For Children and Teens

Weekly Teen Practice Group: Currently on Summer Break

Sunday mornings, 10:30-11:30am 

The Teen Practice Group is currently meeting weekly: in-person when the weather is nice and over Zoom when it’s not. Please RSVP to if you plan on attending; we can add you to our email list and send you the Zoom link if needed.

The teen group is for 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 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 aims to 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.  Email with any questions.

Teacher bios:

Gabe Keller Flores is Common Ground’s Office Manager and serves on the Board of Directors. He is a dedicated dharma practitioner, having spent about one year of his life doing intensive retreat practice. He’s been practicing at Common Ground since 2008, and his appreciation for the dharma continues to deepen. He appreciates the clarity and breadth of the Buddha’s teachings on ethics, mind cultivation, and insight.

Claire Leslie Johnson has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2015. Meditation and yoga practices have transformed the way she experiences the world and are of huge support to her personal wellbeing. She has been practicing yoga since 2009 and for work runs a non-profit yoga studio in South Minneapolis called One Yoga. Prior to leading the Teen Meditation Group at Common Ground she volunteered for Tools for Peace, a camp that teaches mindfulness meditation in California. Her goal as a leader of this group is to create a warm and welcoming environment where participants feel respected, comfortable, and supported.

Mina Chung is a lover of the Buddha’s teachings, and an appreciative newcomer (from Canada) to the Twin Cities dharma communities.  She/They have been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2010, and participated in Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioners’ Program from 2014 to 2016.  Mina is thrilled to have the chance to practice and be in supportive conversation about the dharma, Buddhist mindfulness meditation, and life.

Brian Young has practiced in the Buddhist tradition since 2014, making their way to the Dhamma through a mindfulness group in college, where they sought a space for calm and kindness. Over the last several years, Brian has continued to deepen their connection with the Dhamma, finding deep healing and beauty in the Buddha’s teachings. Brian has been part of the Common Ground community since 2019 and works in the human services field. Brian is deeply grateful for this opportunity to share the refuge of the Buddhist path with others.


Children’s Practice Group (Currently not meeting due to the pandemic)

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

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

Pre-teen Practice (Currently not meeting due to the pandemic)

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.

Contact for more information.

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.  

Teachers for the preteen program:  Tina Lee,  Carrie Hatcher
(meet in workshop in basement)


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