10th Annual KaleidoSoul
SoulCollageĀ® Autumn Retreat

Wild Mischief

October 24-27, 2024
Genesis Spiritual Life Center
Westfield, Massachusetts

Wild Woman

You are invited to join 24 other creative, spiritually-oriented women for a peaceful, creative, FUN weekend of community, SoulCollageĀ® card making, art journaling, and divine inner discoveries.

We will use SoulCollageĀ®, journaling,Ā  guided imagery, small group sharing, ceremony,Ā  and readings with our cards in order to explore the theme of ā€œwild mischiefā€. This will include optional workshop sessions on giving voice to our inner wild woman, the archetypal Fool, including humor in our decks, and more.

There will be LOTS of time for card making and sharing our SoulCollageĀ® cards, as well as doing readings with our Decks.

If you’d like to come early to the weekend, you’ll be able to participate in a gloriously creative, fun, and inspiring pre-retreat art workshop with Teresa Knipper (stay tuned for more announcements about this).Ā  This is optional, but we’re hoping you’ll clear your schedule for it!Ā  (Our opening retreat circle doesn’t begin until Thursday night.)

The card making tables will be set up around the clock all three days, so you can make SoulCollageĀ® cards while breakout sessions are going on, in the middle of the night, and in your jammies by the light of the moon if you want!

 

All teaching sessions are optional (except for the Opening and Closing Circles).Ā  At our KaleidoSoul Retreats, you are always encouraged to relax and renew in whatever ways speak most deeply to your soul.

At this women-only retreat, you’ll…

  • Spend three days/nights at Genesis Retreat Center, a beautiful retreat center surrounded by woods and many acres of trails in Westfield, MA (about 5 milessix,pairs,of,henna,decorated,female,hands,arranged,in,a west of Springfield). As soon as you drive through the gates, you’ll breathe a deep sigh of relief as peaceful energy envelops and awakens your soul.
  • This is time for you!
  • Enjoy hours and hours of sifting through images and making SoulCollageĀ® cards to your heart’s content.
  • Dive deeper into your SoulCollageĀ® work and play by participating in activities, workshops, ceremonies, and guided meditations designed specifically to help you deepen your relationship with yourself and with all of your cards
  • Get to know others who are embracing SoulCollageĀ® as a spiritual practice and tool for self-expression.
  • Make new friends and have FUN!

You are the Wild, gorgeous, smart, playful, sensual, creative, beautiful, and strong woman that you areā€¦
because of, not in spite of, the experiences of your life.
~ Wild Woman Sisterhood

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Happy Retreaters after closing circle October 2023

Location

genesis wideGenesis 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, a tree, 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 (very close to Springfield), Genesis offers peace and tranquility, wooded walks, natural landscapes and peaceful blooming gardens, along with comfortable lodging, lots of enticing artsy nooks and crannies, 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.

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

Click here for general info about Genesis. The address to put into your GPS is 53 Mill St, Westfield MA

 

Previous Retreat Participants Are Saying:

  • The experience was more powerful than I could have imagined.Ā  My creative fire has been stoked and I will keep on creating!scwolfshellocean — Amy Menard, Andover, MA
  • The loveliness of the whole weekend has really stayed with us…especially how taken care of we felt by your generosity…the abundance of gifts and images, the delicious food, and the beauty of the area. –Cynthia Shaw and Laina Leckie, Nyack, NY
  • I went to the retreat expecting one dimension to my experience, but found a sense of self and community that was totally unexpected. — Sue Ferrell, Westford, MA
  • This retreat was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had. My self-love, self-nurturing and connections within myself were turned up several notches this weekend. I feel as if questions have been answered and the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders. I feel at peace and unified within myself and within the community. — Janet Levine, NY
  • I now feel re-connected, peaceful and rejuvenated. — Brenda Fernandez, MA
  • It was like diving into a well of synchronicity. — Stephanie Harkness, Winthrop, ME
  • You never know before an experience like this how much the heart will open. Anne Marie and Anne created such a safe space that mine opened effortlessly. — Laura Hegfield, NH
  • Anne Marie is a gifted facilitator and is able to create both a sacred and safe space, and to both nurture/affirm and stretch others to explore more and go deeper.– Lis Gordon, Beverly, MA
  • My expectations were not grand but I never could have expected what has happened. Transformations happened right before our eyes! It was a wondrous and exciting weekend. — Joyce Hokans, Shrewsbury, MA
  • I loved having the freedom to do whatever I wanted instead of having to adhere to a rigid schedule. I REALLY loved having so much open time to make cards. — Dot Everhart, PA

If you’ve been practicing SoulCollageĀ® on your own, this is a tremendous opportunity to experience the powerful energy that comes from creating SoulCollageĀ® cards in community.

If you’ve practiced SoulCollageĀ® in a group already, this is a great way to expand your circle of SoulCollageĀ® sisters while growing closer to your own beautiful Self.


Meet Your Retreat Facilitators

Anne Marie Bennett is a published author, self-taught artist, experienced SoulCollageĀ® Facilitator and Trainer Emeritus of Facilitators who trained directly with Seena Frost, the founder of SoulCollage, in 2005. She is the creative “genius” behind KaleidoSoul.com.Ā  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.

She passionately believes that we are all lit from within… and that SoulCollageĀ® helps to embrace the shadows from our souls so that we can be our true, radiant, authentic selves. Anne Marie lives, laughs, writes, sings (and makes her own SoulCollageĀ® cards!) in Beverly, MA.

 

Anne Boedecker,Ā PhDĀ bringsĀ 40Ā years of experience as a psychotherapist andĀ Buddhist practitioner to her work in spirituality and the arts. Her passion is the creative care of the soul throughĀ meditation, nature, writing, and expressive art. She delights in exploring mixed media, playing freely with paint, paper and found objects.

Anne trained as a SoulCollageĀ® Facilitator with Seena Frost, MA, MDiv. in 2007. She has a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson. Sheā€™s a certified JourneyCircles(TM) Facilitator and a Creative Depth Coach. Anne retired from her psychotherapy practice in 2018 to focus on art and creative expression. She now offers spiritual direction, creativity coaching and expressive art experiences for individuals and groups. For more information seeĀ Art Heals the Soul.

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Gail M. Syring, a professor and spiritual director, was introduced to SoulCollageĀ® in 2013, and trained with Anne Marie Bennett to become a SoulCollageĀ® Facilitator in 2015. Gail has integrated the fundamentals of SoulCollageĀ® into all areas of her personal and professional life, finding that the combination of creative expression, reflection, and community are key to accessing oneā€™s own resilience and resourcefulness. Goddess imagery, archetypes, and mythology are integral parts of Gailā€™s own personal spiritual journey.Ā  She believes that the Goddess, in Her many faces, is an essential link between humanity and the Divine, especially for those who identify as women or embrace the feminine aspects in all things.Ā  Gail is a Connecticut native who lives with her cats who are as glorified as the goddess Bast Herself.

 

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PAYMENT INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights accommodations at Genesis Retreat Center (everyone gets a single room with shared bath)
  • 9 healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals
  • daily nourishing snacks
  • participation in all SoulCollageĀ® activities
  • access to thousands of new magazine images, and magazines to enhance your card making
  • optional massage and body work to comfort your body as well as your soul
  • use of the conference center’s 19 acres of wooded walks, natural landscapes and peaceful blooming gardens
  • a KaleidoSoul gift bag full of pampering, creative goodies and gifts

Your Investment- One Payment

THIS RETREAT IS CURRENTLY FULL.
PLEASE USE THE CONTACT BUTTON AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
TO ASK TO BE ADDED TO THE WAIT LIST!

Full Price-Ā Ā  $898
Kindred Spirit Members- $848

NOTE: If you are NOT a Kindred Spirit member,
we will send you a paypal invoice for the additional $50.00 and the invoice is due upon receipt.

KaleidoSoul Fall Retreat- Single Room- October 2024
KaleidoSoul Fall Retreat- Single Room- October 2024
Includes three nights lodging, nine meals, snacks, all SoulCollage supplies, workshop sessions on Thursdsay-Sunday, AND retreat gifts and goodies! Single room. Fun plus R&R included!
Available Qty: 1
Price: $848.00

Your Investment- Payment Plan

8 monthly payments of $110

PAYMENT PLAN: KaleidoSoul Fall Retreat- Single Room- October 2024
PAYMENT PLAN: KaleidoSoul Fall Retreat- Single Room- October 2024
Includes three nights lodging, nine meals, snacks, all SoulCollage supplies, retreat sessions Thursday-Sunday, and lots of fun! Single room/shared bath. NOTE: Your credit card or paypal account will be automatically charged each month until the payment plan is complete.
Price: $110.00

NOTE: This monthly price is ONLY for Kindred Spirit Members!
If you are not a Kindred Spirit member,
we will send you
a paypal invoice for the additional $50.00, payable on receipt.

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION

*** This intimate retreat is limited to 25 SoulCollagers, so sign up soon!Ā  Your space is reserved as soon as you make your first payment.

*** Check-in begins on Thursday October 24 at 3 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm followed by our Opening Circle from 7:30-9 pm. The retreat will end on Sunday October 27 after lunch at 1:00 pm.

*** Creative art workshop- This will take place on Thursday afternoon, with our guest Facilitator and artist Teresa Knipper.Ā  More info will be sent to you in the summer. This is optional (although we hope you’ll join us for a creatively delightful experience) and there is an additional fee to attend this pre-retreat art workshop.

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

*** The full amount is non-refundable after September 1, 2024, unless we can fill your space with someone from our waiting list.

*** All cancellations incur a $75 cancellation/processing fee.

*** If you are following the convenient, easy monthly payment plan, the amount indicated will be automatically deducted from your credit/debit card (or PayPal account) each month.

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

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

 

The mind I love must still have wild places, a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass,
overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two (real snakes), a pool that nobody’s fathomed the depth of —
and paths threaded with those little flowers planted by the mind.Ā 
~ Katherine Mansfield

 

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