| Instructor Kathy Hassett earned her master's degree in education at the State University of New York, New Paltz in 1976. A 12-year career teaching high school special education was followed by a successful 25 year career in business with a large international corporation. In 1995 Hassett began practicing tai chi and qi gung which led to the completion of a 1500-hour program at the Taoist Sanctuary in San Diego to learn to teach eastern exercises for health. Hassett was ordained as both a Buddhist and a Taoist priest in 2008 and became a Dahn Master in 2015. At OLLI she teaches Eastern Philosophy: Taoism and Buddhism, Meridian Stretching, and Meditation for Those Who Hate to Meditate!