Kids & Teens

Supporting your child's physical, social, and emotional wellbeing is more important now than ever before! Small group in-person classes are being offered at the Maitri Center to support all aspects of your child's wellbeing, so they can navigate our ever-changing world with greater resiliency & balance. Maitri Center welcomes children & families of all abilities, genders & identities. If your child has special needs, please call 608-345-1597 or email contemplative.ed@gmail.com before registering to ensure they will have the support they need to fully participate!

Breathing Room for Teens

For students in grades 6-12.

5 Mondays, 5:00-6:00 PM

January 23-February 20, 2023

Give yourself some breathing room to come home to your authentic self.

A safe space to simply BE.

This series takes a mind-body approach. We’ll release tension through yoga & mindful movement, explore deep relaxation, learn practices in self-compassion & gratitude, and restore inner confidence & joy through mindful meditation.

Open to all genders & identities.

Taught by Kelly Petrie, MA, RYT500.

Mindful Kids 6-week series

For kids in grades K-4

In person at Maitri Center

6 Wednesdays | April 5-May 10, 2023

4:30-5:30 PM *Registration opens 12/19

By planting the seeds of mindfulness, children will discover their inner calm and social connectedness through interactive games, stories, movement, and crafts!

Offered in partnership with Oregon Community Ed & Rec. $101 per child (includes all materials).

Taught by Kelly Petrie.

Learning to B.R.E.A.T.H.E.

Mindfulness for 'Tweens & Middle Schoolers

6 Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 PM

April 5-May 10, 2023

Registration opens Dec 19th

Specially designed for pre-/early adolescent students in grades 5-8 (ages 10-14), this engaging 6-week series teaches the essential elements of mindfulness through the acronym BREATHE:

  • Body & sensory awareness

  • Reflections (thoughts)

  • Emotions

  • Attention

  • Tenderness (kindness & compassion)

  • Healthy habits of mind

  • Empowerment


By cultivating mindful awareness of inner and outer experiences, students will learn to connect with their innate peaceful and compassionate nature while practicing techniques that pave the way for greater balance, resiliency, and emotional wellbeing.

Central to this course is our focus on nurturing our authentic selves through exploratory exercises that deepen our appreciation for the unique gifts each of us brings to the world. This course can be a life changer for many students!

Open to all genders & identities.

Club Mindfulness Summer Workshop Series

Check back next summer!

This program is for students entering grades 1-6.

Exciting opportunity for kids to explore mindfulness through Japanese contemplative arts such as haiku & ikebana, as well as mindful movement, loving-kindness, and pebble meditation in the tradition of the late Vietnamese meditation master, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Each week a different theme and creative process will be explored! Option to attend individual dates or the full series. Fee includes all materials for weekly craft projects.


**Please register in the parent's name. A liability form for your child will be emailed to the parent and must be returned before the start of class. If you are enrolling more than one child from the same family, please contact contemplative.ed@gmail.com.