“Embedded in every rite of passage is a blueprint for change. A call for transformation is heralded. (SEVERANCE) Something old is released. A process of deconstruction and eventual reconstruction unfolds. (THRESHOLD) Something new emerges. The integration of that which is new occurs. (INCORPORATION)” – Melissa Michaels, Youth on Fire

 

The Spark

PERSONAL NARRATIVE: A GENDER ODYSSEY

+++ fuel to the fire

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

& NOW

My most recent journey (ROP), following my work at Pacific Quest, came with the intention that I desired to explore, move & face some known and unknown fears & assumptions about who I am so that I would truly & authentically serve youth in a deep and meaningful way. Queer Odyssey tells the story of following a path with heart and finding trust in living authentically. From the beginning a dot org (.org), the website & social media identify as an Organization for networking, collaboration & offerings and is always evolving & finding its niche as I continued to travel in 2017 in the waters of the Gulf & Salish Sea, as well as, wintering in Mexico till March 2018.

While travelling last year I continued to research, follow and cultivate relationships with organizations that aligned with my hopes for directly working in the field again.

This is how I have envisioned it thus far (& I’m ready to lean in). The hope is this work will take place wherever The Call is heard.            That I have the opportunity to continue travelling//exploring and incorporate my 'living in the field" experiences.

I created Queer Odyssey to document my experience, to utilize these platforms as a foundation to step from Hero's Journey of self to the Return & Incorporation of Belonging. To answer the next Call as Mentor of those walking, and maybe even lost, on the same journey.      We can stay found together.

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.”
-Rumi

I believe the combination of my experiences, age and identities offer a unique view to reflect to youth and bear witness and serve. In these fast paced times I offer a slower (not always perfect, but always intentional) way that I have carved out for myself despite and because of the challenges faced. I desire to see what sacredness, art, creativity, movement and tapping into the natural rhythms soul + spirit provides us in these intentional spaces. The reciprocal exchange of being in youth spaces provides me with energy, possibility and humility & fills me with pride, joy and a “mama bear” sense for which I love to show up more consistently and sustainably in my life.

Intent is to find Independent contractual projects, allowing for continued flexibility of schedule, independence & opportunities to free agent in various locations with multiple organizations.

KEEP MOVING.

 

 

Tools we use in creating your Contemporary Self- Designed Rite of Passage

Supported with Traditional Practices, Meditations, Rituals & Ceremonies

Shared experiences 

mixed with

Your Alchemy

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

WE FORMALLY MARK your PASSAGE IN A WAY THAT COMMUNICATES ACROSS ALL BORDERS & CREATIVEly ensures AN ALL-INCLUSIVE SPACE  

 

Examples of Themes of Initiation, Severance & Incorporation

Crossing Thresholds // Severance

Intentions & Gifts

Naming & Identity

Rituals of Reconciliation // Conflict, Trauma & Grief: 

Reclaiming our own roots // Ancestral re-connection  

Passing the Torch

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We are in service to supporting Youth 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//Hero's Journey- from The Call through Return and anywhere in between.

The communities we serve identify as:

Transgender

Queer*//Gender Non-Conforming//Non-Binary

Gender Fluid//Gender Queer//Two-Spirit//Intersexed

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

Questioning

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& are not limited by these labels

 

BRING ME TO YOUR COMMUNITY, YOUR ORGANIZATION OR BUSINESS

LETS WORK TOGETHER & CO-CREATE

 

WE have the ability to collaborate &  assist in development & application specific to your Organization's needs. 

 

a few of the 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

If we do not initiate the young they will burn down the village to feel the heat. -African Proverb

IF OUR LIMINAL SPACES ARE APPROACHED INTENTIONALLY AND WITHIN COMMUNITY, RATHER THAN STAYING PARALYZED, RUNNING AWAY OR GOING AT IT ALONE, WE CAN BOLDLY APPROACH IT AND CONFIDENTLY MOVE FORWARD INTO OUR FUTURES.

When we become aware of our own liminality, most of us, if we’re honest, don’t know who to become or how to navigate the transition. We often miss the real potential of ‘in-between’ places

Rites of passage require the individual to shed their current roles, identities, self-concepts & societal obligations & pass through a space of change before resuming their new roles & identities in their communities