Movement Mass is Moving Online

Movement Mass is Moving Online

Dear Dancing Community,

With respect for our individual and community health, we are choosing to pause our in-person Movement Mass events. We will be moving together online every Sunday for the next many weeks.

We are in process of designing a sustainable way of offering a regular Movement Mass dance experience online. In the meantime, we are called to offer everyone a one-time mini-Movement Mass this Sunday with Melissa Michaels. Dancing feels more essential now than ever. This week’s movement experience will be shared via email, free and available to all.

Please join us.

Of course, dancing from our living room is different than being on the dance floor together, but this is what our practice is all about.

We dance through everything!

This Sunday, we look forward to coming home to our resilient selves, our still center, and the Spirit moving us. This dance experience aims to still be potent and of course, different!

Sunday, March 15th. We will send an email to all on this list-serve with a link to a video. Look for the message around 11am. Let’s keep our regular Movement Mass date.

Through rhythm and breath, we will explore body-centered pathways that support our movement through these dynamic times with ever more consciousness, collective care, calm.

And love.
?
Melissa

p.s. If you’d like to invite a friend to join our first online Movement Masshere is the link for them to sign up.

Hafiz says:
“Fear is the cheapest room in the house.
I’d like to see you in better living conditions.”

A brilliant perspective on these times.
Let’s breathe and bend together.

angleofvision.org/2020/03/03/resilience-coronavirus
— Deep respect and gratitude to author Michael Olmstead

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Looking Back (2019 in Review)

Looking Back (2019 in Review)

Dear Friends,

We hope you have had a regenerative holiday season.

Hello 2020!

We have lots to share with you. As you will see from the below, we were busy in 2019. And, we’ve been full-on working together to create positive portals for the year to come.

Portals. Gateways. Mystical Doorways.
Spaces where the miraculous can be invoked and manifest.

Looking back and looking forward, we recognize that this is what we are up to. Golden Bridge.

Connecting this world and That.
Connecting inside and out.
Connecting soul with the call of the world.
Connecting seemingly unrelated people.

All through ancient and contemporary ways of learning, leading, being, mobilizing.
The dance!

Our Golden Bridge community around the world is blessed to have the dance as a portal through which we can wake up praying. In the dance, we can not only place our humble requests on the altar of the Beloved, but in the dance, we can hear the whispers. As our bodies move and our souls ignite, the mind quiets. Our hearts, burning in the truth of what is, create the soft ground for the sacred news to be received. Who to call. How to respond to the call, the undeniable stirring of our innermost beings.

Together, we focus our laser vision on waking up and paying attention to what is going on, so that we can also hear the whispers of how to proceed and with whom.

These are some of the ways our Golden Bridge community is moving with that call.

 

Looking back and looking forward!

Teamwork


First and foremost, I want to thank my brilliant young colleagues who help me make this work happen in the world. Golden Bridge is blessed to be woven together mostly by the very same people who have come of age in our work. On and off the dance floor, we are graced with open and loving souls who are somatically savvy and ready to help us all upshift our game in the world. We have a core team and diverse leaders that join us for special programs, all mighty artists, healers, and teachers!

There is one person who I sing with joy to be working with at this time. My beloved firstborn daughter, Mariah, is now working diligently with us to help grow our community in grounded and sustainable ways. Not only does she have the bravery to call me out, but she has the practical training and compassionate heart to help us all grow forward in new ways. After a very spicy mother/daughter dance through Mariah’s adolescence, it is truly a miracle that we are able to align and serve together. In fact, we just offered our first Mother/Daughter podcast together! Sex. Soul. And Service.

With the rest of our gifted and devoted team, Maren, Sarita, Abigail, and Ariana on the daily, the following good news is made possible! Enjoy.

South America Dancing. 2019. 2020.


Altar at Espaco Aberto dance studio in Rocinha
Our Golden Bridge team received a warm, actually hot, welcome in Brazil and Argentina last February. We found a deep current of flow with our students and colleagues there. Dancing with the sea and through a hurricane, we sure felt the power of the waters, the free moving ones, and the torrential ones.

As our apartment windows blew in and water poured into our rooms through the night, we understood more deeply what it is to live on the edge in these times of climate chaos. Our beloved student/colleagues living in the favela nearby were hit by the storm in a way that most of us cannot fathom. Some homes were literally washed away.

A small team of us will return to Brazil this coming February to continue the moving conversation with these fine soul friends. We are woven by our devotion to the many generations to come, using dance to help heal and catalyze liberation. While there, we will create a film sharing the stories of our shared work, celebrating how SomaSource is soaring in many places around the world. This film will serve as a way to inspire support for our friends living in Rocinha. In the spirit of learning about each other, if you don’t know what Rocinha is, please take the time to do some research about the home of some of our beloved colleagues.

Social Justice. Always. All ways.


Sign Language Performance by Golden Bridge community during Creative Liberation

Learning about and considering how best to align with people whose lives are different than our own is a foundation of Golden Bridge. We focus on how our work serves to build bridges across divides of all kinds and how we can create pathways for healing the impacts of oppression on the people we love.

In Golden Bridge, we respect that the contemporary rite of passage initiatory experience is unfolding in the spaces between us. Learning how to bring the spirit of transformation, healing, reconciliation, and reparations into our meetings with one another is critical to the sustainability of all life. This collective waking up is initiatory and mandatory. Learning about one another’s socio-cultural locations is essential. Considering our impacts on one another must become a way of life. Cultivating pathways for healthy expression of truth and the courage to do so is imperative. Recognizing how our privileges impact the oppressive realities of our beloved community members is an ongoing responsibility. Providing access to opportunities for learning and leading to the multitude of under-resourced people, people who need to be honored in just and equitable ways is a mandate.

“The plea is simple – look at it.”
– James Baldwin
 

In our Golden Bridge community work, we aim to “look at it” and to be humbled by our blind spots as they reveal themselves. In our highly diverse community, we courageously embrace the rugged terrain of learning to love one another through the day-to-day struggles, on and off the dance floor. We respect that we are on a dancing path together that reaches far beyond the dance hall. How we use our language, our money, our time, all of our resources are reflections of how we embody this strong intention to be a just and inclusive community. We are always learning.

Within Golden Bridge, we have been consciously considering our work through a social justice lens for decades. This includes deep inquiry into vast and complex issues related to race, class, gender, ability, religion, culture, language, and age, for a few. We are learning how to share what we know and discover what we do not know. We have been initiated again and again through community breakdown and breakthrough. We look forward to growing with you through this sacred and essential work. Let’s keep looking at it together.

Our private online courses for SomaSource students will be released to the public in 2020. Let us know if you are interested in being in the conversation with us: office@goldenbridge.org. We look forward to sharing more with you about our social justice lens, our team, our writings, and our courses when we launch our website later this month.

Through it all, we respect that “The work is never done.”

May we all daily deepen our ongoing social justice awakenings, through study, listening, and in how we show up every-moment as devoted students of the equity, justice, and peace.

Trilogy Gender Dances


Shakti Sisterhood. Divine Siblinghood. Benevolent Brotherhood.

Performance by Third Gender community leaders during Creative Liberation

Looking back, our trilogy work with three genders truly came of age this past year. Dancing in three separate spaces, Shakti Sisterhood, Divine Siblinghood, and Benevolent Brotherhood unfolded concurrently. Each group returned empowered and beyond delighted to be in a group where there was such spacious gender resonance.

Remixing our process, we will reopen this portal in community this summer, 2020. Save the dates: Gender Trilogy 2020. July 24th & 25th. Details to come.

In the meantime, we will also host Circling Up events for women in 2020. The next one is in Boulder, February 29th, a potent time to reconnect with the deep feminine current of life moving through us, individually and as sisters. (Save the date for October 25th, NYC)

In celebration of all genders, please enjoy this film short of some of the men sharing their reflections on the work of Benevolent Brotherhood during our annual Creative Liberation Show. Masculine magic! ↓

A film by John March and Aloc Media (www.alocmedia.com)

Refugees. Resilience. Rising.


Some of the young people who are coming of age in our community have faced genocide and dislocation in unfathomable ways. Their resilience is inspiring. Their nobility of spirit stunning. Their graciousness a gift.

As we witness so much inhospitableness towards immigrants and refugees in our country, our Golden Bridge team is doing whatever we can to become the antidote to these social toxins, a phrase Elder Paul Hill offered to us all. For the past many years, a small group of us have been leading Moms On the Move, a group for refugee single moms resettled in the Denver area. Their lives are not easy. Having a place to gather, create, converse, and dream has been moving medicine for all.

We have also been blessed to form creative alliances with some of our beloved friends from the DRC. Our shared work includes creating performance pieces bringing light to the challenges faced, launching and mentoring youth initiatives for resettled refugee young people, creating arts-based empowerment circles, along with creating warm and safe ways for families to settle and launch in this new land. Please join us in this work if you are moved. Each season, the needs of these soul friends are different. We will share the stories of their inspired lives and work here in the future.

For now, we are so excited to share more with you all about our coming of age work with girls as it ripples from Boulder back to the DRC. And please join us on July 22nd when we launch Golden Girls Global, films and conversation sharing the stories of our work with girls around the world.

SomaSource Summer Institute: 2019. 2020.


Our SomaSource Summer Institute is always epic, students joining us from around the world for three weeks of intensive study, healing, and community creativity. One of my favorite moments this past summer was our SomaSource in the World day. We began to hear how our student/ colleagues are carrying this body-centered work out into the world in innovative ways, from the creation of an indigenous arts school for Tamil children in South India, to our embodied menstrual health teachings unfolding in China, Brazil, South Africa, The Congo, Zimbabwe, India, and across the US.

Our new website, launching January 2020, will share more about these abundant leaders working on the ground around the world.

And again, from 4-6pm on July 22nd, 2020, we will launch Golden Girls Global, our initiative weaving together the diverse young women doing the coming of age work with girls. Our work runs four generations deep in some communities around the world. We are so excited to share more with you about this. Save the date!

Did you know that many of our students/colleagues from around the world arrive at our SomaSource Summer Institute in need of basic health care? We are able to provide many with gynecological and sexual health care when they come to Boulder. Our beloved midwives, Jen Dossett, Lorrain Fairmont, Jenn Barr, and Lo Kawulok, offer their time and good care to support the basic health of our students. What a gift!!! Golden Bridge then raises the funds to pay for all of the tests needed. Sometimes, our students also arrive never having been to the dentist. Naturally, in the abundance of Boulder, we help them get teeth cleaned, cavities filled, teeth pulled. For so many of us, these are the basics. Yet around the world, for so many, this kind of basic care is a luxury.

You are always welcome to help support these mighty leaders. Their initiatives often need financial support. And, they truly welcome help with their basic health care. If you feel called to support our leaders’ projects financially or with direct health care during our Summer Institute, please contact our office at office@goldenbridge.org.

Of course, so much of our healing work together happens on the dance floor. Our hallmark rites of passage program, Surfing The Creative, was potent last summer. We were joined by dear old friends, some who we have not seen for over a decade. We love this ritual. If you want to learn more about this rite of passage part of our work, please check out Youth On Fire: Birthing a Generation of Embodied Global Leaders. Or, join us for our upcoming online course rooted in this work. Look for that in 2020. Our next on the ground full Surfing The Creative will be in Boulder, summer 2021.

This coming summer, 2020, we will focus on the deep work of preparing to graduate the second cohort of SomaSource practitioners. Warriors of the highest order! Meet some of them here! ↓

A film by John March and Aloc Media (www.alocmedia.com)

The Dance. Ongoing. Special Events.


Our work continues weekly year-round on Sundays in Boulder. I am so delighted to be joined by the next generation leaders when I am not in town. They are gifted and inspired. Please join us in the basic practice of showing up and finding our ground, moving through our grit, and opening into Grace. Movement Mass 2020.

It will be my great joy to dive deeply into the dance with seasoned students of this work for a three-week pop-up class this March. This is my root and my favorite way of being in the work. Open space. Full bodies. New edges. Join me if you would like more one-on-one witnessing and conscious discovery, together. DEPTH. March 3, 10, 17, evenings.

And finally, as we look back, we remember REVIVAL, a sweet time of reunion and celebration. Springtime. Dear old friends. New friends joining us on the dance floor to welcome all that is budding. We will do it again this year. What a gift it will be to gather together to honor the miracle of new life, especially in these times. The return from the winter. Let’s keep tending that good soil, sowing seeds of hope together. Please plan to join us again this year for this one evening gathering of dancing souls in ceremony. April 10th in the evening.

2020 will bring many more dances to our communities near and far.

Portals.

We remain dedicated to liberating and mobilizing
bodies, hearts, and souls in service to life and the Spirit moving us all.

Hope.


In closing, I would like to introduce you to the young woman on the header of this newsletter. Antonia. I met Antonia on a random street in Namibia. She was selling beautiful beaded hearts, my very favorite craft in the world. We began to talk.

She begins, Are you from the United States? Yes, I am. I say. I am going to college there next year. Really, where? Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh? That is where I am from. What school?

I paused when I heard what school. I think to myself, that is not the right place for this young woman. I ask her what she wants to study. Antonia tells me that she is valedictorian of her high school. She wants to be a social entrepreneur to help her mama work with youth in the slums. Her mom comes out of the small makeshift shop to meet me.

We hug as if we are long lost sisters. Tears well up in both of us. We sense that something significant is afoot. Within half an hour of meeting, Antonia is signed up to come to dance with us in Boulder for Surfing The Creative. And, we are in agreement that I will help her find the right school for her very important studies. I leave Namibia the next day.

Upon landing in the US, when I reached out to the admissions director of Watson University at Lynn (a school focused on social entrepreneurship), I serendipitously learned that she would be on my final flight back into Denver the next day. Of course, you know the rest of the story. Within days, Antonia applied and was accepted on a potent scholarship for a three-year undergraduate degree. Bam! A soul date is kept, and hope is strengthened for every one of us in this process.

Deep breath!

Friends, we must still believe. There is so much grace and goodness in the world. Together, we can and must build new pathways for healthy connection.

Magic happens.

Join me there.
It takes courage, day to day outrageousness, and pure love … in action.

In 2019, we had a world-wide wake-up call. Let’s keep our 2020 vision in focus as we continue to deconstruct what is not working, use our privileges to create what can work, while continuing to mobilize to support the best outcomes for the most.

With fierce courage and faith.
Let’s go!
Melissa

Awaken into this new year. Let every breath be a prayer.
An offering. An invocation. A way of being. Mobilize friends.
It is time to WAKE UP PRAYING

Wake Up Praying

Wake Up Praying

Wake Up Praying!

Before we open our eyes each blessed day. Before we start the to do list. Before we look in the eyes of our beloved or drink in the golden rays of the sun rising. Before we look at our cell phones, OMG. Before we jump out of bed to tend to children or work responsibilities. Let us PRAY.

This is a time to wake up praying.

Dear G-d, help us heed your call to action, waking up in the face of so much disaster and disconnection.

Gracious Spirit, show us the way. Help each of us become the way.

Pray on the toilet, in the trenches, on the subway, while cooking eggs, while rushing out the door, while trembling in terror, while talking to a recording on the other end of the phone. Pray for the miraculous.

Why not make it all a prayer!

Goddex, please keep a close eye on the little children crying through the night hungry and far away from home. Lord, guide us to take action in ways that keeps the earth’s breath alive. Mother, help us find our faith. Father, protect this boy becoming man as he transforms the disease in his body.

Awaken, letting every breath be a prayer.

2019 has sure been a WAKE UP CALL. So for our last Movement Mass of the year, let’s digest and reset, preparing the way by praying together with every blessed breath.

An offering. An invocation. A way of being.

Mobilize friends. It is time to WAKE UP PRAYING.

I’ll see you on the dance floor for our last Golden Bridge dance of 2019!

Full Circle

Full Circle

Thirty two years ago, I began this dancing path. Wide open and ready, on a Spring time East Coast morning, I met Gabrielle Roth and surrendered into this healing path as if my life depended upon it, because it did.

These decades have been filled with endless waves of decent and return. Finding ground. Befriending fears. Lifting up into love. Creativity pouring through. Intimacy deepening. Dear and devoted students joining me on the journey. Together, building golden bridges … inside and out.

Together growing communities of resilience. Golden Girls Global. Cancer Dancer. Men on the Move. Trans Souls Soaring. Refugees Rising. Reservations. Favelas. Eco Villages. College Campuses. The United Nations. We simply keep mobilizing.

And sometimes, we need to slow down, to integrate and dream. As the season gets cold, lets come inside and kindle the feminine fire for all of life. Full circle.

On a quiet East Coast morning, we will gather again. More mature. Gathering up the season’s harvest, the soul’s insights, the whispers of our sisters.

Something is afoot. Join us for this new step on the journey.

Circling Up – February 29th in Boulder →

Stories from South America

Stories from South America

Dear Dancing community ~

Greetings from the road … a time of Beauty. Suffering. Love.

Everywhere we have been on this journey through Brazil and Argentina has gifted us with such a raw experience of the current nature of life on this planet.

The soft seas, the wild green, flowering jungles, the blue butterflies. Stunning beauty.

And the suffering.

We had windows blow out as our apartment flooded in a red alert hurricane that hit Rio one night by “surprise.” Homes in the favela washed away. Death gripped the lives of those most vulnerable. The streets filled with trash washed in from … pretty much everywhere. There are not garbage cans on the streets, so out go the plastic bottles, the bags, the butts, right onto the beach.

Lack of access is the most dominant theme we experienced everywhere … in the countryside, in the slums, in the cities. Brilliant and dedicated souls longing for education, opportunities, living food, ways to make meaningful income for their families and their communities. Systemic oppression is rampant and with deep roots. People have been silenced. As a result, the arts are very powerful resources for the people.

And, the arts are protected. The drug lords run Rocinha, the favela we worked in. They monitor everyone and everything that happens on their streets. The streets are only here and there. There are over 69,000 people living there, and most do not have streets in front of their homes. Their homes are crammed next to and on top of each other. One walks in unlit alleyways to get around. Yet when we arrived in Rocinha, we were not stopped and screened, like everyone else is.

The drug lords know that when the dancers gather, all is well for the people.

They respect and step aside in the face of the dance scene that our beloved Yolanda Espaco Aberto has cultivated in her community! We were humbled with this kind of welcome. In fact, the communities throughout Rio and in Tucuman, Argentina all showed up open, hungry, and ready for the work at hand. We made sure to help liberate voices right along with the body.

My most sublime moments were working with the maidens. Seeing their faces light up as they learn about the beauty and power of their bodies and hearts was ecstatic for all! They will never forget that they are golden and worthy of respect, always! Both in Brazil and Argentina, the elder women came out to move and learn with us too. The men also gathered. Deep. Radical for some. Joyous.

The love that flows between the people is the great gift of “nothing to lose.” People have … each other. The dances were intimate. Authentic sweetness radiating in every exchange. The willingness to journey to new frontiers delicious. Humble people. All love.

So as we complete our work in Brazil and Argentina, we send out this mailing in gratitude for the golden bridges built, the love and learning shared by all. And we turn our gaze towards the season ahead in Boulder. It will be wonderful to be back home, on the dance floors most familiar, with our local family. Hope to see you soon!!!

Here is what is happening in the month ahead.

R E S I L I E N C E will unfold in early March. This month we will focus on creating our healing mandalas, both within and through paints. Please let your women friends on the cancer journey know of this very sweet scene that is birthing and uplifting the women who attend.

I will teach a few Wednesday night dances February 27th, March 6th, May 8th. This is foundational movement work, full-on study, and fun.

REVIVAL has shifted and is now a special ceremonial dance with live music at the StarHouse for hard core, feet stomping, rhythm rocking dancers. April 19th.

Golden Bridge’s annual Ovarian Cancer fundraiser at Movement Mass will unfold on March 17th, two years from the date I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Today I remain cancer-free. Please join me in sharing our fundraising initiative at Movement Mass along with learning about that wicked disease. We will dance in solidarity with all the family and friends whose lives are being touched by any kind of cancer. Too many.

And, we will continue to show up and groove on Sunday mornings. Please join us for these soul centric prayer community dances. They keep us in the beat of the seasons and cycles of our ever-changing lives.

Through it all, may we continue to expand our resilience in the face of so much challenge. May we all keep cultivating beauty. And may we all take up the good work of loving one another, in the realms of the most practical to the most sublime.

It remains my honor and joy to dance with you.
In love.
Melissa

Looking Back (2018 in Review)

Looking Back (2018 in Review)

What a year!

So low. So high.

This year has revealed to us all both the majesty of the human spirit and the most-base capacities we humans have to dishonor life.

Within our Golden Bridge community, we aim to assist in the healing, the repair, and the birthing of inclusive and just ways so that we can create a sustainable and beautiful future. And we are tested in real life, just like everyone else.

This past year, we welcomed into life precious and resilient babies, too many that significantly struggled as they entered the world, all who are now thriving.

We said goodbye to a beloved young surfer whose departure from this world has our community on our knees. Together we grieve. We pray and send gratitude, songs, poetry, all love to our sweetest of sisters who crossed the threshold WAY too soon. We will hold a light for you always, dear Amira Kiass.

May the memory of your unwavering loving kindness forever teach us about how to graciously be with one another.

Through it all, we keep orienting towards life.

We see how our fertile capacities are limitless, be it in the making of babies or projects for the world. This past year we made felt wombs, learning together to harness the power of our creativity despite any lack of access to sanitation and proper medical care. All of our international female leaders received gynecological care this year, most for the first time!

We wrote searing poems, created innovative theatre, together inviting humanity to see in personal ways the impacts of oppression on one another. We looked honestly into the collective mirror, ultimately uplifting each other into outrageous joy as we learned each other’s dances of liberation from around the world.

Please join us for a moment of reflection as we more specifically look back. We share this to celebrate and to educate. At our recent Fundraiser at Movement Mass, a woman came up to me and said, “I had no idea that you all did more than Movement Mass.” I smiled. “We sure do!”

Below are just a few specific images and stories of what we do year round and how our community’s work unfolded during the past year. Please check it out.

And for those of you wanting to join us going forward, many of our upcoming events are mentioned at the bottom. We will also be sending you our 2019 looking forward email next week with more details.

Dear friends, thank you all for a profoundly creative and inspired year.

The work is never done.

So we will just have to keep dancing!

With love,
Melissa

Golden Bridge in 2018

2018 began with two projects on the East Coast of the United States.

Raising my arms to the Divine, I Dj’d for Matthew Fox’s Cosmic Mass at the Washington National Cathedral. What a glorious space to open into!

In 2018, our gender offerings continued to deepen. We focused a great deal on the healing and liberation of the healthy feminine in every body, including in our gender queer and men’s spaces.

Shakti Sisters gathered to journey through the life cycles, deepening through our process of soul retrieval and developmental repair and initiation. This year, so many inspiring rising artists blessed us with their brilliant feminine creative wisdom. Shakti Sisters took to the stage, surprising us all as we shined our lights together.

This year we also hosted Adam Barley for Standing Up, a mighty weekend serving the evolution of the masculine. In connection, we offered a fall gathering for the feminine. Circling Up grounded us in spacious ways of being together in expanding respect and love. Summer of 2019, we will offer concurrent women’s, queer, and men’s gatherings! We continue to grow together within these sacred spaces. In fact, our Summer Institute will close with a performance called: Off the Spectrum.

Every summer, we host a learning institute, welcoming students from around the world for three body-centered weeks of study, creativity, and global peacemaking. Each summer’s curriculum builds upon the previous ones along with offering our rites of passage portal for new and seasoned students.

Last summer, we carried the gender work into our SomaSource summer institute with our international sisters. We studied the nature of our female fertility cycles and prepared to teach this material in our home communities around the world, in Kenya, China, Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Europe, Uganda, India, Ecuador, Argentina, for a few. We deconstructed how systemic oppression has impacted the often unsafe and disempowering realities for women around the world as they begin their menstrual flow. We committed to helping to shift this reality, from how we care for our own bodies to how we educate ourselves to help change policy.

Claudine Migisha received and digested this information and immediately went to work. In a refugee camp in Zimbabwe, she used body-centered curriculum she developed to begin to teach the young women in her community about their changing bodies, hearts, and souls. This is one of the numerous profoundly grounded and inspired projects that are rising up around the world rooted in our SomaSource work, integrating the arts of body, heart, and soul into educational environments of many kinds.

This year we also had the honor of graduating the first formal class of SomaSource Practitioners. Most of these mighty leaders are familiar to you. They lead with me in many Golden Bridge environments: Movement MassSurfing The Creative, essentially in most everything we do. However, they each also have their own powerful ministries in the world, bringing their own flavor of our work to the frontiers of public schools, peace initiatives, the independent film world, the music industry, astrology, environmental education, college campuses, and many other inspiring scenes. Their detailed stories will be shared more fully this Spring. For now, please celebrate this group of GOLDEN leaders! Arisa Lafond, Abigail Lubahn, Johannah Reimer, Gabriel Cannon, Renee Sills, Jeremy Roske, Blythe Massey, Darren Silver, Meagan Chandler, Taliza Peterson-Mizrahi, Ramon Gabriellof-Parish, Sarita Rivard, Dayna Seraye, Jonathan Davis, Jennie Gershater-Lopez, Tara King, Hannah Loewenthal, Alyzabeth Anath, Jennifer Cain, Rafael Martinez, Rachael Bonaiuto, Catherine Douglas, Lalita Henderson, and Livia Cohen-Shapiro! It has been my honor to mentor these mighty souls for decades, each of them now standing by my side as trusted colleagues and allies.

We are aware that there are many others of you out there who could have been in this group. Great news! We are in the midst of weaving together our second cohort of SomaSource Practitioners. To join this group of leaders in training, there is a process of sorting out how your workshops and trainings with us from the past along with your professional skills interface with the required competencies for this certification. If you are a seasoned student of this work and are called to learn more, please reach out to Maren at the office@goldenbridge.org.

Speaking of Maren! This past year, we also made a massive collective shift into a new season of leadership within Golden Bridge. Last Spring our beloved friend, Martha Maloney, and I knew that change was upon us. Martha gifted us with years of practical and positive presence. She has now gone on to work in other inspiring spaces, staying close in heart always. Our new team is strong and happening after a few months of reshuffling. Maren Gauldin co-runs the Golden Bridge office, our growing school, and many things related to the meta vision of our work. Sarita Rivard and Taliza Mizrahi-Peterson continue to help mentor the young leaders. Abigail Lubahn will be supporting this layer of our work ever more too as the need expands. Mariah Tuffy is working with Sarita to produce our events around the world. Ariana Saraha works closely with us to create the beautiful images and pictorial storytelling of our work, always offering her finely tuned social media skills. And Leah D’Abate is brilliantly by my sidetracking the subtle needs of our maturing community weekly, seasonally, gracefully. Every day, we thank these special beings for sharing their love and focus with our community.

I also finally released Youth On Fire: Birthing A Generation of Embodied Global Leaders fully into the world. It had a few sputters along the way, but it is free and soaring into rites of passage, youth development, and somatic communities now. We offered a training this summer, based on the book for students from many parts of the world and many sectors of society. Our trainings for youth and adults alike are all rooted in the medicine shared in Youth On Fire. Writing that book was a labor of love. Please check it out if you are moved to learn how to deeply embody, unwind trauma through the dance, express your love more fully, open the wild untamed doors to your creativity, work with peoples of all genders, welcome in Elders, STOP oppression, build bridges of peace through the arts, and come home to yourself and the Earth through body-centered rites of passage. This is the work that Ancestor, Steve Cannon, once said “would change the world!” We sure hope it does! One nervous system at a time. One young person. One community at a time. Thank you for taking interest in this process and joining us as you are called. The book loves being read.

And next summer, we will host a full Surfing The Creative. There will be a remix of this work, a REUNION for dancers who have surfed in the past, a grounding for our community. The EARTH is urgently calling us to wake up into fierce and focused collective action. Together, we will galvanize.

In that spirit, our community has always tried to connect beyond our own borders.

This year we began to develop a very intimate relationship with our colleagues in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at the All Nations Gathering Center. We will be deepening into practical collaboration with these honorable friends in the years to come. A creative arts center is being visioned for the land there. The team is in the process of launching a dance school for the children and women on the reservation.

If you are inclined to support this work and kindred work around the world, please join us. You can donate online and earmark your donation for Pine Ridge. We will be donating some of the proceeds from the last of our 2018 Movement Mass proceeds to help launch this program with All Nations and Yolanda who came to Boulder last month to dance with us during Circling Up. So many of our children have abundant opportunities to study the arts. Let’s share.

We danced together for the past two decades every Sunday during Movement Mass. Hundreds of people gather, some who’ve come every week for years, others who come to visit our community from out of town. Janet Sentovich has stepped up to hold this piece with such grace and excellence. We are grateful to have such a potent community to gather with as we continue to deepen into our intimate relationship with the Spirit moving all of life.

And of course, we want to thank our donors. In early December, we had a successful annual fundraiser at Movement Mass, and we had many individuals and granting agencies donate throughout the year. Thank you to all of our donors and sponsors who gave generously this year! We couldn’t do this work without you.

Please join us for one final look back. We want to gift you with a very special treasure, a glimpse into our summer institute’s Creative Liberation performance. Please enjoy this potent snippet of the work done together deconstructing colonization and growing bridges of peace across culture, class, race, gender, religion, and ability. This full-length show is part of a series we are doing to generate peace. Through a process of collective creation of truthful and artful reflections of the ways things are around the world and the way they can become, we focus our gaze on healing and reconciliation.

Thank you for reflecting on some highlights from this past year with us. Some of this work is complete now. Some will continue forward. 

“…it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it.”
~ Wendell Berry
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