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Queer Odyssey

El Cerrito, California, US

Dedicated to bringing Rites of Passage visibility as a map for navigating life transitions to Queer, Transgender & Gender-Diverse people & organizations unfamiliar with ROP. 

Providing guidance in establishing standards for accessibility in current ROP programs & experiences, as well as, assisting with specific programs & experiences designed for Queer, Transgender & Gender-Diverse people.

The hero’s journey  begins with the call
Queer Odyssey is in service to supporting those who desire ways to mark passages in their life in a ritual, sacred, ceremonial & life giving way.  Assisting them in exploring their self designed Rite of Passage initiatory experience.

“Embedded in every rite of passage is a blueprint for change. A call for transformation is heralded. Something old is released. A process of deconstruction and eventual reconstruction unfolds.Something new emerges. The integration of that which is new occurs.

– Melissa Michaels, Youth on Fire

The Spark
PERSONAL NARRATIVE: A GENDER ODYSSEY

BEARING WITNESS: EXPLORING RITES OF PASSAGE AS A SUPPORTIVE FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH

“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing
and right-doing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”
-Rumi

Tools used in creating your Contemporary, Self- Designed experience
Traditional Practices, Rituals & Ceremonies

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Shared experiences

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Your Alchemy

ˈalkəmē/: a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination

WE creatively MARK your PASSAGE IN A WAY THAT COMMUNICATES your crossing the threshold into a new way of being.

Examples of self-generated ceremonies & rituals to Guide you through important transitions and breakthroughs

Crossing Thresholds

Setting Intentions & Discovering Gifts

Naming & Identity

Council & Witnessing

Rituals of Reconciliation // Working with Conflict, Trauma or Grief:

Reclaiming our own roots // Ancestral re-connection

Nature

Movement

In Community

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Communities Served

Queer//Gender Non-Conforming//Non-Binary//Transgender//Gender Fluid//Gender Queer//Two-Spirit//Intersexed

Gay//Lesbian//Bi-Sexual//Asexual

Questioning

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& are not limited by these labels

 

INVITE QUEER ODYSSEY TO YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR ORGANIZATION OR BUSINESS

LETS WORK TOGETHER & CO-CREATE

 

WE have the ability to collaborate &  assist in developing programs specific to your Organization’s needs.

 

TEACHERS that inform my work in the world
OUTWARD BOUND
JOANNA MACY
BILL PLOTKIN
YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS & DARCY OTTEY
MELISSA MICHAELS

QUEER ODYSSEY ANCHORS COMMITMENT TO BE IN SERVICE IN THE WORLD

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Dedicated to bringing Rites of Passage visibility to Queer, Transgender & Gender-Diverse people (& the map for navigating life transitions) & organizations unfamiliar with ROP.

Providing guidance in establishing standards for accessibility in current ROP programs & experiences, as well as, assisting with specific programs & experiences designed for Queer, Transgender & Gender-Diverse people.

I am a 47 year old GenderQueer/Genderfluid, Gender expansive/gender-non-conforming Adult who set out in 2016 to save my life. A journey of self-inquiry, embodiment and deep renewal of trust, authenticity and development of life-affirming boundaries and self-love. This determination, this healing process through lived experiences, is in large part accomplished because I have witnessed the youth of our times fierce determination to be visible through language and expression, gifting me the courage to be and do the same. It is really my duty of care and loyalty to them as an Older to serve as a reflection of possibility, have their backs and be an Ancestor of their wildest dreams.

More of my story can be found at queerodyssey.org

2018 Participant
Youth on Fire Training July 30th-August 3rd A training in the art and science of creating body-centered rites of passage processes in your community. Boulder, CO. Participant.

Restoring Youth Rites of Passage: Two-Week Leadership Intensive June 2nd-15th Participant in three-day solo vigil, inquire into the intersections of colonization, ancestry, trauma, and initiation, explore frameworks and tools for rite of passage leadership, program facilitation, and adolescent development. Delve into key issues in rite of passage work today, including working with youth of diverse backgrounds in gender, sexuality, and ethnicity. Bothell, WA. Rite of Passage Journeys

Guide
Umatilla Quest September 15 – 23 2018 La Grande, Oregon, 10 Day Nature Based Rite of Passage Age 23 +
January 2015 – April 2016 Lead Field Guide, Pacific Quest, Big Island, Hawaii Ages 14-24
January 2011-July 2012 Senior Field Guide Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, Colorado and Utah Ages 14-17

2016-Present Youth Passageways Stewardship Council & Network Ambassador- Our shared goal is to build a movement of driven, community-minded individuals passionate about creating an international movement supporting the healthy passage of today’s young people into mature adulthood.

December 2016- November 2018 Board Member OUT There Adventures- We believe that every youth deserves the opportunity to explore their identity in a positive environment. We possess a love for nature and believe in its ability to transform lives, especially the lives of youth. We believe that every youth deserves to feel a sense of community and to be able to identify at least one supportive adult in their life. We believe that the trials and tribulations associated with identifying as queer and/or trans can be used as opportunities that cultivate self-efficacy, resilience, and empowerment.

2014 Prescott College Limited Residency Program BA with Honors in Human Development with a concentration in Ecopsychology & Communications. A self-directed program emphasizing experiential education and community involvement. E-Portfolio studies include: Group Process for Experiential Educators, Ecological Restoration: Principles & Theories, Sustainable Community Development, Concepts & Strategies for Conflict Resolution, Foundations & Clinical Applications of Interpersonal Neurobiology & Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Social Engagement, Curriculum Design, Grant Writing & Public Relations For Nonprofit Organizations.

Their work has employed them with such organizations as, Outward Bound, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, Pacific Quest Horticultural Therapy and serving on the Stewardship Council of Youth Passageways. Jett has apprenticed with Joanna Macy, Bill Plotkin and most recently Melissa Michaels with Surfing the Creative. Taking their cumulative knowledge, skills & wisdom on the road (& 7 seas) as Queer Odyssey-sharing their story and bringing visibility to using Rites of Passage as a map for navigating transitions in life at all stages of growth. Devoted ninja clown, gender outlaw & dancin’ Bodhisattva in service to their community.

 

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