Peter Wayne

Peter Wayne, PhD, is an internationally recognized teacher of tai chi and qigong, uniquely qualified to bridge traditional Eastern wisdom with leading-edge contemporary science. He has 40 years of training experience in tai chi and qigong, and is the founder and director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center.

Wayne is also the director of research for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he has led or collaborated on more than 20 National Institute of Medicine grants evaluating the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying tai chi’s therapeutic effects. His commitment to translating academic research to educate mind-body practitioners and teachers is reflected in his book, Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, which received an Award of Excellence in Medical Communication by the American Medical Writers Association

Assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Peter Wayne is also known for his playful and engaging teaching style. He has the ability to elucidate the principles of Eastern healing arts and provide insights into the un­derlying physiological processes that explain how tai chi improves health.

What Others are Saying About Peter Wayne
"Peter Wayne is that rare individual who is sufficiently ‘bilingual’ to introduce tai chi to a largely open-minded yet skeptical medical community and to sensitively and movingly celebrate its timeless poetry, power, and appeal."
—David Eisenberg, MD, Harvard School of Public Health and the Samueli Institute

“Dr. Wayne gives us a magnificent and useful contribution for the betterment of our health and well-being through the proper integration of tai chi into our lives.”
—Herbert Benson, MD, author of The Relaxation Response and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School 
“Peter Wayne has long been a leader in scientific research into how tai chi boosts health and well-being.”
—Yang Yang, PhD, author of Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power