Youth and Family Programs

There is no cost for classes, events and retreats at IMC. Donations are welcome. No pre-registration is required unless otherwise stated.

In response to parents’ requests, IMC began a children’s program in 1996. In recent years we have received numerous requests to expand our offering of youth programs. We have designed four age-appropriate programs beginning with kindergarten-aged kids and ending with 12th grade high school students.


Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat

with Andrea Castillo, Lori Wong, Bruni Dávila & Liz Powell

Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29
at Jikoji Retreat Center

During this weekend we will meditate together as families, as well as in separate groups for adult caregivers and children. There will also be plenty of time to explore our diversity in a kind and welcoming way, share our cultures and family traditions, enjoy hiking, arts and crafts, and spend free time relaxing outdoors. Everyone will also share in doing simple chores.

Jikoji is a rustic Meditation Center in the middle of an open space preserve off Skyline Blvd. in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Accommodations are camping and shared dorm rooms.  Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Application to this retreat is by lottery, which will be drawn in late March/ early April. Please click on each of these links and follow the instructions provided:



Dharma Sprouts Program (K-2nd Grade and their parents)

(Third graders have the option of attending Dharma Sprouts or Dharma Rocks.)

Led by Liz Powell and Carla Rayacich. 
First Sunday of the month from 11:15am – 12:00pm

Meditation and mindfulness practice through stories, songs, art, movement, and games. Parents/caregivers participate with their children. Contact Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend, giving first names of each adult and child who will attend.

Dharma Rocks

(Third – fifth graders)

Led by Carla Brooke. 
Third Sunday of each month, 11:15 to 12:45. 

Interactive mindfulness meditations, games, art/ crafts, and movement.  RSVP to Liz at eapowell@aol.com if you plan to attend, including the first name and age of each participant.

Dharma Bodhis Middle School Program (6th – 8th Grades)

(Sixth graders have the option of attending Dharma Rocks and/or Dharma Bodhis)

Led by Hilary Borison
Fourth Sunday of the month, 5:15 – 7:15 pm

A time to explore how the dharma can support challenges and opportunities pertinent to middle schoolers through group discussions, mindfulness practice, creative activities, interactive games, pizza dinner, and opportunities for community service.

Please contact Hilary Borison at hborison@sbcglobal.net or 650-575-2052 for more information or to RSVP.

Mindful Teens (High School Youth)

Led by Nirali Shah and Bruni Davila
First and Third Sunday of the month, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

We aspire to create a safe and joyful space where teens learn mindfulness to nurture inner-discovery, clarity and a deeper connection with others. After a guided meditation, we discuss issues that are alive and rich in us (typically around relationships with friends/family, stress, intentions, identity, etc.) and in general have some fun with life! We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month – 5.00pm to 7:00pm. You can find more information at www.mindfulteens.net Please RSVP Nirali or Bruni at Imc.MindfulTeens@gmail.com

Mindful Parents

Second Friday of each month from 7:30 – 9:00pm at IMC

An opportunity for parents to practice in community and to hear from parents who are senior students/ dharma teachers.  Facilitated by Liz Powell.  No pre-registration required.

Memorial Day Weekend Family Retreat

Saturday, May 27 – Monday, May 29
at Jikoji Retreat Center

Enjoy a weekend of Family Practice, Parent Practice, Hiking, Crafts and Community.
During this relaxed weekend we will gather for teacher led family practice periods
and parent practice periods as well as hiking, crafts, and outdoor activities for all.

Forms for registration by lottery will be available starting Jan. 29th on

Recommended Books

Please visit these links for recommended books for teens and children.