If the million-dollar deals, talking shops and champagne receptions begin to get a little stressful, the billionaire movers and shakers at Davos found a way to inner peace today with a session on meditation.

But this being the World Economic Forum in Davos, it was no ordinary meditation panel, but one led by Oscar-winning US actress Goldie Hawn.

And despite the hotly awaited speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani taking place at the same time, the 68-year-old star had no trouble pulling in the punters, with delegates queuing round the corner to get in and many turned away disappointed.

After French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard had led the assembled global elite in a calming moment of relaxation, Ms Hawn spoke of her project on meditation for children.

Hawn said that after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US, "realising that the world had truly changed forever and our children were going to inherit a world that I didn't think they had the tools to handle", she decided to help children harness the power of their minds.

Her foundation has introduced meditation exercises in schools across five continents and she said the participating children were "just flourishing".

"Let's put the humanity back into the classroom," urged the actress best known for her comedy roles.

In between short pauses for meditation, the Davos participants - many sitting on the floor for lack of space - heard from medical researchers on the benefits.

Hawn told the global elite that the Davos focus should be on society and how people interacted with each other.

"We have to create equanimity, we have to listen to each other. We have to care deeply, collectively, about our society as a whole, otherwise we will create a world not worth living in," she said to applause.

"We have the power, we have the capability, we have the gift and god gave us the tools so let's use them," she told the crowd.