Kid Friendly, Social Good, Virtual
This group is an informal opportunity for parents and small children (ages 3-8) to explore a family practice. Through singing, playful movement and storytelling we learn how to spend time together mindfully.
Zoom Link (registration not required): Click here or dial +1 (646) 876 9923 and enter the Meeting ID: 992 0690 6921. (passcode: cimc)
Seasonal and festive themes are interwoven in our work to bring in color, fun, and a community atmosphere. We introduce the concepts of awareness, non-judgement or acceptance, and stillness (in heart and mind -- the body may be moving). Some examples of mindfulness that might be explored are: mindful listening, mindful breathing, mindful seeing, and more. Children are naturally in tune with their bodies and their environment. Our work together tries to harness this beautiful quality of wonder and presence. We have a high tolerance for movement and sound, and the children are not expected to sit still or be quiet all the time. At the end of the session, there is some time reserved for conversation.
Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Our activities are geared to children ages 3-8. However, we are happy to welcome younger and older siblings so that families have the opportunity to practice and be together.
Jim Austin has been trained at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass to lead Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction groups, which include meditation and yoga. He has had a long-term personal practice in both disciplines, with Larry Rosenberg being his primary meditation teacher. Currently he is the lead teacher at eMindful, an organization that provides mindfulness based stress reduction via online classes. Jim lives in Medford, is married and the father of three children.
Jen Zehler is a certified teacher and received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at New Jersey City University and her Master's Degree in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University. She is also a graduate of the Women's Leadership Institute program at Hartford Seminary. Jen completed teacher training with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) and is a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, and has received training through Mindful Schools and Mindful Life. She also has a certification in Restorative Justice Circle Keeping from Planning Change and has completed Trauma training for working with youth through The Center for Adolescent Studies. She is currently enrolled in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader program. Jen resides in Barre, MA at The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS).