Teachers and Facilitators

  • Jules Rodriguez
    Jules Rodriguez

    Jules Rodriguez is a chiropractor, massage therapist and mindfulness teacher who has been practicing Vipassana meditation since the 1980s. She completed the Trained Mindfulness Facilitation program through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center in 2018. She has studied extensively and attended retreats with George Haas of Mettagroup and Against The Stream.

  • Kirsten Rudestam
    Kirsten Rudestam

    Kirsten Rudestam has been practicing insight meditation since 2000 and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dhamma Leader Program. She is an avid earth lover, and teaches experiential environmental education and leads wilderness expeditions. She has trained as a facilitator in Joanna Macy’s Work that Reconnects, and as a rite of passage guide with the School of Lost Borders. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, California, where she completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology.

  • Marcy Reynolds
    Marcy Reynolds

    Marcy Reynolds joined Insight Santa Cruz in 1997. She began her meditation training at Tassajara Zen Center in 1984 with Katherine Thanas and in 1995 began studying with Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, who continues as her root teacher, even though her primary practice focuses on Vipassana and Metta. In recent years, her practice and teaching have been strongly influenced by the work of Shinzen Young. In addition to sitting meditation, Marcy also has a strong Qigong practice and has studied with a number of Chinese and American Qigong Masters, notably Bingkun Hu, who continues to act as her guiding teacher in Qigong. Marcy has taught Qigong since 1997. Her classes emphasize mindfulness of the body through both movement and stillness. In addition to teaching at Insight Santa Cruz, Marcy teaches qigong movement and mindfulness meditation throughout the Santa Cruz and South SF Bay Areas. She also teaches for the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.




Jan 07 2021


Pacific Time
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm



Thursday Night Metta

Metta (loving-kindness) meditation is a practice recommended by the Buddha to help develop a fearless warmth of heart. With practice Metta begins to permeate every aspect of our lives, inclining our thoughts, words, actions, relationships, and our other meditation practices toward unconditional friendliness. Many techniques and approaches can be used to support the cultivation of Metta. Some of these approaches will resonate more or less with us at a given time. During our Thursday night Metta practice we will try out a variety of approaches and reflect on their effects. Each evening will include a 30-45 min. guided Metta practice followed by reflection on the practice through discussion, and if time, Metta-related chanting.

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