The Spirit Breath workshop today was an awesome experience!
I am noticing a deeper a interest and respect for culture resonating as we enter the final workshops in the Big Spirit program.
This re-affirms for me the importance of running Indigenous awareness lessons coupled with emotional intelligence guidance as a consistent part of the school day.
The children are far more inclined to participate and are eager to learn, they are also more respectful of each other and seem to feel freer to speak with an emotional vocabulary, they feel safe and empowered.
Our workshop today SPIRIT BREATH involved a short listening meditation, the children visibly calmed and enjoyed bringing back information about the feelings in their body as well as what they could hear as they expanded their awareness from a place of stillness.
We then went on to listen to traditional Indigenous Didgeridoo and we noticed where the sound resonated in our bodies and how it made me feel, one child thought the music felt sad.
We also enjoyed a modern film clip that incorporated indigenous instruments and the children found this exciting, it seemed to broaden their mind in regard to musical expression.
For our activity we took sand paper and smoothed a selection of wooden sticks collected from the bushland.
We chose colours that felt good to us and painted our instruments.
The pride and appreciation on the children’s faces is evident in the photo’s, as their teacher and counterpart I was extremely pleased with the outcome of Spirit breath!