Melissa Barron

Melissa Barron

Crone of Arc (aka Melissa Barron) “Crone Identifies,” is an age disrupter, age positive advocate, feminist, mother, grandmother, and breast cancer survivor. Ageism is one more cog in the intersectional feminism wheel that can no longer be ignored. The “Greynaissance” provides an opportunity for us to redefine modern “eldering” as our hard-earned liberation holds deeper potential. Older womxn are still narrowly labeled as silver-haired, serious, wise, and grandmotherly but it’s time to invite diversity and humor into the fold. As an advocate for the menopause acceptance movement, Crone of Arc reframes our cultural conditioning around this dishonored natural transition. Hopefully soon, this phase will be revered versus feared, and the dreaded Hot Flashes will be celebrated similarly to how we pay tribute to our first menstrual cycles.

Melissa earned a BS from University of California, Davis in Environmental Planning and Management/Landscape Architecture. Since she marched in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, she’s been an active environmentalist. As an ex-Pan Am flight attendant she’s traveled extensively and, for 25 years, held leadership positions in the fashion, media, and internet industries.

For 19 consecutive years, she’s attended Burning Man with her partner, Lightning. Her art and jewelry have been featured at museums including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery’s 2018 exhibit “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man.” In 2013, she founded “Art for Trees,” an initiative to replenish wood burned at the gathering. By 2020, they will have planted over 100,000 trees towards that goal. Art combined with action motivates change.

Melissa Barron will be sharing The Waning Moon Years session and Menopause Transition Celebration.