I am happy to announce our new compassionate action program is just beginning to take shape!
This exciting new program will include much movement and aim to engage the will-forces of our highly-energized children. It will also have a large component of community engagement. My hope is to harness that valuable energy of our most spirited kids and channel it into creating positive change in our communities. The class motto will be, “Compassion is a Verb!” All classes will be project-based and include on-the-go, practical instruction in secular mindfulness.
Some classes will meet at Sophia’s Garden, others will meet on-site — such as singing at the Senior Center, marching against GMOs, gardening with the elders at Burbank Heights, or renegade compost-ball-poppy-seed-bombing needy hillsides and empty lots. This class is a re-envisioning of something I started years ago, Children Creating Change — or C3 for short.
We don’t have set dates yet but we’re looking at the second Saturday of most months. The program will run year-round with no meetings in December and April. Please let me know if you are interested. This program is open to the general community. All ages are welcome. Children already enrolled in other Om School classes are also welcome. All C3 families are invited to attend our usual seasonal festivals at Sophia’s Garden and will have access to the Om School online forums — coming soon with resources, home-practice ideas, book clubs, etc.
Please contact Chelsea if you’d like more information. The program will begin as soon as we have five children enrolled. Adult volunteers are needed! Some work-trade may be available.
Would you like to learn more about the Mindful Art Program we’ll be sharing with pre-teens this Saturday at our Family Mindfulness Day? Emily Tara Weiner, MA, MFTI, framed this as a wellness program that focuses on cultivation of mindfulness skills, stress reduction, social and emotional learning, and self-compassion. While not a therapy program, it’s largely based on Dr. Laury Rappaport’s Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT) methods and is featured in her book, Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies — available here.
Registration is now open for Family Mindfulness Day taking place at Sophia’s Garden Saturday, March 22, 2014.
We’ll honor spring, practice together, and enjoy the gift of Lakota medicine man, Steve Stonearrow’s storytelling. Please help make this day a success by spreading the word!
Please register in advance for this event. Thank you!