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For 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls
September 2015 - May 2016
Sunday, September 13, 2015
Green Gulch Farm
9:30 am - noon
We request that both parents attend the Opening Day, if possible, at which time we will ask you to participate in a special ritual to acknowledge this remarkable time in the lives of both you and your child.
After the opening ritual, the parents will have time to meet together, introduce themselves to each other and create an avenue for interested parents to connect. Lunch following the meeting, for COA youth, is included with the program. Additional family members may join them at a suggested $10 per person.
Just as Siddhartha left the innocence and protection of his childhood palace to seek his own path and to discover what he had to bring into the world, so must all young people leave the total dependence of childhood behind and embark on the important and complex journey towards adulthood.
The Zen Center Coming of Age Program aims to offer guidance and support that facilitates youth in their journey towards deepening connections to themselves, their family and community, and the greater world. Coming of Age is a formal celebration of the journey to adulthood. We hope you will join us! Both new and returning students are welcome.
ScheduleAll meetings begin at 9:30 am on the deck between the Welcome Center and the Wheelwright Center. Meetings end at the same place at noon. Please pick up your child at the end of the meeting. You are invited to stay for lunch. Lunch for the youth is included in the program tuition; the cost for other family members is a $10 donation.
2015-2016 Schedule (subject to change)
September 13 (Opening Day Ceremony)
October 10 (girls' sleepover weekend)
October 17 (boys' sleepover weekend)
March 5 (girls' sleepover weekend)
March 12 (boys' sleepover weekend)
May 15 (Completion Ceremony)
The completion ceremony begins at 9:30 am for the youth. Families and their guests should arrive by 11:15 for the ceremony in the zendo. We encourage families and guests to attend the morning lecture, which will be relevant to the ceremony. A reception will follow the ceremony. Families will be encouraged to bring a pot luck and desserts for our celebration.
$800; $720 SFZC members, $640 low income.
Green Gulch Farm
Coming of Age Program Registration
1601 Shoreline Hwy
Sausalito, CA 94965
Parents of participants must also provide (to remain confidential):
Medical Information [PDF]
Medical Release Form [PDF]