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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.

Laura Gorman was introduced to Buddhist traditions and practice by a former Tibetan Buddhist monk in 2009.  She began attending the Dharma Centre in 2010 and has been practicing and receiving teachings from Susan Child since then.  She has also attended teachings by Ken McLeod, a retreat for educators with Thich Nhat Hanh and trained with Soryu Forall in Mind the Music, an instructional technique for working with adolescents. Laura is currently instructing the 8-week Introduction to Mindfulness meditation  course.


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.

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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.