Insight Santa Cruz Resources


Insight Santa Cruz has an ombudsperson. What’s that? An organizational ombudsperson is a confidential and informal information resource, communications channel, complaint-handler, and dispute-resolver, and a person who helps an organization work for change.

Our ombudsperson is Karen Zelin, who welcomes you to call or email her at (831) 234-1408 or email hidden; JavaScript is required to discuss any problem or situation within the sangha in which you feel values of fairness and respect are not demonstrated in words and deeds. These may include conflicts or difficult situations within the group or with teachers, the board, or others related to the sangha. Such conversations with the ombudsperson are kept completely confidential. If you would rather speak with a man, please inform the ombudsperson and she will help make appropriate arrangements.

Caring for Our Sangha: Providing Service as Practice

As we walk upon the journey of life, unexpected things happen and we may need the help and support of our community

The Caring for our Sangha group of volunteers seeks to provide support to our community members who are experiencing health or other life challenges.

Our volunteers consider service as a way of bringing practice from the cushion to caring and are exploring the sacred mystery of giving and receiving.

We can offer up to one-hour per week. If more services are needed, we may utilize a pool of volunteers if available. We are unable to offer nursing and personal care.

This support may include:

  • Home visits
  • Sitting together
  • Errands
  • Meals
  • Rides to and from sittings
  • Other simple tasks

To request a volunteer, please contact our Caring for Our SanghaCoordinator, Nancy Gill by email at email hidden; JavaScript is required or by phone at (831) 722-4584.