Welcome to mindfulkids. This is a place for us to share resources and ideas about practising mindfulness with kids.  It is hosted by the nuns and monks of Plum Village, an international meditation centre in the South West of France. We practise meditation and mindfulness in the Zen Buddhist tradition of Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and offer retreats and days of mindfulness for families.  We have created this site so that we can share the resources we are developing, in our practice centres in France and in the U.S. , and so others who have developed resources can share theirs, too.

We need your help and participation. Plum Village monastics are currently posting up the principle practices we share with children in the Plum Village tradition: Practicing with the bell, Pebble meditation, the Two Promises, Deep Relaxation for Children, Touching the Earth for Children, Eating meditation, embracing strong emotions, walking meditation, etc. We will also include ideas on how to set up a children’s program or children’s activities for a retreat, day of mindfulness, or a children’s sangha. We will post ideas for cooperative games and nature activities, as well as practitioners’ experience of sharing mindfulness with children as parents, teachers, children’s program staff, etc. (This is where we need YOU!) Please register on wordpress.com and share with us your experience, your stories, your joy, your difficulties– share how and what you are learning from children. Share with us which activities work and which ones don’t work so well yet. We also encourage children to share their experiences with the practice. Feel free to send us art, songs and photos so that we can post them.
Thank you!

9 Responses

  1. I am a psychologist and student of Thich Nhat Hanh. I have written 2 children’s books centered on Buddhist psychology principles. I recently adopted a little boy from Vietnam and am so happy to announce we are returning to Vietnam to bring home a baby sister! At the ripe age of 50 I have found motherhood the most wonderful experience of my life ( and I’ve a blessed life already).

    I am currently writing the 3rd book of the series, and this one is about adoption in the spirit of Buddhism. The series is “Miracle Dipped in Fur”. I’m looking for an illustrator and would love to share the stories with you.
    Thank you,

  2. Hi Barbara,

    How nice to read your message here. I am a psychologist and illustrator, maybe you’ve seen the Mindful Movements book from Parallax Press I ilustrated? I’d love to see your books. If we feel a connection, who knows, maybe I can help you with illustrations for your new book.

    With a smile,

  3. Hi!
    I am a student in Technology and Languages also a student of Thich Nhat Hanh. I join in many social works and connect with many children. I’m glad to see this site when I am walking to internet. That’s great. I hope I can share many songs, photos, and information about VietNam children.
    With my warmest wishes
    Huong Giang

    • Dear Huong Giang, thank you for your comment on the mindful kids blog. I’m sorry to take so long to reply to you. I was traveling for the last months and then moved to a new center in Germany. Please do share with us your songs, photos and information about children in Vietnam. I hope to have a Vietnamese language page on the blog soon. I would love to add your sharings there!
      Have a joyful, peaceful new year, and we will be celebrating Tet here in Germany soon…so happy year of the Ox!
      Sr. Chau Nghiem

  4. Hello Wietske,

    I just bought Mindful Movements. The simplistic elegance of your art is engaging! I would like very much to share my stories with you, and perhaps as you say , we might connect. May I send them to you via email? I am bgreene5@twcny.rr.com.

    with a smile back to you,

  5. Dear Sister & friends,

    It’s wonderful to have this fresh location for kids of all ages available on the web. Realizing that so many kids and adults are on the web, I’ve been posting mindful media from time to time. Friends in the Amsterdam sangha have helped me produced a short guided meditation video entitled, “today’s day wake up. ” It uses several of Thay’s gathas on being aware of the present moment and finding compassion and insight with daily activities. I hope you like it. You are welcome to share it on your site. It’s at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkgctSJVrmo .

    Smiles to your compassion,

    • Hello David, thanks so much for your comment and link to the you tube movie. I just watched it and enjoyed it alot! It is relaxing and also helps you look deeply. I’m sorry I didn’t reply to you earlier. This fall we were in India and then I moved to our new center in Germany, the EIAB, so I haven’t had much time for this blog.

      I would really love to do a movie about sharing the practice with children that children could watch, teachers could show in school, etc. that would communicate how to breathe, create peace in yourself and in your relationships, relax your body, connect with the earth, etc. And include all our wonderful songs for kids. Maybe we can keep in touch about this?

      Wishing you a wonderful new year full of peace, mindful breaths and smiles,
      Sr. Chau Nghiem

  6. Dear Thầy, dear sisters and brothers!

    I’m just a small flower, goes by the earth. I’m very happy to meet Sư Ông, I live in Vietnam.

    This is a wonderful idea. I think this site will be helpful for children who practice Mindfulness, and share brotherhood with other in over the world. May be our future will be change, if each person change himself.

    I want to guide children around me practice Breath, Mindfulness, smile, too. So this site is wonderful for me to learn the way how to communicate with children.

    Thank you very much!
    Breath and Smile
    Peace for all,


    • Dear Xa Hoi/DXD, thank you for your comments and visit to this blog. I’m so happy to know you have benefited from it. I would love to have this material available to more people in Vietnam. If you have some time and would like to translate some of the text on the blog I can add a page in Vietnamese. We also have some things already translated into Vietnamese so I can put these up, too. What pages on the blog do you think would be most helpful and interesting to people in Vietnam?

      I wish you much peace and happiness!
      Sr. Chau Nghiem

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