Sangha Care

Bloom of the Present Sangha Care is an invitation to be attentive to the difficulties that sangha members face and to offer them support. As a community, we need to reach out to each other in challenging times.


Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation is pleased to have a trained Buddhist chaplain, Val Nelson, who can provide services to members in need of spiritual support or companionship due to illness or other challenges.

Please contact Val if you would like support or know of some other sangha member who may need support. The chaplain will contact that person. When appropriate, she will communicate member needs to the sangha at large, such as requests for food, 
visits or transportation.

Services include home, rehab and hospital visits, offering silent or guided meditation and spiritual companionship, as well as check-ins by phone or email. Nursing, medical and physical assistance cannot be provided. Free transportation for Seniors is available through the Volunteer Centers of Santa Cruz (427-3435), Watsonville (722-6708) and 
San Lorenzo/Scotts Valley (336-9387)

Please contact Val if you, or someone you know in our sangha, is facing a crisis or challenge in which they might want Buddhist spiritual support.
(831) 688-1524

Meeting with a chaplain is a confidential and non-judgmental process.

“The role of the Buddhist chaplain is to accompany individuals as their awakening and freedom from suffering unfolds…Overall, the purpose of a Buddhist chaplain is to alleviate suffering in its many forms.”
 Jennifer Block, The Arts of Contemplative Care

Val Nelson is a retired educator with 40 years of experience. She has been a Vipassana practioner for 15 years and has completed the Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. Her mentors are Jennifer Block, Gil Fronsdal and  Paul Haller of the Sati Center; Dan Olivieri, Chaplain at Domincan Hospital; and Carla Brennan, BOTP guiding teacher. Val is a Volunteer Chaplain at Dominican.