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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 is a Registered Massage Therapist and Shiatsu Therapist with an extensive background in Eastern as well as Western approaches to optimum wellness. He began meditating in 1974 when he was introduced to TM. In 1975 he attended a two week retreat at Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre, in Scotland. Later, in the eighties, for several years, he practiced in the Soto style of Zen Buddhism. He attended a number of retreats in the UK, and here in Canada, with amongst others, Stephen and Michelle Smith and James Baraz. Robin's passion for mindful movement practices began with lessons in the Alexander Technique. Later, in 1979, after reading "Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain" he attended a workshop with its author, Huang Chungliang (Al Huang), in London, England which inspired him greatly. Robin was beginning to evolve an awareness of the reciprocal relationship between mind and body. He has studied with Tai Chi masters in the UK, Taiwan, the USA and here in Canada.
Qigong: (pronounce it Chee-gong)  is an umbrella term for "internal exercises"; practices which work with the subtle energy that in Chinese is called Qi (Chee). Qigong is a mindful movement practice, and is an excellent complement to sitting mindfulness practice.