This biography offers an intimate, comprehensive, and compelling look at an influential woman of the Shenandoah Valley. Lao Russell was an entrepreneur, philosopher, teacher, and writer whose work touched the lives of thousands of individuals worldwide. Emigrating to America from England, she increasingly sought to understand her spiritual side, but her quest was not completed until she met Walter Russell, a noted physicist, sculptor, and philosopher. Together, the Russells devoted themselves to spreading universal truths of love and light to students around the globe. The couple founded The University of Science and Philosophy at Swannanoa, an Italianate palace atop the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Although Lao passed away in 1988, twenty-five years after Walter’s death, the University continues to attract students through its publications and home-study courses.