Mindful Games: Teaching Children Attention, Balance, and Compassion


Ryan Redman, Susan Kaiser Greenland

July 23-28, 2017
Sunday-Friday, 5 nights

$370 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

This workshop offers a life-changing opportunity for parents and professionals who work with children. Mindfulness and meditation develop six essential life skills that children need: quieting, focusing, seeing, reframing, caring, and connecting. Come learn how to engage children in developing these skills—while having fun!

Susan Kaiser Greenland’s mindful games help children better regulate their emotions and respond to any situation calmly, with kindness and compassion. Highly experiential, this workshop includes demonstrations of lessons, practice periods, teaching techniques, and group facilitation. There will also be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and meet like-minded parents and professionals.

Through lively discussion and experiential activities you will learn:

  • Simple games to integrate mindfulness into a daily routine
  • The “why” and the “how” of sharing mindfulness with youth, using methods Susan developed and tested over many years
  • How mindful games help children and adults alike hold back from jumping to conclusions and making judgments reflexively
  • How to bring the qualities of attention, balance, and compassion into our and our children’s actions and relationships
  • Ways that mindfulness and meditation strengthen and support how you communicate and teach/guide.

Mindful games encourage greater mind-body awareness, enhance compassionate life skills, and help with stress management. What you will learn in this workshop can easily be adapted for home, afterschool programs, or private therapy and health-care practices.

Faculty Bio

Ryan Redman

Ryan Redman is cofounder and executive director of the Flourish Foundation, a social nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemplative practices in communities for the purpose of achieving mental balance and universal compassion.

He is also a certified instructor of Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and serves as a core faculty member of the Inner Kids Program. He has been teaching contemplative-based practices in Sun Valley, Idaho, for the past 15 years.

Ryan developed an interest in contemplative practices at an early age. In his early 20s he spent three years in India, deepening his personal practice and furthering his understanding of various traditions. He holds a master’s degree in contemplative education from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, and continues to study meditation with B. Alan Wallace.

Ryan is actively involved in local community service as a Rotarian and hospice volunteer, and each year he leads international service projects to Central America and Asia.

Susan Kaiser Greenland

Susan Kaiser Greenland is a former corporate attorney who developed the Inner Kids mindful awareness program. Author of The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate and Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness with Children, Teens and Families, she speaks widely at prestigious institutions and meditation centers in the United States and abroad.

Susan was on the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, co-investigator on a large UCLA research study on the impact of mindfulness in education, and a collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and caregivers.

Quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Real Simple, Parent and Child, and the Washington Post, Susan has also written for the Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, and other publications. She was named a champion of children by First 5 LA, the most influential children’s advocacy group in Los Angeles.

Why Attend

  • Expand your mindfulness toolkit with special mindful games that lead to greater focus, better stress-management, and increased compassionate awareness.

  • Experience a playful approach to mindfulness that offers an effective way for parents and professionals to empower children.

  • Enhance your experience of the ways mindfulness and meditation can be used and adapted in your own life and in a variety of professional environments.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    This program is suitable for beginners and longtime meditation practitioners alike.

  • Special Details

    This program fulfills the pre-requisite to join a Mindful Games Advanced Skills Online Training/Supervision Group that will be offered later in 2017.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Commuter Pass
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).

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