Families and Children


Family Groups

Third Sunday each month from 1:00 – 2:30pm in Eagle Rock (except for June, July, and December).
Next Family Group will be Sunday, Mar. 15  1:00 – 2:30pm

PLEASE NOTE: Rites of Passage for Kids started Feb 15th  for 8 year olds and up. See below for the schedule and to learn more about this program. Children who are not attending Rites of Passage will meet with the other group.


Present Parenting, Tiger Cubs, and Dragon’s group

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).

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

Eagle Rock Center: 963 Colorado, Los Angeles 90041



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 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.



children group shambhala los angelesDragons 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.


meditation program for kids los angeles



shambhala family

This special program marks the transition children begin to make from being solely family-centered to becoming important individual members of their community. Through sitting meditation, kyudo (Zen archery), haiku, nature hikes, calligraphy and other meditative arts, Rites of Passage gives children powerful tools to help them care for their own mind and emotions. These tools also empower them to relate to their internal and external worlds with confidence and gentleness. At the programs’s end, this transformative program is sealed with a powerful ceremony in which the children take a vow of mindfulness and kindness towards themselves and others. To learn more contact Laura at lauraburnham21@gmail.com




It is very important that ROP students attend every class.  More information will be given as needed as we move through the program.  This program is offered only every 2 years. 

Sun. Mar. 15  1:00 – 2:30:  Haiku Poetry 

Sun. Apr. 19 1:00 – 2:30:  Kado (Japanese flower arranging)

Sat.  Apr. 25 12:30- 2:00:  Meeting Horses Tom Sawyer Camp staff. This year each child will get to RIDE a horse…here in LA area.

Sun. May 17   1:00 – 2:30:  Kyudo (Japanese archery)

Sun. Aug. 16   1:00 – 2:30:  The Story

Sun. Sept. 20  About 2:00pm:  Rites of Passage Ceremony in main shrine room



Family Groups at Westside Center

Families interested in practicing at the Westside Center can do so from 10:00 am – noon whenever an All Day Meditation Retreat is scheduled.  Childcare will be available at that time.

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