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Our patron and Board

The Board of the Centre is responsible for the overall management and direction of lifeflow. Meetings are held throughout the year, and the Board then reports to the Centre’s Annual General Meeting. A financial report is tabled at Board meetings and at the Annual general Meeting.

Our Patron

John Willoughby

Professor John Willoughby

John Willoughby graduated in Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1968, and specialised in Neurology after training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Royal Post-Graduate Medical School (Hammersmith) London and the Montreal General Hospital. He then obtained a PhD in Neurosciences from McGill University Montreal in 1977. He has been at Flinders University and Medical Centre since 1977, where he is Emeritus Professor in Medicine and Honorary Consultant Neurologist. His interest in meditation was stimulated by his long-standing interest in consciousness, the reassurance of a colleague interested in meditation and a determined student who wished to examine the neurophysiology of meditation. These brought John into his first contact with The Lifeflow Meditation Centre.

Our Board

Patricia Barrett

Patricia Barrett

Patricia Barrett is a Registered Psychologist who operates a small boutique clinical counselling practice and Executive Coaching business, as well as, most recently, working with the Department for Child Protection establishing and implementing its staff wellbeing framework. Previously, Patricia managed a national organisation at a state based level, with full responsibility for budgets, human resources, quality control marketing, and business development.

Patricia has had a long, over 20 years, and enjoyable association with Lifeflow. She personally uses meditation as a daily practice and encourages her own clients to incorporate meditation techniques into their own lives for greater overall wellbeing.

Derek Clark

Derek had a long career with the large accounting and advisory firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Most of his time was in Adelaide although he also had spells with the firm in London, Singapore, Jakarta and Kazakhstan.

Derek’s principal area of expertise was as an external auditor, but he also has experience in internal audit, risk management and corporate governance. His clients were mostly large corporates, although his experience extended to the NFP and government sectors.

Derek is now a member of a number of NFP boards.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australian New Zealand and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Robert Anderson

Rob Anderson

BE (Hons.); PhD
Rob is an engineer in private practice and part-time academic working in the area of forensic accident investigation. He was previously at the University of Adelaide where he was an Associate Professor at the Centre for Automotive Safety Research. Rob was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills, and is married with four children. Rob has been involved with Lifeflow since 2003.

Steve Begg

Steve Begg

Steve Begg is an Emeritus Professor of Decision-making at the University of Adelaide. His focus is on tools and processes for making reliable judgements and good decisions  under uncertainty and complexity, including psychological and economic factors (“good” meaning identifying the option that will give the most of what is wanted from a decision).  He also has a small company which provides corporate training in decision-making, from first-line workers to senior executive levels.

A geophysicist by education, before coming to Adelaide in 2002, he spent 20 years in industry as:  marketing director for strategic planning and decision-science with a Fortune 500 company in Austin Texas;  senior geologist and senior engineer roles with BP in Anchorage, Alaska (the best place he has lived); a researcher and manager with BP Research in the UK. The topics of risk and uncertainty have been a constant throughout these varied positions.

John Burston - meditation teacher

John Burston

BSc (Mathematical Sciences)
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 the Lifeflow curriculum 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.

Margaret Faulkner

Margaret Faulkner

Dr Margaret Faulkner is a Senior Marketing Scientist at the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute at University of South Australia. Margaret has worked on projects ranging from examining distinctive assets for global brands to helping local not-for-profits avoid wasting precious resources on ineffective marketing practices.

Her research has been published in various academic journals. She is a Certified Practicing Marketer of the Australian Marketing Institute, Fellow of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation in South Australia and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course: Governance Foundations for the Not-for-Profit Directors. Margaret has been a member of Lifeflow for over 15 years.

Ben Dollman - meditation teacher

Ben Dollman

B Mus (Hons); M. Environmental Studies
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.

Bronwyn Zanker

LLB (Flinders University) GDLP (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice)

Bronwyn has over 40 years of experience in matters of law. She commenced her career in the South Australian Police Department serving in various operational and non-operational areas including prosecution services where her interest in becoming a lawyer was stimulated. Bronwyn worked as both a supervising senior prosecutor and assistant disciplinary review officer where she was responsible for adjudicating briefs of law and prosecuting breaches of South Australian acts and regulations.

Her interest in meditation began in 2008 when she completed the courses available at Lifeflow and attended various weekend retreats. Bronwyn has successfully incorporated her meditation practice into daily life, appreciating that it delivers both calmness and clarity to her daily life. 

Dr Graham Williams

Dr Graham Williams

PhD (Adelaide), B Mus, Grad Dip Ed, Dip Concert (Paris)
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.

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Our teachers

Our teachers

We have highly qualified and experienced meditation teachers at all courses and retreats, each with a minimum of ten years training with Lifeflow.
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Discover more about membership ...

If you are looking to go further with meditation then membership is for you. Enjoy benefits including 10% discount on all courses and retreats, borrowing rights to our library, members only classes, retreats and more.
Member's retreats

Member's retreats

Members' retreats build on what is covered in our public retreats and then take the practises to a much more advanced level.