Ministry of Presence

If you had a voice, what would you say? Young people were asked this question and answered:

We need to learn independence in a good way, we need to learn how to say “no!” and make a good choice for ourselves, despite our parents or other influences.

The young people are looking for guidance in finding agency and they are looking for support in finding their voice, they are looking for mentorship in finding their own way to well being.

It is easy for policy makers, parents and teachers to have ideas of what is best for young people today but they face many challenges we can only imagine. Young people are empowered through social media to express themselves and to fine tune their voice, so we thought we would like to build on that at the conference.

Some of them have experience of living abroad and say that they find the educational system in the UK patriarchal and competitive, disconnected from their own needs, desires and interests, steeped in an outdated and disruptively competitive atmosphere which no longer matches the needs of our future society but rather reflects the fears and contraction of the colonial past.

Many young people ask for guidance in what it is to be well. At the Instill conference we have gathered a number of young people to create and deliver a 90 minute session on wellness, school and yoga. We are excited to embody the pedagogical approach that we favour, which is of student led discussion and exploration. In true yoga it is in fact the quality of our presence that matters more than our actions. How can we as yogis and adults minister with our non-judgmental presence in order to effectuate change?

By simply listening whole-heartedly. At Instill we get the opportunity to offer the gift of complete presence to our young people in order that they themselves may feel empowered to be the change they wish to see in the future of education, the future of Britain and the future of the world.

Join us to facilitate this change. If you register with the foundation (which is free) your ticket is reduced to £75. However money should not be an issue, so please feel free to contact us if you need some financial assistance.

http://teenyogafoundation.com

By Charlotta Martinus

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