18th Annual KaleidoSoul SoulCollage® Retreat

Cultivating Joy

June 13-16, 2024
Genesis Spiritual Life Center
Westfield, Massachusetts

You are welcome to join a Circle of creative, compassionate, spiritually-oriented women for a peaceful, fun weekend of community, SoulCollage® card making, readings, and divine inner discoveries.

We will use SoulCollage®, journaling, small group sharing, ceremony, and card readings in order to explore the theme of experiencing and cultivating joy even in difficult times. We’ll also participate in rituals together that bring our cards to life.

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

The card making tables will be set up round the clock all three days, so you can make SoulCollage® 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).

At our KaleidoSoul Retreats, you are always encouraged to relax and renew in whatever ways speak most deeply to your soul.

At this retreat, you will…

  • Spend three days/nights at Genesis Spiritual Life Center, a beautiful retreat center surrounded by woods and many acres of trails in Westfield, MA (about 5 miles 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 SoulCollage® cards to your heart’s content.
  • Dive deeper into your SoulCollage® work and play by participating in optional activities, workshops, and guided visualizations designed specifically to help you deepen your relationship with all of your cards
  • Get to know others who are embracing SoulCollage® as a spiritual practice and tool for self-expression and self-care
  • Make new friends and have FUN

    2023 june retreat group photo edited
    Happy SoulCollagers from June 2023 retreat

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, a beautiful labyrinth, and peaceful blooming gardens, along with comfortable lodging, AIR CONDITIONING (!!!) and delicious home-cooked meals.

As soon as you drive through the gates, you’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 (all women).

More information about Genesis Spiritual Life Center is here.  Address to put into your GPS: 53 Mill Street, Westfield MA

Our Mission and Intention

Our semi-annual KaleidoSoul Retreats are a unique and enriching experience.

Our mission is to:

* bring women who love SoulCollage® together in a safe, supportive community that is welcoming to all who attend

* provide the time, space and resources for us to deepen and enhance our knowledge and experience of SoulCollage®

Our intention is to put this definition of retreat in motion for all participants:
To go on retreat is to step out of time for a few days, refrain from being stimulated and triggered by the news, to go to the well of solitude, companionship, deep connection with the natural world — and emerge renewed, able to face the daily round again with courage and strength.Joanna Powell Colbert

Alcohol Policy

In the interest of good physical self-care, we request that you don’t bring alcohol onto the Genesis site, or partake of alcohol on the Genesis site. This is also a policy of Genesis Retreat Center and our intention is to honor this as well.

Our no alcohol policy for this retreat is based on the following:
1. To honor any in our group or at the retreat center who are actively fighting addiction via AA,
2. To honor any in our group or at the retreat center who might have an alcohol problem and not be aware of it,
3. To honor and protect the sacred container and meditative intent of our retreat circle.

 

Previous Retreat Participants Are Saying:

  • The experience was more powerful than I could have imagined. The connections to everyone, the songs, the creating- it was truly a magical experience I will never forget. My creative fire has been stoked and I will keep on creating! — Amy Menard, Andover, MA
  •  It is an honor to be part of this joyous, generous, welcoming community!
  • I experienced my first SoulCollage® reading during the weekend and it was a profound and moving experience. — Anonymous
  • It was food for my soul… It was a glorious, enlightening, heavenly, soothing, creative, fun, relaxing, and emotional experience. I feel immensely blessed to have been able to participate. — Cheryl Finley, IL
  • I loved being part of this great SoulCollage® Tribe! It was all just wonderful. I loved the abundance, the connections, the freedom to attend whatever sessions felt right to me in the moment. I also enjoyed the fun we had and how my soul was fed at all levels. — Raimonda, Canada

  • 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 at peace and unified within myself and within the community. — Janet, NY
  • I now feel re-connected, peaceful and rejuvenated. — Brenda, MA

  • This was a wonderful experience that helped me relax, meet new friends and continue my journey of healing. — Marsha, VT
  • The presenters created what seemed to be effortless classes that flowed beautifully to the theme of the weekend. I cannot say thank you enough for caring for us and making our time here unforgettable. ~ Anonymous
  • I loved the abundance of IMAGES that were provided, and the abundance of time to lose myself in them. I received time for self-reflection and many insights. It was great to have so much free time with no responsibilities. — Anonymous

  • The pace of the retreat was perfect and responsive to the needs of the group both individually and corporately.– Paula, 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, PA

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

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


Meet Your Retreat Facilitators

Anne Marie Bennett is a published author, artist, website goddess, and experienced SoulCollage® Facilitator who trained directly with Seena Frost. She, along with Spirit and her Bright Ones, is the creative “genius” behind KaleidoSoul.com.

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 SoulCollage® helps to remove 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 SoulCollage® cards!) in Beverly, MA.

 

 

 

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

Anne trained as a SoulCollage® Facilitator with Seena Frost, MA, MDiv. in 2007. She has a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson. She’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 see Art Heals the Soul.

 

 

jennifer watsonJennifer Watson discovered SoulCollage® late one night in 2012 while holding a semi-sleeping baby in her left arm and awkwardly iPhone scrolling with her right hand. When her daughter was old enough, Jennifer made the trek to Westfield for a retreat with Anne Marie Bennett (the first of many.) As soon as she was welcomed into the Genesis Carriage House, and saw all of the images laid out, Jennifer knew that she had found her place, her people and her calling. This was magical . . .

In 2017 Jennifer attended Facilitator Training with Anne Marie and then opened Soul Unfolding. Since then, Jennifer has introduced SoulCollage® to as many people as she can all around Rhode Island. Her passion is creating safe, welcoming spaces where anyone can explore their creativity and discover their inner wisdom. She is particularly interested in welcoming and nurturing those who feel like they do not have any artistic abilities. Prior to opening Soul Unfolding Jennifer walked an interesting career path: art teacher, college admissions officer, Congressional aide, retail sales associate,  non-profit fund raiser, and bookseller. She is also a wife, mom, visual artist, writer, crazy cat lady, movie buff, Trekkie, avid reader, and collector of books.
 

PAYMENT INCLUDES:

  • retreat 10 edited3 nights accommodations at Genesis Retreat Center (everyone gets a single room!)
  • 9 healthy, delicious, home-cooked meals
    NOTE: Gluten-free and vegan meals cost extra
  • daily nourishing snacks
  • participation in all SoulCollage® 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 (additional fee)
  • use of the conference center’s 19 acres of wooded walks, natural landscapes, beautiful labyrinth, and peaceful blooming gardens
  • a KaleidoSoul gift bag packed full of complimentary goodies and gifts

 

Your Investment- One Payment:

Full Price- $898

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!

Kindred Spirit Members- $848

18th Annual KaleidoSoul Retreat- Single Room- June 2024
18th Annual KaleidoSoul Retreat- Single Room- June 2024
Includes three nights lodging, nine meals, snacks, all SoulCollage supplies, workshop sessions on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, AND retreat gifts and goodies! Single room. Fun plus R&R included!
Available Qty: 1
Price: $848.00

NOTE: This $848 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.

 


Your Investment- Easy Payment Plan

8 Payments of $108

Price:

NOTE: This is the cost for KaleidoSoul Kindred Spirit Members only!
*
If you are NOT a Kindred Spirit, we will send you a PayPal invoice for the $50 difference.
(The retreat is $849 for non-members.)

 

OTHER HELPFUL INFORMATION

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

*** Check-in begins on Thursday June 13 at 3 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm followed by our Opening Circle from 7:15-9 pm. The retreat will end on Sunday June 16 after lunch at 1 pm.

*** Genesis Retreat Center gladly accommodates special dietary needs. We will be sending you a questionnaire in the spring for you to let us know this information. NOTE: Gluten-free and vegan meals cost a little extra.

*** The full amount is non-refundable after May 7, 2024, unless we can fill your space with someone from our waiting list. There is a $75 cancellation fee in addition to any fees lost due to timing.

*** 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 via your GPS- input the address 53 Mill Street, Westfield MA

*** 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.

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