Soul Songs: Your SoulCollage NewsletterSoul Songs
Your SoulCollage® Newsletter

Enabling us to sing the songs
we were born to sing
through the practice
of SoulCollage®
Issue #105  March 2014 Theme:  Elements: Water
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Soul Singing with Anne Marie
Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com
Hi! I'm Anne Marie, the creator of KaleidoSoul.com, and a SoulCollage® facilitator in Massachusetts. If you're just starting to sing your song with SoulCollage®, this column is especially for you.


I'm taking this month off from my usual column-writing. I know that you'll enjoy Cat Caracelo's column on the element of Water (see below).
 
 
Anne Marie Bennett is a writer, self-taught artist, website goddess, cancer survivor, and SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer who was mentored directly by Seena Frost. In 2005, she fell in love with SoulCollage® and was inspired to use her professional experience along with Internet technology as a means to serve the world by putting SoulCollage® "out there" in a really big way with KaleidoSoul. Anne Marie lives in eastern Massachusetts with her middle-aged husband, an elderly cat and one youthful dog who keeps them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys.
 
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Guest Columnist: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo,M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, life coach and transformative artist from Petaluma, California, offering my work individually and in global teaching forums. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover more depth your SoulCollage® journey.


The Language of Water

We know our sacred waters; we dwell within them and feel them from the inside out. The waters of our bodies touch the waters of this world, connecting form to form and flow to flow. Our tears, like dousing rods move us and help us to find our way through grief. We understand our lives in relationship to ebb and flow, feeling the rhythms of movement or lack thereof. The extremes challenge us as we touch the stagnant pools, parched places and find ourselves flooded with discomfort and fear. These inner landscapes inform us of what is happening, active, helping us to acknowledge what needs our conscious attention. Sometimes in the fury of life, we forget to see the quiet ripples and gentle flow.

We recognize the language of water in the sacred places that call us forth. From the deep cave grotto to the crashing, relentless flow of a torrential river, waters of all kinds guide us through life. Life waters of the womb bring us to birth and they continue to flow through our dreams and into our long life, carrying us back to source. These source waters find us in our art and life through symbols. They are embedded in our psyche, rivers of imagery that reflect all that we already know but have forgotten for a time.

As both element and symbol, Water guides us. It speaks to us of our primordial origin, and connects us to the physical and spiritual realms. Some of us hold a deep connection to the vast waters of oceans; others are called to the energies of clear mountain lakes and small tributary rivulets. For others deep pools and sacred springs, which are known to be conduits to the great mother's womb in cross-cultural myths, hold our souls connection.

Water deities in every culture watch over the waters of these places, and we find ourselves called to the water through goddess, naiad and guardian. Water as symbol, myth, lore and watery connection are both personal and universal. These waters flow through time and space, through the collective into our own psyche, bubbling up to the surface as archetypal qualities of reflection, flow, transformation, intuition and ritual blessing.

Water invites us to listen, to listen with our water bodies and align our breath with stillness so that we can hear the call of the waters. We listen through our emotions. As feelings flow we ride the waves of stormy seas and find our way into new territories.

Seeking our waters in art and life is an invitation to listen and respond. To hear the call of the river is to hear the call of our own deep inner waters. To feel the cool waters of a ritual bath, to anoint ourselves in the salty sea, is to connect to our source and to our own deep inner wisdom.

We listen and respond to the language of water through conscious connecting, in ritual, art-making and life-making.

  • Find the waterscapes that are moving in your art and life.
  • Create space for dipping in, getting wet, dancing in the rain.
  • Find where you are you dry and thirsty for moisture.
  • Seek silence in the sigh of the oceans ebb and flow.
  • Find the stillpoint between breaths, and dive deep.
  • Splash in puddles and play.
  • Under midnight moonbeams soak in steaming hot springs.
  • Find the waters that call to you.
  • Create from this place of grace.

Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach, SoulCollage® Facilitator and transformative artist guiding individuals and groups internationally. Cat is the author of Gathering Wholeness: The Art of Identifying and Exploring Parts of Self and has been working with SoulCollage® since 2007. Her dynamic Mythos Journey eCourse offerings combine thematic journeywork, and art-as-process to explore personal myth and conscious life design. Please visit Cat's website to find articles and information about coaching, classes and destination retreats.
 

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KaleidoSoul Creations
As promised, we are featuring SoulCollage® cards from our readers in each issue.

Each card below is a card that represents the Element: Water from one SoulCollager's Deck.




Water Drops
Judy
Massachusetts

I am one who is like an empty cup, opening to grace. May I receive fully from this downpour that so freely touches my soul. Thank you for this peace.




Element: Water
Denise
California

I am the one who is the keeper of the water. Water courses not only through the earth but through you. I am here to tell you to stay in the flow, stay the course. I am also here to tell you to take in the water as much as possible each day for it feeds not only your body but your soul.




Water Element
Council Suit
Cynthia
New York

I am the one who
flows effortlessly
is stronger than rock
quenches thirst




Water
Council Suit
Melisa
Ontario, Canada

I am the one who is kin to the element of water. I feel the power of water all around me. I am the one who can harness the power of the water, and use it to do good things. Water's power comes from its sheer relentlessness--it does not stop. It can be still and at peace, or crashing and raging, but its ebb and flow does not cease. I am the one who is emotion and feminine energy--the energy of the womb and of the Goddess.




Replenishing
Council Suit
Joy
North Carolina

I Am One Who caresses, soothes and cleanses body, mind and soul. I Am One Who is a powerful, gentle and refreshing catalyst for change. I Am One Who supports and enhances vitality and flow on many levels.


Please visit this page for more SoulCollage® cards honoring the element Water.

 


Please feel free to submit one of your cards for a future issue by sending a reply email to this newsletter.

Future themes include:

April: Divine Mother
May: Dreams

 

KaleidoSoul Notes
KaleidoSoul Notes

Noteworthy resources for anyone interested in SoulCollage®

Facilitator TrainingsFacilitator Trainings: Information about content and dates/locations of upcoming trainings of SoulCollage® Facilitators.


SoulCollage websiteSoulCollage website - Seena Frost created the process of SoulCollage®, and this is her website.


KaleidoSoul - Spinning the fragments of your world into wholeness and beauty through SoulCollage®.


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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

PENNSYLVANIA

Sacred Visioning: The Art of Exploring the Mythic Self
Bangor, PA
May 1-4, 2014
Facilitators: Cat Caracelo MA and Catherine Anderson


Step into a transformative 'art & life' journey with Cat and Catherine! On Beltaine and May Day, a potent time of welcoming a new season of growth, gather with us for a powerful four-day journey where you will explore your deep mythic rivers, stories of your life and connecting to your mythic self; surrounded by the energies, symbols and sacred landscape of the Celtic traditions, we will journey with labyrinth, tarn, stones and circles. This is an all-inclusive retreat, with single or shared on-site accommodations and all meals. You will explore and create with individual and group process, experiential creative and instructional breakout sessions, exploration using SoulCollage®, mixed media, photography and more. Early Bird Pricing & Easy Pay Plan

Visit this page for registration information.


MASSACHUSETTS

Be Here Now: Using SoulCollage to Explore the Magic of Now

Westfield, MA
May 3-4, 2014
Facilitators: Brother/Sister Team:
Anne Marie Bennett & John Pacheco, LICSW

This retreat will be helpful for you if:

  • you want to give yourself some calming time and space to get away

  • you are longing to connect with others of like mind and spirit

  • you want to learn how to refocus yourself into the now

Early Bird Pricing & Easy Pay Plan Available

Visit this page for more information
 


PORTUGAL

A SoulCollage® Retreat: Springtime in Portugal

Algarve, Portugal
May 22-28, 2014
Facilitators: Kat Kirby, Linda Woolfson


Join us in beautiful Portugal for a week of SoulCollage®! Enjoy Monte Rosa, a peaceful retreat center set on 10 acres of colorful gardens and natural beauty overlooking the Portuguese countryside in the Algarve. We will have the entire retreat center to ourselves for the week, and we'll be able to enjoy the beautiful swimming pool and sun terrace, as well as gardens and pathways. In addition to making SoulCollage® cards, doing readings, and learning new journaling techniques, we will enjoy delicious meals together, visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, and spend some time in a local pottery village absorbing a time-honored tradition of Portuguese culture.

Contact Kat Kirby or Linda Woolfson for more information:
Kat4clay@gmail.com
linda@collageyourlife.co.uk
 


WISCONSIN

Finding Your Inner Compass with SoulCollage® and Musical Soul Journeying

Willard, WI
July 25-27, 2014
Facilitators: Audrey Chowdhury


If you are feeling lost during these times of great transition... This is your chance to stop, reflect, and recover your inner wisdom. This retreat is designed to help you reconnect with your heart's desire. Come join us for a weekend in the Woods of Northern Wisconsin at the Beautiful Christine Center.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • journey through the realm of the soul through Integrative Breathwork, or musical soul journeying
  • create SoulCollage® cards
  • create mandalas (circle drawings using pastels)
  • share with like-minded spirits
  • consult with Audrey individually
  • walk in the beautiful wooded grounds
  • eat delicious, organic, nutritious meals
  • meditate in the exquisite chapel
Visit this page for registration information. 
 


CALIFORNIA

Mythic Rivers & Night Sea Journeys

Elsinore, CA
October 10-12, 2014
Facilitators: Cat Caracelo MA


Explore your deep myths with a circle of women in this extraordinary all-inclusive weekend retreat at Pine Manor, a wonderful sacred space in the Southern California mountains near Lake Elsinore. We will gather for a powerful three-day journey where you will explore art-making and depth process as you navigate the deep mythic rivers, dream pathways and sacred stories of your life with SoulCollage®, mixed-media, sand-tray and more. Early Bird Pricing & Easy Pay Plan

Visit this page for registration information. 
 
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For more information about Seena and the origins of SoulCollage®, please visit her website


SoulCollage® cards are made either from one's own art or from images found in materials which have been bought by or given to the SoulCollage® card maker. These collaged cards are used only for the cardmaker's own inner exploration. SoulCollage® cards are not sold, traded, bartered, or copied (except as a back-up for the cardmakers own use) as is stated in the "Principles of SoulCollage®." Where SoulCollage® cards are available to be seen by others, it is for the purposes either of demonstrating the SoulCollage® process or of sharing the cardmakers' inner process in the context of community. SoulCollage® is grateful to the artists and photographers who make this deep awakening process possible and in all ways SoulCollage® seeks to be respectful of their rights.

 
All articles in SOUL SONGS are copyrighted 2014,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Cat Caracelo, Imelda Maguire,
Kat Kirby, or Catherine Anderson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.