From the Teachers

Those who learn to embody an indomitable love become virtually unstoppable in their activity for others.
~ Lama John Makransky

Our Mission

To empower people with profound contemplative practices that support their aspirations to become better people and to make a better world.


Carla Brennan  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
Carla Brennan has been practicing Buddhist meditation for 36 years in the Theravada, Zen and Tibetan traditions and is a full-time Vipassana teacher in Santa Cruz, CA, offering talks, classes and retreats. She was introduced to Dzogchen teachings in the early 90‘s and started practicing with Lama Surya Das and Lama John Makransky in 1997. She has found Dzogchen meditation and the compassion practices to be important and powerful. Carla has also taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for many years, is an artist and former psychotherapist. She has a special interest in offering dharma practice outdoors where wild nature can lead us to an experience of our True Nature.

Carla teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Santa Cruz, California.