Question: At what age can a child participate in a workshop together with the grownups? Is it worthwhile to create separate circles for the children?
Answer: Men, women, and children can sit together in one space, but each in a separate circle. The children don’t need to make noise and disturb the others. It is worthwhile that there be an instructor with them. And it’s not important if you discuss workshop questions with the children or the grownups. The instructor will not lose anything if he sits between the children. Of course, the boys and girls need to sit in separate circles.
With respect to age, I think that it depends on the preparation of the child. We can sit our children in a circle for discussion at the age of 12 and maybe earlier with instructors. And from age 12 onward, it is possible to already have them sit without an instructor.
It is desirable that the boys be in the same space as the men, and will see how their discussion progresses and will imitate the grownups. For the women, like the men, it is the same. There needs to be discussion leaders for the circles and instructors for the girls.
From the Virtual Lesson 5/20/12, “Fundamentals of Kabbalah”