Mindful Way Meditation and Retreat Centre was co-founded by Wanda Bowman Taylor M.A., M.D. F.R.C.P.C. and Max Marian Kalinowski in 2009. The intention for the Retreat Centre was to provide a safe and serene sanctuary for women, in which to explore and investigate their inner landscape through mindfulness meditation and to cultivate awareness and self-compassion to support their health and well-being. It is also our wish to expand knowledge of how mindfulness-based approaches may be integrated into a way of being in the world.

Dr. Wanda Bowman Taylor

Wanda Bowman Taylor is a retired psychiatrist who has specialized in Women’s Mental Health for over 25 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Toronto and received her Doctor of Medicine also from the University of Toronto. Currently as a registered psychotherapist, Dr. Taylor integrates mindfulness-based approaches in her work with women who have suffered from depression and anxiety. She has taken professional trainings in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Jon-Kabat-Zinn Ph.D. and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Zindel Segel Ph.D. among others, and has her own long-term Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness practice. Dr. Taylor has received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings transmitted by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2013.

Max Marian Kalinowski

Max Marian Kalinowski became interested in Zen Buddhism in the late 1970’s when he joined the Zen Buddhist Centre in Warsaw, Poland started by Zen monk Philippe Kapleau. He continues his practice as an integral part of the Mindful Way Meditation and Retreat Centre through his presence and the many nourishing meals he has prepared for our events. Mindful Way is also graced with many of his abstract paintings which are inspired by his practice.

Gail Sauer

Gail Sauer graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2008. She practices as a licensed naturopathic physician at Balanced Living Massage and Wellness in Markham.

In her years of clinical practice, Gail has obtained the FABNO designation (Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology), setting her apart in the world of integrated medicine. She supports both a general practice and an integrated oncology practice, collaborating with MDs at Markham Stouffville Hospital and numerous private clinics including Medicor (Toronto), Dhaya Research and Wellness Institute (Pickering) and the Buffalo Centre for Oncology (Buffalo, NY).

In her 8 years of practice, Gail has been awarded both Markham’s Best Naturopathic Doctor and Best Homeopathic Doctor for 5 consecutive years, She is an integral part of the Markham/Stouffville community, with her regular participation in local charity events including the Ride for Karen, Walk and Roll March of Dimes fundraiser and the MSH health fair.

Gail’s interest in Buddhist psychology and philosophy has been longstanding, with her pratice of Buddhist meditation and yoga beginning in her teenage years. Her travel in India and extended stay at a Yoga Ashram there coupled with regular practice has fostered a deepening spiritual awareness.

Janie Riviere

Janie is the co-owner of Cycle Life, located in Pickering, ON. As an entrepreneur with a background in business administration, she oversees a variety of tasks, including advertising and marketing, finance and book keeping, human resources, administrative duties, website management and assisting with social media. She loves being part of an industry that brings people fun, fitness and good health. Janie is also a proud mother of two lovely children and one cuddly dog.

Janie attended Adapted-Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy lead by Dr.Taylor in 2009 and more recently, Learning the Art of Liberation – Mindfully, 7 day Silent Retreat also lead by Dr.Taylor. She regularly attends Mindful Way Retreats and Maintenance Sessions to supplement and support her daily mindfulness practice. Janie is happy to assist with the administrative tasks and social media for Mindful Way Meditation and Retreat Centre.

Board of Directors

Wanda Bowman Taylor – Co-Founder, Director and Guiding Teacher
Max Marian Kalinowski – Co-Founder and CFO