Spirit Rock Family/Teen Program offers classes, daylongs, benefits, and residential retreats in which the practice and teachings of mindful awareness, from the Insight Meditation tradition are offered in order to support the development of wisdom and compassion for children, teens, whole families and the wider community. For more information about the Family Program or Teen Program, contact Dawn Scott at (415) 488-0164 x 227.
Intentions of the Family/Teen Program
- To offer Insight Meditation teachings and practices, such as kindness and mindfulness to families, children and teens in a non-sectarian way
- To connect Insight Meditation teachings and practices to the daily lives and concerns of families, teens and children
- To create a supportive practice community of families, teens and children
- To support the individual spiritual growth of parents, teens and children
Five-Week Middle School Meditation Series offered in Fall, Winter & Spring
A class series for 6-8th graders which includes simple Insight Meditation instruction, discussion and sharing time, games, movement, and community building.
Eight-Week High School Meditation Series offered in Fall, Winter & Spring
A class series for 9-12th graders which includes Insight Meditation instruction, discussion and sharing time, games, movement, and community building.
Teen Sweatlodge Day
An annual daylong event for teens, the Teen Sweatlodge Day is led by a Native American elder. It is an opportunity for teens ages 13-18 to experience the ancient Native American tradition of purification through sacred sweatlodge ceremony. A council, or truth speaking circle, will be held, as well as Insight Meditation and group games. Appropriate for beginning or experienced students.
Abhayagiri Teen Retreat (Labor Day Weekend)
A two-night, three-day residential camping weekend for teens ages 14-20 at Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, Mendocino. Teens participate in the monastic schedule, which includes periods of meditation and chanting, working and hiking on the land, and teachings from the monastic teachers. To maintain a lifestyle of simplicity while at the monastery, participants do not eat a full meal after noontime.
New Year's Teen Retreat
A five-night residential retreat for teens ages 15-19 held at an offsite youth-friendly facility in the Bay Area. Teens participate in guided periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, small group discussion, creative activities and unstructured free time. A special New Year's ritual is held, along with a community sharing time of music, poetry, dance, comedy and other offerings on the last night.