This is a space for speaking from the heart and deep listening. In a rapidly changing world, this circle encourages the next generation to explore their current lives and shape the future they want to inhabit. To empower youth in knowing they have value, and can work together to create the world they want to see.
What makes a talking circle so remarkable, is not just the talking, it is the listening. How rarely do we listen, really listen, to one another? In this circle the one who holds the stick speaks their turn and all present listen. That is it. No feedback, no responses. It is rare in our lives and relating that we fully listen to one another, or even more, that we have the experience of being fully heard and seen. That experience of being witnessed is one of the biggest confidence builders there is and is the core of rites of passage work. Witnessing someone as they take a risk, tell the truth, or feel emotion can be a catalyst for their self-worth. The main aim of this gathering is to encourage the future generation to find their voice, to think for themselves, to stand for what they believe. So, while it is simple, talking and listening it has far reaching effects. At the opening, we will make agreements about respect, confidentiality, and model listening. Depending on the size of the group, we may break up into a couple of smaller circles to maximise sharing time.
Suitable for: teens (13-19yrs)
Duration: 120 minutes
Presenter: Aralyn Doiron
Aralyn is an artist, storyteller, healer and teacher. She has run workshops on voice, sound healing, painting and sculpture, sharing circles, alchemy and shamanic tools, poetry and storytelling on both the east and west coasts of the U.S. and in Golden Bay. She is a co-facilitator of Tides, a rites of passage event for teen girls becoming women.