Laura Good has practiced mediation for most of her life, and began studying Vipassana in 1999 with Howard Cohn at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. While living on the west coast, she also practiced with many Spirit Rock teachers during numerous retreats, workshops and weekly sanghas and has led KM groups in Los Angeles and Nashville. Throughout her travels around the world as a professional musician, she has studied many forms of Buddhism and uses her knowledge of Pali chanting, music, art and yoga in her life and work. She is graduate of Columbia College, where she was a Weisman Scholar and earned a degree in Music and Creative Writing. She recently settled in Charlottesville with her family.
Robert Hodge MD
(Bob) first came to White Hall in 1976 and returned in 2013 after 16 years in Columbia, Missouri. In addition to his professional career at the University of Missouri, he was an Insight Meditation teacher at Show Me Dharma. He has studied under Matt Flickstein and the late Ginny Morgan, in addition to attending numerous meditation retreats and teacher-training courses. At the University of Missouri-Columbia, he was on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine and is now Professor Emeritus. Bob is also a certified Enneagram Teacher in the Oral Tradition by Helen Palmer and David Daniels and has conducted workshops on The Enneagram and Mindfulness.
Phyllis Reed Gardner
White Hall Meditation became a part of Phyllis’ Life as she transitioned from Nelson County homeowner to a Charlottesville community in 2019. She has been a self-taught student of human behavior since she first talked with trees as a child. Her eight years with Gary Zukav, as a student in the Authentic Power Program, gave her the opportunity to listen to her body along with her thoughts, and to learn that she always has the choice to live from love. Her experiential learning has brought many teachers of the Buddhist tradition into her presence, starting with Tara Brach about 20 years ago. She is a person who writes, a person who reads, a person who studies, a person who meditates, a person who practices yoga; and for this past year, a person who shares what she has experienced with both the White Hall Meditation and Serenity Sanghas. Phyllis has a background in administration and marketing with an associate degree in business development, which has taught her a great deal about the consequences of choice. Sharing what she has worked toward learning her entire adulthood is an honor she chooses now with joy and gratitude.