The Awareness and Relaxation Faculty

Deborah Abraham, MFT is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Los Altos. She teaches MBSR and is now offering MBCT, an 8-week class in Mindfulness that targets depression and anxiety. She is inspired by the simplicity, depth and potency of awareness practice and is grateful when she can help others find their own path to healing. A student of dance, yoga and qi gong, she believes that mindful movement can be a powerful and joyful tool, useful for anyone with a body. She can be reached by email at

Soudabeh Azizi, MFT holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Depth Psychology.  She is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child therapist in private practice in Menlo Park, Ca.  She has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation since 1980 and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. She is a part time faculty member at Foothill College in Los Altos. She has been an active contributor to the Zen Hospice Project of San Francisco, providing services to their clients at Laguna Honda Hospital in mindful and compassionate approaches to death and dying. She can be reached by email at

Jeanmarie Cahill, MA, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Palo Alto and adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco. She is trained to teach both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion. Currently Jeanmarie teaches mindfulness meditation to high school students; and Mindful Self Compassion at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. In her private practice Jeanmarie utilizes mindfulness based psychotherapies to help clients navigate their healing. She was first introduced to mindfulness meditation while in graduate school in 1988. Practicing MBSR and MSC continues to have a profound impact on her life as an individual, therapist, teacher, and parent. She can be reached by email at

Eli Chance, MSW was first introduced to mindfulness meditation and MBSR as a teenager in a time of great turmoil and confusion in life. This practice helped provide a foundation of deeper understanding and self-awareness that continues to this day. He completed his first MBSR course in 2001 and has since completed the 10-week MBSR Teacher Training Practicum with Bob Stahl, the 7-day Mind-Body residential retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli and several multi-day Insight meditation retreats. He can be reached by email at

Meg Corman, MHSA has a masters in public health from the University of Michigan and throughout her career has worked in non-profit organizations in the fields of health care and education. She has been a student of meditation, Iyengar yoga, and mindfulness for many years, has found MBSR to be personally transformative in working with stress, and has become particularly interested in the role of mindfulness meditation in enhancing immunity. She has trained with Mindful Schools in Oakland and facilitates work in Santa Cruz with teachers interested in establishing mindfulness awareness practices with their students. She is inspired by the experience of empowering teachers and children to lead healthier, more compassionate lives by bringing mindfulness practices into schools. She can be reached by email at

Bob Horowitz, MD He has practiced meditation in the Zen and non-dual traditions for many years. He is a certified Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) which he is currently teaching at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. Bob practiced internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for many years and continues to work with underserved populations. He is currently a Consulting Professor at Stanford School of Medicine, developing a self-compassion training program for physicians and other caregivers to reduce burnout and improve their well-being. He can be reached by email at

Jan Landry,  BSN MA has worked in the field of hospice care both as a nurse and as a chaplain, for over 30 years. Her work in the field of death and dying, serves as an ongoing reminder of how precious each and every moment of life is, and informs her meditation practice which has developed and deepened over many years. She is a yoga practitioner, a student of the Ridhwan School and of life. As a teacher of mindfulness meditation, she hopes to support others in cultivating a practice of mindfulness that fosters awareness and deep listening to the inner wisdom of one's own heart. She can be reached by email at

Carol Morgan, MA is a retired addictions counselor. After completing her first MBSR course in 2008, she understood mindfulness as a powerful, personal recovery skill for all affected by a world of stress. She sees facilitating mindfulness classes as offering a gift to participants that they give to themselves. She has her own strong practice and has completed 2 intensive teacher trainings offered by The Center for Mindfulness. She has taught in Capitola, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz.

Ed Plonka, M.D. is a geriatric/internal medicine physician practicing at El Camino Hospital. He has a special interest in working with chronic illnesses and death and dying. He has been practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction since 1998 and teaching since 2009. He can be reached at

Marcy Reynolds, B.A. is a longtime student of holistic health, having taught qigong, yoga, nutrition and western herbalism for many years. Chronic Fatigue led her to the self-healing practice of qigong which has been instrumental in her complete recovery and continues to bring depth, peace and healing into her life and the lives of her students. She can be reached at

Tammi Rose, MA has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Her work with parents of children with Intellectual Disabilities spans two decades in a non-profit setting. She also brings mindfulness into movement as a Pilates instructor working with individuals with chronic illnesses and injuries. She brings enthusiasm and deep commitment to her meditation practice and teaching. She can be reached by email at

Dana Rysavy has practiced yoga for over 20 years. She completed her teacher training at the White Lotus Foundation and attended a month long residential program at the Sivananda Yoga Center in Trivandrum, India. Her teaching and practice incorporates several lineages of yoga using flow, yin and restorative practices to meet the needs of her students. She completed the MBSR Program with Bob Stahl and is a long time meditator. She can be reached by email at

Bob Stahl, Ph.D. has founded 7 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programs in medical centers throughout the San Francisco bay Area and currently directs programs at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View and Los Gatos. Bob serves as a Senior Teacher for the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-based Professional Education and Training. He is a co-author of "A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook", "Living With Your Heart Wide Open", "Calming the Rush of Panic", and "A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety". Bob is a long time practitioner of mindfulness meditation, having lived and practiced over eight years in a Buddhist monastery and is the guiding teacher at Insight Santa Cruz and a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society. He can be reached by email at

Karen Zelin, B.A., is a Mindfulness and Yoga and a Mindfulness Meditation teacher for A.R.T. at Dominican Hospital and El Camino Hospital. She has been a student of meditation and yoga for many years and is currently enrolled in a teacher training program at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco. She also works as a trainer for the Catalyst Consulting Team, teaching leadership and team development. Karen has completed professional training in Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. She can be reached by email at