Frequently Asked Questions
Our training, called The Quest, is a home-based course, run 2-3 times per year. It runs for 8 weeks using stories, videos and workbooks that you can use each week at times to suit you…. plus you’ll be invited to join our wonderfully helpful and supportive private ‘hub’ on facebook.
Anna Kelly is in there every day, offering tips and guidance, posting videos and answering your questions.
Full details can be found here.
No. Our Licensed Facilitators are free to offer inamojo classes in many different contexts, now including online.
But we do put particular focus on primary schools, for three reasons:
(a) Primary schools are increasingly keen on offering a comprehensive ‘wellbeing’ program to their students, but most lack the resources to develop their own, so this “off-the-shelf, ready-to-go” program is a wonderful solution;
(b) Primary schools offer a safe, secure environment in which these lessons can be delivered, either on the curriculum or as an after-school optional extra-curricular activity;
(c) Working with, and in, primary schools allows us to reach and help greater numbers of children than would otherwise be possible.
That said, many of our facilitators also run inamojo classes in other settings: after-school centres, community centres, hospitals and hospices, scouts and guides groups, school holiday programs, kids’ yoga studios etc.
We have recently added the ability for our facilitators to offer inamojo courses online, either in groups or as individual 1:1 sessions.
Our initial program is for children 5-8 years old.
We are currently developing additional programs for children both younger (pre-school and kindergarten) and older (8-11 years old)
In an inamojo class, children have fascinating stories read to them (stories with important life-lessons subtly woven through them); they get to ’embody’ the characters in the story in a music-and-movement session; and they create an artwork to express their personal feelings about the story.
This combination of auditory, somatic and creative experiences leads to much deeper, more engaged and long-lasting learning.
At the beginning and end of each class, the children are taught (and get to practice) various techniques such as breath-awareness, mindfulness, and belly-breathing, to help with emotional self-regulation and relaxation.
No, these classes are for children only.
But the good news is, there is an adult equivalent to inamojo. It’s called Chakradance, and you can learn more about it here.
Inamojo classes are designed to be run over 30-40 minutes each, with optional one-hour versions for use when required.
No. Inamojo is deliberately designed to be inclusive and non-denominational.
Inamojo does have a strong moral code at its heart.
We believe that we are all somehow connected to a universal divinity that finds expression in all of us.
But we don’t care if your name for that divinity is God, or Allah, Jehovah or YahWeh, The Lord, The Light, the Universal Spirit, or whatever term your religion prefers (or you prefer yourself, if you don’t profess any particular religion).
All of the world’s major religions proclaim the virtues of empathy, compassion, kindness… the idea that we should treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves. We agree, and the stories in inamojo classes reflect and re-inforce those values.
But there is no specific religious content in inamojo classes.
We highly recommend that children experience the same series a number of times.
Repetition enables children to garner a deeper learning and understanding of the concepts and wellbeing tools they are taught in these classes.
About the Training
Absolutely not. While we welcome people who are already teaching in primary schools (of course), the training is open to parents, grand-parents, coaches, yoga teachers, healers and healthcare workers of all kinds, part-time workers, retirees…. anyone with a sincere desire to help champion the wellbeing of young children, and a willingness to learn this program then go into schools and community centres etc to deliver it.
That’s up to you. On successful completion of the training, you will be invited to take out a Licence as an Accredited Inamojo Facilitator, but you will be running your own small business, setting your own goals, rates, hours of work etc.
As a general rule-of-thumb, though, the ‘going rate’ for outsourced classes delivered by external providers to primary schools is usually around $10 – $20 per child per class.
Some schools will welcome it with open arms. Others may take more persuading (we give you a “marketing to schools” kit to help with this).
Some will put it on the curriculum during school hours; others may prefer to see it as an optional extra-curricular after-school class.
Some will fully fund it; others will seek parental contributions.
You’ll need to do your own investigations into the potential with schools in your area.
In other settings, working with smaller groups, you may need to charge more ($20 – $30 per child per class) and perhaps $70 – $100 per session for individual 1:1 sessions.
You’d need to check with your local authority. There are thousands of Continuing Education credit schemes, and they are all different all around the world. It’s impossible for us to keep abreast of them all, let alone register with them all!
The fact that we are IICT-accredited helps in many cases, but some authorities only give Credits in respect of trainings operated by providers who have paid to be on their own list, and we are not able to do that.
Sorry, no. If you’re paying in instalments, our system is geared to unlocking your training materials split into 4 modules on a fortnightly basis. Our system can’t cope with anything more complicated than that, I’m afraid.
No. Because we are all in different time-zones around the world, and all have our own schedules and commitments, we have deliberately avoided having any set-time webinars or ‘live’ training components.
Everything is available for you to download whenever suits you, and you are free to do the work each week at whatever times suit your own schedule.
All we ask is that you check-in regularly to the private training ‘hub’ on facebook, and join in the discussions there….
… and that you try to keep to the week-by-week schedule during the 8 weeks of the training.
We charge an annual Licence Fee (currently $300 per year) for your use of the inamojo™ brand and programs.
This fee also covers your use of our comprehensive, and regularly-updated, toolkit of resources, plus ongoing help and support from us, your listing on our website and your membership of the private Facilitators Circle on facebook.
We may from time to time introduce additional programs for you to run. We will need to charge you for these materials, but will always keep costs as low as possible.
Other costs (not from us) will include getting ‘working-with-children’ clearance from your local authorities, first-aid certification if you don’t have that already, and Professional Liability Insurance.
Depending on where you’ll be working, you may need to purchase a good portable sound-system, and possibly cushions or yoga-mats for the children to sit on.
Costs on a per-class basis will include art materials (paper and crayons) and whatever you choose to pay your assistant, if that role is not being supplied by the school or organisation you are working in (when working with young children, you should always have an assistant working with you).
On successful completion of this training, you will be entitled to take out a Licence as an Accredited Inamojo Facilitator.
The Licence covers our commitments to each other. In a nutshell:
We licence you to use our brand, and run our programs for children, in accordance with the training.
We commit to treating you fairly at all times, to help and support you as best we can, and to include you on our website.
You commit to running the programs as trained, using the approved materials, NOT changing them, hybridising them or otherwise messing around with them.
You also commit to respecting and protecting the children in your classes, and not saying or doing anything that might bring inamojo into disrepute.
And we both commit to obeying all relevant laws and regulations.
Because it was written by lawyers, it takes a few pages to say those things, but the description above covers the main points!
When you sign up for The Quest, you are purchasing materials and resources of high quality and high value, as well as our time, expertise and energy in supporting you through the training.
We do not, therefore, normally offer refunds. However, we will consider requests on a case-by-case basis in the event of unexpected illness or life events intervening and preventing you from continuing your training.
We have trainees and facilitators all over the world. So we choose to price in USD as that’s the currency that most people around the world most easily understand.
If yours is a different currency, exchange rates fluctuate from day to day, but you can easily run a Google search for today’s exchange rate between USD and your currency.
In any case, although the prices on this site show in USD, you will be charged (by either your card-issuer or PayPal) the equivalent amount in your own currency.