Families and Children

There are two opportunities most months for families to participate in the Shambhala community.

Shambhala Family and Children Program

Present Parenting

Family Groups: Tiger Cubs, and Dragon’s group (Eagle Rock)

Most months Family Groups meet the third Sunday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30pm in Eagle Rock. However in June, July, and December, Family Groups do not meet.

During this time parents meet together in “Present Parenting” and two groups for children meet at the same time: “Tiger Cubs (3-8 years) and “Dragons” (9-12 years). Suggested donation: $10 per family

Present Parenting
Parenting is an enormous responsibility and a practice in itself. We want our children to develop inner strength and clarity, serenity and compassion.  The most effective way that they can do so is to live daily with these qualities, reflected in their parents.  Our Present Parenting group explores how the Shambhala teachings can help parents and children live together with open hearts and the natural wisdom that resides in all of us.  Shambhala parent Natasha Mitchnick lead this group.  New families are always welcome.

Tiger Cubs is for children 3-8 years old. The children explore through their senses, developing trust in their own experience. Through nature, music, art, movement, and interacting with each other, children discover their own relationship with the world.

The Dragons group is for older kids 9-13.  These children are ready to step out in life and make many of their own decisions. These young people are ready to begin short periods of meditation and mindfulness practices, along with a rich variety of age appropriate activities.

Life these days offers so many distractions, so many choices.  It is important to develop innate insight to know what to accept and what to reject.  Shambhala teachings shine through all the activities in these children’s groups, led by longtime Shambhala students Laura Landau and Laura Burnham.  For questions contact Laura Burnham at 626-357-9041 or lauraburnham21@gmail.com

Not necessary to make reservation online or pay online. Donations can be offered onsite.


Family Sunday

Parents are invited to bring their children for free child care so that parents can join other meditators in the adjoining shrine room.  A meditation instructor is available.

10am- noon during the first Sunday of the month in Eagle Rock: 963 Colorado, Los Angeles 90041

Families interested in practicing at Westside Center can do so from 10am – noon when an All-Day Retreat is scheduled. 

If you have questions, please contact Laura Burnham (Eagle Rock) at 626-357-9041 or lauraburnham21@gmail.com or Melanie Weiner (Westside Center) at madhetty@aol.com