Carol grew up at Chautauqua and says that her love of mystical practices began here on the grounds. She was formally introduced to meditation many years ago at an off-season yoga and meditation retreat let by Subagh Singh Khalsa and has been practicing Centering Prayer daily ever since. She has attended many seminars, workshops, and retreats offered by Contemplative Outreach, founded by Dom Thomas Keating, a Trappist Monk, who resides at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado and who has written many books on Centering Prayer. In October 2011, Carol attended a 10-day intensive retreat at St. Benedict's and was coached by Fr. Keating on leading Centering Prayer.