Laurie participates in ongoing daily learning, meditation, study, retreat and writing with psychotherapists, teachers and spiritual friends, Bill Morgan, PsyD and Susan Morgan, MSN, RN, CS. Laurie feels beyond fortunate to have met Bill and Susan at the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy in 2017 as they are the main meditation teachers for the program. Bill and Susan have extensive study and experience and completed a four year silent retreat together. Susan has practiced in the Zen, Vipassana and more recently Tibetan practices and now is drawn to work with therapists and caregivers seeking to deepen their own meditation practice and therapeutic presence. Susan is a true gift for the mindfulness + psychotherapy world. Bill has lived in a Trappist monastery, at a Zen Center in California and also lived at Chogyam Trungpa’s Tibetan center in Boston upon graduating in 1975. He ultimately gravitated towards Vipassana practice and taught several lengthy course teachings at the Insight Meditation Society with Joseph Goldstein. Following this, he earned a Psy.D. and began a private practice in Cambridge and Quincy. More can be learned about Bill and Susan at billandsusan.org Laurie also has had a long-time relationship and friendship with the Theravada monks since 2005. This relationship formed many years before the temple (NMR Meditation Center) opened to the public in 2014. Prior to the stunning new temple, the NMR meditation center was a small farmhouse where the monks lived and practiced. Laurie would go and “sit” with her own suffering and this was how her journey began with meditation and mindfulness. Laurie is also committed to examining the role love and justice has in her meditation + spiritual practice. She continues to seek opportunities to learn from and study particularly the work of teachers Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Sensei and Lama Rod Owens. Finally, she actively sits in monthly sangha meetings with other psychotherapists around the state, country, and world to discuss the work of psychotherapy, Buddhist practice + study. With this, Laurie does offer meditation classes and they are usually held at the NMR Meditation Center, now the second largest Thai temple in the world in Raynham, MA. Unfortunately no classes or retreats are being offered at this time due to Coronavirus.