TEACH ME TO BE WILD : Film Discussion and Circle 

Dear friends, We’re delighted to invite you for the first event in the INSPIRE series by Ashiyana. 

Reflective circle and discussion based on the film: 
Story of “Hurt Children & their Animal Healers”,
with John Malloy, Steve Karlin, Anne Veh and Rajesh Krishnan

On Sunday, November 1, 2020 : 9:00am to 11:30am IST
Saturday, October 30, 2020 : 8:30pm to 11:00pm PST 


Teach Me to Be WILD explores the work of a sanctuary in Northern California, where a team of injured, non-releasable wild animals become Wild-Teachers and are helping heal generations of hurt children (at-risk teens, justice-involved youth, foster kids and others). The traumatic histories of the creatures, who range from an Andean condor to a two-toed sloth, often parallel those of the at-risk children who visit. Unexpected and empathic connections are forged that ripple into stories of transformation. (Full Story) 

This film is a universal healing story that brings together many interconnected elements: children, animals, nature, silence and the power of safe, non-judgemental listening spaces.  One of our greatest inspirations to make the film was witnessing how Steve Karlin and John Malloy do not teach the children — rather, they create a “safe space” where the children  learn experientially.  As we began screening the film in schools, juvenile detention centers, community groups and spiritual institutions, we experienced that the film was also naturally culminating in creating a safe space.  Although hurt and vulnerable, the children in the film share deeply with wisdom and clarity. Both the children and the animals visibly heal, creating a container that allows for deep reflection.

Film Link : We will share the link of the film once you have registered for the event. Watching the film is a pre-requisite for joining the event in order to understand the context of the circle. 

On November 1st(IST), 2020: We invite you to join us in a unique and experiential process where we will witness a circle, share thoughts, learnings and reflections and create a safe space for dialogue. 

Steve Karlin is the founder and executive director of Wildlife Associates, renowned environmental educator and award-winning environmental reporter who has appeared on local and national news. 

John Malloy, an intervention-specialist with the Santa Clara County Unified School District, USA who began his life of service at the young age of 21 years, when he led group therapy sessions for the county probation department. In one of his many life-roles, John established the “The Foundry School” for justice-involved youth. For the last 40 years, without a break, he has led free intergenerational community support groups focusing on grief and trauma.  Since 1980, John is the Director of the 500 Mile American Indian Spiritual Marathon.