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 #168   June 2019 Theme:  Creativity
Welcome!

Greetings, and welcome to Soul Songs, the official KaleidoSoul Newsletter, and the only monthly newsletter that focuses exclusively on SoulCollage® ideas, resources and artists.

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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.


Electricity

I can't really explain it,
I haven't got the words.
It's a feeling that you can't control.
I suppose it's like forgetting, losing who you are,
and at the same time something makes you whole.

--- Lyrics from song Electricity
Broadway Musical Billy Elliot,
by Elton John & Lee Hall


We live near some really good regional theatres and I've been fortunate to see the Tony award-winning Billy Elliot several times locally (as well as once in Florida!). The plot revolves around motherless Billy, who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes once he realizes how much he loves to dance.

After much hard work and some emotionally devastating scenes where he and his ballet teacher clash with his bewildered father, Billy attends an audition at the Royal Ballet School in London. At one point during the audition, a panel member asks him, "What does it feel like when you are dancing?"

At first, Billy is baffled, but then he is moved to sing (and dance) his response to a powerful song called Electricity. I've printed some of the lyrics above, in the Quote section. You can also see a beautiful rendition of it on video here.

I have seen the musical live several times as well as once on PBS television and I admit that I have watched the above video numerous times (but I'm not counting!). Each time I hear this song, electricity sparks inside of me! I love this particular part of the show because it reminds me about how I feel inside, not when I'm dancing, but when I'm writing, when I'm making art, when I'm making a new SoulCollage® card.

Here are some other lines from this song that really speak to me about the creative process:

I suppose it's like forgetting, losing who you are
and at the same time something makes you whole...

In the midst of a creative project I often experience this seemingly contradictory sense of losing myself in the process yet at the same time feeling absolutely whole, balanced, centered. For me, this is one of the most beautiful gifts that creativity brings.

It's like when you've been crying
and you're empty and you're full...

Do you know that feeling? That pleasurable release/relief that comes when you've had a good cry? It is indeed an empty yet full feeling. It's also an accurate description of how I feel after being so absorbed in a creative project and I'm looking at the finished project.

But then I feel it move me
Like a burning deep inside
Something bursting me wide open, impossible to hide
And suddenly I'm flying, flying like a bird
Like electricity, electricity
Sparks inside of me
And I'm free I'm free...

This card from my deck honors my inner Creative Child. Since I was very young, I have often felt creativity moving inside of me and sometimes it is like a burning, like electricity- sometimes it is bright and sparking; sometimes it is more subtle. If I give it permission to be what it is, then I am giving it freedom... I am giving myself freedom. It's an amazing feeling, one that both feeds and sustains me.

Putting It Into Practice

How do you feel when you're creating something? Do any of the above words resonate with you?

Make a SoulCollage® card that expresses what happens inside of you when the "electricity" of creativity takes over.


Anne Marie Bennett is a SoulCollage® Facilitator / Trainer, published author, website goddess, and two-time cancer survivor 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 web 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 and two adolescent felines who keep them hopping. Anne Marie’s books about SoulCollage® are available here.

 
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SoulCollage® Back to Basics

60 Minute SoulCollage® Zoom Video Class
with SoulCollage® Facilitator
Anne Marie Bennett from Massachusetts


Date: 
Monday June 24, 2019

Join us for a fun hour where we’ll review the Principles of SoulCollage®, and go through the basic process of using images, intuition and imagination to open ourselves to sacredness, surprise, and synchronicity. Please bring your journal, a pen, and one of your first SoulCollage® cards to share. If you don’t have any cards yet, just bring a few magazine images that you really love. Perfect for beginners or those who are “sortof” new to SoulCollage®. You’ll get a good overview plus all of the basics!
 

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Guest Columnist: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo, M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, depth coach, teacher and artist from Petaluma, California, offering my work individually and in global teaching forums. This column is for all of you who are exploring your creative and are ready to discover more depth in your SoulCollage® journey.


The Creatrix and the Creative Life

Living creatively is a dynamic act.

Creative living is sensual and sensory; it introduces us to our true selves, the aspects we know as well as those we have hidden behind or are not yet known. Creativity is personal and yet it is not isolated to individual process. Through art as process, and SoulCollage®, we come to see how we are actively changing. We experience ourselves through symbol, image, texture, color, story and dreams. We rise inside as we explore, express and come to embody the artist within, yet it is the emerging energy of creative fire, the Creatrix herself, that can bring new energy to our creative practice.

Creativity has been defined and described through many lenses throughout time. In my youth I learned that the word artist was reserved for fine artists, but as I grew into my teens I was being influenced by self-expression in ways that couldn’t be denied. From subtle and philosophical to wild and raunchy, I was exposed to the Creatrix long before I knew her personally.

As an art school dropout, I disowned my artist, my fiery creative one. The parts of me that yearned to express themselves in nonlinear ways were subdued and redirected. It wasn't until I returned to meet these disowned parts over 20 years later that I could redefine what creativity meant to me.

I found my way back to discovering art as process while doing shadow work, parts work and ancestral shamanism, finding that which had been disowned and lost through time and perspective. SoulCollage® was one of the potent creative ways that informed me in those earliest days, and there were other strong connections and teachers influencing my process and growing awareness at this same time.

Finding creativity within yourself is an act of art-making and life-making. Identifying the artist within and discovering what is true for you will bring you into relationship with your archetypal Creatrix. Each time you recognize that you are in a creative act (no matter what form it takes), ask her to guide you. Through her rising wisdom, you will often discover aspects of your brilliance and feel the heat of the creative fire.

You may also find yourself led to parts of self who have been diminished or disowned. This is because the Creatrix wants you to understand where creativity might be blocked. Many times these parts of self will come through with a story, a challenge, or critical voices. They may throw tantrums, question, or discount your efforts. When critic energy comes, be very conscious of where those parts hold self-worth, fear of failure, and other shadow stories. Often this energy is the residue of the past- other people’s shame that has been “swallowed” inadvertently, by you. But when creative fire is rising it can frighten the young ones inside, so parts of self that are hyper-protective will struggle.

This is where SoulCollage® holds profound possibility. In utilizing this method of creating, the process of expression can reveal what is true and reconnect us with what we need to know. The relationship with the creative act will expose whatever is needed, not only in the layering of images that are compelling, but discovering new layers of knowing through the interpretive readings and speaking from the cards themselves.

This saved me. Art as process, what might be called expressive or transformative art, became my new model of being an artist: living life through the lens of art, feeling my hands connecting to material, and remembering deep roots back in time. Over time I was able to foster a deep and dynamic relationship with all of my inner (and outer) artists, some were quiet and contemplative while others were determined and non-linear, young and old alike. Some shapeshifted and invited me to become other than human. These parts of self all expressed unique needs, perspectives and qualities. All of this wisdom became my self-knowledge that circled the guidance of the Creatrix, who often came (and comes) in the form of Fire Dancer to beat the drum, light the flame…

Artist, dancer, warrior, visionary. She rises inside.

Invite the Creatrix to guide your life.

Questions to Dive Into:
  1. When it comes to creativity, is there something you yearn to refine or redefine?
  2. How are your inner artists speaking to you or through you?
  3. Who asking to be noticed, allowed and accepted?
  4. What new knowledge will Creatrix bring to you when she is offered space, image and voice?

Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach and the founder of JourneyPath Institute and JourneyCircles™ Process. She loves working with expressive arts, transformative process and visual narrative, guiding individuals and groups internationally. Cat is offering a new summer eCourse series which offers a powerful place to work with healing and expression: Alchemy of the Heart + Wild Essence, which begins on June 30th. Discover she who whispers, sings, paints, creates, dreams, weeps, writes, dances, while spinning, gathering, creating and conjuring that which is divine and aligned! Please visit Cat’s website from more information.

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

Each card below is a card from one SoulCollager's Deck that represents Creativity.

 



Creative Soul
Committee Suit
Kat
Arizona

I Am One Who creates with her hands and her heart. I love the feeling of clay in my hands, or paint, or tiles, or grout. I use my imagination and vision to bring the materials to life. I am a creative soul.





Creator
Council Suit
Michele
Arizona

I am one who plants the future. Through chaos and calm, opportune creations are guided by a great mystery.





Ode to the Creativity Gods
Council Suit
Julie
California

I am one who makes an offering to the wise one. I am one who shines the light of creation even in the darkest of places. I am one who wields my crayon sword upon those who could use a little color.





Creative Self
Committee Suit
Jann
Iowa

I am one who draws on the spontaneity and enthusiasm of a child to find pleasure in the process.

 


Creativity
Committee Suit
Laura
California

I am the one who leaps for joy at the prospect of time to create. I reach for the heavens and the stars for energy and inspiration. I am one who revels in color. I take my hat off to the power of the creative spirit than runs through me. My creative impulses arise from intuition. All distractions fall aside when I’m in the creative zone. As long as I stay connected, the process continues.





Creativity
Council Suit
Laura
California

I am the Creative Spirit. I am ever present, providing inspiration to all who reach out, who reach into themselves and who look around them. All expressive forms are available to you. I am the transmutative force that mixes thoughts, sound, image and movement in ever new ways. Let it come to you as it flows from the Universal Source.





Pat
Community Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the one who is an artist by profession. I am the one who appreciates how much you’ve supported my artistic endeavors over the years. I am your friend who recognizes and encourages the artist in you too. I am as inspired by your collage cards as you are by my paintings. We both express our creativity in the colorful ways we dress, how we decorate our homes, and the art that we manifest in our chosen mediums. We feed the creative flame in each other and I’m grateful for that.





Creativity
Committee Suit
Denise
California

I am the one who is creative in so many ways. I am here to help you unlock your creative flow; be one with all that you create and that is created around you. I am the one who helps you get your hands dirty for in doing so you become a part of what you create. We are one in all that you create.





Creative Mana
Council Suit
Sylvie
Cook Islands

I am your Creative Mana. I Am One Who connects you to the flow of creative energy within you. I Am One Who gives you access to the inspiration you need to manifest your vision. I Am One Who plunges deep down to release your intuition and imagination. I Am One Who regulates your energy to sustain your balance. My gift for you is the confidence you need to share your creativity with others. I want you to let go of the self-talk that undermines your capacity to share your creativity.




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

Future themes include:

July: Send us anything!
August:  Sacred Places
 
 
 
KaleidoSoul NotesKaleidoSoul 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®.


Kindred Spirits Join our fast-growing worldwide membership of people who put the "soul" in SoulCollage®!
BLESSING BUNDLE WINNERS!
 
Congratulations to Our Winners!

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From California

Mary Penet
from Michigan

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from Wisconsin

each won a Blessing Bundle 
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Congratulations, and enjoy your membership!!

Winners were chosen using the Random Number Generator at random.org.
 
4-Hour SoulCollage® Video Retreat
with Audrey Chowdhury
THIS SATURDAY - JUNE 8

Virtual SoulCollage® Retreat-
Exploring Your Ancestry

Saturday June 8, 2019

Please join us for another AMAZING
KaleidoSoul SoulCollage®
Virtual Community Retreat Day!

For four hours we’ll gather together via an easy-to-click-and-access Zoom VIDEO conference link where we can actually see each other.   How fun will that be?!?!

(You can also call in via phone while looking at the screen).

Even if you know nothing about them, your ancestors are a tremendous resource for you, and they are just waiting for you to ask them for guidance and information about who and where you come from. Through Audrey’s work as an art therapist and SoulCollage® Facilitator/Trainer, she has been surprised and delighted to find that our ancestors love to speak to us through creative processes.

In this community video experience, we will play with ways to get in touch with those who came before us. We will be tapping into this great well of wisdom and experience through processes that use your creative imagination.

We will travel to the ancestral realm using guided imagery, SoulCollage®, and intuitive writing.

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You’ll find lots more info about Audrey
and this unique video retreat on this page.

 
Exploring Shadow with SoulCollage®

Online Series of 3 Tele-Classes
with Anne Marie Bennett
July 14 – August 11

 


Have you made some darker SoulCollage® cards but are afraid to work with them?

Are you fearful of making cards that might show some shadowed parts of your personality?

Do you ever wonder why we bother making and conversing with these shadowed parts of ourselves?

Are there beautiful parts of yourself that you’ve locked away because once upon a time someone told you they weren’t acceptable?

Wondering what the big deal is about all this “shadow work”?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this series of tele-classes might be just what you need to take your SoulCollage® work to a beautiful new depth.

Kindred Spirits, save $15.
Use your special coupon code.
Not a Kindred Spirit yet? Join us here!

More info about Exploring Shadow in Light of SoulCollage® is here.
SoulCollage® Facilitator Training
MONTREAL, CANADA

SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 3 – 7, 2019
Trainer: Jennifer Boire
Assisted by: Christine Larose

If you love SoulCollage® and would like to share it with others, come train as a Facilitator this summer at Villa St Martin, Pierrefonds (Montreal), Quebec. The Facilitator Training is different from a SoulCollage® retreat or workshop, even though in both settings a participant may experience deep personal process. La présentation de la formation est en anglais, mais facilitatrice Christine Larose sera présente pour aider des francophones. Prerequisites are listed on the website. Keep in mind that registration fees on website are in Canadian dollars, not American.

Visit this page for more information. 


COLORADO

SOULCOLLAGE® FACILITATOR TRAINING

Estes Park, Colorado
August 5-9, 2019
Trainer: Marcia Chadly
Assisted by: Laura Lyon

 Majestic mountains and whispering cool mountain air are waiting for you at this special SoulCollage® Facilitator Training. You are invited to join us this August at the peaceful Dao House retreat center nestled in the Rocky Mountains. Pay in full before April 1st and you’ll receive an early bird gift worth $90. Combining your Training with a vacation is a fabulous idea. Colorado is filled with beauty and great things to do. You are welcome to bring someone with you who is not part of the Training. Remember Facilitators who are retraining get fresh inspiration and a special discount!

Visit this page for more information. 
 
Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


MAINE

Soul Path Discoveries with SoulCollage®
Saco, Maine
August 19-23, 2019
Facilitator: Gail McMeekin, Deb Knox

Are you ready for changes and craving inspired guidance to stimulate new pathways that will lead you to a life filled with creativity, pleasure, love, and a sense of life purpose and meaning? Are you seeking new adventures in your life? Spend 4 days on a lovely SoulCollage® retreat with Gail McMeekin, LICSW and Deb Knox as they take you on a life-changing Soul Journey, where images, imagination, and writing your life stories, serve as fun and potent catalysts that will illuminate clear, divine next steps for your unique Soul Path. You will also have time to enjoy the Maine coast, relax, play, and meet wonderful creatives!

Visit this page for more information. 


NEW MEXICO

SoulCollage® Soul Journey Retreat
Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 4-8, 2019
Facilitator: Deborah Milosevich

Join other kindred spirits for a SoulCollage® Soul Journey at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and Retreat Center, nestled in the pinion-covered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. During this retreat, you will create or add to your own unique deck of SoulCollage® cards, do readings and share insights, create a small tin shrine in honor of someone you love or want to honor, have continuous access to the card making tables, experience the charming town of Santa Fe, and have the opportunity to take great hikes and star gaze at night. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and Retreat Center is the perfect place to reflect and connect with spirit.

Visit this page for more information. 


ARIZONA

Creative Vision: Art Retreat
Sedona, Arizona
September 16-22, 2019
Facilitator: Kat Kirby

Are you wishing for some creative zest in your life but don’t know where to find it? Would you love to spend time in nature and recharge your batteries? Do you feel you might benefit from some “Me Time” with a bunch of art supplies and like-minded women? Then come join me in the red rock landscape of Sedona, and rediscover your creativity. Explore the area, explore art-making, and explore your Self. This retreat is designed to invigorate your artistic senses and help you find new ways to relax and renew. From art journal making, to stamp carving, to SoulCollage®, your imagination and “inner artist” will delight you!

Visit this page for more information. 


PORTUGAL


Vibrant Woman SoulCollage® Retreat

Alentejo, Portugal
September 30 – October 6, 2019
Facilitator: Linda Woolfson, Lucy Schaaphok

Are you exhausted too often? Thirsty for new inspiration? Longing for an indulgent yet fulfilling break? Eager to connect with yourself in some new and replenishing ways? Let our inspiring blend of SoulCollage®, Yoga Nidra, chakra exploration, beach-time, coast -walks, star-gazing and delicious local food in an unspoiled natural environment work its magic on you. Reconnect with your joyful spirit, renew your relationship with yourself, celebrate your sensuality, dive into your creativity and transform your self-care in new ways. Join us for a relaxing yet transformational week on the wild Alentejo coast of Portugal. Unwind and reconnect with your soul!

Visit this page for more information.


PENNSYLVANIA

Women Who Run to the Stones
Bangor, Pennsylvania
October 11-13, 2019
Facilitator: Marci Wenn, Maryann Frantz

Join a group of Outlandish women for a SoulCollage® weekend and embrace the Myth and Mystery of the standing stones at Columcille Megalith Park, a place where curious travelers can transcend time and place and discover their personal Outlander Wild Woman archetype. Ample time will be allotted for personal exploration of the grounds. Using the standing stones as a portal, we will explore several techniques during our card making that help us recreate our own personal journey to our Wild Woman nature. Enriching this experience will be exploration of the Labyrinth, storytelling, drumming and yoga movement.

Visit this page for more info.
The registration form with payment info is here.



MASSACHUSETTS

A Journey Back to You- Retreat at the Beach
Falmouth, Massachusetts
November 1-3, 2019
Facilitator: Minette Riordan, PhD., Susan Nutting

Explore art as a creative process for connecting and listening to our own inner wisdom. Experience different aspects of mapping and identifying parts of self through SoulCollage®, JourneyCircles™, Art Journaling, Zentangle® and bookbinding. The interplay between these different processes will offer a deepening of your experience as an artist. Learn new skills and explore how to layer different tools to create more meaningful experiences. November is a perfect time of year to pause, reflect and gather the wisdom learned during the year as you cast your gaze forward to the coming new year. Come to play, create and expand.

Visit this page for more info.
 

ENGLAND

Return to Avalon - Goddess Retreat
Glastonbury, England
April 25 – May 8, 2020
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat in 2020 as she travels to a place of myth and memories, where the landscape is a mirror of the Soul. Return to Avalon at Beltane, honoring the goddess at May Day festivities! Experience a dynamic, heart-centered time of renewal, discovery, depth and connection. Join with kindred women to embrace this sacred place, staying in a restored farmhouse, with two homes, orchard, view of the Tor and spa on site! Journey to sacred sites, explore the earth-based energies, honor the Goddess and make inspired art with SoulCollage® and more, in this all-inclusive retreat to Glastonbury, England and surrounding areas.

Visit this page for more information. 
 

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SoulCollage® is a trademarked process created by Seena B. Frost.
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 2019,
by Anne Marie Bennett, Cat Caracelo, Linda Woolfson,
Marti Beddoe, or Michele Manos.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.