Crossing Thresholds: A New Opening

Crossing Thresholds,
the Next Opening

Drop Down Deep, in Community:
Cross Your Next Threshold

September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, and 16, 2021
10 am-12 pm pacific time each Saturday

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Join us for a six-week, live online course with Amba Gale, transformational leadership coach, and author of Crossing Thresholds, Island Reflections, with special guest, Owen O Súilleabháin.



“I have had the privilege of seeing this book grow from a handful of seeds that Amba let me glimpse by the River Shannon in Ireland in 2018. Each word is a stepping-stone for us to skim across the surface of our soul.”
– Owen O Súilleabháin, singer, composer, speaker, and founder of Turas D’Anam: Journey of the Soul



Course Overview

Like many of us during this time, you may be feeling ungrounded, overwhelmed, exhausted, or, simply sensing that you’re out of touch with your own spirit. Perhaps a sense of speed has overwhelmed you, with no time to rest, to stop, to reflect, to pause. Perhaps you’ve lost your sense of passion, of vitality. Perhaps you simply know that there is a personal threshold for you to cross, from one territory where things seem not quite right, to another, where you are at one with your own sense of Self and with the world. Crossing Thresholds, the Next Opening is a profound and inspiring six-week course that allows you to make a transformational shift to well-being, resiliency, creativity, and a sense of being at peace with things as they are.

In a time when we have been advised not to touch one another, let us “touch” one another, deeply. Let us brighten our own lights during this time, in behalf of ourselves, the people we serve, our families, our communities, and all those we love, through the miracle of technology, and the deep distinctions inherent in crossing thresholds well. Let us open up to what Celtic poet/philosopher John O’ Donohue calls “the real pastures” for ourselves through being with the poetry, our own poetic voices, our lives, and one another, in conversation as we explore and lean into what it takes to cross a threshold well, moving from stress to healing, finding out what it takes to be a light in darkness, the pathway for creating equanimity while living in an external environment of constant change, shaking ground, our plans upended at every turn.

Drop down deep into the world of pristine nature, wonder, and stillness, as we journey together with transformational coach, poet, photographer, Amba Gale, to the Great Lakes without, and the Wild Heart within. In that still, and silent place, through the vibrant and interactive conversation of the course, the beautiful work in pairs, the release of the wisdom of the community, the sharing of each other’s journeys, and the images of Amba’s musical poems, given even greater life by Amba’s coaching, distinguishing, deepening the principles of gaining access to equanimity, you awaken to your own Wisdom, as you travel across your own inner thresholds. From being in fear to loving, from feeling wounded to compassion, from experiencing stress to living in well-being, from resisting change, to befriending circumstances, this inner soul journey is what these times are calling for.

A lone dock with its bridge missing becomes a metaphor for Amba, for building new bridges with her now adult daughter. Though the poems are intensely personal, they are also universal in their themes, for discovering pathways for building new bridges, bridges that shift our perspective of breakdowns as a problem to breakdowns as a gift and opportunity for new life. We can re-invent our relationships. We can live a life of deeper meaning. We can create breakthroughs when things are falling apart. We can heal ourselves and others. We can flourish in times of uncertainty. We can create futures that bring us more fully alive.

Course Details

Crossing Thresholds, the Next Opening is offered through Zoom
six Saturday mornings in early fall.
September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, and 16, 2021, 10-12 Pacific Time each Saturday.
We meet, in community, and we engage the conversations together that arise as an opening from the poetry in Amba’s new book, Crossing Thresholds, Island Reflections.
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Who is Crossing Thresholds for?

  • For someone who is interested in an inner adventure for moving from one state of being to another, with depth and meaning
  • For someone who is willing to initiate a courageous conversation with themselves in behalf of leaving behind what it’s time to leave behind (whatever is no longer enlivening) and is hungry to step out onto new ground in their life
  • For someone who wants to have a greater sense of meaning and joy as they live their life
  • For someone who is crossing a threshold, perhaps ending one way of life and beginning another
  • For someone who is exhausted, stressed, worried, and overwhelmed and feels like there’s no pathway forward for returning to their passion
  • For someone who would like to enhance their mental, emotional, spiritual well being
  • For someone who senses that a new, deeper perspective would yield deeper connection with themselves and life, allowing them to unfold life in life-giving ways with ease and grace
  • For someone who is serious about expanding the leadership of another or others through being a “space,” or a clearing, for their own clarity and acceptance of life.
  • For someone who has had endings or losses in their life, and wants a deeper wholeness peace around those endings
  • For someone who is out to create a new level of being ALIVE!!!
  • For someone who would enjoy engaging in open, authentic, honest sharing with others, both paired and in community, and is willing to and interested in seeing and discovering new territory.
  • For someone who is interested in deeply opening the doors to now, cultivating gratefulness, cultivating wonder
  • For someone who has suspected that all of life is a teaching, and wants to grow deeper into receiving those inner lessons
  • For someone who is out to have a breakthrough in their self-expression
  • For someone who senses that it would be wise to take a long, deep, pause and be intentionally reflective on what their life is all about
  • For someone who knows that asking the question, “What current shift is all of life asking me to, make, or step into, at this time? What would be my deepest longing?” is important at this time in their life.
  • For someone who is out to have a breakthrough in their creativity
  • For someone who is ready to do some good, internal work for themselves, stand in some new ground in their life, is attracted to fulfilling the purposes of the course, and is willing to dedicate six Saturdays with deep work in between the sessions, of reading, writing, spending time in dialogue, thinking, reflection, and coaching with a partner.

As one of the reviewers of the book says, “This is not a self-help 10 steps” book, or conversation. This is not for fixing anything. Rather, this is a conversation for the Explorer, the Adventurer, the Curious, the serious traveler, who is interested in and committed to traveling an inner journey, to developing some serious muscle for handling and moving through whatever personal threshold crossings are ours to make, during this collective, communal, global threshold crossing time.

What are the Purposes and Intentions of Crossing Thresholds?

The overall purpose of Crossing Thresholds, the Next Opening is to break open new space for you to embody, and live out of, the principles for crossing your own thresholds in life, including the threshold you choose to cross during the time of the course.

The intention for our work is for you to come home to yourself; to be able to shape and re-shape who you are – for yourself, for others, and for life – as you paddle through this threshold crossing in which the shorelines that normally guide our way have disappeared, and in a way that you are guided by your heart, by your intuition, your own Voice.

Specific Purposes, Intentions of Crossing Thresholds:

  1. You distinguish, and then cross, a particular threshold that is yours to make.
  2. You cultivate a sense of longing, of desire, of commitment, through conversation, for making the threshold crossing that is yours make
  3. You create an opening for cultivating an acceptance for, opportunity in, and, even, gratitude for, the current circumstances of your life. (“Befriending the circumstances”).
  4. You have the capacity to create a powerful perspective as you cross the ground of your, particular, threshold crossing.
  5. You are clear about, and have access to, letting go of whatever you need to let go of to affect a powerful threshold crossing for yourself.
  6. You have a new opening for being present to, and have space for, the strong emotions that may be coming up for you, like fear, anxiety, worry, sorrow – whatever they are, that are showing up during these times.
  7. You have a deepened ability to listen to your intuition, wisdom, and Teacher Within speaking: you begin to be able to listen to your own, inner Guide.

Given your commitment, what you will get out of engaging with Crossing Thresholds:

Awaken, revive or deepen your ability to

  • Create new openings for thriving when things are falling apart.
  • Heal yourself and others through forgiveness.
  • Have even your wounds be an opening into vulnerability and compassion
  • Stand in a possibility for a new future
  • Call upon the power of faith, and bring forth life-changing declarations, even when the ground shakes underneath.
  • Generate pathways into living from appreciation, amazement, and wonder.
  • Flourish in times of uncertainty

Crossing Thresholds provides a gift of healing for all of us – individually, collectively, and globally – as we cross this threshold time, between worlds.”
Lynne Twist, author of Soul of Money and cofounder of Pachamama Alliance

Who is the Special Guest?

We are so very pleased that Amba will be accompanied, during sessions II, IV, and VI, the sessions which are primarily given by community sharing, by Owen O Súilleabháin, musician, artist, historian, philosopher, story-teller, lover of great poetry, sense of humor, and a creativity and leadership coach himself.

In the summers of 2018 and 2019, Amba accompanied Owen and his brother and Mother in a “Journey of the Soul” in Ireland. There, he deeply encouraged her to share the poetry she was writing with others, forwarding her ability to contribute in this new way. Coming from one of Ireland’s most esteemed musical and artistic families, singers, storytellers, poets, steeped in the Celtic traditions, Owen will bring his beautiful spiritual energy, his connection with the primordial wisdom of the land, his deep connection to nature, his historical perspective on threshold crossings, to our community based conversation. Sharing his energy of inspiration and creativity, he, too, will be addressing the themes of Crossing Thresholds, coming from his unique Irish perspective and Voice.

His inspired contribution will allow for a deepening and expansion of the conversation for us all.

What is the Tuition for the Program?

The tuition for this program is $1275.

Save $200 – Early bird tuition for this program is $1075, through July 15, 2021.

The tuition for Crossing Thresholds, the Next Opening graduates is $975.

Are there any Conditions for My Participation?

Yes. We have found that the power in the work that Amba engages with others is directly related to the depth people are “at stake,” are longing for, and are committed to a personal breakthrough. The quality of the virtual conversation is deeply connected to this, as a foundation for everyone’s participation.

To “qualify” for being in this six session course,

  1. The purposes of the Crossing Thresholds course, interest you, engage you, and you are out to cross a personal threshold in your own life, which journey you are committed, will serve you in leading a life of greater meaning
  2. You do not need to have engaged in any other work with Amba prior to registering.
  3. The sessions will be recorded. If you have to miss a session, we ask that you listen to that recording before the following session. Each conversation builds on the previous conversation.

What is the Course Design?

Sessions I, III, and V are “Teaching Sessions,” where you will lean into the principles for taking yourself on your own, personal journey. Throughout the course you will be paired with a partner, with whom you will be engaging work between each session. We have found that the partnerships are incredibly powerful, valuable, like “gold,” as people engaged this conversation. You’ll want to set time aside between the sessions to work with your partner.

Sessions II, IV, and VI are Community sharing, debriefing our work, and journeying together, being contributed to by the wisdom of the community. The opportunity for moving through a journey as community is not only rare, but precious. The process for moving from one state of being to another, from one internal state to another, from one way or looking at life to another, is profoundly contributed to when we surrender to voices other than our own, when we listen, and hear, each other’s wisdom. Spirit shows up in community. Heart shows up in community. In community, there are no hierarchies; there is, only, the circle.
As a special high light, during those sessions, as noted before, Amba will be welcoming a special guest, Owen O Súilleabháin, in behalf of further deepening our relationship with the work.

“But now, our eyesight rinsed by tears and our hearts widened by silence, we are ready to be guided across inner thresholds we will have to cross before we can cross the outer ones awaiting us. Amba Gale’s work can provide much needed guidance. Blessings on its task!”
Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk and found of Gratefulness.org

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Course Curriculum:

Session 1: Entering into this Conversation Deeply

Primary Question: What is at the heart of creating a breakthrough in one’s own life?

Discerning and naming a particular new possibility, new opening, or a breakthrough you want to make for yourself in your life

Cultivating a longing for journeying across that particular threshold

Creating a new practice of Reflective Journaling; finding your own inner guide, your wisdom, through your own poetic imagination

Tapping into Silence, deepening our connection with nature and nature’s connection with us


Session II: Journeying with Community

The opportunity for moving through a journey as community is not only rare, but precious. The process for moving from one state of being to another, from one internal state to another, from one way or looking at life to another, is profoundly contributed to when we surrender to voices other than our own, when we listen, and hear, each other’s wisdom. Spirit shows up in community. Heart shows up in community. In community, there are no hierarchies; there is, only, the circle.

Sessions II, IV, VI, are a beautiful opportunity to be in conversation with each other and Amba and inlcude Owen O Súilleabháin, Amba’s guide and creative catalyst in Ireland whose passion, fire, and creativity so contributed to the inspiration and awakening of her own muse, will be contributing to us all from his own, beautiful, Irish and Celtic perspective.

These three sessions are all opportunities for spontaneous, interactive sharing, opportunity to ask questions, debriefing our journeying together, being contributed to by another culture, and deepening the conversation.

We will be addressing some of the following themes:

  • What it takes to ignite the fire of creativity
  • Nature as a bridge between two worlds
  • Deepening our connection with the primordial wisdom of this land
  • Celebrating change vs our automatic state of resisting it
  • Julien of Norwich and her faith
  • “Taking a step backwards; letting your Soul catch up”


Session III: The Threshold Crossing: Accepting Endings, Creating Completion, Starting New Beginnings

Primary Question: How can I possibly be all right with things just as they are and are not?

Accepting Endings and loss; embracing our own griefs

Accepting the impermanence of life

Opening the heart for healing past wounds

Befriending the circumstances as gifts

The power of Faith, Declaration, Surrender, Trust

The power of Forgiveness for Healing

Session IV: Journeying with Community

An Opportunity to deepen the work of Session III

Questions, debriefing, contributing to one another in and through Community

Sharing our openings, our Threshold Crossings

Special highlights: The Confluence of Surrender and Intentionality

The Power of Blessing, Prayer, and Spiritual Committing (Making Vows)


Session V: The Power of Presence; paying profound attention

Primary Inquiry: What does it mean to be alive, spiritually?

Wonder, Possibility, Perspective, Gratefulness

Love as Being of Service

Listening from the Heart as That Which Gives our Way

Hearing the Future Calling You


Session VI: Completion: Journeying through Community

An Opportunity to deepen the work of Session V

Tapping into the Wisdom given by each other’s journeys

What’s been left behind? What’s been stepped into?

A full debrief for each person, within, in partnership, in community

Breathing Together: interconnectedness, Compassion

What Partnership and Community allow for

Creating commitments and practices for living your new opening reliably in the world

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What Previous Participants have said about the Course

I’m still processing, integrating and luxuriating in the experience of your recent Thresholds course, so engaging, inspiring, inner depth stirring as well as nourishing with the awesome community of bright individuals you draw to you and bring into community, exploring, and sharing. And now along with technology as it was originally designed to be …. connecting for real, high level, heart-full communication to further conscious, responsible life on the planet.



The Threshold I thought I wanted to cross when the course started was to begin to write more freely and to make a lifestyle shift that will allow me to finish my first book. During the first session, I realized that cultivating longing is what was and is truly before me. I realized that my threshold felt flat, and like it would remain dormant unless I allowed that longing to come to life.

I unintentionally wrote my first poem in more than 20 years. And I understood that my longing is for presence. The presence that is required to suffer greatly and still feel joy. To walk a hard road and still discover beauty there. That is what I long for. Presence. To laugh and love and be. To be in sync enough with time to notice what people need in each moment. To have the courage to not be skipping ahead or worrying about the past. There will be no completion if I am not “there” enough to take the journey.

In the second session, someone said that “coulds and shoulds fade in the face of the opportunity before me.” I was struck by this and began to let those words work on me a little each day. Some moments began to yawn open before me and I could almost literally feel a burden start to lift. It is not just about processing emotions and then choosing how we perceive and then conceive of each moment – it is about having the courage to let those emotions go to work on our souls. If I know my tears turn to stars, I can cry for the whole world and be a part of the light. Moment to moment. This whole conversation with myself has me questioning the reason that, as humans, we work so hard to avoid the present moment. Our minds do acrobatics to keep up us from matching the setting sun. When the sun slides so easily down and invites us into that ease.

Thank you so much for doing what you do, for striking your gift against the needs of the world and helping light the way for so many. I can’t wait for The Joy of Being!


Recently, I enrolled in a Crossing Thresholds Course. I enrolled because I deeply honor and experience gratitude for the person coaching this offer. The Course is Zoom-presented. Because I know Amba Gale and have been with her in her coaching work, I knew there was going to be a big value in the course, but I had no idea if she could enable access for a group of us through Zoom in a powerful enough way that we would step into the needed velocity and power to cross the thresholds that we were intending to cross.

Frankly, I was blown away. I did not have a lot of faith that we could be dropped down into the deep depth where we could get entry into what we needed to get complete…in order to get to the place of opening up to a new future…but we did. I felt held and profoundly contributed to in the course on Zoom by Amba. Her teaching, coaching, and her powerful reading of her own poetry opened up new windows into my soul. I viscerally felt our connection…even through the ethers. I developed myself deeply during the course – intended, sacred self-development time. The way we were left with a partner for the entire duration of the course was brilliant. I opened into a new velocity in getting complete with my past that was holding me back. I made major life shifts in our inspiriting partnership.

Before the Course, I knew I was writing a book, but it was on the “down low.” My expressed identity out in the world centered on my coaching work. I crossed a major threshold, deepening my connection to my writing, respecting its centrality as vital, welcoming the shift-shaping of my life.


Crossing Thresholds tilled my soil, so to speak. Like a master gardener’s tools, Amba’s words loosened up parts of me that had been compacted and hardened by the weight of the world, transforming what was root-bound into humus, allowing air and light in to create a fertile environment for germination and growth.


Crossing Thresholds was a surprising journey, deep into the heart of my soul, opening up places that I had not accessed for a long time, (like a did when I would lie alone in the mustard fields in California as a kid, and star at the clouds, being in wonderment allowing the still voices in me to be heard). I entered a place that was the “right” threshold for me to cross. It was like my whole being opened up to awe, wonderment and peace for what was to unfold as my threshold around the area of Belonging.


I really want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the last Amba class, Crossing Thresholds. In short it was exactly what I needed at the exact time I was ready for it. A perfect storm as they say. The last few months have been very trying for me. Not really being able to engage with my customers as I normally would, working harder than I ever have while wearing a mask, the thoughts of the “unknown” and the added daily stress of shoplifters/no maskers/worried employees really made me rise to a level of anxiety that I have never experienced before in my lifetime. How can I be in service to the employees of Mill Creek when I am feeling this way? Then there is my mom who is in her late 80’s. She ended up moving in with us a year ago and is very worried about getting COVID. I am doing everything I can to stay safe for her.

Then Amba came back in to my life. What a God-shot! One of my crossings was a strong desire to be Dave. I have not seen him for quite a few months. Where did I go? I thought back to other classes and really got an opportunity to be alone and find myself. My true self. I am using catch and correct now on this journey and soon it will be just me. Dave is back! Just last weekend I was able to spend more time on the sales floor and just be myself and it felt AWESOME. I have a couple more, deeply personal, thresholds to cross. Work in progress…

Sorry for rambling on, and, THANK YOU!


Let me just say here that I am really, really really, glad I was in the course, … and that I am standing in front of numerous ‘new openings’ crossing thresholds that were on my mind going into the course, ones that emerged in the process of being in the course and areas that I am just now seeing either newly or am seeing from an entirely different perspective.

Exuberance is alive in me.

All manner of things shall be well……………


Amba, you crossed another threshold with the birth and completion of your online course. Thank you. During this time of great uncertainty which has exhausted so many, you generated life through love.


Crossing Thresholds has given me the opening I have needed for some time and I have very much enjoyed the course as well as the inquiries it has offered me. I have been navigating my employment with refreshed eyes, forgiveness for some family and trying to understand what my new relationship is with my sister. This is a lot!
With appreciation,


If there is anything that our quarantine time has highlighted, it is that each of us has territory to cover with our internal “undones” and having more reflective time to spend opening our hearts to creating a better pathway for ourselves is a healthy step to take. Your poetry, candor and deep reflective questions helped me considerably in opening up and working on the troubling emotions I had stored away for so long. From my listening to the others in the course, it seems to have done that in some way for all of us.


How to thank you for the gift that you and your course, Crossing Thresholds: A New Opening, has been for me? The gift began before the course even started when you challenged me to name and commit to the Threshold that was in front of me to cross. I knew what it was right away, it had been sitting there, beckoning, for nearly five years. My Threshold, as you know, was to pick up my paintbrush and paint again, create again. To rediscover they joy of getting lost in the wonder of bringing into being something from myself that only I can make. Did I cross that Threshold? YES! Absolutely. But that is only the beginning of my journey and the gifts I received from you.
Talk about life changing! Outwardly, I look the same. I still get up and go to work everyday. I am still my family’s sole source of income and support. But, inside, oh the change!! I am no longer living in a grayscale world. I see and feel colors again, I have put brush to canvas, pigment, paint, shape, texture, all are awake and real again. I feel renewed, reborn, rejuvenated, and I am filled with unwavering gratitude for the gift that you are, Amba. I am eternally in your debt.

With gratitude and love,

Thank you again for your work in this course. It will continue to bless my life for some time, as I walk the new pathways it opened. I want to share some thoughts on 1) the course, 2) the threshold, and 3) some of the Words I discovered along the way.

The Course

This course has a poetic quality to it, as you led us through your journey with each poem. The greatest measure of a poem is not its clever craft, but the person you encounter, when a picture painted with words becomes a window into a poet’s heart, and then a window becomes a mirror into the hidden truth in your own soul. Where you sang beautiful harmony with voices like Nepo, Whyte, and O’Donohue in previous courses, this one had more of a “singer-songwriter” feel, you telling us your stories, singing us your songs, and (most importantly), calling us to write our own. To paraphrase one of the poems, this collection of verse calls us home to ourselves.
In this course, I came to appreciate and understand the pathways to wholeness, like gratitude, forgiveness, and acknowledging accomplishment. But the big, unique feature of this course is in the title. From the start, we were challenged to identify the threshold before us that we are called to cross, then to summon the courage to cross it. What is it time to do, to become? When you, Amba, take a stand for MY breakthrough, it’s like a power booster to my own intentionality. I felt you reaching through my screen, willing me into a space of creation. I know it comes through tremendous effort. It is also a gift I’ve not encountered in anyone else. (A gift to all of us.)

The Threshold

I complete this course with joyful anticipation of the road ahead. I purposed to step out of my comfortable patterns, to serve, to bless, speaking ALWAYS from my heart. I sought to discover or invent the avenues through which I am called to do my work.

A threshold is not a transition. I don’t need a transition into some new projects. I need to move out of my old, comfortable home, put it up for sale, and inhabit my pilgrimage. One of the “Eureka” moments of the course was realizing I didn’t need to create a new format or enter into new activities. The pilgrimage happens as I bring a full-throated, wholehearted howl to every opportunity I ALREADY have to make a difference in someone’s life.

Love and gratitude always, peace and joy to you.

Thank you!

What have People said about the book, Crossing Thresholds, Island Reflections?

“Crossing Thresholds provides a gift of healing for all of us – individually, collectively, and globally – as we cross this threshold time, between worlds.”
Lynne Twist, author of Soul of Money and cofounder of Pachamama Alliance

“But now, our eyesight rinsed by tears and our hearts widened by silence, we are ready to be guided across inner thresholds we will have to cross before we can cross the outer ones awaiting us. Amba Gale’s work can provide much needed guidance. Blessings on its task!”
Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk and found of Gratefulness.org

“The poems achieve the stillness and awe of the beautiful island. It is a guide for all of us to break open our hearts and the hearts of others through poetry and the yearning and personal demand for presence.”
-Micheal O Suilleabhain, poet singer, and author of Early Music

“This is surely a contemporary Scripture, where every verse, every image, and every contemplation is a prayer for the universe. Franz Kafka, the Bohemian writer regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth-century literature, wrote: “A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.’ Now is the time, reader, to take up this literary cleaver, Crossing Thresholds, and begin cutting through to the fish hole of your soul.”
The Rev. Noirin Ni Riain, PhD, spiritual singer, author, teacher, and soul searcher

Use this link to read what others have said about the book, Crossing Thresholds, Island Reflections: https://galeleadership.com/book/endorsements
or go to the Amazon page https://www.amazon.com/dp/1734694114#customerReviews to read the reviews.

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