Shambhala Child Care
Shambhala Child Care runs concurrently with Sunday Morning Meditation and Discussion from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. A donation of $10 ($5 for each additional child) is helpful and very appreciated, but not required.
CALENDAR: Please check here for updates to the Child Care schedule http://seattle.shambhala.org/programs/?pid=3674
The Children’s Regular Sunday Schedule
10:00 – opening, saying hello, finding how I feel today
10:30 – meditation, mindfulness practice
10:30-11:00 – A Kingdom of Kindness and Confidence: children explore Shambhala principles through story, discussion, art, movement and sharing; children may break into age groups depending on activity and staffing
11:00-11:30 Tea snack
11:30-12:15 ongoing project & outdoor time
12:30 – closing ritual, coming together before leaving
There are no age restrictions but we do ask that you contact us in advance if your child is new to Shambhala Child Care, is 3 years or younger, or has special needs.
Parents are requested to participate in child care when their children are 2 years or younger. Children 12 years or older, young adults, and elderly family members who enjoy being with children are encouraged to participate or volunteer with the child care team.
The purpose of the child care is to support families in their practice by embracing their children’s presence at the Shambhala Center. The child care provides children a place of belonging in a spiritual community and supports family meditation practice.
Shambhala Child Care has no set curriculum. Children engage in stories and activities with Shambhala Buddhist themes and simple activities to cultivate awareness are explored. Kindness, cooperation, caring, respect, and responsibility to community are all values of the child care. We emphasize working together, caring for the Center, discovery, and celebrating the natural world. Play, art, science, ritual, celebration of the seasons, and meditation are some of the common activities of the child care.
Outdoor activities are an important part of experiencing the world through the senses and developing mindfulness, so please ensure children are prepared with rain boots, clothes that can get muddy, appropriate outerwear for rain, snow, sun, etc., and maybe even an extra set of pants.
Bodhi School is offered at least once a month for children ages 8 to 12 and culminates in a Children's Rites of Passage ceremony. Children attending Bodhi School are welcome in the child care. To find out more, see Bodhi School Spring & Summer 2016.
Seattle Shambhala's Families & Children's webpage: http://seattle.shambhala.org/families/