Circle of Life
A Non-Profit Organization
Dedicated to Education and Service
Information about the Circle of Life
Circle of Life Founder Lynn Andrews has written 18 books. The most recent ‘Tree of Dreams’ celebrates life’s transitions. Her ability to teach people and show them how to live a life that is truly balanced, with one foot in the physical and one in the spiritual is the foundation of this project. Her apprentices, graduates of The Lynn Andrews Center for Sacred Arts and Training are facilitators of the Circle of Life Elder Legacy Project.
Your life has meaning. Your life is special. Your life is like no other. So celebrate your differences. Celebrate your power. Celebrate the integrity of your very special personality. – Lynn Andrews
To honor the human spirit through education and service and to empower the individual facing life challenges.
Phase I of our project is to honor and acknowledge the wisdom of our society’s elders by recording and producing a chronicle of their life experiences, a legacy for their families and community. Qualified individuals will be recruited and trained to assist and mentor the elders throughout this process. Elders will be recruited through collaboration with local community senior service organizations.
Phase II involves conducting workshops and lectures on gathering family and community legacies. Mentors will be trained in interviewing techniques, use of audio and video equipment, use of photography, journaling and art as a medium of self expression as well as ethics and confidentiality. Whether keeping the legacies for the family or extending the histories to a wider, community audience, training will encompass finding and utilizing the right venue.
Phase III intends to expand the work done in Phase I by once again reaching into communities and adding children at risk to our mentoring concept. They will be recruited and trained by our mentors and elders to assist in the efforts to record and chronicle the legacies of the elders. At the same time they will experience a circle of mutual respect and support and mentoring of one to the other.
Phase IV is intended to implement a research project which will focus on evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed programs on improving the quality of life for participants. The research will gradually expand to involve collaboration with providers of other related services such as complementary health care and clergy.
-Starting a Circle in Your Community
We will never know how much good just a simple smile can do. We tell people how kind, forgiving and understanding God is, but are we the living proof? Can they really see this kindness, this forgiveness, this understanding alive in us? -Mother Teresa