Welcome!

If you are looking to teach children and teens of all ages how to meditate and be more mindful – you’ve come to the right place! Girl (7-9) seated at table, eyes closed and meditating We are passionate about young people learning this to help support them in life.

On this teach children meditation website you will find information about:

  • The Calm Kids book – a perfect book for parents or educators; full of practical tips on teaching meditation (toddlers to teens). Great for beginners.
  • The Connected Kids™ book – release date July 2014 – helping adults teach meditation to children on the autistic spectrum or with special needs.  Or for teachers needing more meditation ideas/tools.
  • Training Courses and Classes – our accredited, award winning ‘Connected Kids™ programme’ will teach you how to teach kids.
  • A blog full of free tips - featuring any ideas, meditation tips or useful info we come across in our research
  • Helpful resources – on different aspect of teaching kids meditation (including those with autism/special needs/ADHD)
  • Meditations for kids/teens - if you aren’t ready to teach them directly, these tools help kids/teens relax with meditation

So please explore and share.  The more we can encourage our community to practise mindfulness and meditation… the more peaceful our world can be.

Thank you.
_/\_ Namaste

Lorraine Murray
Founder of Connected Kids™
Author of ‘Calm Kids’ and ‘Connected Kids’™

53 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Hi

    I am very much wanting to offer this work to children in schools or elsewhere and also the Metamorphic technique. I am a Holistic practitioner of over twenty years and have worked in health and social care for over 30 years. Would it be possible to talk to you to find out how I could offer these services in my area ?. I would really appreciate any advice.
    Thankyou
    Lynda

    1. Hi Lynda – if you drop me an email I can make some suggestions. I run a course (Calm Kids) which takes you through the steps you need to go into schools to offer it. L

  2. I am a behavioral specialist and try to teach meditiation to clients who need coping skills already, I want to buy your book so I can do a better job at this ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. sooooo interested in being able to receive the training. I work with AIT with children and I think this would be a lovely way to complement their therapy.
    Pleeeeeeease let me know as soon as you have the online trainings because I’m in Guatemala City, Guatemala (central america). First thing I’m gonna do is get your book :)
    Keep me posted on any trainings you might do in United States, because I can travel there :)

  4. Hello Lorraine,

    My name is Penny and I have a daughter Jemma 11 who is having proplems sleeping , Jem has been in therapy last year at Paradise Kids and we would love to purchase your cd is it possible to purchase off line some how an where can I buy it from

    thank you very much
    Penny an Jemma

    1. Hi Penny

      Thanks for your comment – I don’t sell the CDs off line (just through me) if you are okay to purchase using this link? http://ilovefgt.com/shop/

      If not, perhaps a citrine crystal may help her (or tiger’s eye) – I feel she is a worrier/thinker – both are very good for the solar plexus chakra which can help balance the energy there helping the mind to calm. hope that helps.

      Lorraine

  5. Hi Lorraine,
    I just finished coauthoring a teacher/parent handbook titled, Here Now, Know How: Songs of Mindfulness for Young Children. It is a handbook of classroom and home activities, accompanied by a music CD. The music was written and performed by David Kisor (Creative Director at Growing Sound, http://www.shop.childreninc.org).

    I would love the opportunity to send you a copy for review. Would you be interested?
    Warmly,
    Heather Gerker

  6. Is the book available as an e-book rather than posting to Australia.
    Thanks..very happy to have stumbled across this helpful resource. I am beginning a mindfulness course in a local school here I am a counselor / hypnotherapist and have been practicing self inquiry for the past few years..

  7. Hi lorraine,
    Please let me know about your online courses for level 1, teaching meditation to children or in London. Thank you.

  8. I have made a film from a Danish School – and I have had it translated into Englaish. It is called “The Ninth Intelligence – Intelligence of the Heart”
    The ninth intelligence is the ability to discover, meet, and recognize one¹s inner nature. With our busy and demanding livestyles it is difficult to be at peace and make contact with our inner strength and judgement on a daily basis.

    Children experience this as much as adults.
    They may react by becoming stressed or being beside themselves. It is there-fore important to practice focusing, and to be aware of one¹s self and others.

    The ninth intelligence can be strengthened in many ways. In Elling School in Northern Jutland Danish teachers and pupils are working with a number of excercises designed to create contact with the inner self.
    The teachers meet the pupils with an egalitarian approach, a mutual connection and acknowledgement. The teachers have become more satisfied with their work.
    They now have new tools to deal with conflicts and unrest in class and they have also learned to consolidate both their own and the students¹ responsibility.
    In the film Jesper Juul and Helle Jensen discuss and explain why there is a need to develop the ninth intelligence in the 21st century.

    Produced in co-operation with Helle Jensen and Family Therapist Jesper Juul

    Copyright http://www.filmkompagniet.dk

    Marianne – marianne@filmkompagniet.dk

  9. In the 70′s, I had the learning experience of teaching preschoolers and higher to meditate. They taught me a lot!

      1. Ooops. I lost this site for a while. When I first joined the Unity Church in Des Moinesn IA, the ministers wife asked me to teach and I got preschoolers through 2nd grade. They did silent meditations, led meditations and what I like to refer as fantasy meditations. They visualized very well. Some of those students had told twhen they became adults, that they still used some of my facilitation concepts. Very gradifying. Any questions?

  10. Hello Lorraine,
    I am a mother that meditates and I was wanting to teach my three year old something that would her at her stressful times. Would the book have any suggestions for her age group or the CD’s? Thank you

    1. Hi Bobbie – the book covers all age ranges and will give you some great ideas to get started. The CD we have is a bit too old for her (aged 5+) so try the book.

      L

  11. Can the techniques be used with secondary school aged students as I would like to run a course to help teenagers deal with exam stress, anxiety, self-esteem, etc?

    1. yes Demelza – you can use these techniques with all ages – in the book (which is part of the online course) I explain the differences in practise with different age groups. I’ve used these techniques myself when teaching that age group for exam stress etc.

      L

  12. Hi, Lorraine,
    Your book sounds great. I would love to have it. Can I buy it from you? I am a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner.
    Suggestion for your site. You say,” Please don’t hesitate” which is in the negative. I would tell people what I want them to do. “Please feel free to contact me”. Just like when you are telling or asking kids, or anyone, “Please walk” instead of “Don’t Run”. Or like, “Please Remember” instead of “Don’t Forget”. I realize society, media, etc. use language of “Don’t” which is unfortunate. It is difficult for some people to think in the positive; because, they don’t know what they want. They usually know what they don’t want.
    Thanks for listening,
    I look forward to your book,
    edith derstine tully
    881 s undermountain rd
    sheffield, MA 01257

  13. Hi Lorraine, I would like to complete the online course; I’ve already bought your book (amazing BTW and sent one to my sister in Australia who thinks its fantastic and telling all her mates about it) and I’m also studying (so technically a part-time student and a full-time youth worker) – one day I might slow down…is there a discount as I have the book and also as a student? How do I apply as want to get the level 1 and hope to come over to Scotland (Northern Ireland) to complete Level 2/3 between his year and next year. Love your work, simple and beautiful. Namaste!!! Caroline

    1. Hi Caroline

      Thanks and glad you like the book! If you email me I will give you a discount code as you have the book.

      For a student discount email a scan of your student status.

      Thanks for spreading the word and let your friend in oz know that I am coming there in November this year to teach the course. If she emails me I will put her on the list.

      Warmest wishes

      Lorraine

  14. Hi! Is it too late to sign up for your research into children with ASD & ADHD and Calm Kids? My son has very recently been diagnosed with both. My sister in law has a therapist friend who recently attended your course and it sounds brilliant – I am about to give up work to concentrate on my son/our family for a while so this would be a something I would love to get involved with.
    Look forward to hearing from you!
    Claire

    1. Hi Claire

      We’ve reached our quota for the research but I would suggest you get a copy of the calm kids book or do the online course as this will really help.

      Warmest wishes
      Lorraine

  15. Hi Lorraine, I’ve pursued a personal interest in meditation for many years but have always been passionate about educating children with life skills like meditation and mindfulness. I’m looking into doing teacher training (with the view to teach children meditation/mindfulness); I’m in Australia. Do you do any teacher training courses in Australia? Many thanks!

    1. HI Angela – i’m coming to Australia in November! I’ll email you separately so you can be on the list for more information when it comes out.

  16. Hi Lorraine,
    I am also in Australia (Melbourne) and very keen to keep up with the info of when you are out here and possibly attending your training for similiar reasons to above.
    Thankyou
    Jodie

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  18. Hi, my name is Rebecca and I’m really enjoying your book.

    Unfortunately, my 4 year old seems to be extremely resistant to the idea of meditating. I played a CD for her with guided meditation before bedtime and she loved it the first few times but after that she refused to do it again.

    Today I tried the breathing meditation and guided imagery meditation from your book with her. She complained, fidgeted and fretted the whole time. It seems counter productive to force her to meditate but I’m afraid she won’t ever give it a chance otherwise. Should I make her do it for a while and see if she starts to like it or should I just stop and try again in 6 months or a year?

    I’m really disappointed. She is a very sensitive, emotional child who I believe needs to learn how to calm herself down. I think she would benefit greatly from meditation if she learned to enjoy it. I just don’t know what to do next.

    Thank you.

    1. HI Rebecca

      My advice in these situations is never force a child to meditate. Try some yoga moves (as this is a form of moving meditation) and to be honest at 4 years old she might benefit a great deal from yoga more than sitting meditation (for the latter you might start of trying something for 30s and build up to a few minutes after some practise – yes it’s that short!). Also my top tip is work on yourself. Sit in meditation and ensure your energy is calm. If you are feeling nervous about teaching her or agitated, she’ll pick this up. Just sit in meditation and think about your daughter and just see what ideas pop into your head. Not the worrying ones, just the ‘what if’ ones. Hope this helps.

      Lorraine

  19. Lorraine,

    I am very interested in becoming involved with the Connected Kids program. If I complete the free online course for Level 1 how would I then be able to complete Levels 2 and 3?

    Thank you!

    Sarah

  20. I am a retired aroma therapist / reflexologist.i ran my own business for over 22 years before retiring. I would like some help and instructions on how to begin to work with children and meditation. I am very keen to become involved with meditation for children, can you give me some guidelines on where to start. thank – you, I have been searching the web and your page seamed to jump out at me
    thank – you Jean Cuthbertson

  21. Hi Lorraine,

    I heard your teleseminar and it was very good. I’m a social worker and yoga teacher in Florida and give workshops on Yoga, Meditation and Breathing for Mental Health Issues for CEU credits and anyone interested in learning these techniques. I’m mailing you a few copies of my stress reduction booklets for your review. If you are coming to Florida in 2014 as part of your US trip, please let me know! I have a free case study report on using meditation, yoga and breathing for moods here:

    Debbie

  22. Hi –

    I’m excited to have found you. My son (6) is an exceptionally wonderful, creative, verbal, restless and anxious kid. As a secondary educator, I know that this sort of “out of the box,” affective uniqueness can lead to struggles with social settings, “school” behavior and confidence. I just bought the Kindle version of your book, hoping that it can play a role my family’s finding for a way to do what all parents want, foster what’s naturally unique and wonderful in their children and support them through any struggles in the best way we know how.

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