Youth and Family Practice

Clouds in Water’s Youth and Family Practice was created as a way for families to dedicate themselves to acting responsibly, compassionately, and morally. In this practice, parents have a chance to express their concerns, learn about dharma-centered activities for families, and meet others with similar interests. They are also encouraged to try new ways of incorporating spirituality at home that support the well-being of family life.

Raising children in a spiritual tradition gives them the foundation they need as they grow into teens and young adults. By starting early, parents and caregivers have the opportunity to create lifelong patterns that aid children as they mature as well as developing tools they may find useful if they experience difficult times ahead. 

Youth and Family Practice emphasizes present-moment awareness (aka mindfulness), compassion, and practical Buddhist teachings to help navigate life at all ages and stages. 

Youth Practice, Grades 1-6

Beginning October 2, we will host Youth Practice for Grades 1-6 in person every other Sunday from 9:00 to 10:30 AM, while parents/guardians are in the zendo for the Sunday service.  This year our youth practice group will be studying the three refuges, Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.  We will discuss questions such as: "What things in our life bring us happiness and relieve stress?  Are these things permanent?" When we are confronted with all of the chaos life can bring, it is important to know where we can return to find true happiness and refuge. We will begin in the fall with studying the life of the Buddha, both as a historical figure, and as inspiration for our own ability to follow the path.  The first portion of class will be direct instruction and group activities. The second half of class we will explore ways to ground ourselves and live the practice with meditation and mindful movement.  Students will have the opportunity to connect with each other through mindful activities like games, arts and crafts. Parents and guardians will be kept in the loop regarding curriculum, so that the teachings and practices can be explored with the whole family.

Masks are required for children and adults. All teachers and volunteers are vaccinated.

2022 dates: October 2, 16 & 30, November 13 & 27, December 11, 9-10:30 am

Registration is required: REGISTER HERE

For more info, contact andrea@cloudsinwater.org

Zen Family Practice - young children (0 - 5 years old) & their caregivers

Zen Family Practice gathers every other Sunday morning. Caregivers learn alongside their children. We practice Zen through songs, movement, stories, simple meditations, a mindful snack, and free play. We learn how to slow down and live deliberately within a sometimes chaotic world. Families of all religious backgrounds are welcome! This group will be led by volunteers Angie Martin and Steve Plachinski.

Masks are required for everyone 2 years old or older. All teachers and volunteers are vaccinated.

2022 dates:
October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20, December 4

Note: Caregivers are welcome to bring young children to our community rohatsu ceremony on December 11, 9 - 10:30 am

Registration is encouraged: REGISTER HERE

For more info, contact andrea@cloudsinwater.org

Teen Group Practice, grades 7 - 12

The Teen Group is a combination of basic Buddhist teachings, fun activities, and social time. We practice inclusivity, self-awareness, and basic values such as honesty, patience, and compassion, as they relate to teen life. This year, we'll be exploring the Paramitas - Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Enthusiasm, Meditation & Wisdom - as well as any topics that are of interest to the participants. Although we will practice some Zen forms, you need not consider yourself a Buddhist to attend. The group will be led by Keika Karin San Juan, Jake Nagasawa, and guiding teacher Sosan Flynn. 

Our first meeting on October 2, 11 am - 12:30 pm, will be an opportunity for teens and parents to meet with the teachers to give input, ask questions and get to know one another.

Masks are required. All teachers and volunteers are vaccinated.

2022 dates: 11 am - 12:30 pm on October 2, 16 & 30, November 13 & 27. 9 - 10:30 am on December 11. 

Registration is required: REGISTER HERE

For more information, contact sosan@cloudsinwater.org.