Zen Kids and Teens

Buddhist Programs for Children and Families

The mission of our youth and family programs is to help children and teenagers develop self-awareness, kindness, and a sense of interconnectedness with all beings. We offer this through meditation, art, music, games, and outdoor activities.

Zazen is the heart of our practice. Even a few minutes of stillness supports children to calm their minds and bodies, bring more attention to the present moment, and meet each other with kindness. 

Creative expression invites children and teens to explore themselves and the world with originality and vitality. We move our bodies, create visual art, make collaborative music and more to encourage children to find and express their unique voice.

The beautiful grounds of the monastery are ideal to experience the vibrancy of life all around us. The kids and teens explore and play in the forest, grow plants in the garden and even cook meals over a fire, cultivating a deep connection with the natural world.

Our programs are offered via age-appropriate groups. All three youth programs are currently meeting online via Zoom.

A member of the kids programs offers a flower for the Buddha's birthday ceremony.
Tween "elves" serve a festive meal to the local community at our annual Dana Dinner.
The teens savor a campfire snack.

Meeting Times and Contact Info 

Zen Kids (ages 3-10): Thursdays, 3:30-4:30. Email Sekku and Eve at zenkids@dharma.net for the link, or to join the mailing list.

Zen Tweens (ages 10-13): biweekly, times vary. Email Scrap and Jo at zentweens@dharma.net for the link, or to join the mailing list. 

Zen Teens (ages 14-18): monthly, times vary. Email Kien at zenteens@dharma.net for the link, or to join the mailing list. 

Discovering stillness within our bodies and minds.
Cleaning up is a lot more fun when we do it together!
Putting our whole selves into it!
Serving each other as we share a meal.
Unleashing our creative spirit.
Cultivating reverence, gratitude, and generosity
Investigating the world with curiosity and creativity.
Growing a sense of interconnectedness with all beings.