Youth and Family Practice


In-person Youth Practice is on hold during the pandemic, but we have created a number of resources. See the Youth Practice Interconnections page for the full list.


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. 

Zen Family Practice is for both parents/caregivers and their children from birth to kindergarten (older siblings may also attend). This program is based on the early childhood family education model: adults and children begin each class together and then separate: adults have a teacher-led discussion group and children enjoy a snack and free play to build friendships and peer group relationships. Families come back together for story time, guided meditation, and a farewell game and dedication. No registration required.

Youth Group Practice (grades K-6) meet in the classroom for group activities and then splits into groups by age for guided learning, stories, discussion, crafts, and more, while adults attend the community meditation and dharma talk. Pre-registration* is required. 

Teen Group Practice (grades 7-12) 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. Although we will practice some Zen forms, you need not consider yourself a Buddhist to attend. Pre-registration* is required.

If you have questions, contact Kikan Mike Howard at 651-222-6968 ext. 5 or kikan@cloudsinwater.org.