Planting Seeds Generations Family Practice Sangha [for chilren, parents, grandparents, etc. and any grownups who want to join]


Planting Seeds Generations Sangha

What do we do at Planting Seeds?

We start with a short round of “weather report” and sangha songs. We learn breathing and mindfulness practices, read a story, engage in mindful movements and games and other mindful practices. Commonly we facilitate kid-centered activities while adults can enjoy a longer guided meditation and dharma sharing, Themes include impermanence, nature, being kind to each other and so forth. The thought is to bring forth some of the mindfulness trainings such as deep listening, loving speech, listening to our body, working with anger, non-harming, loving the earth.

What is the purpose of the Planting Seeds Generations Sangha 
Our purpose is to offer a Family Practice meeting for Parents and their children, and other interested adults. We offer mindfulness practices approrpriate for children of all ages, and time for parents to meditate and have dharma sharing. 

Meetings:
 We have been meeting monthly on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, at Leora's home. These meetings are on temporary hiatus as Leora is away.

We also have the beginnings of a Planting Seeds Astoria Meeting: a first meeting was held in November 2018 and plans are underway for a regular monthly meeting.

Who might you see at Planting Seeds /Who has helped organize these meetings? 
Leora Amira: has been practicing in the Plum Village Tradition for twelve years, in Jerusalem and with the Riverside Sangha in NYC, with the good fortune to often spend time at Blue Cliff Monastery; She is an aspirant for the Order of Interbeing and feels called to offer our practice to children. She started the Planting Seeds sangha two years ago, launched a family practice at Green Island sangha, and lead the Children Program in summer retreats at Blue Cliff Monastery. Leora is a researcher in developmental neuroscience.

Phyllis Chen: is a mother of two (6 and 3 yo) and has been practicing in the Plum Village tradition for over ten years. She is a member and facilitator of Middle Way Sangha and a composer/musician interested in how music and mindfulness connect. 

Anne Court is a mother of two (6 yr old and 1 yr old) and has been practicing in the Plum Village Tradition since 2011. She was a regular member and facilitator of Wake Up New York for many years before helping start the Middle Way Sangha in 2015. She works with children and parents building social-emotional skills and is in school to obtain her Master's in Educational Psychology. 

David Flint is a Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village/Thich Nhat Hanh tradition, and co-founder of our Community of Mindfulness New York Metro and has been happily engaged in Sangha Life for 28 years. He is a social worker by profession. David remembers fondly practicing in Sangha and on retreats with his children [now young adults] and is pleased to support Planting Seeds.

Zack Foley is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing and a co-founder of the young adult sangha Wake Up NYC. He currently helps to facilitate at the Riverside Sangha and Planting Seeds Generations Sangha, both on the Upper West Side. Zack is a social worker by day and a jazz musician by night.

Contact Zack for information, z.foley@familytreecollective.org

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