Practice Leaders

Joseph Garcia, PsyD

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Joseph began his meditation practice around the year 2001. He sat alone for many years being guided by the works of Alan Watts, Ram Dass, and others. During his doctoral work his dissertation focused on the effects of training in Loving Kindness Meditation. This research peeked his interest in Buddhism.  In 2013 he reached out to the Savannah Zen Center. On May 29th, 2016 he was lay ordained by Un Shin Cindy Beach, Head Priest at the Savannah Zen Center, and Taiun Michael Elliston, Abbot of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, her previous Teacher. During the year of 2018 he studied Soto Zen Buddhist form and the religious aspects of Buddhism with Josho Pat Phelan, the Abbess of Chapel Hill Zen Center. He now practices a secular form of Buddhism which consists of a deep appreciation for the history of meditation as well as the pragmatic and psychological benefits of meditation.

Aaron Cope


Aaron has been practicing Yoga and meditation for 20 years and has been teaching yoga for nearly half of that time. He completed his initial training at Breathe in Norfolk, VA and completed his advanced teacher training at Gyan Yog Breath in Rishikesh, India.

Paul Crapol


Paul Crapol practices meditation and yoga in Williamsburg and enjoys guiding others in
their meditation and yoga practices. He received his 200-hour yoga teacher certification
in 2013 and began teaching thereafter. Paul is an active supporter of the Williamsburg
Buddhist Sangha and an instructor at WCMC. “Compassion is invincible!”