Engaged Family Practice Program

September 6, 2020 – June 6, 2021 (ten sessions)
10:00 am – 11:00 am

In response to the dual pandemics of Covid-19 and systemic racism, the Green Gulch Farm Youth & Family Program is launching an alternative ten-month-long Engaged Family Practice program, focused at the intersection of bodhisattva vows and social, racial, and climate justice.

Starting in September 2020, we’ll explore a new Dharma practice each month via Zoom. Families will have the chance to create related projects that they then engage on their own during the month—like removing trash from a creekside, writing letters, making signs, attending a march, or working at a food bank.

We’ll learn to support our work with Dharma practice, so that our activism can feel nourishing and sustainable, and we’ll turn to texts and teachers doing this important work for guidance.

We have a great Engaged Family Practice team leading this program, with student-workers from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) bringing their experience in expressive arts, somatic psychology, and community mental health alongside our long-term volunteer team bringing many years of Zen practice.

While we miss being out on the land with everyone at Green Gulch, we are excited to offer this new, ten-month-long program—and to take up the work the world is now calling us to do. We hope you will join us in expressing the bodhisattva vows through Engaged Family Practice.

Upcoming dates and topics:

September 6 - Equanimity
October 4 - Impermanence
November 1 - Wisdom Beyond Wisdom
December 6 - Sympathetic Joy
January 3 - Shoshin: Beginner’s Mind
February 7 - Zazen and Kinhin: Sitting and Walking
March 7 - Guest visit from author Andrew Jordan Nance
April 4 - Compassion
May 2 - Lovingkindness
June 6 - Effortless Action

Ages: Because this is a family program and parents/guardians participate alongside their young people, we welcome youth of all ages. The average age ranges from 5 to 12 years old but babies, toddlers, and teens are absolutely welcome and join us regularly.

Primary Text: Peace, Love, Action! Everyday Acts of Goodness by Tanya Zabinski

Launching with a soft start on September 6; families may join at any time at a pro-rated amount.


Full 10-month-long program: $300 – $180 per family, sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds. Please register.

Register Online

Drop-in: Suggested donation is $20 per family; no one turned away for lack of funds.


Pre-registration is required. Please use the Register Online button, above, to register for the full program. For drop-in participation, use the Register Online button on the event calendar page. Once registered, you will receive a link by email to join the program online via Zoom.

Program Coordinators

  • Meikyo Chelsea True
  • Patty Bradford

Contact Information: ggfchildrensprogram@sfzc.org