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 in English & Spanish (K- 5th Grade)

Noon Sat. May 28 to Noon Mon. May 30, 2016

with Richard Shankman, Andrea Castillo, Liz Powell & Bruni Dávila

During this weekend we will meditate together as families, as well as in separate groups for parents and children. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy hiking, arts and crafts, and spend free time relaxing outdoors. Everyone will also share in doing simple chores.

Please click on the 3 links below to carefully review detailed information about the retreat, and then to apply:



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 Youth Program (3rd – 5th Grade)

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

Led by Carla Brooke
Mar. 6 (1st Sunday)  9:20 to 10:50 am at IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster, Suite D
Apr. 10 (2nd Sunday) 5:00- 6:30 pm at IMC
May 1 (1st Sunday)  9:20 to 10:50 am atIMC Annex, 1040 Brewster, Suite D

June 12 (2nd Sunday) 5:00- 6:30 pm at IMC

Meditation and mindfulness practice by means of fun, interactive, community-building games and crafts. Parents alternate assisting the group and being free to attend the Sunday morning sitting and dharma talk at IMC. Contact  Liz at eapowell@aol.com with first name of your child who plans to attend.

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 Series

Led by  Patty McLucas and Liz Powell
Second Friday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

An opportunity for parents to practice in community with mindful speech and listening, to meditate together, and to hear from local dharma teachers who also practice mindful parenting and mindfulness with children. The monthly series will alternate between sessions lead by local dharma teachers/ leaders, and sessions devoted to parent discussion groups. Facilitated by Patty McLucas and Liz Powell. No pre-registration required.

Recommended Books

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