Patrick Brown is originally from Chicago and a graduate of the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) Commit to Dharma Program and the Community Dharma Leaders Training Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is on the Leadership Sangha (Board) of EMBC, as well as the Leadership Team of the EBMC People of Color Sangha, the EBMC Alphabet Sangha and the Alphabet Brothers of Color Deep Refuge Sangha

Lead Teacher

Guest Teachers

Ashley Sharp 500 E-RYT, founded Insight Richmond in 2016 shortly after moving to Richmond. She is known for her wit, practicality, and tenderness as an instructor.  She teaches yoga, meditation and wisdom around the Bay Area including at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She has studied meditation in the United States, India, and Myanmar.  She has also trained in yoga nidra (a reclining meditation practice).  She completed the "Dedicated Practioner Program," (a two year intensive study and practice program) and the "Community Dharma Leader" (a two year teacher training) through Spirit Rock Meditation Center.  In addition to  teaching retreats internationally and local immersions and trainings, she has sat in silent meditation retreat for just about one year.

Founding Teacher

René Rivera has been a student of the Dharma since 2004 and part of the EBMC Alphabet Sangha since 2008. He has participated in the Commit 2 Dharma and Practice in Action programs at EBMC and the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He also serves as board member and diversity chair at Spirit Rock.


Mary Davis fell in love with meditation in 1997 and has practiced and studied in Tibetan traditions before coming to Insight Meditation ten years ago. She graduated from Spirit Rock's Community Dharma Leader program, and teaches beginning meditation at Mission Dharma in San Francisco as well as serves as President of its Board of Directors. Mary has taken the lead in bringing mindfulness classes and sitting groups for staff and physicians at Kaiser San Francisco where she works as an administrative manager.  She has been a proud resident of Richmond for the past 26 years.

Kevin R. Martin is native and current resident of Richmond, California. Kevin’s committed practice began at East Bay Meditation Center in 2012. Through EBMC he has completed the Practice in Transformative Action program, co-founded the EBMC Men of Color Deep Refuge, and served on the People of Color Coordinating Committee. Currently, he is a practicing and facilitating member of the Restorative Practices Deep Practice Group that facilitates peace circles for community restoration using a dharma lens.

Founding Team Member

A lover of life and all beings, Lev White lives to reflect love and self-acceptance to his diverse global community through his writing, Dharma teachings, mindfulness offerings, professional coaching, spiritual counseling, and Transgender Ally Diversity Training. A graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, Lev offers Dharma at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC), Against the Stream, in Alameda, Napa and other places by invitation. Lev has been practicing meditation and chanting on and off since the 80s and has been practicing and training as an active member in EBMC’s sangha since 2009. He also offers services as an officiant.

Lev is co-author of Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, edited by Brenda Salgaldo and, Trans Bodies; Trans Selves, edited by Laura Erickson-Schroth. Both books can be found at

As a Co-Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Dawn Haney brings Buddhist-informed activism to movements from climate justice to anti-militarization. She has been teaching and training for 20 years on feminism, anti-racism, violence prevention, and more. A dharma student since 2003 in diverse Buddhist lineages, she completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders training program in 2017.

Thomas Davis is a Mindful Awareness practitioner who emerged from the Contemplative Faith Community, where he served as a Lay Minister for over 10 years. His orientation to the Mindful Awareness practice began at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA., where he was introduced to the Theravadan tradition of Vipassana in 2012 and began his journey into Dharma Leadership in 2013. In 2017, Thomas graduated from the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training program, The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training and was enlisted as one of the Spirit Rock Community Welcome Teachers for the Monday Night Dharma program; which offers meditation, and practice support to new practitioners and 1st time visitors to Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Thomas is also a Co-Founder and Teacher of the Insight Richmond Meditation Group. Additionally, he is a visiting teacher at The East Bay Meditation Center and Alameda Sangha, and has served as a member of the Kaiser Permanente Spiritual Care team as Chaplain.