Practice and Class Leaders
Victoria Vogel MA, MFT
Since 1978, Victoria has had more than forty extended meditation retreats. Many were family retreats that included her husband, daughter, and son. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Dedicated Practitioners Program and continues meeting monthly with the teacher and groups. Victoria continues to study and practice of tranquil awareness meditation with Bhante Vimalaramsi during meditation retreats.
She studied Advaita Vedanta, Tai Chi, QiGong, Yoga, and Zen. Her strong daily meditation and physical exercise keeps her in a fit and balanced lifestyle.
Victoria has more than 25 years experience counseling couples, adults, and teens, using a holistic Body-Mind-Spirit orientation. The cornerstone of her work is the warm connection with people. This “non-judging” models something important for her clients. They receive strength and acceptance with their most shameful feelings and secrets. She help clients develop wisdom to calm inner conflicts. Their relationships flourish and Insight flows naturally.
"As a seasoned therapist, I am skilled with a variety of therapeutic tools and situations. I have saved many marriages. I am especially successful with lonely people who want a partner. I am an expert helping parents with spirited children. I use EMDR for PTSD. I talk to teenagers easily. I am a rock for couples on the sands of divorce. I have compassion and knowledge for people with poor health.
Victoria has master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling combines Psychology with spirituality. Her post-graduate training includes 12 years of Masterson group consultations. I have led a CHADD International ADHD Parent Support Group for 10 years.
Scott A. Jordan CYT
A Vietnam veteran, Jordan began his lifelong study in yoga and mindfulness meditation in 1970. After graduating from Florida State University in 1973, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied Soto Zen and Vipassana meditation with Ruth Dennison and Robert Hover. He received a California State Teaching Credential in 1977 in the San Francisco Bay area where he taught yoga at Cañada College and community centers. He continued his meditation practice with teaching from Nani Bala Barua, Shri Munindra-Ji, Joseph Goldstein, and other leading meditation teachers. In 1978 Jordan was a founding board member of the Theravada Buddhist Society of America and newsletter publisher. He studied Buddhist psychology, meditation, and the Pali language with the Venerable Sayadaw U Silananda, until his passing in 2005.
In his travels, Jordan studied yoga and meditation in India, trekked the Himalayas, and lived several years in the Middle East. He is a certified yoga teacher and the former publisher of Polipoint Press, Sausalito. California. Jordan has been a lifelong political activist and is an outspoken advocate for yoga and meditation practice as a personal path to achieving health and sustainable happiness.
He continues daily practice meditation and study early Buddhist training practices with Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi and the writings of Venerable Bhante Punnaji. Jordan's workshops and classes are open to the public and available in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Khemalo Laurence RYT 500
Laurence is a certified yoga teacher since 2006. She turned her attention to focus on intensive meditation practice in 2008 after raising her two sons in a bi-cultural environment.
She is a graduate of the 18-month long Spirit Rock Meditation Center ‘ Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program “ and has completed a large number of 10-day extended retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. On her path as a spiritual seeker, she resided at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center from 2012 to 2014 with the intention of training as a “monk”. She studied the practice of Soto Zen with Reb Anderson and Eijun Linda Cutts. While traveling in Europe she attended retreats at Thich Nhat Han’s Plum Village and at the “Centre Durckheim” in France .
Since 2014 she has dedicated herself to practice with Bhante Vimalaramsi. “To receive Bhante Vimalaramsi ‘s guidance was a turning point in my meditation practice,“ she acknowledges.
Laurence has combined Yoga and Meditation into a life long practice and exploration of health, well-being and contentment. She teaches gentle yoga along with meditation and loving-kindness to seniors and in other community settings.
Grant Rudolph MA, MFT
A meditation practitioner for more than 40 years Grant has been a therapist since 1986 where he cofounded EchoRock Neurotharopy in Mill Valley California. Grant taught at California Institute of Integral Studies, the College of the Redwoods, and JFK University. He studied Jungian psychology and dream work at Pacifica Graduate Institute in San Francisco, and was a a founding member and practice guide at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre California. He earned a Masters of Arts from Yale University.
Grant began using Low Energy Neurofeedback (LENS) technology with his clients when he observed the dramatic positive changes they experienced in daily life. He recognized that mental and emotional states that resulted with LENS treatments resembled those meditators experience after long retreats. This typically included increased clarity, calmness, and contentment. With successive improvements in LENS technology, he also saw accelerated productivity and job performance in fewer sessions.
After working at Alta Mira Recovery Center—a residential treatment program in Sausalito, California—he collaborated with Judith Miller, PhD to apply the Colorado Protocol she developed to incorporate Echo Rock Neurotherapy practices that include mindfulness training, use of nutraceuticals, and frequent LENS treatments.
Grant believes that fMRIs confirm many of the same conclusions the Buddha discovered and taught 2600 years ago. His work today combines early Buddhist training techniques with advanced technologies to awaken conscious self-knowledge and contentment to enrich peoples lives.