Families and Children

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

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 to 12pm during the first Sunday of the month in Eagle Rock: 963 Colorado, Los Angeles 90041

Families interested in practicing at Westside Shambhala can do so from 10:00 – 12:00 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) at madhetty@aol.com


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

Most months Family Groups meet the third Sunday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in Eagle Rock. 

There will be an exception for the October 19 Family Groups.  We will NOT be meeting at the Eagle Rock center as usual.  Instead families are invited to come together for a free Sunday afternoon art event for children at LACMA, the LA County Museum of Art at 2905 Wilshire Blvd. from 12:30 – 3:30, drop-in.   If you’d like to meet us there or carpool from the Shambhala Center, contact Laura Burnham at lauraburnham21@gmail.com or 626-357-9041.  She’ll send you an email flyer with all the details.
We’ll be back on our usual schedule with Family Groups on Nov. 16th at the Shambhala Center in Eagle Rock.

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.

Shambhala Family and Children Program

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.