IDP KIDS: Mindfulness for Children and Parents

A Six Week Introduction


The Interdependence Project
302 Bowery 3rd Floor / Middle buzzer
New York, NY 10012
United States
Phone: 917.675.7151


Sat, 4/5/2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sat, 4/12/2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sat, 4/26/2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sat, 5/3/2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sat, 5/10/2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Sat, 5/17/2014, 3:00pm - 4:00pm




Saturday Afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00

April 5 through May 17

No Class on April 19

This unique class has been developed to provide children and their parents opportunities to explore the concept and practice of mindfulness through a variety of experiential activities.  Research has shown that mindfulness techniques benefit children as well as adults by enhancing concentration, increasing self awareness, and facilitating emotional regulation. Families in this program will participate in activities including stories, games, and projects that will provide a foundational understanding of what it means to be mindful, and the class will also include an introduction to mindfulness practices, which can be used at home as part of daily family life.

This curriculum is especially designed for ages 6-12.  All children must be accompanied by a parent. No experience with meditation or mindfulness is necessary.

Participants are requested to commit to attending the entire course, and drop-in admission is not available for this special series.   Materials are included in the registration fee.


April 5: What does it mean to be Mindful? Exercise:  Monkey Mind Project

April 12: Mindfulness of Body.  Exercise: Relaxation Tools

April 19:  No Class - Students Will be Encouraged to Continue Home Practice Techniques

April 26: What is Meditation? Exercise: “Mind in a Jar” Experiment

May 3: Mindfulness Using Our Senses.  Exercise: Spending Time with a Shell

May 10: Practicing Mindfulness.  Exercise: Walking and Eating Mindfully

May 17: What does it mean to be Kind? Exercise: Friendly Wishes Meditation


Heidi Marben, PsyD., has been teaching in schools for more than thirty years. She holds a masters degree in Elementary and Special Education, and a doctorate from NYU in School and Child Psychology.  Heidi has worked for the past 11 years as the lower school psychologist at Trinity School, where she has developed and taught a mindfulness curriculum since 2009.  In addition, Heidi maintains a private practice in Greenwich Village.  She has studied and practiced Buddhism for 14 years and is interested in the exploration and application of Western and Buddhist psychological theory and practice, and is a graduate of IDP’s Yearlong Immersion Program.  She takes  great joy in working with children and their parents.

Series Prices

$60 Full Price (Non-Members)
$50 Basic Members
$50 for Sustaining Members
Free for Fearless Members
Free for Endowing Members - contact to register

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IDP strives to meet the financial needs of our community while facing the financial challenges of a not-for-profit in NYC. Reduced-payment options and Work-Study can be arranged by contacting to make prior payment arrangements


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