Families & Children

Shambhala wishes to cultivate and celebrate the wisdom, delight and dignity of living in family relationships, becoming parents, raising children, and caring for our elders.
Family is the most intimate, on-the-ground social organization we have, the nucleus of our human relationships. Children are our future, and it is through this human connection that a culture of kindness and virtue will be passed on. Relating to the everyday challenges of family life with trust in basic goodness offers our children and society an example of an awake and joyful way to live.

At the Denver Shambhala Meditation Center, families are an integral part of our community.


Shambhala Kids

The Shambhala Kids program uses meditation, yoga, art, music, drama and other sensory-rich activities to help children:

  • develop inner strength, confidence and compassion,
  • realize the basic goodness of all sentient beings,
  • come to know the six paramitas and the four dignities of Shambhala, and
  • relax in coming to know themselves.

Christine and her Grandkids 12-21-12

The activities offered in the Shambhala Kids program are engaging while also allowing for spaciousness, seldom permitted in today’s world. Children can be who they are in that moment: creative, active, joyful, or just quiet and observing.

Ages: 3-10 (Older children are welcome to serve in a leadership role. Please contact the center for more information.)

Cost: $10 drop in per child.

Drop In – No Registration Required. Parents can stay and participate, meditate at the Open Sitting down the hall, or attend the Center’s Open House.


Our Shambhala Kids Teacher…

Amy Turino has been a public school educator for the past 14 years. She enjoys learning alongside children as they discover the world around them. Discovery through curiosity, passion and wonder are tools to understand our world and others. Through hands-on and creative experiences, Amy enjoys helping children find their voice and develop an understanding of who they are in the world and how they can use their gifts to help others. Amy loves the community and space provided within the Shambhala Meditation Center to do this work and looks forward to continuing to support and grow programming for children and families here at SMCD.


Save these upcoming dates (1st and 3rd Sunday mornings)
December 18 – Children’s Day
January 1 – New Year’s Day Open Sitting
January 15
February 5 & 19
March 5 & 19
April 2 & 16
May 7 & 21
June 4 – Summer Celebration

Families play an important role in our annual community celebrations of Harvest of Peace, Children’s Day, and Shambhala Day. There will be time for the children to be in programming where they will prepare offerings to bring to the greater community celebration — whether that is through song, art, or just connecting relationships and offering hugs to others. We honor families, and especially appreciate how children bring a rich and vibrant energy to the Center.


Regional Events for Families

Shambhala Sun Day at Boulder Shambhala Center (1st Sunday of each month)