Guest Facilitators

These are just a few of our guest facilitators. We thank each of them for their contributions and interest in giving back to veterans.

Karen Roeper, M.S. in Counseling and Dance Therapy, Senior Rosen Method Bodywork Teacher, and one of Marion Rosen’s earlier students, is the founder of Essential Motion, a somatic-based coaching process. She has conducted trainings in these disciplines nationally and internationally and has had a private practice in somatic therapy for over 25 years. Her work is guided by curiosity, compassion, and kindness. By integrating her 30 year Vipassana mindfulness practice into her teaching, she is committed to fostering the transformative healing abilities within each person.

Adam Leonard currently works as a consultant, designer and facilitator within the People Development department at Google. Prior to that he worked with a range of consulting clients from entrepreneurial start-ups to mid-market to large companies. In addition, Adam worked at Mattel (the world’s biggest toy company!) Adam’s recent book—Integral Life Practice: A 21st-Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening—sums up over 20 years of academic and applied research on human development. In his free time Adam enjoys playing many types of sports including tennis, basketball, yoga, running, and weight lifting. He has also practiced daily meditation for over 15 years.

Wendy Johnson, longtime meditation, mindfulness and Zen teacher, resident of Muir Beach and author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, will join us for the day. Wendy has worked with veterans for many years and has deep knowledge of the eco-system of Muir Beach and Green Gulch Farm.

Kanzan David Zimmerman has been practicing Zen for 20 years and was ordained by Rev. Teah Strozer in 2006. Having spent eight years at Tassajara, where he held a number of positions including guest manager, meditation hall manager and director, he now lives at City Center where he is Program Director. He also served as Head Monk (Shuso) at Tassajara Winter of 2010 and as Zen Center Corporate Secretary prior to joining the programming department. David has regularly led retreats, workshops and classes at SFZC and other Dharma centers since 2010, particularly on Transforming Depression and Anxiety with Dr. Lee Lipp, Zen and Yoga, and offerings of interest to the LGBTQ community.