Michael and Dana Bryant… Our story reads like a romantic, true crime novel. It’s difficult to share it at times because it’s not who we are today: the bank robberies, the high-speed chases, the prison time. Eventually, we had to let our mess become our message, because WHO we were is WHY we do what we do. If our lives are an inspiration for just one person to change, then it’s worth sharing.
You see, our love created this organization. We believed it was possible to create a new way for the addicted and criminally-minded, because the way ‘the system’ approaches addiction and life change isn’t working. Yes, change is occurring but the bar is low and we have the capacity for better results based on what we know about the brain today. Staring at the problem is the main part of the problem. We are what we tell ourselves. Science proves it. Yet, ‘the system’ of how we overall approach addiction and most criminal behavior require addicts to claim they are diseased and incurable. This is a lie.
Michael and I believed that our love could transcend what the world said about who we were and why we did what we did. Together, as husband and wife, we aligned our passions for change, creating a mastermind and something magical happened.
We knew that there was a hunger inside people who were down-and-out, lost, broken-hearted, ex-cons, or the ones many label mentally ill or crazy. This hunger was to take ownership for their actions and change. Yet, we all struggle with the victim mentality; an underlining excuse freely handed out to each of us by society, allowing us to take the easy way out. And as most untrained minds do, when in survival we will take that easy road, finding ourselves right back where we started.
We knew in the deepest part of our beings that there was another way, and we needed to create a place, an Academy, where we could teach people to retrain their minds, allowing them to heal, live, love and give back.
We knew that not just anybody could train in the kick-ass way we do at the Academy. It would take us, Michael and Dana, the previously criminally-minded, to show our tribe what is possible. We had to do it ourselves first, and we have. You see, our prison cells were our training academy, and God was our Instructor.
We live the truth now.
We are a movement of people dedicated to living excellently.
We are exposing the lie that we are ‘diseased.’
We are a creative, brilliant group of souls committed to our purposes and visions.
We are a tribe…and together we are changing the world!