Youth Practice – Oct 3-Apr 17

Youth Practice Grades 1-6
With Kikan Howard
Every other Sunday 9:00 – 10:45 AM CT 
2021: Oct. 3, Oct 17, Oct 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 12 (community Rohatsu ceremony)
2022: Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 6, Feb 20, March 6, March 20, April 3 (Buddha’s Birthday ceremony), April 17

As with almost all of our programs currently, Youth Practice is “pay what you can, minimum $5.” We are in the process of determining the actual cost of providing this service, to help you as you consider what to give. While the cost per child will depend on how many children participate, we are currently estimating a cost per child of $700 – $1,300. Please keep in mind that we are committed to providing youth practice and consider it to be something that our whole community needs to support. The cost does not only fall on the parents and families. Please pay the amount that feels accessible and appropriate for you.

Masks will be required for everyone who is participating in-person, both children and adults. All teachers and volunteers must be vaccinated.   

“Plan A” is to host Grades 1-6 both in person and on Zoom, every other Sunday from 9:00 to 10:45 AM, while the adults are in the zendo or on Zoom.   

The first 40 minutes will be similar to the format we worked out last summer on Zoom, but with some of us participating in person. The second 40 minutes, for those who can come in person, will be mindful activities such as art, games, stories, or outside activities, where the kids can choose what activities they’d like to join.  

“Plan B” is to return to 45-minute Zoom-only sessions, if that becomes necessary. We are following state guidance. As you can imagine, we will be monitoring the situation closely, and will have to adjust. 

If you would like to learn more about what we’re doing with Grades 1-6, you can watch Kikan’s most recent talks at Clouds: “Youth Practice and Flow in the Age of Zoom” ( and “Embodiment, Emotion, and Zen” ( 

Classes and sesshin fees are pay-what-you-can. To help cover administrative costs and activate online registration, the minimum amount we ask is $5.00 

Online registration ends 10/01/2021

If you wish to register after 10/01/2021 please contact the instructor directly at  Please note that you may not get an immediate response.