Unexpected Journeys:

Using SoulCollage as a Tool
During Times of Serious Illness

I Am the One Who celebrates life even though illness is in the background.

Three Week Online Workshop
with Anne Marie Bennett,
SoulCollage Facilitator
and Two-Time Cancer Survivor


January 18 – February 1, 2014


Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness?

Do you love someone or are you a caregiver for someone who is going through surgeries or treatments for a life-threatening illness?

Do you ever wonder how you can deal more creatively with the myriad of feelings that accompany an unexpected journey such as cancer, MS, Alzheimers, heart disease or other illness?

Would you like to get out some scissors, glue and magazine pictures and give image to this Unexpected Journey that has claimed you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions,
our all-new online series:
Unexpected Journeys:
Using SoulCollageĀ® as a Tool During Times of Illness

might be
just what you need to experience cancer (or whatever illness you have)
in a new and brighter light.


The Power of SoulCollageĀ® to Heal

Carl Jung said, ā€œHe who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.ā€Ā  I believe that getting sick often forces us to look inward, and if we allow it, illness can help us awaken to our true self.Ā  —Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Life is Your Best Medicine

I Am the One Who Is afraid that the cancer is going to return.

I have been practicing SoulCollage since 2005, and it has helped me through a myriad of changes and feelings.Ā  Some of the first cards I made gave potent expression to the breast cancer journey (two surgeries, chemo and radiation) I took in 2001-2.Ā Ā  You can see them here (and some are on this page as well).Ā  Even though it was three years later, I still had a LOT of feelings (especially fear) lingering behind.Ā  Making these cards and journaling with these parts of me lifted a huge weight off of my heart and soul and mind.

In 2011 I was diagnosed with secondary angiosarcoma of the same breast that was treated in 2002.Ā  Although it was not breast cancer, I still had to have a mastectomy, followed by four months of chemo, and then another surgery afterwards.Ā  I am really grateful that I had SoulCollageĀ® as a tool during this second cancer journey.Ā  I made many cards right after the diagnosis and before the first surgery.Ā  You can see them here (and some are on this page as well).

I cannot express strongly enough to you how MUCH of a difference SoulCollageĀ® made in this Unexpected (and totally unwelcome!) Journey.Ā  Even after I had the mastectomy, and was feeling low-energy and blah from the chemo treatments and other surgery, I still used these cards as reminders of who I was, beyond all of the illness and fear and anger.

I am the one who is near to you always. Just breathe. You are protected and safe with me.

* Dialoguing with the parts of myself who were afraid- helped me to feel compassion for myself.

* Seeking help from archetypal guides helped me to step more fully into the energy of courage and gratitude which blessed my journey immeasurably.

* Remembering that I could call on my animal companions enriched my imagination and brought me new realms of inner support and healing.

* Staying connected to loved ones (family, friends and pets) in my community opened me up to richer levels of healing in my life

* Practicing the intuitive skills that SoulCollageĀ® invokes, reminded me to approach my own Unexpected Journey intuitively, and one small step at a time.

If you are going through cancer or any other serious illness, or if you love someone who is, I encourage you to join us for this three-week journey with other creative, intuitive, adventuresome souls.Ā  We are not going to be talking about the medical aspects of our journeys, or about surgeries or treatments or even herbal remedies.Ā  We are going to be focusing on how SoulCollageĀ® helps us to stay connected to our beautiful selves (SELF), to the ones who love us (OTHERS), and to the Divine (SPIRIT) during Unexpected Journeys like this.Ā  These precious connections keep us tethered to life, and when we are thus connected, we can look at a journey with serious illness from a new perspective.

—- Anne Marie Bennett, Two-Time Cancer Survivor

In This Unique Online Workshop, We Will:

  • I am the one who DOES NOT WANT this journey to be happening.

    begin to shift our perception of our “unexpected journey” from dismay and overwhelm to something that might have gifts for us

  • make at least one SoulCollageĀ® card to express how we’re feeling about the particular illness we are dealing with
  • experience the importance of staying connected to self, others, and Spirit when we are journeying with serious illness
  • learn new ways to experience and manage the sometimes turbulent feelings that accompany these “unexpected journeys.”
  • discover the power of gratitude and humor in changing our attitudes towards our lives, illness or no illness

What You’ll Receive:

  • Participation in three 90 minute tele-classes with Anne Marie Bennett, experienced SoulCollageĀ® Facilitator/Trainer and creator of KaleidoSoul.com, who has been on two “unexpected journeys” of her own (breast cancer in 2001-2002, and secondary angiosarcoma (2011-2012).
  • Access to the recordings of all 3 tele-classes, in case you can’t join us in person.
  • All of the audio classes are also yours to keep as MP3 downloads for a valuable resource for years to come
  • Permission to participate or NOT participate in the live tele-calls. If you call in, you can just listen OR you can make comments, share your writings, and ask questions. OR… you can choose to listen to all of the recordings later, on your own, and do the journaling activities without the presence and support of the group.
  • Optional HomePlay assignments to inspire, encourage and assist you on your own Unexpected Journey. These will be fun yet challenging and thought-provoking activities that you can continue on with in your daily life after the workshop is over.
  • During part of each tele-call Anne Marie will shareĀ pieces of her own “unexpected journeys” with cancer, using cards from her own SoulCollageĀ® deck as examples.
  • I Am the One Who is waiting, waiting, for this journey to be over. I wait with fatigue, yet I wait with hope, not knowing what lies ahead.

    During our tele-calls, we’ll spend a lot of our time actually DOING SOME EXPERIENTIAL WORK around our own personal “unexpected journeys. ” That’s right, we’re not going to simply TALK about how to move gracefully and creatively through our journeys with illness, we’re going to actually DO it!Ā  So be sure to bring a well-loved journal and comfortable pen with you to each call. Note that any sharing of your inner work is always OPTIONAL and a matter of choice. It is perfectly okay to dial in to these calls, do the inner work on your own, and never speak a word!

  • Journaling activities, guided imagery meditations and the SoulCollageĀ® process (including card making, journaling with individual cards and card readings) will form the basis of all of our inner explorations in these classes.
  • Handouts and resources for each of the 3 tele-classes will be provided via email.
  • A private place online to post any thoughts, insights, questions, or SoulCollageĀ® cards in between calls.Ā  Optional!
  • Generous email support from Anne Marie who will be available during the time in between tele-classes to answer questions and provide assistance as necessary


Be one of the first TEN to register, and you’ll, receive a FREE copy of Dark Nights of the Soul, by Thomas Moore.Ā  This book was helpful to Anne Marie during her most recent cancer journey, and is applicable to those experiencing ANY unexpected journey. We’ll ship it to you absolutely free also (even if you live in Australia!)
Be one of the first FIVE to register, and you’ll receive the above book PLUS Anne Marie‘s new book Sunflower Spirit: 26 Simple Ways to Stay Connected to Self, Others & Spirit While Journeying with Cancer.


Here’s What People Are Saying
About Anne Marie’s Classes

I am the one who is lovingly held by community on this unexpected journey.


Thank you so much for this series of classes! They were very helpful for me to really think and put in words what I have been going through. Thanks also for the take home materials. With your book, blog, and Facebook pages you have provided a great service for all the folks who are or have been ill from cancer or other diseases. — Dorothy, North Carolina


Thank you for the sharing, guiding and lighting the path for us on the unexpected journey. Ā I love it that we can participate through the recordings so I won’t have to miss this awesome presentation.
— Midge, California


It was wonderful to share this journey with others who can also understand what it’s like. The sense of isolation and feeling of less-then Ā  is greatly eased. Thank you for all the great tools. The card readings on the last day were phenomenal! Ā  — Mary Agnes, Maryland


I went to the class expecting one dimension to my experience, but found a sense of self and community that was totally unexpected.
ā€” Sue, Massachusetts


You never know before an experience like this how much the heart will open. Anne Marie created such a safe space that mine opened effortlessly.
ā€” Laura Hegfield, New Hampshire


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.
ā€“ Lis G., Massachusetts


I very much enjoyed the 3 tele-classes even though I didnā€™t get to be on any of the “live” calls. I love your clarity and gentle authority ā€“ as someone whoā€™s done quite a bit of teaching myself, it is a luxury and a pleasure to be so well guided and nurtured.
— Linda, U.K.

Dates and Times

Each class is 90 minutes:

Saturday January 18, 2014

Saturday January 25, 2014

Saturday February 1, 2014

* 1 pm Eastern *
* 12 noon Central *
* 11 a.m. Mountain *
* 10 a.m. Pacific *
* 8 a.m. Hawaii *
* 6 pm London *
* Sunday 5:00 a.m. Melbourne, Australia *
* Sunday 7:00 a.m. New Zealand *

For other time zones, please visit
the World Clock Meeting Planner.

If you can’t attend one or more classes in person,
you’ll have access to all of the recordings the very next day. You’ll be able to listen online OR download the class as an MP3 file.

Scholarships- Deadline January 3

I Am the One Who gives as much as I receive.

In gratitude for how much SoulCollageĀ® has meant in my own life, I am pleased to offer THREE full-tuition scholarships to this course, for those who cannot afford the tuition.

Please send me a brief email explaining why you would like to be in our Unexpected Journeys: Using SoulCollageĀ® During Times of Serious Illness online course, and why you want to be considered for a scholarship.Ā  Send your request to: annemarie@kaleidosoul.com and be sure to put SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line.


I will make a numbered list of everyone who applies, and on January 4, I will use the number generator at random.org to choose 3 people who will be able to attend this online workshop at no cost. You will be notified on or around January 4, either way.
NOTE: No one in the class will know who has received the scholarships, or who has applied for the scholarships. This info is just between us.


ā€¦ it was clear to me suddenly that the sadness would never fully go away.Ā  But I was learning how to absorb it, in the way one might absorb a chronic illness.Ā  Always there, coloring but not defining.Ā  — Elizabeth Joy Arnold, Promise the Moon

Register Now

Info about how to call in to the tele-classes will be sent to you on registration.
and you’ll receive a reminder about each class a few days before it.

If you have any questions at all, please use the “Contact” button at the top of this page.

NOTE: If you are a Kindred Spirit Member,
you have a special coupon code that takes $20 off of the class fee.
…..Please use the contact button at the top of the screen
if you are a Kindred Spirit and need us to re-send you
the coupon code.

Unexpected Journeys- Online Workshop with Anne Marie Bennett
Unexpected Journeys- Online Workshop with Anne Marie Bennett
January 2014. Includes: 3 tele-classes, audio recordings, supportive community, handouts, guided meditations, email support from Anne Marie, plus lots and lots of hands-on expressive adventures! For anyone dealing with cancer or other serious illness, and those who care for them.
Price: $69.00

Pay with Check or Money Order

If you prefer to pay without using paypal,
please send your check or money order to:

PO Box 745
Beverly, MA 01915

Be sure to include your email address as well!

I believe illness is a great teacher. It’s really like a healer’s training. It’s a wonderful teacher if you can surrender and open to it.Ā  — Ondrea Levine