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June 23rd – 28th, 2013
Fee: $600.00 + $50.00 Non-refundable Application Fee
(Payment plans welcome.)
To register, please send in your $50 deposit, application and statement of intent. Someone from our office will contact you shortly.
There is some housing available for an additional fee of $125.
It is the policy of Golden Bridge that no one sincerely interested in our work misses out due to financial constraints. Golden Bridge has scholarships, work exchange and payment plans available. We provide financial support to over 50% of our students.
A GOLDEN BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
A Movement Based Rite of Passage Experience for Young People 16-28 Years
Dedicated to Building Connections
Within, With the World,
& With the Spirit Moving All of Life
It remains our honor to witness & serve your courageous paths of healing & awakening. In response to your continued longing for a deeper exploration & cultivation of yourselves as creative change agents, we are offering ongoing movement-based rites of passage programs around the world. Our work together weaves somatic resourcing, creative expression, service learning, & the natural world into an initiatory process that catalyzes emergence for each individual & for our ever-growing community of dedicated youth & adults. In these times of great potential & challenge on planet earth, humanity is being invited to rise up & live life with radical authenticity, aligning inner & outer truths for the well being of all. Surfing The Creative® is a time-tested pathway for the reclamation of your unique & vital gifts. It is an invitation to move from addiction into action, from fragmentation into integration, from isolation into loving community. It is a potent step for those of you seeking to work in these universal & transformational ways with other youth across the globe.
Join our diverse team of seasoned professionals & inspired youth leaders on one of our moving journeys. Our work together includes an immersion in the arts of body, heart, and soul – including dance, song, writing, theatre, painting, clay, mask-making, collage, non-denominational prayer, compassionate communication, & other healing & creative doorways for awakening. These ancient & enduring vehicles for self-exploration & expression will provide you with lifelong tools for navigating your way home to your unique destiny.
During our journeys, we begin with a rigorous exploration of body and heart, building foundations in Embodiment Practices & Emotional Literacy. We then move into the realms of Biography, honoring the strengths & weaknesses of our personal stories, organically moving into a celebration of the potential of our healthy creative Wild Child. The themes of Intimacy, Fertility & Sexuality, & Personal Emergence become our focus during our next two phases of work together. We complete with a discovery process focused on the next steps of our unique destiny paths.
Overall, this experience invites the conscious exploration of the essential questions: Who am I? Where do I come from? How do I live my life in a sober, authentic, & creative way? How can I be connected and autonomous? How can I make a difference in this world?
During our time together, we meet in small family groups strengthening our connections in community. We also gather in single gender groups,
supporting each other in our quest to live as healthy men & women. Some of our time together is devoted to community service activities. Everyone works together to tend to the day-today life we share. Imbedded in our process are contemplative and ceremonial activities that assist in attuning to the natural world. All of these activities support the integration of the themes emerging throughout each rite of passage journey.
Although I am the primary teacher & guide throughout, we will be drawing ever more upon our powerful leadership team to co-facilitate as appropriate. Each of you will be overtly linked with other faculty, allowing for your maximum support during this process.
I invite you to apply to participate in one of our Surfing The Creative® Rites of Passage adventures if you are 16-28 years old & you aspire to discover & embody fully the truth of who you are creatively in community. Space fills quickly. If you are moved to dance together with youth and adults dedicated to individual and cultural renewal, please send in your application packet, including your statement of intent. We will then set up a time to dialogue directly.
We look forward to guiding & collaborating with you on this path of emergence. May we together cultivate our capacities to practically & positively serve life.
The Phases through Surfing The Creative®
Our individual and shared intentions bring us from the edge to the center, calling us home to our selves, to one another, to the future longing to be remembered and co-created through us. We leave the shores of the familiar and step into the great dance.
Embodying Life’s Rhythms
Connecting with our natural rhythms, our senses and sensations, we ground ourselves in matter, tilling the earth of our beings, stepping ever more consciously in the sacred soils of our lives.
The Truths of Our Hearts
We dare to love in this life, opening to the truths of our hearts and how our vast feeling life reveals our expanding capacities to discern the world and love it ever more deeply. Expression, integration, and conscious communication all become keys to this portal.
Liberating the Creative Wild Child
Out of the story, into the glory. Mother and Father bloodlines are welcomed. Revelation unfolds through carefully orchestrated ancestoral body-centered inquiry. Where do I come from? Who am I… really?
Fertility, Sexuality, and Intimacy
Sourced from the belly of our bodies and the truths of our hearts, we are more able to make conscious choices versus simply reacting to our upbringings. We then fuel new pathways between our creative callings and our longing for intimate reunion.
Soul calls us home, beckoning us to step into the future now. Community witnesses and welcomes each initiate into life, honoring the one who is now twice born. Together, we then weave the fabric of connection, celebrating the essence of each other’s ways and our ever expanding capacities to work together as a multi-faceted living collective organsm.
Destiny in Action
May our shared dreams and the urgent need for cultural renewal continue to weave us in heart and action…Clear mirrors – Loving Mentors – Inspired Models stand at your side… in service of peace.
“Melissa is like a midwife, assisting souls through the threshold of adolescence. I can’t recommend this program strongly enough.
This program helps young people remember who they really are and what they want to do in life. It is a gift they will be able to draw on forever.”
Rahima Baldwin Dancy, Midwife, Waldorf Educator and author of You are Your Child’s First Teacher
“It is a fulfillment of this father’s dream to witness my daughter’s flourishing in a world which she is helping to create. With the guidance and encouragement of Melissa Michaels’ and the Surfing the Creativesm dancers, she has developed a deep trust in her own instincts, intuition, and creativity, and has tapped the energy to manifest her dreams in the world around her.”
John Ryan, Father of Two Surfing the Creativesm Participants
“Melissa’s vision, energy, tenacity, and impact are powerful. She works tirelessly in creating a community where each person is honored regardless of ethnicity, gender, income, social status, or intellectual talent. By tapping into this educational process offered by Surfing the Creative ®, one is able to reach a level of knowing that is life changing. Her work bridges internal wounds with true gifts. When we are open to our own vulnerability, we can grow in our compassion for all.”
Bruce Rose, Co-Founder & Director, Men’s Eagle Council, High School Counselor for 32 years
To Strengthen Your
Serving Leadership by
- Accessing the Wisdom of Your Body.
- Opening to the Truths of Your Heart.
- Strengthening Interpersonal Communication Skills.
- Discovering Your Specific Gifts in the Wake of Childhood Challenges
- Aligning with the Bounty of Mother ~ Father.
- Liberating the Creative Wild Child.
- Discovering Pathways for Building Healthy Connections Within Yourself, With the World & With the Spirit Moving All of Life.
- Making a Difference by Taking Action Through Direct Work in the Community.
- Remembering Ever More Fully Your Unique Destiny & What Your Next Steps will be in Order to Manifest That in our World Community.
“I am spirit too. I
am part of this Great Mystery, and that is not just something out there, but I can feel and know it deep in my core.”
Melissa Michaels, Ed.D
Jeffrey Dann, Ph.D., Dipl.Ac.
Megan Eggers CMT, MA
Tara King, M.Ed.
Kat Shea, CMT, CHOM
Next Generation Leaders
Jennie Gershater, MA, CMT
Surfing The Creative ® informational videos available. Please call 1-877-bdanced.
This summer’s Youth Camp is co-sponsored by Golden Bridge and All-Season’s Chalice.
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