Teachers and Dharma Leaders

  • Bob Stahl
    Bob Stahl

    Bob Stahl, PhD, formerly lived in a Buddhist monastery for eight and a half years and later founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area. He is on faculty at the Brown University Mindfulness Center and formerly at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob teaches MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Meditation retreats worldwide and is the former guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is co-author of five books: A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (1st & 2nd editions), Living With Your Heart Wide Open, Calming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Everyday.

  • Mary Grace Orr
    Mary Grace Orr
    Emeritus Founding Teacher

    Mary Grace Orr is the Founding Teacher of Insight Santa Cruz, which began with a small sitting group in 1989. She is also a teacher emeritus at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She stepped down from her role at ISC late in 2011 and shortly after moved to Volcano, Hawaiʻi. She teaches two regular groups there, as well as a few retreats on the mainland. In addition to her Buddhist practice, she is deeply interested in Christian mystical traditions and recently completed the two year Living School program with Richard Rohr. Email Mary Grace if you would like to join her weekly meditation and discussion group on Zoom.


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Jun 03 2023


Pacific Time
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Insight Santa Cruz All Community Gathering

Dear Insight Santa Cruz Sangha,
You are all invited to this in-person and online (hybrid) event to gather and build community. We will make time to meditate, listen to a talk, and have discussion. It will also be a time for connection with sharing tea and snacks – the first time in over 3 years! Please bring snacks to share if you wish.

Please join us in-person or online.

With metta,

Mary Grace and Bob (Interim ISC GT’s)

Vaccination recommended but not required – masks optional

Please return to the calendar to join an online session or learn of any schedule updates.

Attend either online or in person at the Meditation Center

Online Attendance Instructions:

Online Meeting ID: 867 1928 6920

Dial-in Passcode: 567759

  • Zoom user hosting the event: Zoom01@insightsantacruz.org