For Children and Teens

After carefully studying what experts from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health have been writing as well as sifting the information available through other sources, it seems that the wisest and most compassionate response to the coronavirus pandemic is for Common Ground to immediately suspend all programs at the center through March 29th, at which time we will reassess.

We are taking this big step out of compassion for all. Fortunately, Common Ground has already begun offering some limited live streaming options. We will work to expand the list of programming options available by live stream as capacity for tech support grows. Let us know if you have skills to offer.


There is no registration for the youth programs; When in session, feel welcome to just drop in. Find the schedule of class sessions for the 2019-2020 school year 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.

Contact for more information.

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

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)

Weekly Teen Practice Group 

Sunday mornings, 10:30-11:45am (meets in library in the basement and then walks to studio across the street in the Ivy Arts building)

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 provides a safe environment where participants are invited to raise any topic or question that interests them. This fall we’ll cover the paramis, ten beautiful qualities of heart and mind: generosity, integrity, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, resolve, lovingkindness, and equanimity. New participants are welcome to join at any time. Feel free to just drop in; no need to register. Email with any questions. Feel free to spread the word to friends and other interested parties! Here’s a poster you can share.

Teacher bios:

Molly Quinn has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2010. She has taught meditation to youth in homeless shelters and the Minneapolis juvenile detention center. Her fiction has been published in numerous literary journals including The Iowa Review and Prairie Schooner. Currently she’s working on a collection of short stories set in a psychiatric hospital, which draws on her experience as a registered nurse.

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.

Gabe Keller-Flores is Common Ground’s Office Manager and serves on the Board of Directors, as well as the Advisory Committee on matters of equity and accessibility. 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 has led the preteen and teen groups at Common Ground, and enjoys exploring these healing practices in collaboration with his co-teachers and the youth.


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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