The Lifeflow Teachers
The Lifeflow Meditation Centre provides highly qualified and experienced meditation teachers at all courses and retreats. The principal teacher is Dr. Graham Williams and there are currently another ten teachers / associate teachers in the Centre, who make up a dedicated and committed team. All teachers have at least ten years of individual meditation training, including many months of advanced retreat practice. They have all been trained in guiding meditations and leading courses and retreats for people from all walks of life. In addition, we engage a select number of highly skilled professionals to provide additional courses, such as yoga and meditation for kids.
Director of Centre
Dr Graham Williams
Dr. Graham Williams is the Founder and Director of Lifeflow. He trained in the Tibetan and Burmese Buddhist meditation traditions, and has over 35 years of teaching experience with local, interstate and overseas students. Graham is a concert pianist and scholar who taught piano students at Adelaide University for over 20 years; he still teaches privately. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Flinders University in the School of Medicine.
Lifeflow Teachers (alphabetical order)
Director of Teaching
John has taught meditation since 1996; his training including a year-long retreat and advanced practices in Insight and Yoga-Tantra. Formerly working in IT, he now oversees Lifeflow’s daily operations and teaches a wide range of Lifeflow courses, retreats and workplace sessions, and mentors individual students. He loves bushwalking, keeping fit, travel and good food with close friends and family.
Ann joined the Lifeflow team in 2000 after ten years’ meditation training, a year-long retreat and 20 years of yoga practice. She undertakes ongoing retreat work and professional development, particularly in the area of emotional wellbeing. She teaches the Learn to Meditate course, Level 2, Teacher Training Program, corporate and school sessions and public and members’ retreats.
Ben Dollman recently joined the Lifeflow teaching team. Over ten years’ experience as a meditation practitioner shaped his commitment to meditation being an integral part of life.
In Ben’s work as a professional violinist and teacher he has been able to use many Lifeflow skills, and is passionate about helping people to enhance their own lives through meditation.
Lisa first met meditation in 1990, established a dedicated practice in the late 1990s, and began teaching at Lifeflow in 2009. In 2014 she completed a one-year retreat based at the Tara Hills Retreat Centre.
Lisa currently teaches the Learn to Meditate and Level 2 courses, runs weekend and 7-day retreats, and provides workplace training and guided meditation sessions.
Gretta began teaching with Lifeflow in 2005, has completed a year-long retreat and undertakes regular retreat practice. She teaches Learn to Meditate and Level 2 courses, weekend retreats, occasional workplace and personal sessions and assists in the Teacher Training Program. Gretta also works as a Communications Officer and loves ethnographic research, writing, road trips, belly laughs and being in nature.
Janine has been an active member of Lifeflow since 1992 and a teacher since 2012. She has practised meditation for 30+ years, studying with both Buddhist and secular teachers. Janine completed a year-long retreat and undertakes regular retreat work. She teaches the Learn to Meditate course and on weekend retreats, and also works part-time in the social services sector.
Ian has regularly practiced meditation since 1973 studying in both Indian and Tibetan traditions including a year retreat in 1980. He has been an active member of Lifeflow since 1999 and a meditation teacher since 2009. He also lectures and researches in agricultural science at the University of Adelaide.
Nicole began teaching the Learn to Meditate course in early 2015 following ten years’ study in meditation. She regularly undertakes retreats to supplement her daily meditation practice. Nicole finds the skills acquired through meditation invaluable in her role as a mother to young children and in her employment as a paramedic. She is also a respite foster carer for disadvantaged children.
Robyn Walden has been a member of Lifeflow since 1981. Robyn teaches the Learn to Meditate and Level 2 courses, takes occasional workplace sessions and also weekend and 7-day retreats. She has completed a year-long retreat and regularly devotes two to three weeks each year to retreat work. Robyn established and still manages the library at the Lifeflow Studio.
Catherine joined the Lifeflow team in 2014 after eleven years of training with the Centre. She has led guided meditation sessions for classes, retreats, corporate and community sessions.
Catherine has run a commercial photography business since 1994 and has found the tool of meditation incomparable to enhancing creativity, managing the pressures of work life and finding a deep sense of wellbeing.
Children's meditation teacher
Lois joined Lifeflow in 2011 after spending two years studying meditation practices through a Seminary in New York. As a speech and drama teacher for most of her life she taught relaxation as an essential part of speaking and acting skills. It was therefore a seamless transition to offer meditation classes to children and teens at Lifeflow in early 2015.
Margie has been a yoga practitioner since 1979 and a teacher since 1982. In 1984 she studied with BKS Iyengar in Pune, India. From 1985–2002 she ran the Ayama Yoga Academy. Margie has been a member of Lifeflow since 2008, has completed the five-year study program and completed the Certificate in Meditation Teacher Training Levels 1 and 2.