“When I feel embodied I feel strong and powerful and confident and nothing can bring me down.” Sophie, 19 year old Golden Girls Global participant
Queer World Making was founded in collaboration with Angus Baguinho and Solace Pesach since Fall of 2020 in San Francisco. Queer World Making’s mission is to facilitate intimate cohorts of gender-blessed, transgender, non-binary and questioning adolescents who gather in exploration of personal and collective flourishing, through nature-connection, art practice, and circle process. In support of this mission they also hold affirming, skill-building councils for the incredible parents of their incredible youth and bring in non-binary and gender-blessed elders whenever possible.
The guiding tenants in this work are intergenerational relationships, rites of passage, expressive arts, nature connection, honoring trancestors, and queer and trans community. The roots of this mentorship program, however, extend well beyond that, to the countless experiences both Solace and Angus have had of being viscerally and spiritually called to this work of helping to raise gender-blessed god-children, niblings, neighbors, and descendents.
Angus and Solace are honored to receive the support and follow the leadership of Weaving Earth, a center for nature-based, relational education for action.
At this time they are directing one in-person program, centered in the San Francisco Bay Area, that combines monthly online meetings with monthly daylongs in nature. Their second season launches, in-person on Saturday, December 4th, 2021.
Queer World Making / in-person cohort application : https://weavingearth.org/queer-world-making/apply-in-person/
Beginning in January, 2022 they will be launching a virtual cohort of non-binary and gender-blessed youth. This completely online program will weave together healing arts, reverence of nature, community belonging, intergenerational relationships, and parent support.
Queer World Making / virtual cohort application : https://weavingearth.org/queer-world-making/apply-virtual/
“While my work with queer and trans youth does not center girls, I have found that belonging to Golden Girls Global has connected me with powerful leaders who understand the necessity of building solidarity between girls and transgender youth. I believe it is incredibly important to foster community between all genders that have been marginalized by patriarchy and sexism and Golden Girls Global is here, willing and eager to listen and learn. As a SomaSource student I apply teachings about embodiment, life-cycle development, emotions, and creativity that I have learned from Melissa Michaels and other Golden Bridge leaders into my work with my non-binary youth every single day.” ~ Angus Baguinho, Co-Facilitator of Queer World Making
GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR
Casa Jaya Udja was created by Jaya Cruz in 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a social business initiative founded on the principles of sustainability, collaborative economy, connection to ancestry and personal and social transformation through the expressive-arts. It aims to solve issues of women's health, nutrition, and professional skills training in collaborative and creative ways. With its focus on assisting in the release of painful memories and the promotion of self-care, it strives to be a safe space for self-knowledge and emancipation. Casa Jaya Udja is a welcoming place where women can express themselves through art and access knowledge about menstrual health, conception, nutritional education, and agroecology.
Menstrual poverty affects thousands of school-age girls. Without access to tampons, water, or soap, many girls resort to using various unsafe types of tissue and toilet paper, crumbs of bread, or cotton. With the global Covid-19 crisis, many families have had to survive on donations of food, water and hygiene products, but it is not always enough.
In partnership with several projects that also support women and advocate for urban vegetable gardens in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Casa Jaya has served young people and adults alike with dance activities, learning circles on gynecological and emotional health, ancestral self-care practices, and education on cooking and vegetable gardening.
“The financial support I received from Golden Bridge/Golden Girls Global made it possible to support some people with food, internet, water and online activities. I personally got infected by Covid and received emotional and financial support, which saved my life. I receive the benefit of participating in Soma Source training and Golden Girls Global, improving my leadership and organization skills, helping me to understand that I was on the right path and to have a broader vision of where I could take my projects.” - Jaya Cruz, creator of Casa Jaya Udja
Goals for next year
Black Girls Rising was founded by Xoli Fuyani in 2020 in South Africa (However, it has been in existence since 2015 under Earth Child Project). Their mission is to Inspire and empower Black Girls from marginalised communities to be Bold, Brave, and Rise beyond their circumstances. Black Girls Rising creates a community where girls are seen and given space to amplify their voices. They expose girls to new possibilities by breaking down barriers, giving them a window to dream and tools to realize their dreams.
The needs of young black girls are often overlooked. There are a lot of girls who fall through the cracks due to a lack of support and education. When girls are seen and given a safe space to be, they can dream and make positive decisions. Deep transformation takes time. They do not believe in one-off programs. Black Girls Rising offers a program that journeys with them through their childhood until adolescence.
Their work also carries embodiment! They work from within and take their girls through an embodied journey from a girl to a young woman. Through mindfulness, 5rhythms, sharing circles, and yoga, the facilitators teach them to listen and hear the communication their body is giving them so that they can respond. They empower them to learn how to balance their emotions to express and know that their bodies are temples. They help them to be in relationship with all aspects of life and to own their power, and trust their inner wisdom.
GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR