Melissa Michaels

Melissa Michaels

Founder/Director of Educational Programming

Wild Life Productions

Boulder, CO USA

I managed to transform a certain amount of suffering into gold.


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My road in life took a while to figure out.
She was always drawn to people younger than herself; when she was 12 years old, she ran a summer camp for her fellow neighborhood kids.
Her brand of education focuses on "rites of passage," giving youths significant experiences that help them mindfully transition into adulthood.
When she was growing up, she was surrounded by alcoholism; as a result, she harbored a lot of anger.
People suggested that she meditate to deal with her frustrations, but she never had success with meditation-she always had trouble sitting still.
Finally, she found her source of true peace: dancing.
She knew that there were others out there, like her, who could benefit from the healing power of dance.
Decided that at 30 years old, she would go back to school and get her Ph.D. in education so she could make the greatest impact possible.
Says her bout with alcohol and drugs caused her to lose sight of her "glory," so now her goal is to help kids harness and hold on to their own glory.
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High School
Environmental Design/Architecture
University of Colorado Boulder
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Fielding Graduate University


Founder/Director of Educational Programming

I'm creating a movement of global leaders dedicated to creating a world that is just and sustainable.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

My brand of education focuses on "rites of passage," giving youths significant experiences that help them mindfully transition into adulthood. I work to help students and young people know themselves more fully.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I am certified in Somatic Movement and other Body-Centered Lineages.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

There is something specific within each of us that has to be excavated and explored before we can do what we are meant to do. Figure out what you need (or want) to explore and do that. To get what you desire, it just takes one right step at a time.


Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction
Young Parenthood