Mokita: A known truth left unspoken; think of it as elephant in the room. The word ‘Mokita’ comes from the language of Kilivila, spoken near Papua New Guinea.

Meet ‘Mo’ – Our Mascot

‘Mo’ is our mascot and travels around the Centre Region and beyond! This 5 1/2′ chalkboard elephant provides a place for people to acknowledge their elephants and the healthy ways they cope. Mo made its first debut out at our Mokita® Dialogue session in February 2017 and has since traveled around to mental health performances and events to help raise awareness and promote dialogue.

Mokita®: what’s your elephant?

Everyone has a story. Everyone has an elephant.  What’s yours?

Jana Marie Foundation uses interactive displays, art exhibits and workshops to provide people with a safe space to acknowledge ‘mokitas‘ that exist in their own life, as well as in the community.  With our series of discussions, exhibits and interactive displays, the Jana Marie Foundation brings to light topics of social concern that often go unaddressed and sometimes unnoticed.

Mokita® Dialogues

Let’s Talk… For A Change

Held the fourth Thursday of every month at 3 Dots Downtown, these brown bag discussions not only highlight topics of vital interest – elephants in the room – but provides opportunities for follow-up and action.

Each Mokita® Dialogue session, led by a different facilitator from through the community, includes a brief presentation, engaging activities that encourage thought and conversation, and suggestions for ways to continue the discussion.

Join us to learn, to listen and to be engaged in finding solutions for these important issues.  It is time to come together to acknowledge the ‘elephants’ that exist across our community and how we can address them.

2020 Topics:

  • January 23, 2020: Sense of Community
  • February 27, 2020: Exploring Intolerance
  • March 26, 2020: Women’s Right
  • April 23, 2020: Mental Health
  • May 28, 2020: Bullying and Social Media
  • June 25, 2020: Living Green
  • July 23, 2020: Disability
  • August 27, 2020: Difficult Conversations
  • September 24, 2020: Suicide
  • October 22, 2020: Trauma Informed Care
  • November 19, 2020: Gun Sense and Safety
  • December 10, 2020: Grief and Loss

Mokita® Poetry

Poetry is a powerful medium for finding and sharing truths.  In this five part series we will look at the ‘elephants’ that exist within ourselves and within the community and have the option to share in a safe class environment and/or in a public reading of original work on the final day.  Throughout our time, we’ll explore several types of poetry and poets past and contemporary as we delve deeper into our familiar favorites and gently challenge each other to try something new.  We will learn, we will grow, above all, we will strive to have a lot of fun!

Instructor: Kathy Marrow
Skill Level: Open to all poets: Aspiring and Expert

Next session October 2019: Sundays (October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3) 4:30pm – 5:30pm at Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe.


Please email for more details or to enroll in the class. Advanced registration is not required, but much appreciated.