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Faculty & Staff

Meet the people who administer and instruct the classes, workshops, and Teacher Training Programs at Silver Lotus Training Institute. For more information about classes and schedules, click here.

Susan Hamadock, Director Marianne Walch, Assoc. Director
Sharon Downs Barbara Spears
Pat Hendrick Marcia Stewart
Martrise Jones Mariann Fox Wolskee
Lynne Judd  


Susan is the founder and director of Silver Lotus Training Institute. Susan has been training Yoga teachers since 1994. Her style of yoga, Svadhyaya Yoga™ emerged from her extensive experience in psychotherapy, her deep love of the healing aspects of Classical Yoga and her interest in contemporary Body/Mind psychology.    >>Read more...

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Ph.D., E-RYT 500, ST

Marianne is an experienced Svadhyaya Yoga™ teacher, as well as a Senior Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute.  She is registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance and is a senior faculty member in the Silver Lotus yoga and tai chi teacher training programs.  Marianne teaches classes for people affected by cancer through the Cancer Support Community of Delaware and serves on the board (and as website administrator) of the U.S. Tai Chi for Health Community.   >>Read more...

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Sharon received her teaching certificate in Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Diabetes in 2012.  She teaches a variety of classes specializing in working with beginners.  Her biggest joy is when her students’ share how Tai Chi is helping them improve their health.  Sharon received a Master’s Degree in Dance Education in 1979 from Temple University.  She has been a Transformation Facilitator for the past 20 years, helping individuals reduce their stress and change their lives.  She currently works full time as an Activity Therapist at a nearby psychiatric hospital.  She teaches her patients to use Tai Chi as a positive coping skill and tool to manage stress.  She continues to study Tai Chi at the Silver Lotus Training Institute under the guidance of Susan Hamadock.

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Pat Hendrick retired and moved to Southern Delaware in 2007. She was looking for the opportunity to get back to the practice of Tai Chi. In Silver Lotus Institute, she found the perfect community of players of Tai Chi for Health and the environment in which to expand her skill. Pat is certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Energy.

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Martrise is a retired Network Analyst from NYC. Martrise relocated to Delaware in 2005, where she started study of Tai Chi/ Qigong with Silver Lotus. Martrise had Chair Tai Classes at the Cheer center from 2012-2014. She teaches a Parkinson’s group on Tuesdays at the Rehoboth YMCA 02:00-03:00 pm and a Chair Tai Chi at Brandywine in Rehoboth on Wednesdays 01:30-02:30. Martrise is certified in Tai Chi Arthritis, Diabetes. Energy 1&2 was certified 2014 by Dr.Paul Lam . She also studies Yang style short form with Deborah Davies at UUSD.

Contact Martrise: (302) 644-8921, or


Lynne began training in Tai Kwon Do, an external or “hard” martial art, in 1998. After observing Tai Chi classes, though, she found herself captivated by the slow, flowing movement of the forms, so she switched to this internal or “soft” martial art. Lynne studied the Yang Long Form with Irv Wynn, whose teacher had studied with Cheng Man-Ching, widely recognized for being instrumental in spreading Tai Chi to the United States.   Since her move to Delaware, Lynne has been studying Qigong, Yang , Sun, and Fan forms with Susan Hamadock.   Lynne is a certified Tai Chi for Health Instructor and teaches the Yang 24 Form, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Arthritis, and Qigong.  She is available for group and private classes.

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E-RYT 500

Barbara has studied yoga since 1995 and has been teaching yoga classes and workshops for over ten years in Maryland and Delaware. She teaches with passion and enthusiasm incorporating aspects from many yoga styles she has studied including heart qualities, such as joy and kindness from Anusara Yoga, healing aspects from Classical Yoga and study of the self from Svadhyaya Yoga. Her classes have a compassionate and nurturing feel and include building physical strength, focusing the mind, breath awareness, and relaxation. Students are encouraged to practice yoga from “within”, enjoy a path of self-discovery and join body, mind and spirit to bring about feelings of well-being, happiness and peace. In addition to traditional yoga classes, she enjoys helping cancer and Parkinson’s disease patients with carefully designed yoga techniques, teaching meditation workshops, stress relaxation classes, and partner yoga workshops. Barbara is also an instructor in the Silver Lotus yoga teacher training program.

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RYT 200

Marci is a certified and Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Energy with Tai Chi for Health Institute. She is certified to teach Beginning Tai Chi with Silver Lotus Training Institute. She has been teaching at Silver Lotus and Cancer Support Community Delaware since 2010.

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RYT 500

Mariann Fox Wolskee, Lcsw Is an experienced mental health practitioner who is certified through Silver lotus training institute to teach yoga (500 hr) and beginning tai chi. She currently teaches classes in both, for stroke support groups . And has taught chair yoga for Jewish Family Services in lewes, Delaware. Having grown up in a dance studio, her love for the joy and benefits of dance and movement is life long. A stroke in 2014, led to studying tai chi as a compliment for health recovery, particularly balance . Sharing these benefits with others is a mission of grace.

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