Parenting as Path - Winter/Spring Semester

with Dr. Andra Brill & Gwen Pollara

January 6th—May 5th

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  • $150 Regular Price
  • $200 Patron Price
  • $100 Second Parent (please enter $100 below)
Room: Shambhala Shrine Room

Come explore Parenting as Path. Join other parents in meditation, contemplation and discussion. On the first Sunday of the month, give yourself two hours to reflect and process the daily path of parenting. During this time with other parents we offer two children's programs that will not have you searching for childcare in order to find some time for yourself.

Pre-registration has a regular price of $150 = $25/session for the Winter/Spring, and also includes the cost of 1 child to attend children's programming. Additional children are free for SMCD Family Members, $10 per child for non-members. A spouse or partner can also join as a second parent for a pre-registration price of $100 to help ease the burden of cost on families.

Drop-in has a regular price of $30/session and includes the cost of 1 child to attend children's programming. Additional children are free for SMCD Family Members, $10 per child for non-members.

Children's programming: 
Shambhala Kids is for children ages 4-8.
Dragon Club is for youth ages 9-12.

Please consider signing up to bring snack items to share

Our Parenting as Path Facilitators...

Andra Brill, PhD is an innovator in the field of mindful parenting.  Her work can be found on the Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Positive Parenting Solutions and  She has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 2004 and contemplative parenting since 2009.  Within Shambhala Andra has been a Family Camp lead teacher at SMC for many years and is a former coordinator for Families and Children at SMCD.

Gwen Pollara is a mother to two wise and talented children, Luca, fifteen and Maya, eleven. Gwen has been studying Shambhala Buddhism for 15 years. She is certified to lead people in shamatha meditation practice. She also studies Hakomi Therapy which is a mindfulness somatic therapy based on the principals of non-violence, organicity and unity. In her working life, she is a declutter guru and professional organizer. She is also a certified restorative yoga instructor. In other parts of her life, Gwen enjoys writing and performing poetry, making art, communing with nature, taking care of her plants and pets and laughing with her husband, Joe. Gwen combines all of these skills to bring her wisdom and skills to create nurturing environments for others to connect to their own innate wisdom and basic goodness so that they may connect with others in deep, healing ways.

Our Generosity PolicyWe have a generosity policy to make our offerings available to all who wish to participate. If the program price is an obstacle for you, please consider what works for you, and offer as much of the program fee as you can.

To arrange for this, please contact us in advance of this Program at: [email protected]

For those who can offer more than the program price, we have a “Patron Price.” Your generosity in offering the patron price helps cover the costs for others who are not able to pay the full price.