A few years ago, one of our teachers shared her dream of creating a book of ceremonies for children. She and our other teacher were working on their own book of ceremonies for adults at the time. A few of us expressed passion for this project. Each of us (Ann, Jen and Kat) has a deep devotion to children; serving them is part of our pathway in life. Ann is a grandmother with five children of her own and two grandchildren. Katherine (Kat) is a published children’s author and an aunt to two little girls. Jennifer (Jen) is a BC-certified teacher and an aunt to a boy and a girl. We share a love of children and strive forward with passion for their welfare and empowerment. Each of us has committed to, and attained personal healing through ceremonies. We know how powerful they are. Our dream for this book is that children and adults everywhere will experience the magic of self-discovery as they do these ceremonies.
Shamanism is a term used to describe a general practice of using wisdom available in the natural world combined with the Earth’s energies to heal oneself and add beauty to one’s life. Shamanism includes many spiritual practices and does not have one doctrine of belief to follow.
The ceremonies we have created are Earth-based and draw upon the wisdom in nature (and in each of you as parts of nature) to bring healing into your lives. With the natural world as a point of connection, we hope that children (and parents) of all faiths, beliefs and cultures find these ceremonies accessible and healing. Children who live in urban areas can connect with nature around and within their human-made environments. Most kids will have access to trees, even if they are small ones that line the concrete streets. Most kids will find insects, birds and other animals in their cities to observe and connect with. All of us have access to the sun, the wind, the water and the Earth.