Who am I?
Hi there, friends! I am Melody Ross. If you haven’t been here before, you are probably wondering why I have so many classes and even why I have my own section. I would be wondering that, too!!
My sister, Kathy, and I founded Brave Girls Club in 2009. We started doing retreats with curriculum that I had written during and after nearly a decade of heartbreak and struggle when my life completely shattered in every direction. Brave Girls Club was started with the mission to create a community of support for women. It is what I needed, and as I looked around, it is what so many others needed. We needed a safe and supportive place to figure life out. That is why we started Brave Girls Club. What a beautiful miracle it has been!
Where did the idea for Brave Girl University come from and who are the rest of these teachers?
Brave Girl University is just one big dream come true.
I have the honor of being a teacher….but I HAVE teachers who have taught me. So many of the instructors that you will find here at Brave Girl University are teachers who have helped me to learn my most important life lessons. I have always wanted to have a place where I could tell everyone about MY teachers.
I also have the honor of teaching at lots of events across the world, and many of the teachers you will find here at BGU are teachers who I have taught alongside. Absolutely incredible teachers who have also taught me so much.
Many of these teachers are teachers that I have always wanted to learn from, and can’t wait to learn from.
Brave Girl University came to be after countless conversations with my other teacher friends about collaboration, support and community. It is hard to work in isolation…we all have a strong desire to work together…to help each other, to support, uplift and encourage each other. We have a strong desire to not only gather circles of women together, but to be able to SIT in the circle and be one of the students. This is a dream come true for all of us.
You see, we have the most incredible team of people here at Brave Girls Club, we really do. We have a team of web developers, video editors and social media experts who understand and value this important soulful content. I knew that our team could help make this dream of creating a collaborative online school a reality. The talents of our team combined with the legendary work of all of these teachers has proven to be a perfect match.
Why do I have so many courses?
I have created dozens and dozens of extensive courses over the last 6 years, designed to help myself first, then others through tough transitions in life. Combined with dealing with the tough stuff…I have also had the joy of creating courses that map out a fun and exciting way to move forward in life. You will find ALL of my courses in Brave Girl University.
We started teaching our first online course in 2011 called Soul Restoration…and I have had the honor of teaching it to tens of thousands of women since then (and men!). This online way of teaching soul to soul has been a tremendous part of my career…and something I want to keep doing for as long as I am able! For the last 6 years, I have written at least one extensive course a year, and many many many smaller courses. That is what you will see in my list of courses. I will be continuing to create courses alongside all of the other amazing instructors at BGU
What are my “Restoration” classes?
My Restoration classes are the full length core courses that my work revolves around. I love the word “restoration” because it means that we do not need to change who we are, only to restore who we always and have been and who we are meant to be. In the Restoration series of courses, you will find this as a common thread….that we will work toward restoring our true selves, and nurturing them, growing them and healing them. My Restoration courses include Soul Restoration, Life Restoration, Body Restoration, The Walk, SoulBook, and Soul Comfort.
What is Soul School?
Soul School is my series of mini video courses that are geared around a theme. Each Soul School theme has several small video lessons inside of it, along with worksheets, journaling prompts and collage sheets that go along with it. (The Brave Box also has components each month that go along with Soul School)
Soul School is a great way to get a dose of soul work when you only have a little bit of time.
I will continue to add new lessons to Soul School, and I am very excited to see what lessons are next…I write these each month, so I never know where my heart and soul will go.
What about my Art Courses?
I have done a LOT of art courses. They are really quite basic courses with easy to find materials. When I did these courses, I was just coming out of a very rough time in my life financially….so I wanted to show how to do art without expensive materials. I also wanted everyone to be able to do art even if they had never done art before.
You will find that these courses are easy, approachable and a lot of fun. As I am learning more about art and even fine art techniques, I will be adding more complex courses….but I wanted to start from the very beginning…so if you have never done art, or haven’t done very much, of if you want to keep it simple, these are the courses for you. They are great courses to do with kids and young adults. I hope you have so much fun with them!
Why do I use ART in my soul and restoration courses?
A lot of people ask if they have to be an artist or know how to do art to be able to do the courses that I teach. The answer really and truly is no….but, I do HOPE that everyone will at least give it a shot.
Let me tell you why I think it is important to add the creative element to my courses…first of all, when we stop and do something with our hands while our hearts and minds are trying to work something out…we go into a different zone. It’s really quite miraculous. Creating puts us in a whole new frame of mind that is perfect for transformative and healing work to happen.
Something else that often (always for me!) happens is a beautiful little miracle. We use a lot of collage in my courses. I love to use collage because the scraps that we paste down are so much like the little pieces of our life. When we are creating…so often what comes out of us is a physical manifestation of what is going on within us. When we paste down words and images and colors that correspond with the soul work we are doing, it is as if we are making a contract with ourselves and signing it with paper and glue and paint. It is as if we are exclaiming I MEAN IT.
The art we are doing in my soul courses is not meant to be hung on a wall or shown to others…it is a personal and intimate experience that we have with our souls…where we are having a deep and meaningful conversation. Talking and listening…making agreements and promises and dreaming up the life we want to have. We make art to show our souls that we are listening.
Which of my classes do I recommend first for you?
I always hope that everyone will make time to take Soul Restoration first. It is such a transformation course and a perfect foundation for all of the other courses. Soul Restoration does take quite a time commitment, however, so with all of these other courses available now…I would suggest that you peruse them and listen to your heart about what you would like to explore first. Because Brave Girl University has every class open 24/7 all of the time, you can take classes as they call to you. We hope you will try everything!