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Our Instructors

Patricia Kent

Set up and run by Patricia Kent, Lilac Moon Tai Chi is based in the rural township of Trentham, Victoria.  Patricia also runs classes at community centres and halls in the neighbouring towns of Ballan, Gisborne and Kyneton.

For more information about Patricia, go to the About Patricia page.


Sandra Pearce

In 2006 my Tai Chi journey began with Patricia Kent, Lilac Moon Tai Chi, at the Meredith Community Centre.

As a mature aged woman, Tai Chi appealed to me as I wanted to build upon my health & fitness.

As a young single female, my sporting interest was in netball as a player. Some years later after experiencing netball injuries and playing socially after having 3 children, my body joints were yelling at me! So, I retired from playing and concentrated on developingmy skills in umpiring, which I had only dabbled at earlier.

My understanding, knowledge and commitment (supposedly a non- contact sport) grew to another unimaginable level, umpiring young children and adult men and women of all abilities and levels of the game, which I continue to do.

And that experience has been replicated in joining the Lilac Moon Tai Chi family, when I made a further commitment to accept the role as Tai Chi instructor in 2013. It is a privilege and an honour to share the knowledge, understanding and skills that I have learnt over the years with other enthusiasts.

I am pleased to hear and see that Tai Chi is being recognised and recommended by Health Practitioners for people to participate in a gentle form of exercise.

I look forward to sharing this ancient Chinese art form with you.

Namaste Sandra.


Desma Blow

I was born and raised in Geelong, Victoria. I worked in Sydney before marrying my husband Ron, we had three children before moving back to Victoria, living in Meredith.

In 1998 I asked if we could get a Tai Chi tutor to come and teach in Meredith Community Centre. We had Jeff Davis for eight years, then Patricia Kent from Lilac Moon Tai Chi came to tutor us, and she has been my teacher, mentor and great friend ever since. I have also trained with Master Liu Wan Chan from Melbourne, and Grand Master Lu in Beidaihe, China.

In 2013 I began teaching classes in Bannockburn, where I now live, and in 2014 Teesdale, which I am enjoying immensely.

Patricia has taught me so much more and given me a greater appreciation of this gentle but powerful Tai Chi martial art form, which I endeavour to pass on to my students, so they benefit too. After 20 years of doing Tai Chi I have a greater sense of well-being, balance, strength and inner peace. I hope to pass this on to my children and five grandchildren, who already have a respect for their ‘strong’ grandmother.


Patrick Bonello

Patrick has been training with Patricia for around 8 years and instructs in Ballan.

I began my Tai Chi journey in Geelong in 1993 learning a short Yang form, the venue didn’t offer more advanced classes so I began looking for a new teacher. A brief stint at another training centre helped me understand that some teachers are not the right fit. It took me 12 years to take up Tai Chi again, this time in Melbourne where I learned the Yang 10, 24 and the 32 Sword form.

When I moved away from the big city to the rural town of Ballan I discovered Patrica Kent and the Lilac Moon Tai Chi school. I was and continue to be awed by her skill, compassion and enthusiasm. Patricia has become more than a teacher, she is my Tai Chi master.

I have been honoured to spend eight years training with Patricia, we have visited China and trained with her master and grand master. She constantly inspires me to greater things and convinced me in 2016 to use my training skills to teach Tai Chi. I am very humbled to share Tai Chi with my students and forever appreciate being part of the Lilac Moon Tai chi family.

Through Patrick's business Genesis FX, he is also responsible for the DVD training material available to students - the filming to the editing to the final product.


Sharrone Brown

My serious Tai Chi training began 22 yrs ago when l met Patricia in Tasmania, after 4 yrs of training Patricia gave me the honour of becoming an instructor with Lilac Moon Tai Chi School.

Teaching Tai Chi is my passion and purpose, it is  a privilage to meet so many different people in my classes and share this age honoured art.

I have taught classes in Tas, Vic and now I'm based in Iluka NSW and have classes in the Clarence Valley.

Happy Days! Sharrone


Tim Doyle

My Tai Chi journey began in 2003 with Patricia learning the basics and the beautiful Lilac Moon form as well as Wu and Yang style forms.

During this time I was lucky enough to join in some workshops with Master Liu Wan Chun around Tasmania and gain a further insight into the wonders of Tai Chi.

When Patricia moved to Trentham I continued to train by myself for about two years.

As time went by I felt the need to learn more and wanted to train in a more organised situation. That was when I joined in classes with Sharrone in Deloraine. About eight, great years of learning and close fellowship followed. Now that Sharrone has moved on to live in NSW we have been left without an instructor and the ball (or bag of them) was passed on to me to keep or Deloraine classes going. I am hoping in the future to be able to travel to Victoria to train with and learn more from Patricia and Master Liu to improve my knowledge of Tai Chi and gain the confidence to pass that on to others.  We are a small group and continue on with the tradition of light hearted and fun gatherings to practice what we have learned. New members to our group are always welcome.