Kids & Teens

COVID-19 Update

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. Students and families will be required to follow health & safety protocols including mask wearing. Questions? Please call 608-345-1597 or email

Mindful Kids 6-week series for students in grades 1-4

Coming this Fall in partnership with Oregon Community Ed & Rec - Save the Dates!

6 Mondays, September 20-October 25, 3:30-4:30 PM

IN PERSON at Maitri Center

Life is full of ups & downs, even for children. Mindfulness offers kids lifelong skills that can help them navigate all kinds of experiences with greater awareness, balance & compassion. Through engaging activities, students learn to pay attention with kindness, manage stress, regulate emotions through self-understanding & develop a positive outlook. They learn to pause & respond to situations rather than react. They broaden awareness of themselves, others & the world around them, leading to a deeper sense of connection & wellbeing. Stories, interactive games & creative processing are all part of the experience.

Taught by Kelly Petrie.

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

Mindfulness for 'Tweens & Middle Schoolers

Coming this Fall in partnership with Oregon Community Ed & Rec - Save the Dates!

6 Thursday evenings, September 16-October 21, 6:00-7:15 PM

IN PERSON at Maitri Center

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 of all genders & identities will learn to connect with their innate peaceful and compassionate nature while practicing techniques that pave the way for greater balance, resiliency, and emotional intelligence.

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!

Taught by Kelly Petrie.

Mindful Games 4-week mini series for grades 4K-1st*

Coming this Fall in partnership with Oregon Community Ed & Rec - Save the Dates!

4 Mondays, November 1-22, 3:30-4:30 PM

IN PERSON at Maitri Center

Young children will explore focused attention skills, self & other awareness, kindness, and other social-emotional wellbeng skills through playful interactive games and activities. Active movement paired with introspection and brief moments of stillness will be central to creating a fun, exploratory experience around themes of mindfulness!

*Children in this series participate independent of their caregivers. This class is for children born earlier than August 1, 2017. Please contact the instructor at if you have questions about the age requirement.

Taught by Kelly Petrie, MA, RYT500.

Breathing Room for Teens

Currently not offered - check back again this winter!

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.

Yoga Kids!

Currently not offered - check back again soon!

Students in grades K-5 will explore playful yoga poses, breathing techniques & joyful activities to help spark focused attention, confidence & inner wellbeing.

Mindful Kids Club

Not currently offered - please check back again!

This program is for elementary students in grades K-5 who have taken a Mindful Kids course in the past. We will explore previously learned mindful awareness techniques & apply them to fun seasonal activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to refresh & refine their skills in an engaging context among peers.

NOTE: This class has a prerequisite. If you have questions about your child's eligibilty, please contact instructor Kelly Petrie at (608) 345-1597.

All Maitri Center classes are inclusive of trans and gender fluid people. We recognize that gender is not dependent on how someone looks and can be something other than male or female. One’s gender is often inferred by the pronoun used as reference (he/she/they). We encourage mindfulness around individually desired pronouns.