Creating a yarning circle: using your yarning circle
Time Allocation: 45 mins
Activity Level: Moderate
You did it! Your yarning circle is now complete. It looks extremely inviting and has become a central point of attraction within your school. The question now is, how and when do you use it?
The main thing is that it does not just become a token gesture and space that isn’t well utilised in the school. A yarning circle can be used as a teaching and learning space for your everyday classes, when sharing and discussion is an important focus of the lesson.
When to use a yarning circle:
A yarning circle can be used whenever you need to have a chat, share or mediate. In a school setting, it could be used when:
You may wish to hold smaller intimate circles on regular occasions (for example, once a week) and then plan to hold larger ones where an Elder or First Nations community member/s are invited into the space, if/when possible.
This activity also introduces the concept of a talking stick. The stick symbolises your turn to have your say; when others should respectively listen to you before having their turn to speak with the stick. The yarning circle can continue until everyone has had their turn to speak, be listened to and voice any concerns or opportunities they wish to pursue. This will embed an important practice and safe space for all students so they feel comfortable sharing.