For Children and Teens

Note: Teen group currently on hiatus.

Mindfulness Resources for Parents/Guardians

Sunday Morning Children’s Practice

The Children’s Practice Group is for ages 3 – 3rd grade. Instruction revolves around mindful words, thoughts, and actions. Mindful movement, relaxation, songs, stories, and crafts are part of the experience. It is held in the community room during Sunday morning weekly practice group from 10:30 – 11:45am. Parents should plan on staying with their children until they feel comfortable. Parents are expected to join other community members for the adult practice group in the meditation hall when not helping in class. Class size is limited and registration is required for this class. Registration information below. For additional questions, contact
Led by Nancy Boler (lead teacher), Josh Lang, Madhuri Shors, Anca Van der Linden, and Joe Fuemmeler.
Sundays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.


Pre-Teen Practice

The pre-teen group is for youth in 4th – 7th grades who want to explore meditation and mindfulness in daily life. We emphasize a safe, respectful, and fun community where we can all learn from each other. The practice is held during the Sunday morning weekly practice group; parents are expected to join other community members in the meditation hall when their kids are participating in the pre-teen practice group. Class size is limited and registration is required for this class. Registration information below. For additional questions, contact the teachers at Interested parents/guardians can join our google group to receive periodic notifications from the teachers about class content and registration.
Led by Andrew Decker, Shana Scogin, Tina Lee, Anca Van der Linden, Will Gilman, and Megan Brandeland.
Sundays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.


All youth programs will follow the following calendar. Registration is required for those attending the children’s program (3 yrs – 3rd grade) and for those attending the preteen program (4th – 7th grade). Beginning with the late fall session (session dates are listed on the backside of this page), please register your children on a week to week basis. Notice that week to week registration opens 2 weeks prior to the beginning of each session.  Registration will open on the date listed for all weeks of the session.


You can register your child for the children’s practice group and for the preteen practice group by listing your name in the binder under the bulletin board in the lobby. You will need to sign up for each week you would like your children to attend. Registration will be open for one 7 or 8 week session at a time.  You may sign up for as many weeks within that session as you would like to.  If you realize your child cannot make it, please remove your names as promptly as possible. Keep in mind that if you cannot make it to the center to sign up or take your names off the list, you can always call or email the center and an office volunteer can do that for you: 612/722.8260 or


On average there are twice as many students interested in attending the youth programs at Common Ground as we have space for.  Please be mindful of this when you sign children up each week and sign up only for weeks in which you are certain they will be able to attend.  If after you sign up for a given week, you learn that they will not be able to attend, please remove your registration promptly so that another family may be able to sign their children up. There will very like be a waiting list week to week.  If your child cannot attend the class you’ve signed them up for, please let us know as promptly as possible by crossing their name off the list, by emailing, or by calling the office 612/722.8260.  That way, we will be able to invite someone in from the waiting list even if at the last minute.

Session Dates

  • Early Winter Session – January 8 – February 19; Open week to week registration system December 23
  • Late Winter Session – February 26 – April 2; Open week to week registration system February 10
  • Spring Session – April 9 – May 21 (No class April 16); Open week to week registration system March 24

All Common Ground programs are offered freely in the spirit of generosity. To learn more about supporting the center and our teachers, click here.

Registration Policy

Common Ground is committed to supporting access to programs for those who identify as a person of color, a member of the queer community and/or a person with a disability.  We recognize this policy benefits us all as we practice the Buddha’s teachings in an increasingly multicultural community and engage in the ongoing work needed to create a more equitable world.  To learn more, contact Gabe Keller-Flores: 612-722-8260 or