Youth & Family Program

First Sunday of the month, 9:45 – 11:45 am

  • No program in January (due to Intensive)
  • February 3: Mid-Winter Ritual: Blessing the Fields for Spring
  • March 3: Annual Spring Treasure Hunt
  • Saturday, April 20: Zen-a-thon: FUNdraising for our Temples
  • May 5: Buddha’s Birthday celebration
  • June 2: Planting the Three Sisters—Corn, Beans, and Squash—in the Children’s Garden
  • July 7: Interdependence Day!
  • August 4: The Joy of Generosity
  • September 1: Equanimity of Equinox
  • October 6: Ancestor’s Ritual
  • November 3: The Attitude of Gratitude
  • December 1: Winter Solstice Celebration: The Buddha’s Enlightenment – there will be no public lunch served due to the start of sesshin

On the first Sunday of the month, we hold a special program for families. This begins at 9:45 am with a quiet song circle outside the zendo. At 10:00 am, we enter the zendo together where the lecturer will address the children. Then families proceed into activities including farm projects, mindfulness, movement, and ritual.

Our program aims to help children cultivate attention, empathy, and understanding and utilizes attunement to seasonal rhythms to foster well-being. A Youth & Family Program Practice Guide is available in our bookstore and includes many ideas for practicing at home as a family.

Each program closes with a community building circle at 11:45 am, sharing delicious muffins from the Green Gulch Bakery. After the program, families are welcome to attend the farmers' market outside the zendo.

Please come prepared for the weather. We meet rain or shine and most of our programs are outside.

Sign-in and Song Circle begins at 9:45 am near the side entrance of the zendo. Our program ends at 11:45 am. We request that children are supervised at all times.

Fees: Suggested donation is $20 per family or as your means allow. No one turned away for lack of funds. A donation can also be made at the door.

To Register: Pre-registration is not required, but it does make the arrival time more relaxed. Use the Register Online button above for the date you plan to attend. Or call the Green Gulch Farm main office at 415.383.3134; or register at the door.

Program Coordinators:

  • Meikyo Chelsea True
  • Patty Bradford
Contact Information: [email protected]

Children's Verses:

The Three Lamps:
I vow to develop a kind heart.
I vow to develop a clear mind.
I vow to honor the Triple Treasure.

Closing Verse:
Body like the mountain.
Heart like the ocean.
Mind like the sky.
—Eihei Dogen

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