Using SoulCollageĀ®
to Ride the Waves of Change

A Weekend Workshop May 2-3, 2020

Would you like to feel empowered by creating intentional changes in your life?

Are you feeling overwhelmed by waves of unexpected change?

Do you need some support for “riding” your waves of change?

If so, we hope you will join the brother/sister team of John Pacheco and Anne Marie Bennett at this restful, creative weekend workshop.Ā  Using surfing metaphors, we will exploreĀ dealing with unanticipated changes and creating the changes that you want and deserve.

Surfing experience not necessary… these are inner waves of change!

At this weekend workshop, you will…

  • Spend two days and one night at Genesis Spiritual Life Center, a beautiful retreat center in Westfield, MA. This is time for you!
  • Use journaling, guided imagery, small group discussions, and SoulCollageĀ® card making to help you remain balanced on your board of change.
  • Spend time creating SoulCollageĀ® cards using scissors, glue and magazine images.Ā No artistic experience is necessary!Ā  These cards reflect different parts of your life’s journey and your inner world.
  • Participate in a creative, healthy community of like-minded souls.
  • Make new friends as you have FUN!
  • Learn new ways to experience your cards


May 2-3, 2020
Genesis Spiritual Life Center

Westfield, Massachusetts

Saturday May 2, 2020
starting promptly at 9:30 a.m. through
Sunday May 3, 2020 ending atĀ  2:30 pm.



Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center offers hospitality to persons of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles. They are committed to designing and hosting programs that foster holistic integration of body, mind and spirit. The Genesis logo reflects the belief that creation is ongoing and that each person always has the possibility of new beginnings in life and prayer.

Set on 19 scenic wooded acres in Westfield, Massachusetts (right next door to Springfield), Genesis offers peace and tranquility, wooded walks, natural landscapes, a labyrinth, and peaceful blooming gardens, along with comfortable lodging and delicious home-cooked meals.

As soon as you drive through the gates, youā€™ll breathe a deep sigh of relief as peaceful energy envelops and awakens your soul.Ā  This is time for YOU!

All rooms at Genesis are private, although you will be sharing a bathroom with a few others.

Click here for Directions and general info about Genesis.


Meet Your Retreat Facilitators

Anne Marie Bennett (John’s sister) is a freelance writer, self-taught artist, experienced SoulCollageĀ® Facilitator and Trainer of Facilitators who trained directly with Seena Frost, who created the process of SoulCollage.Ā  She is the “creative diva” behindĀ  Anne Marie has a BS degree in Education from Southern Connecticut State University and has taught children, teens and adults throughout the East Coast. Her workshop and retreat participants flourish as she gently guides them through the process of self-discovery while encouraging playful, creative self-expression with a joyful, open heart.Ā  She passionately believes that we are all creative and that joy can be found even when we are in times of change, loss, and transition.Ā  Anne Marie is also a two-time cancer survivor, and has used SoulCollageĀ® to tend her own inner garden through many changes (both welcome and unwelcome) in the last 16 years.Ā  Anne Marie lives, laughs, writes, sings (and makes her own SoulCollageĀ® cards!) in Beverly, MA, where she lives with her husband, two feisty adolescent cats named Louis and Seymour, and an aging yet exuberant yellow lab named Suzy.Ā  You can visit Anne Marie’s author website,Ā  as well as

johnJohn Pacheco
LCSW (Anne Marie’s brother) is the founder and Director of Personal Growth Concepts, Inc., his private practice with offices in Stratford and Naugatuck, CT. He has extensive experience in individual, couples, group and substance abuse counseling. Among his accomplishments: creating and running Personal Growth Groups; conducting substance abuse prevention, education & counseling programs; training and supervision of peer counselors; developing and running an employee assistance program at a local university; staff associate and consultant at a social service agency;Ā  supervision of staff, student interns and volunteers. John has completed specialized training in Eriksonian Hypnotherapy and uses it as an adjunct to his professional, gentle and caring style of counseling. John is also a certified Family Forum Counselor and a Quit Smart (smoking cessation) Facilitator. He has conducted numerous workshops on a variety of mental health issues and a Healing the Pain weekend retreat for those healing the emotional scars from a childhood in an unhealthy/dysfunctional home. John believes that caring and providing options are the most effective ways of guiding others to their goals.Ā  He completed the SoulCollageĀ® Facilitator Training in September 2014.Ā  John lives with his wife in Stratford, Connecticut. John’s website is Personal Growth Concepts, and you can read his thought-provoking short articles on his blog, Touchpoints.

What People Are Saying About the
SoulCollageĀ® Weekends with John & Anne Marie

I received a deep, rich, and meaningful experience with like-minded, authentic people. I received an opportunity to express my creativity and to continue to grow as a person. Thank you both!

Kudos to you for creating a safe space to allow creativity, exploration, insight, and growth. You are both wonderful Facilitators!

I appreciated Anne Marie’s and John’s gentleness and nonjudgmental attitude.Ā  This was a safe place to create and share.

I am continually impressed with how smooth and seamless these retreats are!Ā  Everything is so thoughtfully organized- it makes the whole weekend special because we the participants don’t have to worry about anything- it’s always all ready to go.

Having time to make SoulCollage cards was a real gift, but I also enjoyed the two times that we stopped card making in order to journal with our cards and get to know them deeper.


  • 1 night’s stay at Genesis
  • 4 healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals
  • daily nourishing snacks
  • participation in all workshop activities
  • all materials necessary to create as many SoulCollageĀ® cards as you like
  • use of the conference center’s 19 acres of wooded walks, beautiful labyrinth, natural landscapes and peaceful blooming gardens
  • lots of handouts and tools you can take with you
  • reasonable access to Anne Marie and John after the workshop weekend

Special Note:

John has agreed to be available at certain times if you want to discuss a particular issue.


Special Offers

$25 discount if you register before March 31, 2020.
Price goes up to 372.00 on 4/1/2020

Contact for more info.

Your Investment- One Payment:

Single room– a beautiful, comfy, cozy room all for yourself!

Waves of Change: Weekend SoulCollage Workshop- Single Room- May 2020
Waves of Change: Weekend SoulCollage Workshop- Single Room- May 2020
Includes one night lodging, four meals, snacks, SoulCollage supplies, workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday with John and Anne Marie, lots of handouts and more. Single room. Fun plus R&R included!
Available Qty: 12
Price: $347.00


Your Investment- 3 Monthly Payments (January-April)

Single room– a beautiful, comfy, cozy room all for yourself!

PAYMENT PLAN- Weekend Workshop: Waves of Change- Single Room- May 2020
PAYMENT PLAN- Weekend Workshop: Waves of Change- Single Room- May 2020
Includes one night lodging, four meals, snacks, SoulCollage supplies, workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday with John and Anne Marie, lots of handouts and more. Single room. Fun plus R&R included! Your credit card or paypal account will be automatically charged each month until your payment plan is complete.
Price: $118.00


Important Information

*** This unique workshop is limited to 20 people, so sign up soon!Ā  Your space is reserved as soon as you make your first payment.

*** Check-in begins on Saturday May 2 at 8:30 a.m.Ā  Our first session begins at 9:30 a.m.Ā  The workshop will end on Sunday May 3 at 2:30 pm.

*** The full amount is non-refundable after April 1, 2020, unless we can fill your space with someone from our waiting list. There is a $50 cancellation fee for all cancellations.

*** Genesis Retreat Center gladly accommodates special dietary needs. We will be sending you a questionnaire sometime in early April for you to let us know this information.

*** If you are following the convenient monthly payment plan, the amount indicated will be automatically deducted from your credit/debit card (or PayPal account) each month until the payment plan is complete.Ā  Final payment is due no later than April 30, 2020.

*** Directions to Genesis Retreat Center can be found here.

*** If you are flying in to this workshop, you should fly into Hartford Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport. If you’d like to be put in contact with others who are flying in at the same time as you, please contact Anne Marie by using the Contact button on the top menu bar.