Zen Kids and Teens

Buddhist Programs for Children and Families

Our youth and family programs help children and teenagers develop self-awareness, kindness, and a sense of interconnectedness with all beings.  

Zazen is the heart of our practice. Even a few minutes of stillness supports children to enjoy calm minds and bodies, bring more attention to the present moment, and meet each other with kindnessCreative 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 (see details below). We look forward to sharing practice with you and your family.

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.

Youth Program Groups and Contact Info

(Scroll down to see dates for each program)

Zen Kids @ Zen Mountain Monastery, In Person Programs (ages 4-10)

Sunday mornings offer our young Sangha the opportunity to come together at the Monastery to practice Zazen, enjoy animal kinhin, eat together, play, be creative, discover stories and more.

Programs run rain or shine. We’ll be outside wherever possible – please dress accordingly – and… if it’s really coming down we’ll be inside!

Drop us a line if you have any questions. Meet in main parking lot or Sangha House.
Email Sekku  at zenkids@dharma.net for more info.

The program runs from 9:00 am til noon on Sundays. Next dates (2023):

July 16th
August 20th

Zen Tweens @ Zen Mountain Monastery, In Person Programs (ages 11-13)

In person Sundays are back, and online is on break, dates below. Email Kyuko and Jo at zentweens@dharma.net for more info or to answer any questions.

Tween Sangha come together to practice zazen, kinhin, liturgy, art practice, and explore the forest and orchards as we connect with nature. Please plan for the kids to be outside with water, tick protection, a hat/sunscreen, and your preferred bug repellent (also provided). We will be maintaining check-in attestation questions and temp checks, as well as distancing and sanitation protocols throughout the program (please bring a mask). We will carefully be serving a snack. Drop-off and pickup will be from the Parking lot near the wood shed.

The program runs from 9:00 am til noon on Sundays. Next dates (2023):

September 17, October 15, November 12, December 10

**Thursday Zoom sessions are currently on break** Zoom sessions offer tweens the opportunity to come together despite physical distance, to deepen our understanding of the Dharma, zazen, and ways to extend our awareness and “practice” into everyday life. We use the foundations of mindfulness through games, examining impossible questions, using our perceptions, and seeing how everyone’s mental processes are both unique and similar. Using videos, visuals, and other creative methods, attendees also have the opportunity to make art and share.

Zen Teens @ Zen Mountain Monastery, In Person Programs (ages 14-18)

Zen Teens: We are ready to reconvene a post-Covid teens group! Email Kien at zenteens@dharma.net for more info. Because of the small group size, Zen Teens will meet concurrently with Zen Tweens until further notice. The program runs from 9am to noon. Next dates:

The program runs from 9:00 am til noon on Sundays. Next dates (2023):

June 11
July 23
August 20
September 17

Zoom Group For Parents:

Parents Together in Practice: A (virtual) space for parents, welcoming people parenting children of all ages and members of all family structures and identities. If interested please email Seijo at raeraenevins@gmail.com. Upcoming dates: August 27, September 24, October 15, October 29, November 12, December 3.

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.