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For 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls
September 2014 - May 2015
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Green Gulch Farm
9:30 am - noon
We request that both parents attend the Opening Day, if possible, at which time we will ask you to participate in a special ritual to acknowledge this remarkable time in the lives of both you and your child.
After the opening ritual, the parents will have time to meet together, introduce themselves to each other and discuss how to use the time we have together during the year. Lunch following the meeting, for COA youth, is included with the program. Additional family members may join them at a suggested $10 per person.
Just as Siddhartha left the innocence and protection of his childhood palace to seek his own path and to discover what he had to bring into the world, so must all young people leave the total dependence of childhood behind and embark on the important and complex journey towards adulthood.
The Zen Center Coming of Age Program aims to offer guidance and support that facilitates youth in their journey towards forging new connections to themselves, their community and the environment. It is also a formal celebration of that journey. We hope you will join us! Both new and returning students are welcome.
ScheduleAll meetings begin at 9:30 am on the deck between the library and the Wheelwright Center. Meetings end at the same place at noon. Please pick your child up at the end of the meeting. You are invited to stay for lunch. Lunch for the youth is included in the program tuition and the cost for other family members is a $10 donation.
Parents who would like to participate can also meet on the deck between the library and Wheelwright Center, and then move to an available meeting location (usually the small dining room) for “tea and a chat” with Program Director, Abiding Abbess Fu Schroeder.
Twice each year, once in the fall and once in the spring, we can have a longer meeting if the parents would like to do so, from 9:30 - 11 am. We can discuss this option once the program begins.
2014-2015 Schedule (subject to change)
September 21 (Opening Day Ceremony)
October 11 (Girls' sleepover weekend)
October 25 (Boys' sleepover weekend)
March 14 (Girls' sleepover weekend)
March 21 (Boys' sleepover weekend)
May 10 (Completion Ceremony)
The completion ceremony begins at 9:30 am for the youth. Families and their guests should arrive by 11:15 for the ceremony in the zendo. We encourage families and guests to attend the morning lecture, which will be relevant to the Ceremony. After the ceremony there will be a reception on the pool deck. Families will be encouraged to bring a pot luck and desserts for our celebration.
$800; $720 SFZC members, $640 low income.
Green Gulch Farm
Coming of Age Program Registration
1601 Shoreline Hwy
Sausalito, CA 94965
Parents of participants must also provide (to remain confidential):
Medical Information [PDF]
Medical Release Form [PDF]