Detailed Event Description
Voices from the Village:
An Intergenerational Panel on Youth Development
Join us for an all-ages discussion focusing on the key stages of adolescence, the role of mindfulness, mentorship and rites of passage in building confidence and resilience, and other important issues facing teens and families today.
Wednesday September 26th, 6:30-8:30pm, Marin
@ Tilden Preparatory School, 1050 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
EMILY FROST is an artist and mentor working with youth and families in the Bay Area. She is also a devoted mother, wife, sister and daughter. She is the visionary behind LOVE YOUR NATURE, a movement devoted to girls and women awakening to their inherent wisdom, power, and purpose. Emily works with young people and adults, in groups and individually, as a girls empowerment coach, contemporary rites of passage guide, experiential educator and consultant. She facilitates programs that develop social, emotional and spiritual intelligence, with a focus on girls coming of age. Emily is the former Director of the Stepping Stones Project, living with her husband and son in Berkeley, CA.
LAURIE MARGARITONDA is a Psy.D., mentor, rites of passage guide and therapist. Laurie is a deeply spiritual and soul connected woman with a passion for reweaving what is broken in this world. She is a lover of creative ritual and all things "rites of passage". She practices therapy mainly with the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Center in Marin, as well as sees clients in private practice. Laurie has been with Stepping Stones for 10 years, as a Leader, Mentor, Vision Council member, and Program Coordinator. She lives in Oakland, CA.
SKYLAR WILSON, MA is the founder of Wild Awakenings, a conscious community of change-makers dedicated to the thriving of Earth, life, and humanity. He is a professor at the Fox Institute as well as a minister in the Creation Spirituality tradition. Skylar has extensive experience leading wilderness rites of passage journeys, specializing in Vision Quests, and creating intercultural healing rituals. He has led 5 groups with Stepping Stones and served on the Vision Council. He is also a new father, living in Sebastopol, CA.
MICHELLE GALE is a corporate mindfulness teacher, author, and public speaker. She enjoys connecting with audiences around the country and online to explore the power of presence, living with intention, and mindful parenting. She was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent most of her career working in high growth start-ups. Michelle has written for many online publications including the Harvard Business Review and has a bestselling book titled “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World”. In addition to her board work with the Holistic Life Foundation she is currently a strategic advisor to the Mindful Schools and Wisdom 2.0 conference. Michelle received her M.A in Psychology from Meridian University and has studied and trained extensively with teachers such as Mark Coleman, Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Byron Katie. Michelle is a long term practitioner of mindfulness and lives in Marin with her husband, two sons, and two dogs.
JEFFREY SZILAGYI is SSP founding member, holistic health care practitioner, and parent. Involved with SSP since its inception in 2002, he helped envision the program and was a co-leader in the first SSP Coming of Age group. Jeffrey has co-led 5 different groups, mentored and trained dozens of leaders and served on the SSP Board. His continues his work with SSP through program development and helping leaders develop their skills in his role as a trainer. He is dedicated to the study of how modern culture can renew its meaning and connection through embracing both nature and human nature. Learn more about Jeffrey's private practice, Acupuncture of Marin. Jeffrey lives with his wife and two amazing teenage girls in Marin, CA.
TATIANA GUERRIERO RAMOS graduated Cum Laude, too many years ago to count, from Monmouth University, where her mother taught political science. With a B.A. in communications in hand, Tatiana headed off to New York City, where she worked in advertising for many years, most of them as a creative department manager. Following 9/11, Tatiana decided a career change was in order, and followed in her parents’ footsteps to become a teacher. After just a year in a third-grade classroom, Tatiana found herself in a family way and she and her husband decided she would stay home with their son. Almost a decade later, Tatiana is thrilled to be back in a teaching role. Her strengths are supporting K-8 students in math, language arts, humanities and foreign languages. A polyglot (English, Portuguese, French and Spanish) and a three-time National Memory Champion (the only woman to win the US Memoriad in its 15-year history), Tatiana enjoys crosswords, KenKen, keeping up with the news from her home country of Brazil, writing, and, most of all, spending time with her children. She lives in the East Bay.
MARILYN FOSTER HENDEE, BA; MA; was raised in an outdoor oriented family with 2 brothers and a sister in Burbank CA. She holds degrees in both Literature and Education, taught Elementary School in Berkeley Public Schools for 10 years, while having a son and daughter, then teaching another year on Galiano Island, British Columbia.
Then, in a major career change she joined the non-profit organization, “Rites of Passage” in Novato, CA as Youth Director [1979-83], recruiting and taking groups of young people, including many at-risk youth, on self-discovery Wilderness Vision Quests. Leaving Rites of Passage in 1983 she formed her own Vision Quest program for youth & adults called “On Your Own”, which evolved over 4 years into a non-profit corporation, “Wilderness Transitions Inc. [1987-2003] in Sausalito, CA. During this time she also earned an MA in Psychology from Sonoma State University . During all this time Marilyn was also active among a growing community of Vision Quest Guides and became a founding member and first Netkeeper [1992-2001] for a new “Wilderness Guides Council,” the International organization of Vision Quest and Rite of Passage Guides, for which she remains an active elder member.
Marilyn retired from active Vision Quest guiding in 2003 and is now a devoted Grandmother while remaining actively involved in service organizations such as Agesong; her spiritual community, Wakan; The WILD Foundation, working to preserve wilderness and wildlife worldwide; and now Stepping Stones. She lives in San Rafael, CA.
ERIN LILA SINGH, E-RYT 500, is a yoga teacher and educator, specializing in yoga for teens. Her passion lies in making the ancient practice and philosophy of yoga accessible and on how to bring the practice of yoga to teens. In January of 2012 Erin moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she now serves as the Executive Director of RISE Yoga for Youth and facilitates teen trainings and workshops. With the successful launch of a pilot program at Mission High School, Erin has led the expansion of RISE’s programming to over 10 schools throughout the Bay Area. She is eager to build a community of yoga teachers dedicated to teaching youth and she hopes to weave yoga into mainstream education across the country. Her dream is to help build a better world by making yoga accessible to as many teens as possible. She is also a mother, living in Petaluma, CA.