternative to treating common health issues of the 21st century (of which Tai chi fits in neatly!).

Favorite quote: “Be careful what you read in medical textbooks. You might die of misprint.” – Mark Twain

Evelyn "Evie" Eyles has been a Tai Chi practitioner for over 9 years and is certified in the 12-Step Short Form and the 1st Section Long Form. She currently teaches at Akasha Yoga in Crystal Lake, IL and will substitute teach for us in Woodstock. Evie enjoys reading, traveling, hiking to beautiful vistas, gardening and family fishing trips to Canada. Favorite quote: "Stop a minute right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spine like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that imperious voice to be still..." - Barbara Kingsolver

Jarett Sanchez is our guest instructor from Fox Valley Tai Chi who presents workshops on Standing Meditation, Silk Reeling, and Practical Self Defense. He is a practitioner of various martial arts including Southern Mantis, Choy Lay Fut (pronounced choy l'foot) and Shaolin Chuan Fa. He has studied Chen Taiji for the past 9 years with various teachers, and he includes the Chen 19 form into his daily practice. The Chen 19 combines soft, flowing movements and sudden bursts of energy with an emphasis on dan tien movement. Jarett is skilled in communicating key Taiji principles that pertain to all styles.

Allyn Barnett has grown up in the art of Tai Chi, as he is Allison's son. He first began training at the age of 9, and has since become a Certified Tai Chi Instructor through MoonWillow, both in the Yang 12 and 108 Forms, as well as Chair Tai Chi. He is currently teaching Tai Chi classes at Senior Services in Crystal Lake and Grand Dominion by Del Webb in Mundelein. More classes to come, so stay tuned!

Allyn is also a professional portrait artist, human and animal subjects. You can see his work on Instagram @alsart_9. Allyn enjoys reading, meditating, video gaming, and is passionate about protecting our planet and helping others find peace within

See our Locations tab to find a class near you with one of our qualified instructors!