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 #121   July 2015 Theme:  All Cards Welcome!
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.

Our intention is to fill each issue (and your life) with inspiration, soul-solace and delight. Whether you are new to SoulCollage®, or already immersed in the creation of your deck, Soul Songs is for you.

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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.


The Sounds of SoulCollage®

A few years ago I led a SoulCollage® Facilitator Training in Connecticut. On Saturday night at our Trainings, new facilitators experience doing a reading with their decks. They are seated at tables in groups of four, and after I lead them through the first round, each group continues their reading in its own pace and time. Usually, after giving directions, I wander among the groups to see if anyone needs additional guidance or support.

In Trainings that I've led in the past, the tables were arranged in rows and I sat on a chair in the front of the room to hold sacred space for everyone as they were doing this sacred work. At this particular Training, however, we had arranged the tables in a large square with lots of space in the middle. So after I'd wandered among the groups and made sure everyone was okay, I moved my chair to the center of the square and sat down.

I truly love this hour of the Training weekend. Spirit is palpably present as people access their deepest intuition. Even though people are talking, there is a sacred hush in the room. Minds and hearts are opening all over the place! It is a beautiful thing to witness, to be a part of, and I love holding the space for that deep inner work and community connections to evolve.

On this particular weekend, however, I was given the gift of an added dimension to the experience. Because I was surrounded by card readers, I was being gently showered on all sides by the sounds of peoples' readings.

Imagine it! From front, back and left/right sides, I was hearing the beautiful voices of women speaking in hushed reverent tones:

I am the one who...
I give you...
The thing I want you to remember is...
I know that you can...
I want you to know that...
Your journey is...
My gift for you is....


And so on.

I felt like I was in the middle of a sacred chapel and all I had to do to access divine grace was close my eyes and listen, open my heart and take it all in.

I don't know if I'm explaining this well enough. When I was in the middle of that square of SoulCollage® readings, I wanted to capture the essence of that time-out-of-time experience, and figure out a way to share it with you, but I couldn't have captured it with a video camera or MP3 recorder if I'd tried. So I have turned to writing, in the hopes that this might be as inspiring to you as it was to me.

The sounds of SoulCollage® are all around you. Just listen, open and receive!

 
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 dog and two adolescent felines who keep them all young. You can read more about how SoulCollage® assisted her on her cancer journey on her website SOS Cancer Journeys.
 
OUR NEXT TELE-CLASS



60 minute SoulCollage® tele-class
with Laura Lyon,
SoulCollage® Facilitator
and Carolyn Jennings,
Journal to the Self® Facilitator,
both located in Colorado

Saturday - July 11, 2015
4 pm Eastern
 
You've created SoulCollage® cards with deep personal meaning. Now let journaling uncover mysterious or evolving layers of your cards and yourself. Journal to the Self® tools deepen access to your intuition. Laura and Carolyn will introduce you to their Three-Part Writing Process that reveals new facets of understanding and enhances your work with the cards.

You will need a journal, a pen, and a couple of SoulCollage® cards you wish to explore. If you don't have cards yet, bring a pile of images that intrigue you.

For three years, Laura Lyon and Carolyn Jennings have brought images and writing together to gently and playfully foster healing, transformation and wholeness. They have taught together at the Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver, offer ongoing workshops at Joyful Journey Retreat Center in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado and at Laura Lyon Studio in Boulder, and will be presenting at the Expressive Therapies Summit in November. A full 6 hour Journal to the Self® and SoulCollage® class is available from SoulCollage® Institute.
Easily Accessible from Anywhere in the World!

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Guest Columnist: Imelda Maguire


Hello! I'm Imelda Maguire, SoulCollage® facilitator from Donegal, Ireland. Also a counselor and poet, my joy is in working with others in healing and creativity. This column is for those of you who have already made some cards & are ready to discover the symphony of voices inside of you and around you.


Seasons of SoulCollage®

If you have been in touch with the world of SoulCollage® for any length of time, you might have noticed something that I have long been aware of. There are two types of SoulCollagers:

  1. 1. those for whom SoulCollage® is a regular/daily practice or who attend monthly or weekly gatherings or workshops

  2. 2. those of us who experience more of an ebb-and-flow, more cyclical patterns in our SoulCollage® life.
I?d like to share some thoughts from this perspective, because I?ve come to accept that this is how it is for me, and because, in coming to accept that, I?ve thought there may be others who feel (dare I use the word?) - guilty - about their lack of "consistency." I prefer to think of this back-and-forward process, as a form of seasonality. I think of it as I would my garden - there are times of great activity, times of dormancy, times of abundance, times of hard work, times of appreciation.

I usually describe my very first encounter with SoulCollage® as "love at first sight." Just one workshop, just one day with images and cards, and I was hooked, aflame, avid for more, more, more. But the truth is that the seed for that awakening was sown over a period of months, during which NC, a member of the counseling team on which I served, offered repeatedly to include something called SoulCollage® in a nurturing day for our team. She cast the seed (more than once), and eventually it was given its place, and the furrow had been ploughed sufficiently to prepare the ground for immediate germination.

Do you remember Pete Seeger?s song Turn, Turn, Turn?

To everything (turn, turn, turn)
there is a season (turn, turn, turn)
and a time to every purpose under heaven.

Of course, it?s a verse from Ecclesiastes, and familiar to many:

A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant,
and a time to pluck that which is planted...

The first time I noticed myself experiencing a lack of impetus to make cards, it frightened me. What if it never came back? But as a writer who has also weathered times of prolific work, and times of waiting patiently and quietly for the muse to return, I was able to allow myself to trust that this was another "waiting period."

Sure enough, when I found myself with the urge to make cards, new and unexpected things happened. Here again, is an instance where the dictum "trust the process" applies. It applies in making a card, in reading your cards, and in the long-term lifelong relationship we each have with the process of SoulCollage®. Trust the process. Trust yourself. Trust your soul.

Even if you have never experienced these seasons in your SoulCollage® life, I think it is useful to know that that is how it can be for some of us. If you are a facilitator, and you realize that someone hasn?t come to workshops for a while, don?t assume they are no longer interested. It may be that they are in a cycle of quiet contemplation of what has happened during their previous active cycle. Wait. Keep the door open. Once SoulCollage® has touched someone in some way, a seed has been planted, and that seed never dies.

I do not have a card that specifically represents this theme, but I would like to share "Working in a Stormy Field" (see above), because it says:

I am one who works under a stormy sky, who will wait patiently for the fish to rise, who will tolerate discomforts and trust that the work will eventually yield its fruit.


Imelda Maguire is a SoulCollage® facilitator from Donegal, Ireland. A counsellor, poet, Bach Flower Remedy practitioner, and creative-writing facilitator, her joy is in working with others, in witnessing a-ha moments and experiences of healing. She has been sharing SoulCollage® with groups since 2003, when she first discovered the process, and delights in others' excitement on meeting their Neters for the first time.
 

Archetypes Emerging:
A workbook to access the wisdom of archetypes through intuitive multi-sensory exploration

by Lisa Clark, SoulCollage® Facilitator in Ohio


Are you a bit stymied by this whole idea of archetypes? Would you like to add some archetypal energies/cards to your Council Suit but aren't sure how to go about it?

Is there a yearning, a whisper, or a loud and obvious prod from the Universe to unlock your own amazing body wisdom?

Feeling adventurous enough to combine archetypal exploration with movement and body wisdom?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you're in for a treat! Lisa Clark, my sister SoulCollage® Facilitator in Ohio has written an amazing and in-depth 161 page workbook that is chock full of with multi-sensory exploration activities including journaling prompts, guided meditation audio files, simple art processes, pampering breaks, gentle invitations to become more comfortable with movement and body image, wild card challenges if you need to shake things up a bit, video files, quick start pages for when your time is limited, organization tips, and movement and dance activities.

This workbook will support your intuitive, self-paced journey into the exploration of archetypes. The activities included may also inspire and generate ideas for those who facilitate archetype and body image workshops.

161 pages. E-book is sent to you as a PDF file.

Only  $22

Visit this page for more information.
 

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and you'll have a chance to win
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What's in a Blessing Bundle?

1. A Magical Inner Journey CD (Value: $15)

2. A gorgeous handmade Spirit Satchel to hold your Deck (Value: $20) 

3. Any SoulCollage e-course or e-book in the KaleidoSoul Shop (Value: $35) 

4. A pack of 35 pre-cut colored mat boards (Value: $20)

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

Each card below is a favorite card from one SoulCollager's Deck.




The Bridge
Council Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am One who illuminates the way for women easing into the autumn of life. I am poised on the bridge leading from the Motherhood stage I have left behind to the Cronehood stage still ahead in the distance. I stand peaceful, calm, and self-assured, safely above the swirling waters of emotion that so dominated my younger selves. "Let go of resistance," say the waters, and "embrace transition," hum the changing leaves. Bear watches over me, ready to show me how to nourish and regenerate myself during this period of quiet introspection and new-knowledge-seeking. I am Queen, Matriarch, Mid-Woman - and I am thriving.




Heart Chakra Bear
Companions Suit
Natalie
Colorado

I am one who is courageous and strong of spirit. I am one who is balanced, loving and compassionate. I find comfort in solitude, rest and introspection. I take good care of myself and others.




Strange Birds
Community Suit
Michele
Arizona

We are the many "strange birds" you've welcomed and entertained through the years - perhaps with a hint of your scientific curiosity. We remind you to look below the surface and to view wayfaring strangers as potential wisdom-bearers. And, we find that you're quite the eccentric hostess, amusing us as much as we do you.




Untitled
Committee Suit
Claudette
California

I am one who is strong, a fighter stepping into a new arena and speaking my truth for the first time in a long time. Are you listening?




By Your Works You are Known Committee
Connie
California

I Am One Who is free, who knows my heart, and who has strong hands. I Am One Who wants to put my mark on the world and let people know I am here.




The Explorer
Council Suit
Denyse
Connecticut

I am the one who invites you to this new journey. I am the one who will lead you to explore all aspects of yourself and soul. I am the one who will gently guide you through this process and keep you safe. I am the one that will help you safely explore opening new doors and new depths.





Time Passages
Committee or Council
(it changes)
Kat
Arizona

As Committee - I Am One Who realizes I cannot control time. It moves at its own pace and takes me along for the ride. Things can take forever or be over in a flash. I can see how time is in charge.

As Council - I Am One Who sees beyond the clock, the watch, the timer. Time has no boundaries, no physical presence. I find myself looking beyond time and into the future, back to the past. I remind you to make use of every moment that you are given.





Blanket Fort
Committee Suit
Do Mi
Oregon

I Am the One Who is safe in my blanket fort. No matter what dangers or worries are happening in the outside, grown-up world, I get to be a child and be safe and warm and happy. I have my cheese and crackers. I have my bookshelf. I have my sleeping kitty. I do not have to do the hard job, or talk to the difficult person, or figure out the finances, or make anyone happy. I get to be a child.




Friends
Committee Suit
Denise
California

I am the one who is a friend to everyone I meet. I am loyal and trusting. I share my love with all. I am here to remind you that as you are a friend to others, remember to be a friend to yourself. In doing this you become a better friend to others.




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

Future themes include:

August: Healing
September: Perfectionist
 

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

NORTH CAROLINA

A River Runs Through Us:
A SoulCollage® Women's Weekend Retreat

New Bern, North Carolina
September 25-27, 2015
Facilitators: Glenda Cedarleaf and Stephanie Anderson-Ladd

Please join us as we explore all 4 suits through presentation, imagery, ritual and movement. We will make cards and share readings. We will go on a chartered sunset cruise down the Neuse River, share lovely lakefront villas and most of all delight in the connection with kindred spirits as we flow into the divine feminine energy of the river.
Bring a Friend Discount:
$525 per person through August 1.

Please visit this page for more information now.


WEST VIRGINIA

Spiral Journeys: Finding Ourselves on the Labyrinth of Life

Marlinton (Frost), West Virginia
September 4-7, 2015
Facilitator: Catherine Anderson

Using SoulCollage®, photography, storytelling and the labyrinth, you will connect to your inner wisdom and the rhythm of the natural world of which you are an integral part, as you are guided on the next steps of your journey of life.

Please visit this page for more information now.


COLORADO

Art of Self SoulCollage® Retreat

Lyons, CO
October 8-11, 2015
Facilitator: Christiane Olivo

Located in the inspiring Rocky Mountains, the Art of Self Retreat combines SoulCollage® with the Equine Gestalt Coaching method®, facilitated by Jennifer West of Capriole Coaching. Working with horses will offer you a completely new, unique and exciting way to deepen your SoulCollage® practice. With SoulCollage® workshops complementing work with the horses and a 24-hour open studio, there will be plenty of time to make new cards. The retreat is designed for all levels of experience with SoulCollage®--from beginner to facilitator. No experience with horses is required. Space is limited to 10 participants. Register by July 15th and save!

Visit this page for more information.


PORTUGAL

SoulCollage® Facilitator Training

Cascais, Portugal
October 8-11, 2015
Facilitators: Linda Woolfson

Visit this page for more information.


IRELAND

Exploring Inner and Outer Landscapes

Mulranny, Ireland
October 11-17, 2015
Facilitator: Catherine Anderson & Lynda Griebenow

Using SoulCollage® and creative photography we will spend seven days and six nights exploring our interior landscape. We will develop "new ways of seeing" through reflection and connection to the mystery and the wisdom of the land. Through guided meditation, mindful photography practices, SoulCollage® and focused time in nature we will immerse ourselves in creative process - nurturing our imagination and spirit, sharing insights and the emerging wisdom in sacred circle.

Visit this page for more information now.


ENGLAND

Return to Avalon Goddess Retreat

Glastonbury, England
April 26-May 23, 2016
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

We are gathering again for Beltane in Glastonbury, England for eight days in a beautiful restored farmhouse compound with a stunning view of rolling hills and the nearby Glastonbury Tor. We will be a small circle of women celebrating the rising Spring energies of this sacred place, tapping into mythic connections with visits to local and nearby sacred sites while exploring the ancient history, lore and our own mythic roots through journey work, SoulCollage® and expressive arts in our private studio space. Very limited space and six payment plans are available!

Visit this page for more information now.
 
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Just look for whatever SoulCollage® topic you are interested in,
and read to your heart's content!


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 2015,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo,
Imelda Maguire, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.