For Children and Teens

Teen Practice Group- NOT CURRENTLY MEETING. ON SUMMER BREAK

Meets in-person at 10:30 am at Common Ground on the first and third Sundays of each month, with the fourth Sunday meeting virtually via Zoom. (These dates may vary depending on the month; check online calendar for exact dates.)
The Teen group sessions will begin at 10:30 and be about one hour long or an hour and 15 minutes long depending on whether we are meeting on zoom or in person.
To get on our email list you can email info@commongroundmeditation.org.
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 annalouisakay@gmail.com with any questions.

Teacher bios:

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 college mindfulness group and eventually settling in the Theravadin lineage. Over the last handful of years, Brian has continued to deepen their connection with the Dhamma, finding profound healing and beauty in the Buddha’s teachings. Brian has been part of the Common Ground community since 2019 and serves as a facilitator both of the teen meditation group and the Be Queer Now sangha for LGBTQIA+ identifying folks.

Anna Kay has been practicing meditation since 2012 and has found joy and uplift in the practice. Anna has experience teaching teens mindfulness in Madison, Wisconsin and is grateful for the opportunity to explore and share the Buddha’s teachings in community. Anna is a social worker working with youth in the Twin Cities.

Carrie Hatcher was introduced to Common Ground in 2012 and found it to be a nourishing refuge during one of the most difficult points in her life. She believes in the power of the Buddha’s teachings and enjoys applying the insight to her daily life. She is a lover of Qigong and has found that practice transformative as well. Carrie is a youth worker who is also passionate about the arts. She runs her own business facilitating improvisational movement, stories, and music (a specific practice called InterPlay). While building community with adults and sharing creative play with young people, she loves to sprinkle her facilitation with mindfulness practices, since she feels it is the most important skill we can pass on to each other and future generations.

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 info@commongroundmeditation.org for more information.

Sundays, 10:30-11:45 a.m.  

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

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