There’s been a lot of buzz around kids and meditation over the last few years as more and more parents and teachers are seeing clear improvements in the overall wellbeing of children who are practicing meditation skills.
During the Family Retreats, which are open to kids aged 8-13 (at least one parent from each family is required to attend with their children), we’ll be sharing two basic mindfulness meditation techniques (observing the natural breath and body scan) in a very kid-friendly way - balancing the formal sits with lots of play. We hope to inspire each and every participant to then continue their exploration and mastery of their mind-body relationship, resulting in a more harmonious life for the entire family. Check out the daily schedule to see what each day looks like.
The retreat will offer group activities involving the whole family (including each meditation sit), family free time, as well as separate programs for kids and parents. We would ask that the kids do not bring any electronics into the Samadhi Center, and encourage the parents to also unplug for the weekend. There will be lots of books, games and puzzles for everyone in the family to enjoy.
While we are very understanding that children often find sitting still and quiet very challenging (as do most adults), we ask that silence be maintained during the formal sits. This may mean that children who are unable to remain quiet are invited to leave the zendo for that meditation session if it is distracting for the other participants.
1 parent/caregiver and one child - $100 per night
Additional children - $25 per night
Additional parent/caregivers - $50 per night
Families can stay in cabins (two single beds), private rooms (two single beds), or in bunk beds in the dormitories. Cabins and the shared/private rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. The dormitories are segregated into male and female quarters, therefore parents may not be able to stay in the same dorm as their child. An adult facilitator will be present in each dorm to supervise the children at all times.
The Samadhi Center is off-grid and solar powered, and will provide tasty vegetarian meals with lots of kid-friendly options. There are beautiful walking trails through our 15 acres of the surrounding forest and a geodesic growing dome on the property that the kids can help harvest. The Center can accommodate approximately 20 people at the family retreat, and will be staffed with four adults for constant supervision when the kids are participating in any children’s group activities.
For Kids: Why on earth would I want to go to a meditation retreat?
“Meditating is really easy.” ~ said no one ever!
The truth is, even most grown ups have a hard time meditating, but there’s a really, really good reason that so many people - especially kids - are learning to meditate. Practicing even a few minutes of meditation a day will help you build focus and concentration skills, and these make you better at playing soccer, gaming, getting through a math test, learning guitar...you get the picture. And, it helps you keep your cool when things get a bit stressful at school like when another kid bugs you, or at home when someone in your family (not you, of course!) is a bit grumpy, or during your baseball team’s big game. Meditation is hugely helpful for dropping the worries and frustrations that can come up pretty regularly.
And the best part of this retreat?! We will play lots of games from Manhunt to Badminton, Silent Ninja to a full on water gun fight. If you’re in the mood to hang around inside we’ve got lots of art activities, puzzles and games you can do too. And we’ve created a kids-friendly menu to keep your belly happy and full: pasta, pizza, popcorn, muffins, cookies…kale and brussel sprout pudding - just kidding!
So hopefully we’ll see you at the Samadhi Center for lots of meditation mixed with lots of fun stuff. If you have any questions your parents can’t answer, feel free to send us a message!
| for the July 13th Weekend (2018)