Gurney began studying Tai Chi with Sifu Lee Shiu Pak in 1978 while pursuing a dance career in Montreal. For nearly 20 years she taught in the contemporary dance departments of the Université du Québec and Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, enjoying many opportunities to perform, teach and train with a wide variety of dance and movement professionals.
Her formal training includes a Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy from Antioch University and certifications in Somatic Education from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and the School for Body-Mind Centering.
For the past 15 years she has concentrated on Tai Chi and Qigong studies with many different teachers. She is particularly grateful for the in-depth instructor trainings with Dr. Paul Lam, MD (Tai Chi for Health Institute), Dr. Yang Yang, PhD (Wa-Qi, Center for Taiji and Qigong Studies) and Lee Holden, L.Ac (Holden Qigong).