Mindfulness Classes - Youth
Mindfulness meditation is the art of paying attention, of listening to your heart. Rather than withdrawing from the world, mindfulness can help you enjoy it more fully, effectively and peacefully.
Each class is a combination of practice, instruction and group discussion in a supportive environment. Our instructors have years of experience practicing and teaching mindfulness and come from professional fields that include education, medicine and mental health.
The mindfulness program is committed to intentionally welcoming people of all races, faiths, ethnic backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientations. Financial assistance is available upon request.
Mindfulness for Teens - Grades 9-12
Mindfulness for Teens invites you to explore mindfulness meditation in a fun and supportive environment.
Mindfulness is about being present for your life. When you practice mindfulness, you make friends with yourself and the world around you. You begin to notice an inner stillness that is there even when things are stressful or chaotic. You pay attention to the present moment in a way that allows you to respond, rather than react.
This class is for high school age teens (grades 9-12) who are interested in learning Mindfulness meditation and are willing to explore and practice it. This exploration will include periods of quiet and stillness. The purpose of the class is to educate, to foster compassion for self and others and to support the integration of Mindfulness in everyday life. Participation requires the ability to manage group settings, peer interactions, and periods of quiet. Please note this is not group therapy or a social skills class.
Mindfulness for Middle Schoolers - Grades 6-8
Class is designed to help middle schoolers (those entering grades 6-8) see their lives with greater clarity, creativity, kindness and compassion. It is intended for those who are interested in learning mindfulness meditation and are willing to explore and practice it.
Using mindfulness techniques, participants will practice being aware of their body, emotions and thoughts with a friendly, accepting attention that supports wise responses in daily living.
This class is for middle schoolers (students entering grades 6-8) who are interested in learning mindfulness meditation and are willing to explore and practice it. Please note this is not a therapy group or social skills class. It is a group whose purpose is to educate and support the integration of mindfulness in everyday life. Participation requires the ability to manage group settings and peer interactions.
Mindful Photography for Middle Schoolers - Grades 6-8
Being outside the box. Seeing in new fun ways. Discovering moments without planning, staging, or getting stressed out "trying to take a picture." Helping your mind and body relax now in this moment.
Surprise yourself! Discover the hidden world right under your nose now. P.S.: No homework. Everything happens in class.
Cameras will be provided for class use. No prior experience with mindfulness or photography required.
Please note that this is not group therapy or a social skills class. Participation requires the ability to manage group settings and peer interactions.
This class is offered at various times throughout the year. Check back for updates or request to receive the Mindfulness Program e-newsletter with updated course announcements. To request newsletter, please call (608) 265-8325.
Mindfulness for Families
This four-session course for families and children ages 4-7 will incorporate relaxation techniques, movement, games, stories and glitter to introduce families to core concepts of mindfulness. Together we will cultivate specific ways of paying attention to our breath, body, feelings, thoughts, actions and each other. By focusing our attention, we can respond with less frustration and more compassion for ourselves and one another. Making these skills playful and part of day-to-day routines will be emphasized.