T’ai Chi Chih and Seijaku have been the crowning joy of my life and work. I first studied T’ai Chi Chih in 1995, while pursuing holistic bodywork studies, becoming a Reiki Master, and a practitioner of Integrated Energy Therapy. I was accredited to teach T’ai Chi Chih in 1997, and was accredited to teach Seijaku by Originator Justin Stone a few months later. In the following years, I also studied and subsequently practiced Thai Yoga bodywork. I opened a small local health and wellness center in Bradley Beach, NJ in 1997, having celebrated 25 years there in 2022.
Over the course of some 15 years, I have hosted many trainings and events in both TCC and Seijaku, and was named an International Teacher Trainer in 2012. I enjoyed my studies and personal experiences with the Originator Justin Stone through 2010, having attended three of his “Turiya” Meditation Retreats in 1999, 2000, and 2001 in Albuquerque, NM. These as well as other experiences with Justin Stone were both inspiring and life-changing for me.
My earlier life’s work and studies include having acquired a NJ teaching degree in Music in 1974, and a seminary Master of Divinity degree in 1986. I taught vocal/choral music in public schools for several years, taught piano for 25 years, directed school stage musicals, church choirs, and a senior community chorus, and worked in church ministry over a period of some 30+ years.
At the same time that I was discovering the joys and benefits of a variety of holistic practices and healing modalities, I also was pursuing training in group dynamics and psychodrama, as well as having studied group work with the late Peter Hendrickson, PhD. of NYC in working with the LGBTQ community, since 1995.
By 2005, the major part of my career had become teaching T’ai Chi Chih and Seijaku, and I was called upon to prepare serious students for teacher accreditation. Since being appointed a TCC Teacher Trainer, nearly all my time has been absorbed in teaching and training in TCC and Seijaku, while continuing some volunteer work for an LGBTQ group, and directing a Senior Center choral group from 2011 until 2020.
I find my students and constituent teachers to be a true joy to work with, and the enrichment that I receive in body and mind as well as the inspiration of spirit have been invaluable and all-pervading. It has been a “lifesaver” for my health, and so I am deeply grateful for this practice. I have been teaching as an accredited T’ai Chi Chih teacher for over 25 years , as well as as an appointed Teacher Trainer for over 10 years, for which I feel profoundly grateful. As has been said by many others, “T’ai Chi Chih has changed my life!”.
Phone/email Daniel for details, cost, registration. (If no email response, please call!)
PLEASE NOTE that I am ALSO available for individual (one-on-one, or your small group) online sessions and instructions on Tues, Wed, Fri when my schedule permits, as well as facilitating the online programs listed here. **Suggested donation amounts are open to an amount that is comfortable on an individual basis and according to the individual’s own place of abundance or limitation.
(Guided Practice sessionscan be attended via recording as an alternative to the live sessions at the times shown).
Start Date: September 19|Seijaku Guided Practice on Zoom, on 6 alternating Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., EDT. Dates: 9/19, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12. Seijaku instruction and practice, including several of Justin Stone’s guided meditations. (Suggested donation $150** for these 6 sessions). Contact: Daniel
Start Date: October 3| T’ai Chi Chih Guided Practice on Zoom on 6 alternating Tuesdays, 1 p.m- 2:30 p.m. EDT. Dates: 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/21, 12/5, 12/19. TCC guided practice with teaching, (suggested donation: $95*, or combine w/Fall Seijaku for suggested $190** total). Contact: Daniel
Start Date: December 15 | Seijaku-Meditation Retreat (the “Advanced form of TCC”) on zoom, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning (Eastern) Dec. 15, 16, 17, in four sessions. This “advanced” form of TCC is NOT meant “for experts only”! Rather, the application of an additional principle in the movements, together with using the elements of Justin Stone’s “Maximum Chi Program” offers greatly enhanced benefits through stronger and deeper circulation and balancing of the Chi. (suggested donation ** $195). Begin your experience of Seijaku, or review and refine your practice, including the “Maximum Chi Program” and 3 guided meditations. This retreat will also include an Introduction to Justin Stone’s Turiya method of meditation. Contact: Daniel. Please contact me for schedule.
Start Date: May 7, 2024 | TCC Intensive, May 7, 8, 10, 11. This course consists of approx. 3 full days and one half day for detailed review/refinement of all of the TCC movements. Recommended for serious students and for all TCC accredited teachers periodically. Required for attendance at a TCC Teacher Accreditation Course! Please see the main “calendar of events” page of this website for details. Taught by TCC Teacher Trainer, Daniel Pienciak, zoom-hosted by Carolyn Pogwist.
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Address (Building or establishment name): 42 Main St Bradley Beach New Jersey 07720 United States
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T’ai Chi Chih and Seijaku have been the crowning joy of my life and work. I first studied T’ai Chi Chih in 1995, while pursuing holistic bodywork studies, becoming a Reiki Master, and a practitioner of Integrated Energy Therapy. I was accredited to teach T’ai Chi Chih in 1997, and was accredited to teach Seijaku by Originator Justin Stone a Read more...