The Padakun Associates

The Padakun Centre for Contemplative Walking invites interested researchers and practitioners to participate in this exciting project of contemplative walking.

Our Centre is supported by the efforts of these associates:

Innen Ray Parchelo, MSW

Innen is the Coordinator of The Padakun Centre. He has been a clinical social worker for over 30 years with a specialty in mindfulness methods. He is also an ordained Tendai Buddhist priest and founder of Tendai Canada and its home sangha, The Red Maple Tendai Sangha. He is the author of Walk Like A Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practice, the foundation book for the study of contemplative walking. He is a dedicated walker, certified pole walking instructor, who has walked widely on four different continents.

Frances Garrett, Ph.D

Frances is an Associate Professor of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, and Associate Chair of the Department for the Study of Religion, where she has taught since 2003. Her research focuses on Tibetan religious history and its relations with other forms of Tibetan intellectual and literary culture, especially medicine. She has also begun a project focused on contemporary and historical stories about Himalayan mountains, She was the 2010-2011 Director of the Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative.

Emily Hladkowicz, M.A.Ed

Emily is the Clinical Research Coordinator at The Ottawa Hospital with a special interest in aging and seniors. She is a dedicated walker.





Edwin Korver

Edwin is a Civil Engineer and IT consultant living in Holland. He specializes in application design, marketing management, and  social media development for his businesses Tenfore and iCity Magazine.



Lara Mylly

Lara is the Community Development and Health Promotion specialist for the Whitewater-Bromley Community Health Centre in Renfrew County, Ontario. She specializes in fitness programming, and is a pole walking master trainer.




Chris Nettles, Ph.D.

Chris is the Program Manager for Integrated Health Care at the American Psychological Association. He is an ordained Tendai Buddhist priest and leader of the Great River Tendai Sangha in Washington, DC.



and , we can’t forget…


Joshu is the official walking mascot for The Padakun Centre. He is a 12 year old Havanese boy who loves walking more than any of us.




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