Winter Break Camp
Schedule: Monday, December 30, 9am-4pm

Theme: Intention

Ages: 5-9 (drop-off)

Location: Outer Sunset, SF (location provided with registration)

Fee: $100 (siblings are 20% off)

Description: Let's gather over Winter Break to celebrate the season! We'll explore light-and-dark, change, impermanence, beginner's mind, and intention-setting, all in connection with the turning of the season and the calendar year. We'll also discuss and practice kindness, compassion, tolerance, respect and inclusion, in the spirit of the season, and because these teachings are of increasing importance in our changing world. In addition to all the usual singing, dancing, mindfulness and merry-making, we'll open our hearts to the big world and all its inhabitants and create something special to share with others in our community.

NOTE: This camp is now full. To join the waiting list, email Charity with your child's name and birth date, and your phone number and email. We'll be in touch if a spot opens up. Thank you!

President's Day Camp
Schedule: Monday, Feb 17, 9am-4pm

Theme: Kindness

Ages: 5-9 (drop-off)

Location: Outer Sunset, SF (location provided with registration)

Fee: $100 (siblings are 20% off)

Description: This year on President's Day, we'll come together in community to study and practice all the values our democracy should be promoting -- kindness, respect, inclusion, compassion, understanding, equity, and love. We'll sing and dance our joy, friendship, and care. We'll have an open mic where each voice is honored and cherished. We'll eat healthy plant-based food that is respectful of the lives of our animal siblings. We'll practice mindfulness, non-harming, and relaxation to help us be the best humans we can be, showing up with all our love and kindness and our awakened hearts!

MLK Day Camp
Schedule: Monday, Jan 20, 9am-4pm

Theme: Beloved Community

Ages: 5-9 (drop-off)

Location: Outer Sunset, SF (location provided with registration)

Fee: $100 (siblings are 20% off)

Description: Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke eloquently of his profound vision for a "beloved community" -- a world grounded in non-violence, agape (kindness and goodwill), and a real and lasting love, respect and understanding for one another. On this day honoring his life and teachings, we will gather to create and celebrate our community, and practice song, dance and mindfulness that reinforce its value and importance. We will learn about loving speech and deep listening, and practice mindful conversations with the Sharing Stick. Expect a collaborative art project along these lines, plus lots of cherishing and appreciation of each other!

Current Offerings

President's Day Camp
Schedule: Monday, Feb 17, 9am-4pm

Theme: Kindness

Ages: 5-9 (drop-off)

Location: Outer Sunset, SF (location provided with registration)

Fee: $100 (siblings are 20% off)

Description: This year on President's Day, we'll come together in community to study and practice all the values our democracy should be promoting -- kindness, respect, inclusion, compassion, understanding, equity, and love. We'll sing and dance our joy, friendship, and care. We'll have an open mic where each voice is honored and cherished. We'll eat healthy plant-based food that is respectful of the lives of our animal siblings. We'll practice mindfulness, non-harming, and relaxation to help us be the best humans we can be, showing up with all our love and kindness and our awakened hearts!

Current Schedule

10-Week Winter Friday Session!
Note: To attend any of the remaining classes in the Fall session, please email Charity directly.

Join our Friday JAMboodas Community! This is my classic JAMboodas experience for ages 0-5 -- a multi-week session that gives you and your child a chance to really tune in and get comfortable with the music, the setting, the other children and grown-ups (your JAMboodas family!), and the energy of peace, love and mindfulness we generate in community!

 

Schedule: Ten Fridays, Jan 10 - Mar 20 (no class Feb 21), 9:30am-10:20am (50 min)

 

Ages: 0-5 + caregiver (school-age sibs are always welcome on their days off, too!)

 

Location: St Paul's Gym, 1399 43rd Ave, SF

This is a big dancing room with wood floors and lots of space for little ones to jump, spin, twirl, stomp and dance! And there are wonderful restaurants and snack spots in the hood to visit after class, plus the family-friendly "Playland" play area right across the street! Not to mention Golden Gate Park a couple blocks away, and our beautiful Ocean Beach just down the hill. Make a day of it!

 

Fee:

  • Drop-in: $26 ($39 for two kids)

  • OR Discounted Series Fee: $220 ($330 for two kids)

  • Sibling babies under 8 mos are free; other sibs 5 and under are 50% off; school-aged sibs visiting for the day are free!

jamercize family dance parties
Wednesdays @ 5pm (ongoing)
+ other pop-ups
via Facebook live (follow me on fb to receive announcements!)

Description: Join me on Facebook for a 45-minute dance party with your family! We'll shimmy, shake, stretch, sweat, and celebrate in virtual community. Invite your friends all over the world!

Ages: Best for all ages.

 

Payment: I'm offering these classes on a donation basis. Give what feels comfortable to you. For reference, my in-person drop-in classes are $26 ($39 for double-sibling families). Anything is appreciated! Donate via these links: Paypal or Venmo.

Registration: Follow my Facebook page to join in the fun! If you miss the time slot, videos will always be available on my page after the session is over.

Intro to Mindfulness for Parents - Cultivating Calm, Clarity and Compassion in the Face of Chaos and Coronavirus
 
5-week class series
Mondays, 4/13 - 5/11, 7:30pm
via zoom

Description:

Parenting presents us with a unique challenge - how do we remain calm, loving and present in the face of situations and interactions that can often feel unmanageable?

Mindfulness is an invaluable life skill that can help reduce our stress and anxiety, increase our sense of well-being and connection, and teach us how to show up for our kids (and ourselves!) with the deep and abiding understanding and witnessing everyone needs and deserves.

In this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of mindfulness practice and receive support for establishing a regular individual and family practice to support you in finding more peace, equanimity, joy, trust, compassion, connection and authenticity — all while building community with other parents!

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Grandparents, Caregivers

 

Payment:

***Early Bird Special for the 5-Class Series: $100 (per household)
Sign up after 3/30: $125 (per household)

NOTE: If your family is experiencing economic hardship during the pandemic, and the cost is prohibitive, please use code COMMUNITYCARES for 30% off the cost of class. If you need an additional discount, please do not hesitate to email me at charity@jamjamjam.com to set it up! No one will be turned away for lack of funds. 

Registration:

The class will take place via Zoom. You'll receive the link upon registration.

Register on Recess Collective's web site here.

community meditation
8:30am Sundays (ongoing)
via zoom

Description: Come meditate in community (via Zoom)! Meditation can to help us reduce our stress and anxiety, increase our physical and mental well-being, and strengthen our sense of inter-connection. During this time of so many external and internal pressures, we need this practice more than ever. Our time together will begin with a short series of mindful movements to prepare the body for stillness, followed by a lightly guided mindfulness meditation practice, plus a little time for sharing and questions at the end. You’ll leave feeling more calm, clear and ready to face the day. Open to both beginning and experienced meditators…all are welcome!

Ages: Adults + Teens (younger kids too, at your discretion).

Registration + Payment: Visit Ocean Beach Yoga SF, click through to the Schedule, find my class on Sunday mornings, and Register. If you don't already have a class pass, you can purchase one, or you can donate in increments of $5.

15-Day meditation challenge!
Mon may 18 - mon June 1
via zoom/Email/Facebook

Start or strengthen your meditation practice with the support of daily guidance!

 

If you’ve wanted to commit to a regular meditation practice or would like help deepening your existing practice, this 15-day challenge will provide a container for your intention to take root and flourish. The benefits of regular practice are proven and many. Why wait any longer to dive in?

The Challenge consists of:

1. THREE ZOOM CLASSES led by Charity Kahn: 
Monday, May 18, 7:30-8:30PM (Kick-off) 
Monday, May 25, 7:30-8:30PM (Mid-challenge check-in) 
Monday, June 1, 7:30-8:30PM (Celebration!) 
(Charity will remain on Zoom for 15 minutes after each class to answer questions) 
(These classes WILL be recorded and made available in case you miss one.) 

2. DAILY SUPPORT: 
Charity will send out daily support emails, including tips and inspirations. She'll also duplicate this content on a private Facebook group accessible by participants, and offer multiple pre-recorded or live guided meditations throughout the two-week challenge period, also accessible from the Facebook group. Charity will be available to respond to comments/questions via email and Facebook.

 

3. PRIVATE SESSION: 
Participation in the course includes one 25-minute private mindfulness counseling session with Charity. After registering, you’ll schedule this directly with Charity via email.

Payment:

Price For the Package: $100 per household

Discounts available: 
- FREE for Frontline workers (use code: FRONTLINE) 
- $30 off for those experiencing financial strain and for those who participated in Charity's recent "Intro to Mindfulness for Parents/Teachers" course (use code: COMMUNITYCARES) 
- No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Charity Kahn at charity@jamjamjam.com to discuss.

Registration:

The classes will take place via Zoom, the daily support via email and Facebook. You'll receive the Zoom and Facebook links upon registration.

Register on Recess Collective's web site here.

Charity is offering this class in partnership with Recess Collective, an inclusive community centered space committed to supporting families from the time of pregnancy through the first four years by providing opportunities for perinatal education, play, creativity, support & connection.

Monday evening meditation gatherings
Mon June 8, 15, 22, 29
7:30-8:30PM 
via zoom

Description: Join us for an hour of meditation support in virtual community. Session includes guided meditation, mindful movement, a short talk on a mindfulness-related topic, Q&A, time for sharing/discussion. You'll leave feeling more grounded, calm, clear, supported, and committed to your practice!

Ages: Adults + Teens

 

Payment: I'm offering these classes on a donation basis. Give what feels comfortable to you. Anything is appreciated! Donate via these links: Paypal or Venmo.

Registration: Click the "Register Now!" button below, and then choose one or more desired date(s) from the Checkbox Menu (you can add/remove dates any time). (You'll also need to download the free Zoom software if you don't already have it - do that here).

Meditation gatherings
8:30am m/f (ongoing)
via zoom

NOTE: These gatherings are on pause for the month of July.

 

Description: Join me on Zoom for an hour of mindfulness practice in virtual community. Session includes mindful movement, guided meditation, a short talk on a mindfulness-related topic, time for sharing/discussion. You'll leave feeling more grounded, calm, clear and connected!

Ages: Adults + Teens

 

Payment: I'm offering these classes on a donation basis. Give what feels comfortable to you. Anything is appreciated! Donate via these links: Paypal or Venmo.

Registration: Click the "Register Now!" button below, and then choose one or more desired date(s) from the Checkbox Menu (you can add/remove dates any time). (You'll also need to download the free Zoom software if you don't already have it - do that here).

Mindfulness for exceptional Times: Showing up for Ourselves and Our WorlD
5-week class series
Mondays, 8/3 - 8/31, 7:30-8:45pm
offered in partnership with recess collective*, via zoom

Description:

In this five-week online course, through guided practice, teachings offered, journaling, break-out groups, and sharing/discussion/Q&A, we’ll study several aspects of mindfulness, including:

  • Review of the Basics + Daily Practice Support

  • Mindfulness-Based Self-Care Practices

  • Lovingkindness and Compassion Practice for Self and All

  • Gratitude and Joy as Antidotes to Despair/Overwhelm

  • Showing up Mindfully for Our World

From the insecurity of a global pandemic to the incredible uprisings against injustice to the ever-present dangers of climate change and broken leadership, this is undeniably a huge and unwieldy time to be alive.

Will we disappear underneath our overwhelm or show up for ourselves and each other with love, clarity and purpose?

Mindfulness practice provides us with the tools necessary to stay present for all that is arising in both our external and internal realities, and to do the work to create discernment, spaciousness, kindness and understanding in a world that desperately needs us to wake up. 

Participants will be supported in their practice with mid-week emails from Charity containing tips and inspiration, a meditation-buddy support system, and one 40-minute one-on-one session with Charity to be scheduled at your convenience.

 

It is wonderful, and necessary, to be in community for these practices and teachings.

Audience: Adults + Teens

 

Payment:

$125 (per household)
NOTE: This class is free for BIPOC and frontline healthcare workers. Use the code NOFEE. If your family is experiencing economic hardship during the pandemic, and the cost is prohibitive, please use code COMMUNITYCARES for 30% off the cost of class. If you need an additional discount, please do not hesitate to email Charity at charity@jamjamjam.com to set it up! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Registration:

The class will take place via Zoom. You'll receive the link upon registration.

Register on Recess Collective's web site here. *Recess Collective is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the health of families through parent support, promoting child development, and building community.

15-Day vegan support journey!
for health, for earth, for the animals 
Mon oct 5 - mon oct 19
via zoom/Email/YOUTUBE
offered in partnership with recess collective*

Have you considered transitioning to a plant-based diet for health, environmental, or ethical reasons? Are you curious about what eating more plants and less meat/dairy would look like for you and your family? Do you have questions about how and why you might make these changes? Are you inspired, or resistant, or somewhere in the middle?

Then this loving, fun and yummy no-judgement 15-day exploration in community is for you!

 

This experience is meant to be an inspiration to incorporate MORE plants and LESS meat/dairy for 15-days (rather than an all or nothing thing, although you could treat it that way if that’s what’s calling you), and an opportunity to LOOK DEEPLY and BEAR WITNESS in a loving container.

 

This will be a SAFE and NO-JUDGEMENT space, and there will be opportunities to explore, using various mindfulness-based practices, our internal and societal beliefs/biases/habits/conditioning at the root of our food choices, and what it might look like to shift them.


During our three classes, I’ll weave in ethical teachings on interbeing and non-harming, plus various relevant mindfulness, compassion and inquiry practices to hold us as we explore. And I'll provide practical knowledge like nutrition facts and my favorite recipes and techniques to strengthen your foundation for the journey.

This is also meant to be a celebration of every additional act of kindness we together as a group put into the world through our food choices over these 15 days. We live in a world where it's not always clear how to reduce the immense suffering that exists, yet our food choices have the potential to play a concrete and immediate role in alleviating some of that suffering. Now that’s good news!

 

To further support you on your journey, I’ll send out daily emails and journal prompts, and share my favorite (easy and cheap!) recipes, tips and tricks, and hopefully even some cooking videos (this will be hilarious, I’m sure, as I’m a bit of a messy and wild cook!) I’m also hoping to incorporate a live co-cooking session on Zoom, too, where we all cook a meal together!

Our Vegan Journey will consist of:

1. THREE ZOOM CLASSES led by Charity Kahn: 
Monday, Oct 5, 7:30-8:45PM (Kick-off) 
Monday, Oct 12, 7:30-8:45PM (Mid-journey check-in) 
Monday, Oct 19, 7:30-8:45PM (Celebration!) 
(I'll will remain on Zoom for 15 minutes after each class for additional Q&A) 
(These classes WILL be recorded and made available in case you miss one, but we encourage participation so we can all support each other, all the time!) 

2. DAILY SUPPORT: 
I will send out daily support emails, including tips, suggested journal prompts, inspirations, and RECIPES, and be available to respond to your questions.

3. MID-JOURNEY SUPPORT:

I'll share a few cooking videos, and (fingers crossed) we'll figure out how to co-cook something on Zoom! We'll also have a buddy system so you have someone to check in and share with between our gatherings. Additionally, I'll suggest documentaries and articles for you to engage with if you want to go deeper.

 

4. ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT SESSION: 
Participation in the course includes one 40-minute private session with me where you can ask all your questions, and/or get mindfulness-based support for your journey. After registering, you’ll receive the link to schedule your one-on-one.

Payment:

Price For the Package: $150 per household

Discounts available: 
-
FREE for BIPOC (use code: BIPOC) 

- FREE for Frontline workers (use code: FRONTLINE) 
- $30 off for those experiencing financial strain and for those who participated in Charity's recent "Intro to Mindfulness for Parents/Teachers" course (use code: COMMUNITYCARES) 
- No one turned away for lack of funds. Contact Charity Kahn at charity@jamjamjam.com to discuss.

Registration:

The classes will take place via Zoom, the daily support via email. You'll receive the Zoom link upon registration.

Register on Recess Collective's web site here.

*I am offering this class in partnership with Recess Collective, an inclusive community centered space committed to supporting families from the time of pregnancy through the first four years by providing opportunities for perinatal education, play, creativity, support & connection.

Teacher Bio:

Charity Kahn is a musician, teaching artist and mindfulness instructor based in San Francisco, CA. She has released seven albums of award-winning music for families with her band “Charity and the JAMband”, and a collection of guided meditations for kids and their grown-ups. She is the founder of The JAM Experience, sharing music, movement and mindfulness with families around the Bay Area and beyond through her beloved classes, camps and concerts. Charity also combines mindfulness and a passion for social and climate justice in recordings and meditation concerts for grown-ups with her band, "The Invisible Bee”.

Charity has been practicing Insight Meditation for fourteen years, and teaching meditation and mindfulness for the last seven. She’s currently studying with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield via SoundsTrue's Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, and has received training and inspiration from Mindful Schools, Gil Fronsdal, Kaira Jewel Lingo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thanissara, Susie Harrington, Vinny Ferraro, Matthew Brennsilver, Erin Selover and others.

Charity has been vegetarian since Mother's Day, 2011, and vegan since Mother's Day, 2012. She is committed to sharing inspiration and support for the practice of eating with kindness and compassion, and helping people transition, internally and externally, toward a plant-based diet. For the animals, for earth, for health, for kindness!

For more info, visit www.jamjamjam.comwww.invisiblebee.com

HALF-DAY MINDFULNESS RETREAT IN NATURE
SAT SEP 12, 9:30AM-1:30PM
MCLAREN PARK OR GOLDEN GATE PARK, SF

Description:

I'm offering a half-day outdoor mini-retreat, with a combo of guided meditation, periods of silent sitting and walking meditation, guided movement, instruction/talks, partner sharing, mindful journaling, wisdom from the “room”, etc.

 

This retreat will basically be a longer version of one of our weekly evening classes, with more time for sitting and walking meditation in silence so you can feel what it’s like to do some extended practice in a container like that, plus some of the additional practices and exercises that help us feel connected to each other and the world and, especially, Mother Earth ;-)
 

We’ll have four hours of practice from 9:30-1:30, and then end with a meal in community for those who can stay later.

 

COVID SAFETY:

- The whole thing will be done physically distanced and with masks on, although you’ll likely be able to remove your masks during walking meditation because you can go find a spot far enough away from others.

- Participants will pack their own snacks/lunch so we’re not sharing food.

Ages: Adults + Teens

 

Payment: I'm offering this retreat on a donation basis. Give what feels comfortable to you. Anything is appreciated! Donate via these links: Paypal or Venmo.

Registration: Click the "Register Now!" button below, and then choose one or more desired date(s) from the Drop-Down Menu (you can add/remove dates any time). (You'll also need to download the free Zoom software if you don't already have it - do that here).

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