Awakening Joy for Kids
A Hands-on Guide for Grown-ups to Nourish Themselves and Raise Mindful, Happy Children
Foreward by Tara Brach
- 2016 Nautilus Book Award – Gold Medal, Parenting & Family
Spirit Rock founder, author, and teacher James Baraz’s Awakening Joy offers his large and devoted readership a program to gain contentment and happiness by cultivating the seeds of joy within. Here he joins with Michele Lilyana, a classroom teacher for 25 years, to offer caregivers and children ways to find joy in each day together.
This unique offering nourishes both adults and kids. James shares the practices for the adults—parents, caregivers, and teachers. Michele offers her own experiences as a parent and as a teacher, showing how the themes work with kids, followed by the tried and true lessons that she’s used herself in the classroom and at home.
Packed with practices and activities that James and Michele have gathered over their many years of working with thousands of adults and children in retreats, workshops, and the classroom, Awakening Joy for Kids is imbued with compassion and delight. Part of Parallax Press’ growing curriculum for parents and educators designed to cultivate joy and mindfulness in children.
James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. In 2003 he created the Awakening Joy course, which he has taught at the Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, and other venues across the United States and abroad. He is co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Canter in Woodacre, California, where he started the Family Program and author, with Shoshana Alexander, of Awakening Joy, the book based on the course. He is an advisor the One Earth Sangha a forum devoted to wise responses to climate change. Earlier in his life, James was an elementary school teacher for 12 years mostly in Astoria, Queens. James lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Jane. He has two sons and three grandchildren.
Michele Lilyanna has taught in the public education system for the past 25 years, although all of her principals have described her as “out of the box” and out of the building with her students! For most of that time her focus has been social and emotional learning. When Michele is not teaching parents, educators, or children, you will find her awakening joy on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her partner Peter and her two sons.