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Family Practice Class: Opening the Heart through the Buddha's Teachings
For Children Ages 0-12 and Family/Caregivers
December class led by Eve Decker, Shahara Godfrey, Baruch Golden, Michele Ku, Fresh! White, and Jenn Biehn (movement)
We invite you to come and help create the diverse family sangha at EBMC. We welcome families with babies, toddlers and children up to age 12. The teachers will offer the Buddha's teachings and mindful practices that can be practiced at home. Parents/caregivers and young people will meet together and separately during the class. Children under 5 will need to have a parent/caregiver stay with them. We will explore bringing the Dharma to our daily lives through song, story, sharing, art, and mindfulness practices. We are committed to creating a diverse family sangha. No prior experience is necessary.
Jenn Biehn has been teaching Tai Chi Chih (TCC) – Joy through Movement for over 25 years. TCC consists of 20 easy-to-learn accessible movements that emphasize a soft continuity of motion and can be practiced in silence or with guided visualizations. She has taught TCC to those healing from trauma in various community-based organizations, as well to staff and faculty at City College of SF. At a three-month meditation retreat in 2013, Jenn adapted the movements to embody the Ten Paramis, as well as the Brahma Viharas, and has been delighted to share these embodied practices at EBMC day-longs.
Shahara Godfrey, Ph.D., has trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. Other influences have been spiritual teachers from various cultures and traditions as well as the creative arts. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders and Path of Engagement programs at Spirit Rock.
Baruch Golden is a long-time practitioner, hospice RN, and mindfulness teacher. He taught mindfulness practices to children in elementary, middle, and high school for the non-profit Mindful Schools for many years, and offers dharma talks at many Bay Area sanghas. He is a graduate of Community Dharma Leaders Program in 2012 at Spirit Rock and the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training program at the Sati Center of Buddhist Studies in Redwood City.
Michele Ku is a long-term Vipassana practitioner and a parent. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to adults at Kaiser Oakland. She also has taught mindfulness to children in elementary schools through Mindful Schools. She is co-founder and peer leader of a small family sangha for families of color and multi-racial families in the East Bay, facilitated by parents. She is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center's Community Dharma Leaders Program in 2012. Her main spiritual practice is bringing mindfulness to everyday life and within the family.
Fresh! White, CPCC, is a Certified Professional, Mindfulness & Life Coach. He has been practicing Mindfulness since 2007, and is currently a student of Spirit Rock’s Dharma Leadership Program. In addition to co-leading the Teen Sangha at EBMC, Fresh! is also a rotating teacher at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and leads a group for trans* and gender variant folks in Oakland as well. Fresh! earned his Early Childhood Education credits at Skyline College when he committed to being a classroom assistant and volunteer back in the '90s. Since 2003 Fresh! has facilitated or co-lead over 100 discussions in San Francisco and Marin, in schools and workplaces, with a goal of ending bullying for all and with a focus on creating safety for the LBGTQI communities.
The East Bay Meditation Center continues the Buddhist tradition of depending on a Generosity-based "All-Dana" model to fund our Center. This means that EBMC does not have specific fees for events, but rather relies on the generosity of individuals to keep the Center operating.
We believe that our Generosity-based model is an essential component of attaining spiritual freedom, and allows the greatest accessibility to the Dharma for the greatest number of people.
All classes at the Center come with a financial cost. When registering, please consider donating to support the center. There is also an opportunity to give Dana at the event. Please note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to explore any EBMC volunteer positions, please send an email expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER. They offer their teaching on a Dana basis and you can offer Dana to them at the class.