The Insight Santa Cruz teaching community consists of a guiding teacher, teachers, community teachers,  community facilitators, and visiting teachers. All teachers follow the Teacher Code of Ethics.


Insight Santa Cruz teachers and facilitators offer the opportunity for personal practice discussions.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your practice, please contact the teacher using the email address on their bio.  

Guiding Teacher

Bob Stahl is a long-time practitioner of insight meditation who lived in a Buddhist monastery for over eight years. He now directs Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in Bay Area medical centers. Bob is also a husband and a father of two sons.
Click for Bob’s bio.


Jill Hyman
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Bruce Hyman
Bruce Hyman
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JD Doyle
JD Doyle
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Community Teachers

Teachers who offer classes, sittings, and daylongs. Click their picture for a personal bio.

Kim Allen
Kim Allen
G Shultz
Kara Haney
Marcy Reynolds
Karen Zelin
Karen Zelin
Bill Culman
Chris Basiletti
Leslie Tremaine
Leslie Tremaine
Kirsten Rudestam
Aryeh Nanas
Aryeh Nanas

Community Facilitators

Visiting Teachers

ISC’s offerings are enhanced by these additional visiting teachers:

Ajahn Passano
Anam Thubten
Anne Teich
Ayya Anandabodhi
Ayya Santacitta
Carla Brennan
Donald Rothberg

George Haas
Gil Fronsdal
James Baraz
Jim Memmott
Matthew Brensilver
Sean Oakes
Shaila Catherine
Vinny Ferraro

Emeritus Founding Teacher

Narry 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.