The practice of mindfulness at any age is both simple and profound, and research has shown that there are many benefits of mindfulness for children. It strengthens their “attention muscle” and accesses the parts of the mind that deals with focus, decision-making, and self-regulation. It helps them to recognize their emotions and empowers them to choose their response versus quickly reacting. It supports and enhances learning, emotional intelligence, and overall well-being across the lifespan.
Our year-long mindfulness series will incorporate practices that connect children to themselves through breath work, games, stories, movement, and art with lessons designed to provide children with a solid foundation to build their own healthy self-regulation. In each class, we’ll use art to foster understanding of mindfulness, as well as empower children to utilize art as a mindfulness practice in their daily lives. We will feature different media and techniques across the year to expose children to a wide variety of mindfulness-based art experiences and we’ll provide resources and suggestions for further integration at home.
Mindfulness is simply being fully engaged in the present moment with a mindset of kindness and curiosity, but it’s a capacity that must be tapped, developed, and deepened through practice. Our goal is that by the end of year, both you and your children will have a toolkit of resources and experiences to integrate mindfulness into your relationships, bringing more presence, equanimity, gratitude, and joy into life.
January: Intro to Mindfulness: Glitter Jars
February: Mindfulness of Breath: Watercolor Resist Paintings
March: Mindful Listening: Painting a Song
April: The Five Senses: Aromatherapy Clay Creations
May: Mindfulness of Body: Body Tracing Self-Portraits
June: Mindfulness of Thoughts: Marble Painting
July: Mindfulness of Emotions Part 1 (Awareness): Cardboard Mood Masks
August: Mindfulness of Emotions Part 2 (Responding): Mandala Printmaking
September: Cultivating Joy: Mixed Media Collage
October: Empowered Communication: Affirmation Animals
November: Gratitude: Thankful Trees
December: Kindness: Dyed Wooden Hearts
Each month we’ll provide ideas for bringing mindfulness into your home, including book suggestions, games, discussion topics, and art. We’ll provide ideas for your child to use each media on their own, as well as prompts for a collaborative art journal for you and your child to work on together. This unique experience will nurture your connection with your child as you bring more presence and creativity into your daily lives.
We will meet the first Saturday of every month from 2:00-3:00 PM. If registering for the year, your investment each month is $15, which includes all materials in class and resources for home integration plus an art journal for each child to share with your family. The drop-in rate for each class is $20, which includes all materials in class and resources for home integration with the art journal prompts.
We’d like to welcome you to observe our first class on January 5th so you can witness what the format of each class will look like.
19570 Amber Meadow Dr
Bend, OR 97702