Come join us with Shana Smith for an afternoon of family mindfulness and music. Learn to meditate and then teach your parents!
Shana will talk about the importance of practicing mindfulness as a way to remind parents that they, too, deserve the type of mindful care they teach their children. Shana will also lead a Good Energy Musical Mindfulness (GEMM) circle. This is an all ages event! Her recently published book, Meditation for Moms and Dads, will be available for purchase.
Shana Smith is a mom, musician, meditator, marine biologist, teacher, and writer. She is an avid and longtime student of Zen and Buddhism, a decades-long yogi, and a much sought-after kirtaniya, or devotional chanting, leader. Known across the state of Florida and the U.S. for the past 20 years as her children’s entertainment persona “Shana Banana,” Shana and her family (husband Dan, daughter Grace Ohana, and son Benny Albert)
have settled down in Gainesville, Florida to run their meditation- and yoga-based Gainesville Retreat Center, which attracts many renowned teachers and practitioners.
Praise for Meditation for Moms and Dads:
"This book is a must-have not only for parents and caregivers seeking a more mindful and meaningful foundation for their busy lives, but for those who know in their hearts that a meditation practice is very important in today's world." -Venerable Dhammajiva, Head Teacher, Meetirigala Nissarana Monastery, Sri Lanka
"Meditation for Moms and Dads is a delightful book to read, overflowing with profound wisdom and timely tips for those of us seeking a source of true peace, joy, and compassion in the midst of our hectic lives...A truly masterful work worth reading again and again." -- Ruben L.F. Habito, Guiding Teacher at Maria Kannon Zen Center, Author of Healing Breath: Zen for Christians and Buddhists in a Wounded World.
"Fantastic! Shana offers a wealth of creative ideas, attitude adjustments, liberating insights and all the energy to try them on..." -- Steve Armstrong, Founding Director/Guiding Teacher of Vipassana Metta Foundation
“Meditation for Moms and Dads offers a voice to the heart of meditation practice from the heart of a mother. Read along; laugh along; cry along; sing along, dance along.” -Ken Kessel, Ji Do Poep Sa Nim, Zen Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen