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.




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 to apply the practices and principles of mindfulness to support their self-discovery, empowerment, and fulfillment. It is also intended to be a trusting environment where teens can discuss among themselves and adult facilitators, issues that are important in their lives.

Please RSVP for purposes of food headcount to Aaron 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.