Laurie has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since 2001. In 2002 he spent three days at Plum Village and was introduced to the teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. He returned there many times, spending well over a year in total, learning how to touch life deeply simply by opening to present moment experience and to the wonders of life. He is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing.
Laurie has trained with several teachers, including Ghan Chee, Joanne Friday, Joseph Goldstein, Ken McLeod, and Shinzen Young, Most recently, Laurie has spent time with and counts Michael Singer as his teacher.
From 2014 – 2020, he was the Managing Director of The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, which brings mindfulness-based mental health therapy and training to people, with a particular focus on making it available to marginalized and disadvantaged people.
Laurie has had many careers, from real estate developer to lawyer to gay rights advocate to Executive Director of the Green Party of Canada. There he saw that underlying our collective inability to stop climate change are our minds that are driven by fear, craving and misperception, and that an evolution in consciousness is the answer.