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Parenting as the Path

Online Program
Dates: Sep 22, 2023 - Oct 05, 2023

Instructor(s): Cara Lai, Ofosu Jones-Quartey, Jessica Morey

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Program Description:

**This program began on 9/8, but registration is open for late participants until Friday, 9/22 at 4:30 PM ET. An automated email with recordings of the first two meetings will be shared upon completing registration.**

We may have the idea, perhaps based on our own experience or the experience of others, that the responsibilities of parenthood are an obstacle to deep practice. The lack of sustained sleep, the constant attention to others, the challenge of maintaining physical order that often accompanies family life, and the obstacles to going on retreat when there are such great needs at home all might lead one to feel that being a parent is a hindrance to deepening one’s practice. This program, taught by three parents, will explore and celebrate the many ways that being a parent has the potential to be a path to awakening. We will gather inspiration through sharing stories; we will practice, reflect, and play together; and we will remember the wisdom of parents walking the path before us.

In an effort to make this program accessible for the busy lives of parents, participants are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they are able; it is ok to miss a couple of sessions if need be. Any work outside of the program will be optional.

Watch an invitation by Ofosu on YouTube.

    About the Instructor(s):
  • Cara Lai once worked as an artist, wilderness guide, social worker and psychotherapist but traded it in for an all-out mindfulness rampage. She’s a working mom whose teaching is relatable, authentic, funny, and sometimes crass, and is accessible for many people. She teaches teens and adults at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and UCLA, ultimately hoping to get woke enough to bend spoons with her mind in front of large audiences. And to help people be happier.

  • Ofosu Jones-Quartey is a meditation teacher, rapper, performing under the name “Born I” and an author. Ofosu was introduced to meditation by his mother when he was very young and has been teaching mindfulness and meditation since 2004. In 2022,  Ofosu released a children’s book, “Love Your Amazing Self,” a collection of lyrical meditations for young people and families via Storey Publishing. Ofosu’s work emphasizes the importance of self-compassion and mindfulness in daily life. He enjoys using creativity through music, soundbath, and guided meditation to help people learn to be more present, reduce stress and feel at ease.

  • Jessica Morey is a meditation teacher and coach. She has been practicing meditation for three decades. She began her practice on teen retreats at the Insight Meditation Society and graduated from the IMS teacher training program in 2021. She brings a sense of playfulness and care to her teaching and focuses on how we can bring our meditation practice off the cushion into our relationships and work. Jess studied engineering and worked in clean energy finance before founding Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, a nonprofit organization bringing youth in-depth mindfulness and compassion training.