Susan Gillis Chapman
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Susan Gillis Chapman

Susan Gillis Chapman grew up in Vancouver, BC. She first learned the principles of mindful communication as a student at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, and from her father, a physician and philosopher who practiced the art of medicine as a listening skill. Susan received a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa Institute ( University) in Boulder Colorado. Her career as a marital and family therapist included ten years working in the field of domestic violence. In 1989 she became clinical director of Tongass Community Counseling Center in Juneau Alaska. She married her husband, Jerry, in 1988, after having been a single mother for 12 years. "Jerry bonded with my son Sheehan before he and I even met". They've been happily married ever since. In 1997 Susan and Jerry began a three year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, mentored by Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron. Following this, Susan was appointed to lead this program for the next six years. In 2008 they returned to the Vancouver area where Susan spent the next 12 years traveling and teaching internationally. In the summer of 2020, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, she retired and is dedicating the following year to healing and meditation retreats.
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