About Us


Rev. Trudi Hirsch

Reverend Trudi Hirsch is a ACPE certified Chaplain supervisor and an APC certified Chaplain. A resident of Zen Mountain Monastery for twelve years, she completed her monastic training in 1998 and was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Priest and received Denkai transmission in the White Plum Sangha. She previously worked for fourteen years as a chaplain and supervisor at various hospitals in New York City.  For eight years, Reverend Hirsch was a faculty member and Chaplain Supervisor for the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care in NYC. She is presently the chaplain supervisor at Vassar Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY.


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Wendy Drolma

Despite being a maskmaker for over twenty years, Wendy sees herself as more of an alchemist. Masks help guide us toward our essence. Learning to remove these masks is a journey into our authentic self. As the co-founder of the Black Plum Center, Wendy brings twenty years of experience in group therapy practice as well as a deep-rooted appreciation for creativity in all of its forms. In 2010, Wendy met and began training with Rev. Trudi Hirsch in the intimate art of caregiving.


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Tor Gudmundsen

Tor has been an artist and teacher for over thirty years. He’s known for his landscape paintings and for teaching various art classes at Woodstock School of Art and the Art Society of Kingston. His artistic passion is drawing and painting with an emphasis on acrylics. Tor holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Art Education from SUNY, New Paltz, NY.  He believes that we each have a creative instinct and a unique artistic path, and he teaches from this perspective.



Leah Rubenstein

Leah has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. During her career she’s worked at Stamford Hospital in the operating room as well as in Labor and Delivery at Greenwich Hospital. She brings many years of medical knowledge to the Black Plum as well as offering extensive experience in end-of-life issues.

Leah retired to Woodstock in order to pursue her love of clay as a path toward healing others. She recognizes the importance of art as a way to balance one’s busy life and enjoys creating spiritual vessels and miniature clay labyrinths.


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