Lance Ashdown has been a Zen student since 1992, studying first at Mount Baldy Zen Center and then with Joko Beck and Diane Rizzetto of the Ordinary Mind School. He moved to Chapel Hill in 2009, and began sitting at CHZC. He began teaching in the Younger Kids Program in 2010 and continues to volunteer and help with the blog. He has two wonderful daughters in the program, and married Andrea Jost Ashdown in November 2013.

Andrea Jost Ahsdown moved to Raleigh in 2006. She started sitting with an ecumenical meditation group in Colombia in the 90s, and joined CHZC in 2012. She plans to take the precepts in 2014.

Josho Pat Phelan Sensei is the Abbess of the Chapel Hill Zen Center. The Children’s Program is an extension of the practice at CHZC.