Teachers and Facilitators

  • Lorenia Parada-Ampudia
    Lorenia Parada-Ampudia
    Community Facilitator

    Lorenia Parada-Ampudia joined Insight Santa Cruz in 2015. Born in Mexico, she holds more than 20 years of experience as a student and facilitator of mindful awareness practices with a special focus on body awareness. A retired professor in Psychology, Feminist Studies, and Body Awareness from the National Autonomous University of Mexico she offers her bilingual (Spanish-English) and culturally sensitive services in the US as a coach, mentor, consultant, and facilitator in the fields of mindfulness, sexuality, relationships, and education. Lorenia facilitates diverse MBSR based courses to organizations, community groups, teachers, and parents in Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area.

  • Yasmina Porter
    Yasmina Porter
    Community Facilitator

    Yasmina Porter has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2002 at which time she was certified at Dominican Hospital to teach Mindfulness-based Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga. In 2013, after a decade of practice and annual residential retreats with Bob Stahl, Jon Kabot-Zinn, and Mary Grace Orr, Yasmina was authorized to teach Mindfulness-based stress reduction through UMass Memorial Health Care Center for Mindfulness. She has taught MBSR in the Academy for College Excellence. Yasmina formed a People of Color Sitting Group at Insight Santa Cruz in 2017.


Jan 10 2022


Pacific Time
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



People of Color Group – Mondays

This weekly gathering is intended to create a safe space for self-identified people of color.

Each week there will be a 30-minute guided sit followed by a 30-minute
mindful check-in circle and tea.

Everyone who identifies as a Person of Color is welcome to attend.

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

Online Attendance instructions:

Online Meeting ID: 869 5499 6826

Dial-in Password: 502226

Join online by clicking the Join Online button or calling +1-669-900-6833 US (San Jose) followed by the Online Meeting ID number and #. If a passcode is requested, then enter the Dial-in passcode and #. Find your local number by clicking here. The preferred way to join is by using a Zoom application with your personal Zoom account.

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