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Susan Child
began practicing meditation, and engaging in spiritual inquiry in the 1970s. Since 1991, she has been involved extensively in Buddhist  study and practice in Asia, Europe and North America, with respected Dharma teachers, primarily in the Theravadan and Tibetan traditions of Buddhism. She has completed a three-year Buddhist teacher training program with Ken McLeod. She has professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat Zinn, and
has studied Buddhist psychology and Buddhist ministry. Susan is the founder of The Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre― a non-sectarian centre for meditative practice in the Buddhist tradition ― where she is the spiritual coordinator and guiding teacher.

Gwen Sears began practicing in 1999
at the Phommaviharam Temple in Kitchener. She joined the Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre in 2000 and has been practicing as a student of Susan Child since that time. Gwen has attended retreats offered by Ajahn  Viradammo, Ajahn Kusalo, Tsokyni Rimpoche,
Ken McLeod and Susan Child.
Gwen has been offering meditation
instruction at our centre since 2010.

Anna Marie Cipriani came to the centre to begin a meditation practice in 2002 and has been a student of Susan Child’s since that time. Anna Marie has been on retreat and studied with teachers including Ajahn Kusalo, Ajahn Viradammo, Ken McLeod, Molly Swan, Norman Feldman and Shinzen Young. She has professional training with Amy Saltzman in offering mindfulness instruction to children and adolescents.

anna marie

Robin Grant, Certified Shiatsu Therapist and Qigong instructor: www.centreforbalance.com.
Robin is a certified natural health practitioner with an extensive background in both Eastern and Western approaches to optimum wellness. He began meditating in 1974 and has attended retreats in Canada with amongst others, Stephen and Michelle Smith and James Baraz.
Robin's passion for Tai Chi and movement practices began in 1979 when he attended a workshop with Al Chungliang Huang in London, England. He has studied with masters in the UK, Taiwan, the USA and here in Canada.
Qigong: (pronounce it Chee-gong) is an excellent adjunct to sitting practice.