Embodiment

Connection

Creativity

Community

Rites of Passage

Leadership

Action

Embodiment

Connection

Creativity

Community

Rites of Passage

Leadership

Action

Moving together to move the world

Through movement events, SomaSource leadership trainings, and international youth-led initiatives.

SOCIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES

RESPECT. SAFETY. INCLUSION.


Social & Environmental Justice on the Dance Floor

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Social Justice Bibliography

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Social Justice Educational Series

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STOP Process

(Somatic Transforming Oppression Process)

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Unbound: Accountability and Creativity in Community

Warm greetings to each of you in these heavy times, so full of pain and potential, We are all deeply and differently impacted by the pandemic quietly infiltrating bodies and families around the world, by...

Love in public.

Mighty Friends, Please pause to bathe in these images. We have taken in so many images of violence and death as of late. Deep breath. Let’s also wash our hearts with other facets of our collective story,...

Solidarity

Dear Moving Community, With heaviness in our hearts, fire in our bellies, and focus on the essential work at this time of challenge, we are being called to courageously channel every breath, every...

Honoring Black Men in our Community

Behold.  BLACK MEN. In the wake of yet another brutal murder of an innocent Black man, we pause to honor the beloved and brilliant Black men in our Golden Bridge...

Stories of Impact & Resilience

Below are a few of the profound ways that our mighty world leaders have lifted up themselves and their people during this crisis. Xoli Fuyani ~ Capetown, South Africa In South Africa, Xoli has been...

Money. Impact. Gratitude.

Hello friends, Threshold consciousness can be a blessing! In this time out of ordinary time, if we are safe, supported, and soul searching, we are able to access a heightened sense of reality. The old is...

Earth Awe+Action

Awe and Action. Remember the majesty of home. We are learning to stay home. Landing into body and onto Earth, let’s respect the pure reflection of one to the other. A somatic mandate.A spiritual...

Out of our Minds!

Out of our minds. Into our hearts. Befriending that fear. Mobilizing through the outrage. Allowing the grief. Remembering the joy. Embodying the empathy. Channeling the love. We will not be silenced in...

Potential

Potential. Yours. Mine. Ours. Who knew that the entire planet would be invited to this season's holy of holies. Be it Easter or Passover, Springtime or Autumn, these times of pause call us to remember...

Riding the Waves

Dear Moving Community, We meet again. This week we have a few small changes to Movement Mass and some life-giving stories to share. As the daily news grows heavier, the golden stars that we each are...

Our work within Golden Bridge began as a place for dance, for unwinding trauma, opening our hearts, and awakening to the unique nature of our own souls. We have changed and matured through our time together. From somatics, we journeyed deeply into the landscape of human development and rites of passage processes. We know something about growing healthy humans in community. For decades we have been dancing into the deep and delicate terrain of social and environmental justice, leaning in and learning together. We are now embedding our years of liberatory research and practice into the fabric of our work at every level. We continue to incorporate the teachings grown from our collective center as we navigate along these unprecedented social and environmental edges in these unfathomable times.

BIRTHING EMBODIED GLOBAL LEADERS

JOIN US ON A MOVING JOURNEY

FROM THE SELF, TO THE SOUL, TO OUR COLLECTIVE SERVICE IN THE WORLD


Meet Melissa

Founder of the SomaSource Process. Teacher. Mentor.

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SomaSource Leaders

Meet the embodied global leaders serving around the world.

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Youth on Fire

Words, stories, and images that map the journey through the SomaSource work.

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This is a book for our time if ever there was one.

–Luis J. Rodriguez, poet, healer, youth justice advocate, author.

DANCING THE WORLD AWAKE

MEET US IN THE DANCE

UPCOMING EVENTS IN-PERSON & ONLINE WITH MELISSA MICHAELS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS


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SOMASOURCE IN THE WORLD

CREATING WAVES OF PEACE

LEADERS INTEGRATING THESE ARTS OF BODY, HEART, AND SOUL INTO THEIR INSPIRED SERVICE


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SomaSource LifeCycle Practitioners are body-centered psycho-spiritual educators, artists, activists, and healers who have an integrated understanding of how to creatively work in developmentally attuned and culturally sensitive ways with diverse people throughout life’s cycles.

“Beautiful … Courageous … Necessary and Empowering!”
— Donna L.

“Beautiful … Courageous … Necessary and Empowering!” — Donna L.

 

 

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“Beautiful … Courageous … Necessary and Empowering!”
— Donna L.

“Beautiful … Courageous … Necessary and Empowering!” — Donna L.

 
 

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About Melissa


Melissa Michaels, Ed.D. is a movement minister, an educator, and artist. She serves as a soul midwife for diverse people dancing along life’s edges. Melissa began growing the Golden Bridge moving community in the late ’80s, dedicating her work at that time to bringing somatics into modern educational thinking around the world. For decades, she has devoted herself to the healing, educating, initiating, and mentoring of generations of embodied global leaders. Towards that end, she organically developed the SomaSource path, a body-centered rite of passage process. Two generations later, the young people who came of age in this work are now standing by her side as body-centered artists, activists, educators, and healers. Together, they are creating culturally attuned transformative and educational opportunities for people of all ages and stages around the world.

Melissa’s work orients towards beauty, inclusion, creativity, resilience, and bridging across divides. She is devoted to mobilizing humanity in service of the sacred in all life.