A life dedicated to service...

Peter RennerFollowing 10 years in the European hotel business and another 25 in Canadian corporate and higher education, I retired from paid work in 2001 to enter monastic training in Zen Buddhism and take a vow “to be of service.” I subsequently trained in end-of-life care, worked in hospice spiritual care, and completed foundational training in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn. I frequently go on silent retreats to deepen my practice.

I’m enjoying student life at the University of Victoria for an MA in Germanic Studies. My research interest is the European refugee crisis with a focus on the plight of unaccompanied children.

“Peter is a kind, gentle, powerful teacher. He offers a plethora of meditation tools to guide his students along their path of mindfulness. He’s without pretensions and uses humour and humility to great effect.” ~ Nigel D.

“Peter brought serenity and balance back into my life during a time of crisis. I continue to use the techniques I learned in his meditation sessions on a daily basis. When I can’t attend a class, I listen to his recorded words — that voice is such a gift. I feel so blessed to have Peter be part of my healing journey.” ~ Oma Brenda