All posts by Chelsea True

Summer Mindfulness Workshop

I’ve been getting feedback that a ONE day summer workshop would be more accessible to families this late in summer. 

Look for a revised flyer coming soon with the date changed to JULY 31.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Please — just come and join us on the farm for a day of summer mindfulness.

This fun one-day workshop introduces children to mindfulness practice in the lush gardens of a working, biodynamic farm.  Enjoy storytelling, movement, connection with nature, and other kid-friendly contemplative practices.  Bring lunch and something to share for a communal picnic among organic apple trees and fragrant herbs.  Ages 5-11.  Open for registration now.  

DATE: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
TIME: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
PLACE: Sophia’s Garden
4038 Green Valley School Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Cost: $40 – $80 

Remember, all programs are sliding scale and no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Request information and register here.   

Looking forward to practicing with you!
With metta,
Chelsea

Mind Like the Sky

Behind our thoughts, fears, frustrations, and rough places, there is a soft spot.  Pema Chodron writes, “if you touch that soft spot, you find the vast blue sky. You find that which is ineffable, ungraspable, and unbiased, that which can support and awaken us at any time.”

How do we help kids touch the vast sky that is our inner-nature?   One way is to get outside.  By the sea, in a field, on a farm — in these open places we notice the openness inside us.    Another way is by simply watching the clouds as they come and go.

We’ve all done this at some point in our lives.  Laying on the grass, settling into our body, gazing at the sky — we watch cloud shapes emerge and dissolve above us.  Kids are naturally drawn to this — so catching their interest shouldn’t be difficult.  Adding an element of mindfulness to it, we can invite children to notice how thoughts and feelings are like this too — coming and going and always changing shape.

Children’s artist  Betsy Rose writes, “I use this… as a way of teaching and discussing how to name emotions, and how feelings come and go like clouds; the clear blue sky of inner calm and quiet happiness is always available to us.”   She even has a song to go with it.   (If you don’t know her music or her work with children, be sure to investigate.)

Another way we can touch the clear, blue sky within us is with our breath.  Just one breath is often a starting place for clearing our mind and increasing our calm.  Encourage children to sit up tall and solid and let the sky fill them with their breath.  Thich Nhat Hanh offers children this verse for practicing with the sky:

“Breathing in, I see myself as the big blue sky.  Breathing out, I feel free and at ease.”

Welcome!

Welcome to Om School’s new blog spot.  Thanks for stopping by. 

This has been an exciting week.  I’ve been working hard to complete the new website while reaching out to the community in search of a home for our local program.  I’m happy to announce that the website is up and our program has a home!   

We’re bringing children together to create an ongoing cooperative program in the lush gardens of a working, biodynamic farm in Sebastopol, California.  Children will learn and practice mindfulness together among organic apple orchards and fragrant herbs.  We’ll care for the land using biodynamic principles encouraging a view of nature as an interconnected whole. 

A one-day Summer Mindfulness Workshop at the farm is coming up on July 29th.   Session I of the ongoing cooperative program begins on the farm September 4, 2013. 

Also beginning September 5, I’ll be teaching a ten-week Mindfulness for Children class at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center.   We’ll also create an organic community garden and learn to see nature’s hidden connections. 

All programs are designed to help children cultivate self-awareness, build empathy, reduce stress, and develop self-regulation skills.  The content is delivered through research-based curriculum, story-telling, games, Waldorf-inspired handwork, movement, connection with nature, and other fun, kid-friendly contemplative practices.    

Class sizes are limited to twelve children ages 5-11.  All are open for registration now.  Find more information and register on our new website or visit us on Facebook.

Looking forward to practicing with you!  
With metta, 
Chelsea