Ed Williamson


Ed Williamson is the founder and owner of Pathways Center in Millis, MA, which he opened in 2014. The center was a longtime dream for Ed of having a place where people could find a wide range of offerings to facilitate a path to wellness and joy.

Ed was born in Ireland and moved to the U.S. in 1985, where he continued training in the martial arts and worked as a carpenter. His desire to seek all things spiritual from an early age led him to mindfulness and meditation, which became a large part of his life and teaching.

Ed teaches Tai Chi, mindfulness courses for teens and adults, and meditation. He gives talks and seminars, and writes essays on these subjects. Ed has presented at companies, schools, and health centers.

Ed is a Tai Ji Master in Ling Kong Shen Shi Men, a level granted to him by Grand Master Gou Ming (George) Xu. He received a Chief Instructor Certificate, one of a handful given to instructors outside of China, from Master Xu, the president of the World Association of Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Ed’s personal style of Tai Chi, which he teaches at Pathways, is He Shen (Harmony with Spirit).

Ed Scheffer

Physical Therapist

Ed Schaeffer, MSPT, IMT,C. holds advanced degrees in physical therapy, with a specialty area in integrative manual therapy, a unique hands-on approach to healing the human body so it can restore balance and self-correct. Ed also has extensive training in visceral manipulation, joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy and sports medicine. 

Marcia Coakley

Nia Dance Instructor

Dancing since she was young, Marcia Coakley loves guiding people to expand their sensation awareness and mind/body agility. From her first Nia class she was hooked. This was what she was looking for: to move, to feel better, more fit, and more functional for her whole life. And everybody can.


Belly Dancing Instructor

Tara has studied and performed belly dancing for most of her life. She has founded several dance companies throughout her career, the latest of which is Bellydancing by Tara based out of Millis. She has also published bellydancing training DVDs which offers step by step guides to this mesmorizing cultural expression. Tara enjoys sharing her love of dance with people of all ages at her own studio and at the studio at Pathways in Millis.  

Wendy Derby

Tai Chi Instructor

Wendy Derby has been practicing Tai Chi for over five years as a student of Master Ed Williamson. As one of his top students, Wendy has taught classes on her own and assisted in many others. Her unique gifts with energy awareness and movement make her a wonderful teacher who is very aware of what the student needs.

Wanda Lipson

Social Worker

Wanda Lipson, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker specializing in relationship with self, others, and the environment. With over 10 years of experience and practice in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Reintegration work in adults and children, Relationship Counseling and Family Therapy, she shares the art of self-actualization in an emotionally safe space created with genuine love of her craft and people.