For Children and Teens

Our Youth Programs are on break for the summer and will start up again on September 9, 2018.

Registration has not yet opened for the children and preteen programs. Please email to get on either our children’s program or preteen program mailing lists (if you’re not already on them) so that you receive notification when registration opens. We’ll also send out registration information in the Common Ground weekly email, which you can sign up for here.


Children’s Practice Group

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. 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 on a week-by-week basis. Please take into consideration that there are two sub-groups (non-preschool and preschool age) in this category and two different registration links respectively. You may register using the calendar here.


On average there are twice as many students interested in attending the children’s program at Common Ground as we have space for.  There will very likely be a waiting list week to week. 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 let us know as promptly as possible 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.  For additional questions, contact

Led by Nancy Boler (lead teacher), Josh Lang, Madhuri Shors, Anca Van der Linden, and Joe Fuemmeler.  Sundays, 10:30-11:40 a.m.

Pre-teen Practice

The preteen 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 preteen practice group. The group meets in the workshop in the basement and then walks to a yoga studio in the Ivy Arts Building across the street from Common Ground. Class size is limited and registration is required for this class on a week-by-week basis. Register using the calendar here. For additional questions, contact  Sundays, 10:30-11:40 a.m.

Teen Practice

The Teen Meditation Group at Common Ground Meditation Center is a space for teens to connect with others and explore meditation and mindfulness in daily life.  Queer, trans, and POC teens, and teens living with disability, are especially welcome. In a typical Teen Group meeting, we do a guided meditation (no experience required!), learn strategies for becoming more mindful, and talk about how meditation and mindfulness can help reduce stress and bring compassion and wisdom into our lives. The Teen Group provides a
safe environment where participants are invited to raise any topic or question that interests them. New participants are welcome to join at any time.  No registration required.

Led by scottie hall, Omkar Sawardekar, Claire Johnson, and Gabe Keller-Flores.  Sundays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.


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

Mindfulness Resources for Parents/Guardians

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