A Conversation with Melissa Michaels – GSN Presenter

Melissa MichaelsMelissa Michaels, Ed.D., is the Founder and Director of SomaSource® Educational Programs, Surfing The Creative® International Rites Of Passage Programs, and Golden Bridge, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of young people through rites of passage, mentoring, and community support.

She creates movement based cross-cultural educational opportunities focusing on the potential that is available at major life thresholds. Mapping the journey from trauma to dynamic well-being, her work utilizes the expressive and social arts to establish body and heart as resources authentic expression. Rooted in rhythm and fueled by breath, this work inspires the sacred union between Spirit, flesh, psyche, and deed. You can learn more about Melissa and her work at bdanced.com.

Meet Melissa in-person at our upcoming Moving Through Grief… Together meeting on Wednesday, April 30 at 1925 Glenwood Drive, Boulder, CO. 

Tell us more about your upcoming presentation for GSN’s Moving Through Grief… Together meeting:

I will share with the community what I have learned both through my own significant journeys through loss and grief and from my work with thousands of people who have faced complex losses and deep processes of grief. The teachings will be shared through both story and through experiential activities that are gentle and comforting to anyone on the path of living and loving. We will explore basic ways for being present in our bodies with the sensations of aliveness ranging from our deepest grief to our most expansive joy. We will also learn universal ways to express the pain and beauty of our heart’s truths. 

Share an experience or story about grief and transformation:

Over a decade ago, I navigated my way through the death of a fiancé who drowned in the ocean in front of me and my children. I will sensitively share the powerful story of this gentleman’s tragic death and the thorough journey of loss and return that I faced along with our family and community. This story is a powerful teaching in resilience, a community’s journey through shock into great creativity and profound healing. It is a beautiful love story.

Share one way that YOU practice personal self-care:

I practice self care through the ongoing practice of sounding and moving emotions as they arise in my body and heart, prior to communicating with the “other” about my feelings and needs.

Melissa Michaels - DanceProvide a few focus questions for our community to meditate on and discuss in our group sharing after your presentation:

  • What are grief’s gifts? 
  • How can the body be a resource for each of us in the process of facing loss and grief? 
  • What are the resources that we can call upon to help us when in a cycle of grieving? 
  • How can we assist ourselves in completing losses from our pasts along with addressing current experiences of grief?