Carla Brennan

Carla Brennan, M.Ed., Guiding Teacher for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation ( in Santa Cruz, CA, has trained in the Zen, Insight Meditation, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions since 1975. Carla also taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years and is an artist, nature photographer, and former psychotherapist. Dedicated to spending as much time outdoors as possible, Carla recommends practicing in nature as a powerful way to discover one’s own true nature.

Carla’s teachings cover the three primary aspects of awakening: 1) wisdom in everyday life, 2) releasing the heart, and 3) pure presence. Each area has formal practices associated with it as well as daily life expression. Understanding the two truths – Relative and Absolute – is included in her teachings. Learning from the more-than-human world – the vast natural universe in which we are embedded – is also an important part of Carla’s approach. For a longer bio go to: