Children’s Program

 

Come join us the first Sunday of the month for our Children’s Program and Community Potluck! All are welcome!

Please Note: During September the Children’s Program will be on September 10th instead of September 3rd to accommodate Labor Day.

Our Children’s Program engages children and teens in an interactive and fun exploration of basic Buddhist concepts and practices like mindfulness, compassion, kindness and connection.

Adults and children start the morning together with a brief shared tea service and singing or chanting. Children’s Program teachers and children then head outside for “follow the leader” (child-friendly walking meditation) before breaking into their age groups for games, stories, and art and theatre-based activities. Adults are welcome to join their children or stay in the meditation hall for sitting meditation, walking meditation and a dharma talk.

Each month, the program focuses on a different Buddhist theme. In September, we’ll lay the groundwork for our 2017-2018 Children’s Program’s year long exploration of compassion. We’ll start off with guided walking and sitting meditations on things that spark feelings of compassion inside us. Then we’ll write, draw and act our way through an exploration of what compassion feels like in our own and each others’ bodies and minds, and what it has to do with suffering and inequality. Come join us as we investigate and discover the many faces of compassion!

New families: please arrive by 9:45 am to get settled in before the 10am service.

Questions? Email kids@pszc.org

About our teachers:

Serena Maurer loves exploring Buddhism with children and teens! Serena is a teacher, facilitator, writer and parent. After facilitating conversations about oppression and change in university classrooms for fifteen years, Serena began offering mindfulness, compassion and social justice programming for organizations and schools. She has developed and facilitated writing, mindfulness, yoga and social justice programs for children, youth and adults. Her teaching focuses on connection, listening, and repositioning students as knowledge-bearers by cultivating trust, openness and flexibility towards inner and collective learning.

 

 

 

Tara McBennett is passionate about helping young people explore mindfulness.  Tara taught English at New Options Middle School and Garfield High School in Seattle for 12 years before moving to Vashon to raise her family. She is currently a teacher at StudentLink, Vashon’s alternative high school.  Tara loves literature and cooking, and she is passionate about providing even the youngest members of our community with a meaningful experience when they visit.  Her teaching emphasizes storytelling, games, and hands-on activities.