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Our Collective of Teachers at Silver Lotus Training Institute

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
Janet DeFeo Joe Mirabella
Sharon Downs Silvia Ritchie
Judy Hayes Barbara Spears
Pat Hendrick Marcia Stewart
Martrise Jones Sharon Vaughn
Lynne Judd Mariann Fox Wolskee
Maryann Meyer Martin Zombro

MA, MSW, (Retired LCSW-C, E-RYT 500)

Susan is the founder and director of Silver Lotus Training Institute. She has trained more than 100 yoga teachers in the Svadhyaya Yoga™ that she developed from her extensive experience in psychotherapy and her interest in contemporary Body/Mind psychology.  Susan now dedicates herself to the development of Tai Chi and Qigong programs for health and is dedicated to individualizing healing techniques to fit the needs of those with whom she works. She teaches community classes, teacher training programs, tai chi to people with movement disorders and qigong to all levels of players.  >>Read more...

Contact Susan: 302-381-0585 Email

Ph.D., E-RYT 500, ST

Marianne has trained intensively in Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs and is a Senior Trainer (ST) and Master Trainer (MT) candidate with the Institute. In this role, she assists the Institute with training of TCH instructors throughout the United States. Marianne has also served as a Director and Vice President of the Tai Chi for Health Community (TCHC), a professional organization of U.S.-based Tai Chi instructors. Marianne's special interests include using Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga practices for stress reduction and in recovery from emotional and physical illnesses and injury.    >>Read more...

Contact Marianne: 302-344-6608 Email


After 20+ years as a military wife and retired x-ray/ultrasound tech, Janet settled in southern Delaware. She went with a friend to a tai chi class and found her passion. Janet received her Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) and Fall Prevention teaching certificate and a Qigong for Health teaching certificate from Dr. Lam's Tai Chi for Health Institute. In addition, she earned Level 1 training of Qigong and Beginning Tai Chi Forms from the Silver Lotus Training Institute . She continues to study various forms with Susan Hamadock and Marianne Walch at the Silver Lotus Training Institute . Janet currently teaches Tai Chi for Arthritis and the 24 Form at the Lewes Activity Center.

Contact Janet: 717-701-3552 Email


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.

Contact Sharon: Email


Judy began tai chi training in Dover with Reese and Judy Rigby but quit playing due to family demands. Upon moving to Lewes 6 years ago, she found the Silver Lotus Training Institute and is now certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and the 24 Forms. She finds that Qigong and Tai Chi are like coming home; they are grounding and help with both emotional and physical balance. Judy taught mindfulness to middle school students during her career as a teacher and school counselor. She especially enjoys teaching new students the joys of Qigong and Tai Chi.

Contact Judy: 302-677-0334 Email


Pat Hendrick moved to Southern Delaware in 2007. She was introduced to Tai Chi while working as a Project Manager for AT&T in New Jersey. Joining Silver Lotus Institute in 2010, she found a generous community of players of Tai Chi for Health. Pat has trained in and taught several Tai Chi and Qigong forms including Yang 24 Form, Sun 73 Form, Tai Chi for Diabetes, Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Energy and Tai Chi Fan forms. She currently teaches Tai Chi and Qigong forms at the Cancer Support Community in Rehoboth Beach.

Contact Pat: Email


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 Email


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.

Contact Lynne: Email


Maryann is a retired middle school teacher who relocated to the Lewes area in 2011. She attended classes for Tai Chi for Health with Susan Hamadock and discovered a program for health and wellness that fit into her lifestyle. Maryann is certified in the Yang Style 24 Form from Silver Lotus Institute and plans to continue her practice and training in various forms of Tai Chi for Health, including Qigong and Tai Chi for Diabetes. Maryann is currently co-teaching a Beginners Tai Chi class at Camp Rehoboth on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

Contact Maryann: Email


Joe's telecommunications career spanned 20 years in the Washington DC area. Upon moving to Rehoboth, he took Tai Chi classes for stress reduction and after years of Tai Chi, good health and harmony followed. This good "Chi" lead him to want to share the many benefits with others. Joe was certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis with the Tai Chi for Health Institute and has been teaching Yang and Sun styles since 2008. He also studies and substitute teaches with Silver Lotus Training Institute. He currently teaches beginner and intermediate classes at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center. Classes focus on Qigong exercises and beginner forms in the Yang and Sun Styles. Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that incorporates physical movement, breathing techniques and mental focus. The Tai Chi forms are specifically chosen or created for their health benefits. They are low-impact forms that are slow and gentle on the joints.

Contact Joe: Email


Silvia’s love for Tai Chi started with a few play sessions and has become her passion. The benefits of Qigong/Tai Chi for Health are numerous, it has strengthened her back, built stronger muscles and increased her balance. She wants to spread the benefits of wellbeing of body and mind through Qigong/Tai Chi for Health and is continuing her studies. She is a certified teacher for Level I Qigong/Tai Chi from Silver Lotus Training Institute and is currently teaching beginners Tai Chi at CAMP Rehoboth.

Contact Silvia: Email

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.

Contact Barbara: 410-336-8664 Email

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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Sharon is a retired mathematics and computer science educator. She started her tai chi and qigong journey in 2011 when she started taking private lessons to help with health problems. Over time she started to see improvement in her health and fell in love with tai chi/qigong. She developed the desire to learn all she could not only to help herself but to help others. Sharon is a Board Certified Tai Chi for Health Instructor and has completed Qigong and Tai Chi instructor trainings through Silver Lotus. Sharon teaches many classes in New Jersey. She has also volunteered and offered her services to members of the community.

Contact Sharon: Email

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.

Contact Mariann: Email


Marty’s interest in Tai Chi was piqued while traveling abroad. He has since dedicated much time to exploring and studying this ancient martial art. He finds the fluid motion meditative and it has added to his creativity, especially as a professional musician. Marty tries to instill these spiritual elements of peace and balance into his classes, so that others may come to enjoy more harmony in their lives.

Contact Marty: Email