Seeds of Happiness: Meditation for Children
October 1, 15, and 22, 2022
3 Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
For Children Ages 8 – 12, Parents & Caregivers Welcome
Investment: $25 per Child, accompanying Adult is free
Spiritual Director Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe is pleased to announce a new 3-week Children’s Meditation course, Calm Mind, Open Heart: Mindfulness for Children, beginning Saturday, October 1, 2022.
It’s no secret that the past 2 years have not been easy on our kids.
In addition to the usual childhood stressors, our kiddos have experienced unprecedented disruptions to their lives. Many children and parents have reported feeling greater levels of anxiety, loneliness, and stress, and many families are responding with a new focus on well-being and mental health. A powerful tool for stress management, emotional regulation, and positive mental well-being is mindfulness.
Our Children’s Meditation Program teaches basic mindfulness techniques, with a focus on the cultivation of a peaceful mind and a loving and kind attitude. Children will explore the meaning of happiness and create their own feelings of peace and contentment through mindfulness meditations, mindful movement, and curriculum-based activities.
While children participate in mindfulness practices and activities downstairs, parents and caregivers are invited to join Kushok in the shrine room for meditation instruction and practice, as well as advice on mindful parenting and the creation of their own meditation practice.
As our kiddos return to school, sports, and socializing this fall, let’s equip them with the tools to support their well-being. Please don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore the benefits of mindfulness for both you and your child.
Our Seeds of Happiness Children’s Meditation Program teaches basic meditation techniques, with a focus on the cultivation of a loving and kind attitude. We base our program on “universal ethics” or aspects of positive character and well-being valued by all: kindness, compassion, patience, contentment, self-control, and love.
While children participate in mindfulness practices and activities downstairs, parents are invited to join Kushok in the shrine room for meditation instruction and practice as well as advice on how to be a mindful and compassionate parent.
This course is open to all! New and returning students are welcome, all faiths are welcome, and no meditation experience is required.
Children’s meditation course curriculum was developed by Spiritual Director Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe. Children’s classes are facilitated by Gillian Patton and Tina Dala. Gillian is a licensed teacher (B.Sc, B.Ed), mother of 3, and student of Kushok Lobsang Dhamchoe since 2007. Tina is an Educational Assistant, Children’s Yoga Instructor, and student of Kushok. All parent classes are led by Kushok.
The course will take place over four (3) Saturdays, from October 1, 15 and 22, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 am.
Your investment is $25 per child for 3 weeks. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you would like to participate, but are experiencing financial hardship, please contact Gillian at [email protected].
Wednesday, September 29, 2022
Space is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
HOW TO REGISTER:
Register online by clicking on the registration link above (preferred). If you are unable to register online, please contact our office using the email or phone number listed below.
WHAT TO BRING:
– All supplies are provided
– Cushions and chairs for meditation are provided
If you cannot attend the course, please contact the Gaden Samten Ling Office for details as soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding this course or any of the courses, retreats, and evets offered by Gaden Samten Ling, please feel very welcome to contact our office at [email protected]. We would be happy to help you!
Thank you for your continued support of Gaden Samten Ling. We look forward to seeing you and your child at our program.
Contact: Gillian Patton
Email: [email protected]
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HEALTH & SAFETY:
Please note that we will be abiding by the current provincial guidelines regarding masking and physical distancing requirements. If you are feeling unwell, we kindly ask that you attend class virtually and join us in-person when you are not symptomatic.