Families and Children


Family Groups: Present Parenting, Tiger Cubs, and Dragon’s group

Third Sunday each month from 1:00 – 2:30pm in Eagle Rock (except for June, July, September, and December).
Next Family Groups day will be October 18, 1:00 – 2:30pm.

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” (9-13 years).

Not necessary to make reservation online or pay online. Suggested donation: $10 per family. Donations can be offered onsite.

Location: Eagle Rock Center: 963 Colorado, Los Angeles 90041

In many world traditions there are special times in each person’s life when their relationship to their community shifts.  At these times Rites of Passage education and rituals are held.  In keeping with this tradition, every two years the Los Angeles Families & Children program hosts a series of special classes for children ages 8 – 10, culminating in their Rites of Passage Ceremony.  This is a very delightful event for the children and their families, members of our sangha and guests.  This year we are so delighted that six children have completed their classes:   Drill Practice,  Haiku Poetry, Kado (flower arranging), Meeting Horses, Garuda’s Eyes (contemplative photography) and “The Story”….all designed to spark the readiness of these children at this point in their lives for a shift in how they relate to the world.  Having depended on their families for direction and support up to this point, these kids are now ready to begin exploring the world themselves and taking on more responsibility.  We welcome them as they become part of our greater community.

Please come help us celebrate on Saturday, September 19!  This free ceremony is lighthearted and fun and will follow the Harvest of Peace celebration that morning.  A pot luck lunch will be shared with all in attendance around 12:00 noon, between the two programs.  When you register, please let us know if you’d like to join in for lunch, and bring some food to share for the pot luck.  The ceremony is about an hour in length, and will be followed by a delicious reception.


Present Parenting

New families are always welcome!

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-Mandel leads this group.



Shambhala Family and Children Program

Children’s Groups

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.

Tiger Cubs

kids group 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.



Dragons Group

Children 9 – 13 years old 

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.



Family Groups at Westside Center

Families interested in practicing at the Westside Center may contact Melanie Weiner at 323-309-4662 or email madhetty at aol.com

Westside Center, 3877A Grand View Blvd., Mar Vista, CA 90066


Laura Burnham (Eagle Rock) at 626-357-9041 or email lauraburnham21@gmail.com

Melanie Weiner (Westside) at 323-309-4662 or email madhetty at aol.com