Teachers and Facilitators

  • Bob Stahl
    Bob Stahl
    Guiding Teacher

    Bob Stahl, PhD, has founded eight Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs in medical centers in the SF Bay Area and is currently offering programs at Dominican Hospital, El Camino Hospitals in Los Gatos and Mt. View, and Good Samaritan Hospital. He serves as a Senior Teacher for Brown University Mindfulness Center and the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Bob teachers MBSR Teacher Trainings and Insight Meditation retreats worldwide and is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He is coauthor of 5 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.

  • JD Doyle
    JD Doyle

    JD Doyle is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Teacher Training, the Community Dharma Leader training, and the Dedicated Practitioner Program. In 1995, JD began studying and practicing Buddhism at Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock and continued with extensive retreat practice in Thailand and Burma in the Theravadan lineage. JD is a Core Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA, and teaches at sanghas in the Bay area and across the US. For over twenty-three years, they worked as a public-school teacher. JD holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Cornell University, a bilingual multicultural teaching certificate from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters in Language and Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico.

  • Mary Grace Orr
    Mary Grace Orr

    Mary Grace Orr has practiced Vipassana since 1983. Prior to that she followed western contemplative practices and worked as a therapist from 1977 to 1995. She was trained to teach by Jack Kornfield, and now teaches classes and retreats in Santa Cruz and throughout the United States. She founded Vipassana Santa Cruz in 1989 and was the Guiding Teacher for the first 22 years.


Dec 16 - 20 2020


Pacific Time
All Day


Special Events

Insight Santa Cruz Retreat – December 16-20

A silent mindfulness retreat using IRC’s Zoom “meditation hall,” with periods of sitting and walking meditation, instruction, dharma talks, and practice discussion with the teachers. Suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. Depending on home circumstances, participants can participate with the daily schedule in the way that best supports using the retreat time as a period of intensified meditation practice.

An FAQ describing online IRC retreats and registration is here.

The list of retreats at IRC and the link to apply online for the retreat is here.

Note: Your application and $100 deposit must be received by 10/7/2020 to be entered in the lottery. Applicants will be notified about 2 weeks later if they have been accepted or are on the Waiting List. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting List. Your deposit will only be charged if you are accepted to the retreat and cancel after 11/25/2020.

The retreat detailed daily schedule is here.

Other questions can be addressed by contacting the Registrar Barry Rothman by email.

December 16 to 20, 2020.  Wednesday check-in is from 2:00 pm.  Sunday end time is 12:15 pm.

Once registered for this program, you will have received instructions on how to join online.

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

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