The Juniper School is a new outreach effort of The Shambhala Meditation Center of Columbus (SMCC). The school offers classes for infants through age 6 with a range of programs from extended day care to morning preschool, plus evening classes for the family.
The goals of both The Juniper School and SMCC are to “actively engage in creating a culture of profound kindness and friendship, supporting a rich, warm interconnected community.” “The Juniper School is a community of compassionate people who value good relationships,” says school administrator Nicole Graf. “It provides a safe and natural environment where kindness is modeled, patience is cultivated and the imagination is nourished.”
SMCC offers public meditation and a core curriculum of Shambhala and Buddhist teachings, described as “advanced contemplative practices to help awaken our true nature and infuse everyday activities with wisdom, compassion and a sense of humor,” according to the website (Columbus.Shambhala.org). SMCC Director Marcelle Gilkerson notes that families who enroll their children at the school can be of any faith.
The Juniper School opens in September 2014, and it is currently accepting enrollment applications.