Rebel Rules

Rebel Rules: A Four Week Boundary Skills Course with Melissa Forde

So we can set the world on fire, without burning out.

The journey begins on May 6, 2021

Unfair power dynamics have never been more obvious or unsustainable.

In 2020, hundreds of thousands of people died in the biggest public health crisis in modern history (with black and brown communities bearing a disproportionate share of the fatalities), racialized violence was illuminated in epic proportions, democracy in America was threatened and the planet nearly self-combusted under the pressure of our mistreatment.

Living and working within systems that have been specifically designed for some (but not all) creates a life threatening strain on everyone and everything involved.

A lot of change is needed, and it’s needed now.

The people best equipped to imagine and build an equitable new world are also the ones most likely to get overwhelmed

Caring a lot about humans and the planet often comes with an ability to feel deeply.

Experiencing the pain of the world as if it’s our own gives us tremendous insight and can inspire us to become forces of healing change. Feeling too much, however, can flood our systems and cause us to engage in numbing practices (flight) or shut down completely (freeze).

Those of us who are sensitive to the world around us are vulnerable to overwhelm and prone to over-giving because high levels of empathetic awareness are only possible with very permeable boundaries.

Don’t fret though, stretchy boundaries are no problem as long as you know how to work ‘em!


Boundaries are everything

Having healthy, adaptable and clear boundaries allows us to do things like focus our energy on endeavors aligned with our values, rest + recharge when we’re tired and protect ourselves from things that drain us — so we have more fuel for the things that really matter.

If you want to meaningfully contribute to the changes needed in our world, Rebel Rules is for you.

This course focuses on how boundaries move and feel.

There’s lots of really interesting things to say about boundaries — yet our bodies always speak louder than words.

Working with our somatic intelligence offers a way more robust and experiential understanding of boundaries than cognitive information we can only think about with our heads.


This class is for you if:

*You are service oriented and tend to slide into martyrdom or self-sacrifice

*You feel overwhelmed by the level of pain and injustice in the world

*You override your own needs to support others

*You avoid things that feel hard (dating, tough conversations, the news…)

*You take care of others as part of your work in the world

*You struggle to set sustainable limits with the people you interact with

*You desire a deeper understanding of and connection to your body

You want to contribute to the change our world needs, yet feel burned out

You want to learn cool things with a group of cool people

In this class we will:

*Dive into the physiology of nervous system states

*Learn how to track our edges and accurately orient ourselves to our environment

*Practice noticing the signals our bodies send us about our true needs

*Explore the shapes + moves that coherently communicate our state to others

*Share stories + laugh a lot

Class Format

*90 minute weekly webinars for 4 weeks
* Meets on Thursdays at 5pm PT/8pm ET via zoom (recorded if you are unable to attend live) 
* Recommended home practices + personal missions
* Optional group support chat on Instagram



If you can’t (or don’t want to) attend live, no worries, you can catch up on the recordings whenever works best for you.


Week One: Thursday, May 6, 2021 (5-6:30pm PT)


Week Two: Thursday, May 13, 2021 (5-6:30pm PT)


Week Three: Thursday, May 20, 2021 (5-6:30pm PT)


Week Four: Thursday, May 27, 2021 (5-6:30pm PT)




Weekly Breakdown

Each week includes a live class with guided somatic practices

Week One: Containment + Grounding

Learn to track your edges and return to center so you can access your body’s resources, especially during times of conflict or chaos

Week Two: Giving + Receiving

Expand your ability to interpret the signals your body sends you about your limits + resources so you can find a healthy balance

Week Three: Orientation + Congruence

Practice accurately assessing your environment so you can respond with the most adaptive nervous system state and clearly communicate your state to others

Week Four: Building Capacity For Discomfort

Increase your tolerance for physical discomfort, so you can handle the sensations involved with standing your ground when you need to stick up for yourselves and others

Investment: Choose What You Pay

There are 3 payment options to increase access to this support and information.

Each option provides full access to the course. Please connect with your integrity and choose the price point that best aligns with your current circumstances and the resources you have access to.


For those who need help

(this pays for you at a discounted rate)



For those with adequate resources

(this pays for you at the full rate)



For those who have the means to share

(this pays for you and supports another)


Your gifts are needed. The world can’t afford for you to burn out.

Join us?

xo Melissa

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