A native of Vermont, Laura moved to Kansas after falling in love with the Flint Hills. She was formally introduced to meditation in 1986, and after experiencing the benefits became a regular meditation practitioner. She is a longtime student of B. Alan Wallace, an internationally known author, scholar and teacher of meditation. He has authorized her to teach a number of different meditation practices. In addition, she became certified as a meditation instructor in Cultivating Emotional Balance under the instruction of Drs. Alan Wallace, Paul Ekman and Eve Ekman. Laura regularly offers meditation classes nationwide. For current classes, please check here.
Laura spent 25 years as a bodywork therapist and energy practitioner, teaching energy work during most of this time. She retired from these activities in the spring of 2016. As a way of maintaining her own meditative stability and expressing her creative energies, she engages in artistic pursuits involving polymer clay and natural fibers.
Laura also collaborates with her husband, Dave Kendall - a documentary film producer - serving as the creative consultant on projects produced by their company Prairie Hollow Productions.
Laura enjoys every opportunity she gets to spend time with her daughter, Mead McMurphy.