Growing Brave Family Program Summer Session

with Chantal Pierre & Teresa Spicer

May 17th—August 9th

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  • $30.00 Program Price
  • $30.00 Member Price
Room: Garuda Shrine Room

Our Growing Brave family program for families with children between 3 and 12 years old is based on the Sitting Together curriculum developed by Sumi Loundon Kim.

We explore Buddhist and Shambhala themes through play, music, art, and stories while incorporating simple, age appropriate mindfulness activities. We welcome families from any or no religious backgrounds to attend. In 2020, we will cover the kindness unit as well as the Shambhala culture unit. The kindness classes are secular; the Shambhala culture classes serve as an introduction to how our lineage celebrates the seasons.

Growing Brave classes are every 2nd Sunday, from 11 AM to 12 PM (except April, May, and December). The Summer Session runs from May through August.




May 17, 2020

Friends/Lovingkindness for a friend and a neutral person

Jun 14, 2020

Celebrating Midsummer (Summer solstice Shambhala culture)

Jul 12, 2020

Circle of Kindness/Working with anger

Aug 9, 2020

Anger and Forgiveness/Forgiveness

Each class can be attended without having attended any of the other classes - and newcomers are always welcome. Children who complete the series will receive a pin in a ceremony at the end.


May 17th - August 9th

Price: $30 online for the whole semester, or $10.00 for each class the day you attend

Growing Brave is co-scheduled with Shambhala Café, which starts with breakfast at 9 AM and meditation (with instruction if desired) for adults and play for children at 10 AM. Growing Brave families are welcome to come for breakfast at 9 AM and stay for both meditation practice/play and the lesson.

The Growing Brave program starts at 11 AM. Please have children go to the bathroom before the program starts. After the opening ceremony, parents are welcome to go to the main meditation hall for the parents' talk. If your child needs assistance in going to the bathroom, we will notify you so that you can help your child.

To help make lessons age-appropriate, we will sometimes split children who can read (approx. grade 1 and above) from children who cannot after the opening ceremony. 

No drop-offs, please. This is a family program with separate sessions for adults and children, to help your whole family practice together.

When you register, please register once per family and indicate the number of children and adults in the comment box. 

How to pay: 

The best way is to sign up before the first class and pay $30.00 online for a whole semester. (A PayPal or credit card link pops up after you register.) You can also bring cash or check to the first class.

For those who do not want to attend a whole semester, you can pay $10.00 for each class on the days that your family attends.