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Family Mindfulness Day: Saturday, March 22, 2014

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!

Family Mindfulness Day

Please register in advance for this event.  Thank you!

Raindrops, Cherry Blossoms and Ryōkan

white cherryWe celebrated the mid-way point to spring yesterday with a new season of Children’s Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. 

The first part of the teacher’s talk featured the Soto monk Ryōkan who lived much of his life as a hermit.  He’s remembered for his calligraphy, poetry, love of children, and eccentric ways… playing games and filling his rice bowl with violets and dandelions.

After the talk, we walked through the light rain noticing cherry blossoms and daffodils in bloom.

Children were then guided through a short meditation… listening to the rain and the sound of the bell…  noticing in-breath, out-breath, and the gap in between.

IMG_1526Older children were then invited to try calligraphy and brushstroke with ink.  Younger children used crayons to draw what they noticed on the walk and their experience of listening to the rain.

We read the book, “No Ordinary Apple” — a story about mindful eating… then enjoyed apple juice and apple muffins prepared earlier that morning by some of the children in the Green Gulch kitchen.

Our next program meets Sunday, March 2nd.  We meet outside the zendo at 10am.  Advanced registration is not required.  Participating families are invited to stay for lunch in the dining hall.

Hope to see you next time!

With metta,
Chelsea

The Whole Earth as Nourishment

Preparations continued today for the Summer Mindfulness Workshop happening next week — Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Sophia’s Garden in Sebastopol.  

Our theme for the day is “the whole earth as nourishment.”  We’ll be held by a beautiful, biodynamic farm filled with healing herbs and organic fruit trees; learn three, foundational mindfulness practices; and notice how the whole world offers itself to us for our health and wholeness. 

This is so evident and observable time of year — gardens are abundant, fruit is heavy on the trees, herbs are flowering, and poppy seeds are, well, popping!  

When we take the time for stopping and noticing, we can see that the whole world is healing medicine.  I hope you’ll join us next week. 

You can learn more and register here.

With metta,
Chelsea

Metta Flags in July

The first Sunday of every month is a time for children at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.  Families file slowly into the zendo for the first part of the Children’s Program.  Little ones wiggle and giggle on zafus.  Energy buzzes through the meditation hall before the teacher’s talk begins. 
Last Sunday, in a short talk geared especially for the kids, Korin Charlie Pokorny told how each of us has a hidden jewel we can share with the world.  Asked what that jewel might be, children responded: our happiness, our love, our joy.   

 

The second part of the Children’s Program takes place on the farm among organic vegetable fields, fruit trees, and flower gardens.  This part of the program includes a kid-friendly mindfulness practice or seasonal project.  Earlier this year we planted corn, beans, and squash — The Three Sistersin the children’s garden.  Last autumn we enjoyed contemplative handwork by making floating acorn cap candles.  Another all-time favorite project is launching compost-seed balls into the hillsides.  

Last week, after bowing in and offering incense, nearly fifty children practiced metta or loving-kindness meditation together in the peace-garden.  Then we crafted metta prayer flags to hang on the children’s play structure.  

Children mindfully sewed wishes for the world into colorful cloth panels.  Some wishes included, “may all be free,” “may all animals be safe and healthy,” “sharing,” “less pollution,” and “may you see rainbows.”

After giving still, focused attention to their sewing, the children were ready for the out-breath of play.  With the wind carrying their metta-wishes to all beings, children climbed, slid, swung, and laughed together.  As always, organic apple juice and muffins from the Green Gulch kitchen were enjoyed by all.

Our next program is Sunday, August 4, 2013.  We meet on the lawn at 10:00 a.m. near the southwest side entrance of the zendo. 
For more information about the Children’s Program, please be sure to visit the Green Gulch website.  For the full text of the loving-kindness meditation click here.   Hope to see you next month!

 

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