Teachers and Facilitators

  • Karen Zelin
    Karen Zelin
    Community Teacher

    Karen Zelin has been a student and teacher of meditation since the mid-1990s when she began practicing and teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs. She has served as Chair of ISC’s Board of Directors and as a member of ISC’s Program Committee. She trained at Spirit Rock in the Mindfulness & Yoga Certification program, and ISC’s teacher development program with Bob Stahl. She has teamed with ISC teachers to offer daylongs on Mindfulness & Yoga, Mindfulness & Anxiety, and a Day of Practice. She is currently teaching ISC’s Beginners Meditation Class. Besides teaching meditation and mindfulness, Karen also teaches yoga in Santa Cruz and is co-owner of Yoga Within Studio in Aptos Village.

  • Kim Allen
    Kim Allen
    Community Teacher

    Kim Allen has been practicing Insight meditation since 2003 and has trained intensively in the US and Asia. Trained by Gil Fronsdal, she now teaches at Insight Santa Cruz and also offers classes and retreats around the Bay Area and farther afield. Dedicated to a contemplative life of study and practice, she draws from a background in science, meditation, and creativity to offer classical Dhamma in a modern context. Her education includes a Ph.D. in physics and a master’s degree in environmental and social sustainability.

  • Leslie Tremaine
    Leslie Tremaine
    Community Teacher

    Leslie Tremaine has been an Insight meditation practitioner for over two decades. A member of ISC ‘s sangha since 2006, she has completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dhamma Leader training as well as an MBSR practicum. Since her retirement from over 35 years in public mental health/substance abuse services, her greatest joy has been deepening her spiritual practice and teaching mindfulness in a range of community settings.


Jun 25 2022


Pacific Time
9:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Special Events

Eightfold Path Program series – 2021-2022

As meditation practice deepens, people often become interested in learning about the Buddhist path and in connecting with other people walking that path. We are fortunate to be able to offer The Eightfold Path Program in combination with IMC in Redwood City. The program will run from September 2021 to June 2022.

Participants in the Eightfold Path Program will form a community through the monthly 2.5-hour sessions that include small group discussion, teachings, and meditation. There is also the opportunity to meet each month with a mentor who is a more experienced practitioner. Mentors include Kim Allen, Karen Zelin, Leslie Tremaine, and others. The program includes readings, reflections, a monthly Dharma talk, and concludes with an online daylong.

Because the program extends over eight months, there is the opportunity to allow it to transform one’s life more deeply than a shorter program could.

Registration closed on Aug 28; those registered will receive email instructions on how to join the Zoom meetings. You can send an email here with questions.

Program dates:


Sunday September 5, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Introduction to the program

Sunday October 3, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise View

Sunday November 7, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise Intention

Sunday November 21, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Drop in discussion group

Sunday December 5, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise Speech


Sunday January 16, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise Action

Sunday February 6, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Drop in discussion group

Sunday February 13, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise Livelihood

Sunday March 6, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise Effort

Sunday March 27, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Drop in discussion group

Sunday April 10, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise Mindfulness

Sunday May 15, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm — Wise Concentration

Sunday May 29, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Drop in discussion group

Saturday June 25, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm — Final daylong retreat

Please return to the calendar to learn of any schedule updates.

Once registered for this program, you will receive instructions on how to attend.

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