For Children and Teens

Children and Preteen programs begin on Sunday, September 16. Teen Group begins on September 23.   There will be no registration this year; with this new system, the programs are first-come, first-served. In the event that the class fills up, we will have to turn some families away. Going without registration is an experiment; if we’re consistently turning families away, we’ll consider alternative systems. Thanks for understanding.

 

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.

Sundays, 10:30-11:40 a.m.

Teachers for the children’s program: Leah Dunbar, Joe Fuemmeler, Madison Miller
(meet in community room)

 

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.

Sundays, 10:30-11:40 a.m.

Teachers for the preteen program: Alvina Brueggemann, Tina Lee
(meet in workshop in basement)

Teen Practice 

The teen group is youth in 8th grade and up.  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.

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Teachers for the teen program: Molly Quinn, Omkar Sawardekar, Claire Leslie Johnson, Gabe Keller-Flores
(meet in library in basement)

 

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 giving priority for registration to members of some communities that have experienced historical oppression: people of color, trans, and non-binary. We hope this increases the likelihood of a sense of safety and belonging for members of these communities who often don’t see themselves represented in the community or in teaching roles. 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 gabe@commongroundmeditation.org.