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: K- 8th Graders and Parents

Saturday May 23- Monday May 25. 

Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos.

Practice together as a family during a relaxed weekend that will offer structured retreat practice and small group sharing with other parents, teens, and children, along with hiking and appreciation of the forest, grasslands, and views from the top of the Santa Cruz mountains.  The site features camping and a limited number of shared dorm rooms.  Registration by lottery will open on the IMC website at the beginning of February.


Note: Applications with a $200 deposit received by 3/15/15 will be entered into a lottery. Retreatants will be notified in late March if they have been admitted or are on the Waiting list. Subsequent applications will be added to the Waiting list.

Registrar: Questions? Email Liz Powell at eapowell@aol.com

Teachers: Richard Shankman, Liz Powell, and others

Dharma Sprouts (K – 3rd Grade)

Led by Liz Powell & Carla Rayacich
First Sunday of the month, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm 

Brief meditations and dharma practice through stories, songs, art, movement, and games. Parents/caregivers participate alongside their young children. Please contact Liz if you plan to attend.

Dharma Rocks Youth Program (3rd – 5th Grade)

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

Led by Liz Powell
First Sunday of the month, 9:20 – 10:50 am, at IMC Annex, 1040 Brewster Ave., Suite D.

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  Aaron Chavira  and Nirali Shah
First and Third Sunday of the month, 5:00 – 6:30 pm

A safe and fun space where teens can learn the practice of mindfulness to support their self-discovery, happiness, and stress reduction. It is intended to be a trusting environment where teens can discuss among themselves and adult facilitators, issues that are important in their lives. Meets 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month – 5-6:30pm. For more information:www.MindfulTeens.net

Please RSVP to Nirali/Aaron at ImcMindfulTeens@gmail.com or on the website.

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.