Hi Audrey, I noticed you had not gotten back any answers re. teachers in the Santa Cruz area yet… Although I live in Salt Lake City my mother in law lives in Santa Cruz (Seabright Beach area) and we go to visit her several times a year. I will actually be there this coming weekend (Sat. June 17 – Mon. June 19) so if you are interested in having me give you some advice/instruction let me know! I am a professional pedal harpist but being originally from Scotland and starting out on clarsach I am familiar with non pedal harp technique & repertoire. Email me privately for my cell# if you want to get together this weekend.