Meditation For Children & Families

We receive many questions about resources for helping children learn meditation, and from parents wanting to practice Buddhism as a family. Most of the following are not programs or events of the Madison Insight Meditation Group, and so weoffer these resources for information only-we cannot vouch for them and do not endorse them. If you have comments (negative or positive) about any of these resources, or know of others that you believe should be listed, please contact us.

Free Programs:

Children’s Feast for the Soul
An annual 40 day worldwide event helping to bring stillness to children. Each day of the 40 days a new meditation (roughly 4 minutes long) was released to help children open up to finding stillness within them. Families and schools throughout the world participated. Teachers from the U.S., Germany, Thailand and Australia offered very heartfelt meditations and this year, many children co-facilitated the meditations. There is no charge to be part of this event, and the meditations from this year, as well as past years, are available on the website at

Fee-based Programs:

Mare Chapman, Lives Unlimited.
Individual lessons for children: meeting individually and often together with parents, up to six sessions learning mindful breathing, body sweep, working with sensations, and developing stability with emotions. Simple methods to calm and attend, which is especially helpful for anxiety, sleep troubles, and attention problems.
Individual lessons for teens: meeting individually to learn mindful breathing, working with sensations, thoughts and emotions to build stibility with the pressures and challenges of teenage years. Especially useful for panic attacks and anxiety, sleep issues, eating and food issues, difficulty concentrating, and depression.
Summer meditation class for teens: 14 and up, 6 week class. Learning basic method of sitting practice, and applying mindfulness to stability in everyday life.
For more information contact Mare at 608 233-7431, ext 1.;;

Mindful Kids An enrichment program for childrenoffered periodically through Oregon Community Education. The 9-session series meets 2x/week and is taught by Kelly Petrie. Kelly has an MA in contemplative education & has led multiple youth programs for the Oregon School District. For questions about the Mindful Kids Series and to learn when the class is being offered, call Kelly at (608)345-1597 or email

Mindfulness for Teens. A program of UW Health Integrative Medicine.
A group to practice skills that help understand and manage stress. Using mindfulness techniques, teens will practice being aware of their body, emotions, and thoughts with a friendly, accepting attention that supports wise responses in daily living. For Teens 15-18 years old.Offered 4x each year. Fees are currently $255 for the 7 class sessions. More information at (608)265-8325.

Books, Audio, Websites, Curricula:

Books & Resources for Children, compiled by Buddhanet: includes an extensive list of downloadable books, stories, pictures to color and textbooks on Buddhism for children,

mind-UP. Teaching mindfulness curricula forpreschool - 6th grade, and book, “10 Mindful Minutes”, developed in partnership withColumbia University. Info

Mindfulness Meditation Resources for Children/Adolescents,compiledby Nancy Cross Dunham

Deborah Schoeberlein.
Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone WhoTeaches Anything. Wisdom Publications: 2009.

Susan Kaiser Greenland. The Mindful Child. Free Press: 2010.

Gina M Biegel. The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens. Instant Help Books: 2009.

Lawrence E Shapiro and Robin K Sprague. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook forKids. Instant Help Books: 2009.

Christopher Willard. Child’s Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be MoreFocused, Calm and Relaxed. Parallax Press: 2010.

Thich Nhat Hahn, Chen Chau Nghien, and Wietske Vrieger. Planting Seeds: PracticingMindfulness with Children. Parallax Press: 2011.

Lisa Desmond. Baby Buddhas: A Guide for Teaching Meditation to Children. Andrew McMeelPublishing: 2004.

Trish Broderick. Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents. Penn StatePrevention Research Center.

Mindfulness in Education Network:

Susan Kaiser Greenland, Inner Kids Program:

Linda Lantieri. Inner Resilience Program.

Association for Mindfulness in Education:

Mindful Schools: Engaging Children, Supporting Educators, Transforming Schools: – Mindfulness in Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Madison Vipassana, Inc. 2017