Youth & Family Program

youoth and familyOn the first Sunday of each month, Green Gulch offers a special program for families. This begins at 9:45 am with a quiet song circle outside the zendo. At 10:00 am, we enter the zendo together where the lecturer will address the children. Then families proceed into activities including farm projects, mindfulness, movement, and ritual.

The program aims to help children cultivate attention, empathy, and understanding and utilizes attunement to seasonal rhythms to foster well-being. A Youth & Family Program Practice Guide is available in the bookstore and includes many ideas for practicing at home as a family.

Upcoming Dates:

      Each program closes with a community building circle at 11:45 am, sharing delicious muffins from the Green Gulch Bakery. After the program, families are welcome to attend the farmers' market outside the zendo.

      Please come prepared for the weather. The program meets rain or shine, often outside.

      Sign-in and Song Circle begins at 9:45 am near the side entrance of the zendo and ends at 11:45 am. Children must be supervised at all times.


      Suggested donation is $20 per family; no one turned away for lack of funds. A donation can also be made at the door.


      Pre-registration is not required, but it does make the arrival time more relaxed. Use the Register Online button on the event page for specific date, or call the Green Gulch Farm main office at 415.383.3134, or register at the door.

      Program Coordinators

      • Meikyo Chelsea True
      • Patty Bradford

      Contact Information:

      Children's Verses

      The Three Lamps:
      I vow to develop a kind heart.
      I vow to develop a clear mind.
      I vow to honor the Triple Treasure.

      Closing Verse:
      Body like the mountain.
      Heart like the ocean.
      Mind like the sky.
      —Eihei Dogen

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