Gabriel (formerly William) was born in Québec city and grew up in the suburbs around Montreal. After having finished high school, his spiritual search took him to the roads and forests of Canada. On that journey someone gave him a pamphlet describing the Goenka retreat. He went and ended up spending almost a year there. There, he read about the Buddha’s life and heard of Tisarana which inspired him to go forth and live a life of simplicity and renunciation. He took the Anagarika precepts on May 18 2019.