Scheduled Community Call

Sex, Soul, & Service: A Mother-Daughter Initiatory Journey

| hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Contact: Marisa Taborga Byrne 3-4:30pm PST
Cost: By donation

Sex, Soul, & Service: A Mother-Daughter Initiatory Journey

Melissa Michaels and Mariah Tuffy share stories about the work they have done as a mother-daughter team during the past 20+ years as Mariah moved from childhood into adulthood. Orienting through developmental stages of rites of passage processes, they will talk about the challenges and treasures they have had to embrace in order to ultimately individuate and deepen in connection. The impacts of lineage and the seeds of destiny will be woven throughout their conversation.

The intention of our Monthly Community Call is to find inspiration, get resources, and tap into the wisdom of our network. All interested in this dialogue are welcome.


About the Presenter:

Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels, Ed.D., guides individuals and communities through major life transitions. As a “soul midwife” and mentor to emerging leaders around the world, she has created Surfing The Creative, a rite of passage process that links somatics, youth development, and peace-building. Her recently release book: Youth On FireBirthing A Generation of Embodied Global Leaders tells the story of this life-changing work as it has unfolded in diverse settings ranging from urban community centers to college campuses, and from refugee settlements to the United Nations.

Melissa is also the founder of Golden Bridge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to our collective liberation through the mobilization of the creative Spirit. She is a first generation teacher of the 5Rhythms® and a registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. Her doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Change is from The Fielding Graduate University where she also held a doctoral fellowship in their Social Innovation program.

Whether she is tending to individuals transitioning from one life cycle to another or to communities in the midst of major change, Melissa dedicates her life to dancing along life’s edges and guiding others as they do the same. Her forthcoming book, Threshold Dancing, will tell the story of how this body of work that she calls SomaSource weaves together the arts of body, heart, and soul to support the journey from birth through death and through the many mysterious, maddening, and miraculous adventures in between.

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Mariah Tuffy
Mariah Tuffy, MSW, is a bilingual social worker whose true passion lies in living in various countries and focusing on sexual health, cross cultural relationships and empowerment. Mariah graduated on the Dean’s List with her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and holds a bachelors degree in Human Development from Eckerd College. She has worked with adolescent mothers, recent immigrants, foster children, justice involved youth, in schools, in a psychiatric hospital, with children living on the streets, and created a mentor program for youth. She has also worked as a translator, a wedding planner, production manager and international programs coordinator. Mariah is an avid learner and traveler. Mariah loves Caribbean and Latin culture, specifically Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, the beach, Salsa, Reggaeton, and meeting people from all walks of life and cultures.


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