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 Weekend Family Retreat for K – 5th graders and parents / guardians May 25th to 27th, 2019

SATURDAY, May 25th – MONDAY, May 27th. Jikoji Retreat Center, Los Gatos.

Enjoy a weekend of Family Practice, Parent Practice, Hiking, and Community.

We invite you to join us! 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 a limited number of shared dorm rooms.  Vegetarian meals will be provided.

Registration is now closed.

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

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

Led by Hilary Borison 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. Please contact Hilary Borison at hborison@sbcglobal.net or 650-575-2052 for more information or to RSVP. Please provide first names of each adult and child who will attend.

Dharma Rocks Program (3rd to 5th Grades)

Led by Elisabeth Waymire and Hilary Borison

Third Sunday of the the month from 11:15am-12:30pm

Meditation and mindfulness and practice through games, stories, and art. Light snack provided.  For more information or RSVP, please contact Hilary Borison at IMC.familyprogram@gmail.com or 650-575-2052.

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 and Darrin Force
Second Sunday of the month, 5:00 – 7:00 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 Vy Le and Gregor Levy
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 Vy or Gregor at Imc.MindfulTeens@gmail.com

Recommended Books

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