This site is not all about what shamans do, but also about what a shamanic lifestyle might look like. In school systems that are so large and sometimes alienating to children, this very old system of using a talking stick (or in the video, a crystal or a teddy bear) gives each child the opportunity to speak uninterrupted and without judgment. The rest of the children who do not have the talking stick learns the very important skill of listening and respect. Each child is heard and honored, empathy grows and the children start seeing their peers for who they are and not for the masks they wear. May this way of sharing spread to all schools.
The Ojai Foundation’s ground-breaking work in bringing the practice of council into schools is told from the perspectives of students, teachers, administrators and TOF program personnel.