Children & Families

Shambhala Child Protection Policy

Effective Date: February 26, 2020

In recognition of the increased need for transparency and responsibility with regard to protecting children in Shambhala Centers from harm, two groups in Shambhala International – the Code of Conduct Support group and the Director of Community Care and Conduct – have diligently worked to create a Child Protection Policy (CPP). This policy, which applies throughout Shambhala, is an essential measure to ensure that the growing minds and bodies of our children are respected, and that each child is protected from sexual abuse. 

The Birmingham Shambhala Center endorses and abides by this policy.  The document of the policy along with FAQs can be accessed here:

Shambhala Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy Frequently Asked Questions

Children’s Programs

The live, in-person activities of the Children and Families Programming of the Birmingham Shambhala Center are currently inactive.  However, a Resilient Parenting program is being presented every other Saturday at 10:00 am on Zoom.  Follow the red link to the program description and registration page, or contact Phyllis Mark at 205-587-3710. 

If you are interested in any of the types of activities described below, please contact Phyllis Mark at 205-587-3710.

Our previous programming is described here:

The Birmingham Shambhala Meditation Center offers a monthly program for children to help them bring the power of meditation practice into their lives.

Children's ProgramLittle Buddhas – Ages 3 to 6– meets the second Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:30 am

Young Warriors – Ages 7 to 10 – meets the second Sunday of the month from 1:30 to 3 pm

Group sessions introduce children to resting their minds, and noticing their senses and feelings. Children also learn age-appropriate versions of Buddhist teachings. Programs include play, storytelling, group discussion, movement, crafts and meditation instruction.

(Pre) Teen Mindfulness – ages 11-14 ( though some age flexibility is possible) meets the third Sunday of the month from 4 – 6 pm. The children learn more about meditation, its uses in everyday life, as well as a chance to build sangha (community) with other kids.

Group members are more able to conceptualize mindfulness and work with applications in their busy everyday lives. Our groups include didactic learning, discussion, and activities which emphasize how MINDFULNESS ROCKS! Healthy snacks provided.

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Call Phyllis Mark at 587-3710 to confirm dates and get more information.  Dates and location may vary, so please check with us if you have any questions.

 Mindful Parenting Group

This group meets on the third Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 pm

How can parents learn about Buddhist dharma (teachings), Shambhala vision, and the tool of meditation in the midst of our busy lives on the parenting path? By attending our monthly Mindful Parenting Group! Join in on the chance to exchange experiences, give each other support and learn more about the enriching and gentle Buddhist view of this powerful opportunity called parenting. CHILDCARE IS PROVIDED.

Call Phyllis Mark at 587-3710 to confirm dates.


Children’s Program Team

Phyllis Mark, Coordinator
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Tonya Veitch
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