Inspired and instructed by recognized teachers of Vipassana, or Insight, style Meditation in the West, Insight San Diego offers a learning and practice environment for longtime, midlevel, and beginning practitioners.

Insight San Diego is committed to continuing a 30 year San Diego legacy of in-depth Buddhist dharma study and detailed practice instruction in Vipassana style meditation. For over 30 years a group of dedicated Insight Meditation Practitioners have been studying in San Diego. These early pioneers were some of the initial participants in the first Vipassana style retreats on the West Coast taught by the founders of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS), Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, and Sharon Salzberg . The classes and other offerings through Insight San Diego are intended to acknowledge and share the wisdom and experience of San Diego’s longtime local Insight Meditation practitioner community with those who are newer to the Insight Meditation practice.

On the deepest level, problems such as war and starvation are not solved by economics and politics alone. Their source is prejudice and fear in the human heart — and their solution also lies in the human heart.
— Joseph Goldstein


Founded in October of 2014, Insight San Diego is committed to carrying on a long-standing San Diego tradition of deep practice and study. Before the establishment of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California, official Insight Meditation sponsored retreats were held annually in Yucca Valley at what today is known as the Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Since Spirit Rock Meditation Center was established in 1990 several members of the San Diego Insight Meditation practitioner community have participated in both the Dedicated Practitioner Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program held at Spirit Rock.

Through many years of dedication, practice, and training a network of Insight Meditation study groups and sanghas have developed throughout San Diego County.

The formation of the San Diego Buddhist Study Series, a non-residential weekend seminars led by respected dharma teachers from across the country, is yet another accomplishment of the Insight Meditation practitioner community in San Diego.


A volunteer Board of Directors is Insight San Diego's central governing body. The work of the Board is supported by a number of committees and a generous group of volunteers. The Board and all committees follow a core value that the Dharma guides us in our decisions.


Rich Bradway

Rich has been engaged in contemplative practice since 1981 and is grateful for the many teachers who have shared their experience and knowledge with him over the years. His practice during the past decade has been dedicated primarily to the Insight Meditation tradition. Rich is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in treating co-occurring substance use and mental health challenges both as a non-profit executive and clinician. He is currently an adjunct professor at San Diego State University and maintains a private psychotherapy practice.

Irene Folk

Irene is retired from over 25 years as a legal secretary and lives in San Diego, California. She started practicing Vipassana meditation to deal with chronic pain and now considers Buddhism a full-time practice. She has sat many long retreats and has a serious daily meditation practice. She feels passionate about helping create and maintain a community where the dharma and Vipassana meditation can thrive, and delights in seeing the personal transformation of individuals through this practice. She is grateful and proud to be one of the founding members of Insight San Diego.

Irene is and has been active in 12-step recovery for over 30 years and is one of the founding members of a Buddhist 12-step recovery group at the Dharma Bums Temple in San Diego. In addition, she goes into Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility twice monthly with the Prison Meditation Project and teaches Qigong to the inmates. She has two daughters, four grandchildren and two beloved dogs — her spiritual advisors.


Hal Mirsky

Hal is a software engineer and small business owner by profession. He has been involved in the San Diego community through support to The Child’s Primary School, the San Diego Archaeological Center and more recently, Insight San Diego. He first practiced meditation as a child to reduce anxiety associated with asthma attacks. Over the recent six years, he has become increasingly interested in mindfulness through Mindfulness Self Compassion classes, reading and meditation. He is grateful for the many teachers he has encountered and feeling more alive and deeply connected with family, friends and the world stemming from his practice.

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Nina Tomkiewicz

Nina has practiced meditation since 2010 when she completed her first 10-day Vipassana retreat while studying abroad in India. She has subsequently sat two more 10-day retreats and spent 4 years cooking at Tibetan Buddhist retreat centers, where she was exposed to many inspiring teachers. She has been involved with Insight San Diego since moving to the area in 2015 for graduate school, and now works as a medical social worker in a local hospital. She is grateful for her meditation practice and supportive sangha for inspiring peace in her life.

Cory Bartlett

Cory has been practicing Insight meditation since 2008 where he found his way at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Society in Boston. His biotech career has moved him to many great places (Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco) and fortunately each one had an Insight group he enjoyed sitting with while there. He has done multiple 5-7 day retreats at Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Society, as well many short 1-2 day residential and non-residential retreats at InsightLA before finding Insight San Diego. In his free time, Cory enjoys traveling to see live music and cooking with his wife Yvonne.

Dennis Cutler

can be reached at dennis@insightsd.org


Stuart Steinfeld

can be reached at stuart@insightsd.org