Event Details

Sacred Sundays - FilmFest "Twisted Gift" with Melissa Michaels
Date: May 1, 2022-
Location: On line - 7:30 pm EDT - check local times!!

The Sacred Dance Guild continues to offer our Sacred Sunday program.  Most Sundays we host an on line gathering to be  “Socially Present” while “Physically Distant“!   These live from our living room sessions are free, informal, intimate and interactive sharings and are open to participants who want to connect in this way.    The “theme” for the month of May is “Healing Journeys”

To register send an email to pres@sacreddanceguild.org with “Sacred Sunday – Twisted Gift” in the Subject line. 

For this Sacred Sunday session, we will go on a journey of discovery with Melissa Michaels and her award winning film “Twisted Gift” – created in 2018 sharing her healing journey through late stage ovarian cancer into health. In these 11 minutes, she takes us into the painful and powerful transformative experience she had and how she used dance to amplify her resilience.

Melissa Michaels, Ed.D., is the Founder and Director of SomaSource Educational Programs, Golden Girls Global, and Golden Bridge, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of people through body-centered initiatory processes, mentoring, and community action.   For the past 33+ years, Melissa has been creating movement-based cross-cultural educational opportunities focusing on the potential that is available at major life thresholds. Mapping the journey from trauma to dynamic well-being, her work utilizes the expressive and social arts to establish body and heart as resources for authentic expression and diverse community connections. Rooted in rhythm and fueled by breath, this work inspires the sacred union between Spirit, flesh, psyche, and deed.   Melissa is the author of the book, Youth On Fire: Igniting a Generation of Embodied Global Leaders. It shares the story of her work with young people in principle and practice. These teachings will soon be available in an online course for people in all stages of life. Melissa has also directed and produced a number of films and performances, all of which share the stories of resilient people and communities, herself included. Please see below for links to some of these award-winning projects.  In addition to training the next generations of leaders in the SomaSource process, Melissa is currently focused on the Golden Girls Global initiative. Together with the mighty young women from around the world who have come of age through this work, Melissa is collaboratively growing a movement of embodied global girls claiming their creative intelligence and fertility in safety, dignity, and alliance. Golden Girls Global Films.   Melissa is a first-generation teacher of the 5Rhythms® and a Registered Somatic Educator and Therapist (ISMETA). Her doctorate degree is in Education, Leadership & Change.

The Sacred Dance Guild is blessed to have Melissa gifting her presence with us leading this Sacred Sunday session.  During this time when we are emerging from a time where our lives changed in ways we couldn’t have imagined, we continue our personal, collective and global mind/body/spirit connection.  We are grateful for those who lead us on these journeys of discovery as we dance on waves of grace together.  We will be using ZOOM for Sunday’s sessions.