• Patrik Donahue


    I am consciousness.


    You are consciousness.


    We are one.


    Clarifying and being this is the dance and song of our process work together.


    For the benefit of all and the realization of humanity one.












  • A.J. Allen


    Diamond Essence is an umbrella organization under which I teach others and participate in my own evolution as a teacher, student, and traveler on the path to Enlightenment. This organization embodies the interactive elements of the Tai Chi and Arica Schools, for the Benefit of All.

    I have studied Tai Chi since 1975, and have been teaching it since 1988. In 1975, I initiated studying with the Arica Institute, and began teaching in 1982. My good fortune has been to participate in a teaching partnership for both schools with Patrik Donahue since 1982.


    My academic background includes an undergraduate degree in English/French and a graduate degree in Public Health Planning and Administration. My work career has spanned self-employment, private/nonprofit and federal/state governmental agencies. Most recently, I have been a health services planner/project manager for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. I retired from government service in 2009.


    In addition to continuing with Tai Chi teaching, I also bike regularly and cultivate my backyard garden.






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