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 #134  August 2016 Theme:  Seasons
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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.


Seasonal Archetypes

One of the biggest resources for me in understanding the archetypal meaning of the seasons is the book Circle of Life: The Heart’s Journey Through the Seasons, by Joyce Rupp. I highly recommend this expansive, rich book, which is filled with all kinds of deepening ways to celebrate each of the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. And if you’re a Facilitator, you will love the ideas she gives for ceremony, ritual, journaling, and readings, all of which can augment your already amazing workshops! I will admit that I have used several of her ideas in my own SoulCollage® sessions.

I had never thought of the seasons as archetypes before reading this book, nor had I been in tune with the different cycles of energy that each one brings into my personal lifestyle and daily life. Here are some different ways for you to start thinking about the seasons of the year.

Spring can represent new beginnings, new growth, and as Joyce Rupp says, “a festival of light and life.” After a long cold winter, what was once thought of as dead begins to stir. The slower pace of winter is left behind, as Spring brings more activity, both internal and external. The season of Spring, for me, speaks of freedom, movement, new warmth, more light, and the delightful return of birds and other animals who have had to make themselves scarce for the winter.

Angeles Arrien once said that Summer is the season “when nature comes into its fullness.” It is a time of fullness and abundant productivity for Mother Nature. Fruits and vegetables heap up on tables at Farmer’s Markets and farm stands everywhere. The sun’s heat brings with it a kind of laziness that gives reason for simply doing nothing at all but enjoying the richness of a summer evening.

I have always been drawn to Autumn for I love the brightly colored changing leaves that we are blessed with here in New England. Joyce Rupp says that the beauty of the autumn leaves “softens their departure” and I resonate with this because Autumn can be a sad time of saying good-bye to the glorious sun-filled days of Summer and turning towards the colder, darker days of Winter. I like the idea that all of this beauty is making saying good-bye to the warmer days a little bit easier. Joyce Rupp says that this season “stands as an epiphany to the truth that all things are passing and even in the passing there is beauty.” Autumn is also a time of harvest, and in the midst of this season, we celebrate a holiday that honors the practice of gratitude.

Winter is not favored by many people, but I rather enjoy this time of hunkering down and going within. After three busy seasons of producing and working, it is time to slow down and rest. I practice my own form of hibernation during this season by intentionally limiting my outward teaching, and focusing on inner work and writing instead. “Now is not the time for stretching and growing. Now is the time for withdrawal and restoration of energy,” says Joyce Rupp.

I encourage you to create Council cards of your own to honor each of the four seasons, because each one has lessons to teach and wisdom to share. Or allow one of our readers’ cards in the right hand column here to inspire you to create a card that honors all of the seasons at once, or a card that represents a Neter which speaks to you about the seasons of your life.

And finally, here is a familiar passage from the Old Testament. Even though you may have heard this many times before, try meditating with it this week, pondering each line individually, and paying attention to what arises within you as you do so.

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


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. Anne Marie's newest book, Through the Eyes of SoulCollage® is now available.

 
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Guest Columnist: Cat Caracelo

I am Cat Caracelo, M.A., a SoulCollage® facilitator, depth coach 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 creativity and are ready to discover more depth in your SoulCollage® journey.


Variations on Seasons

Seasons offer a rich entryway for each and every one of us.

We recognize seasons of the year, seasons of life, seasons of experience that are happening around us and seasons of creativity, emotions and energy.

Many of us resonate deeply with the seasons, cycles and rhythms of the earth, noticing how we respond to the shifts and changes that occur deep within the land that we live on. This may also be felt from afar, kinship with sacred places that we respond to, although they may be far away.

How might a season be a moment, a minute, an hour, a day, a month, a mystery, a memory...

We are impacted by all types of seasons, which will vary person to person. Our experiences flow and grow with us, some will be intuited and others sought out and gathered with purpose. Seasons come and go: internal seasons will bring emotion, connection, experience, cadence and sensation; external seasons offer rhythms, qualities and textures.

One can experience seasons of grief, loss, conflict, or anxiety. These may be externally sourced due to circumstances, happenings or exposure. Seasons can also be experienced internally, with stormy emotions or general fatigue. I remember how seasons of all kinds (inner and outer) would flit past me when I was a child, connecting to moments and memories, all fairly quickly replaced by another. But some seasons lingered, like the giant cherry plum tree which ripened in my childhood garden. Nearly a third of every year it was active, lush and fruited.


The turning of the seasons brings us into relationship with who we have been and who we are becoming. As we stand at the threshold of any season, we rarely have accurate perspective for what is about to be experienced.

Seasons must be experienced by traveling within them. Back and forth we go, returning to the beginning to explore all of the edges, then in the middle, then rushing to the outer edge as we anticipate the subtle or exciting changes that are coming. Back to the center of Now, we have more understanding of the cycle of whatever season we are in.

  • What are the first memories you can touch on, or return to that hold a sense of a season?
     
  • As you spin the seasons of your life, where do you land?
     
  • Have you been experiencing a recent season of emotions?
     
  • What is your favorite season of the year?
Gather your favorite creative materials and prepare some space for quieting and entering.

I have created a five-minute gentle guided process that I hope will open up the language of seasons for you. Each suggestion will invite to you to move easily through your inner landscape, seeking where specific kinds of seasons are active.

May the seasons inspire you...


Cat Caracelo, M.A. is a Depth Coach and a SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2007, working with expressive arts and transformative process guiding individuals and groups internationally. Cat is the author of Gathering Wholeness: The Art of Identifying and Exploring Parts of Self and the founder of the JourneyCircles™ process, training and Depth Coach Certification. Her dynamic eCourses retreats offer transformative process and mythic themes to explore ones own stories and develop personal myth. Please visit Cat's website to find articles and information about coaching, classes and retreats.
 

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 the Seasons.

 


Lady of the Seasons
Council Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the One who gently ushers in the seasons, each one cloaked in its distinct and colorful finery. I am Lady of the Seasons, steadfastly observing as they unveil themselves, cycle after cycle, revealing Nature at her glorious best. I gift spring’s softness, summer’s verdant intensity, autumn’s releases, and winter’s stillness for the enrichment of all. I want you to listen for the lessons and embrace the blessings each season brings. Explore the seasons resonating within you.





Turning Leaves, Turning 50
Committee Suit
Geri
Illinois

I am one who becomes much more interesting in the process of aging. More complex, more textured (literally) and ultimately temporary.





Women's Friendship Through the Seasons
Committee Suit
Kat
Arizona

I Am One Who values my women friends. I know that by nurturing these friendships through the seasons and the years, we will be there for one another in times of celebration and in times of need. Friendships that last through the four seasons are friendships worth keeping!





Cycle of Life and Time
Suit Unknown
Laura
California

I am time, ancient time. You perceive me as marred and halted, but this is an illusion; I ebb and flow. I am one who runs like the wind. I am compelled to run. Time moves quickly. I create wind in my wake. We are the ones who dance to the music of life, creating our own rhythm in time with the pulse of the universe. I am crisply-folded, large bills. I am support for life as you know it. This is the uphill climb of time. Again, I run. The sands of time are scattered to the winds as I move quickly by. I travel the wheel of life, bathed in eternal, golden energy.





Seasons
Suit Unknown
Gerry
North Carolina

I am one who loves the change of season. I give you birth, life, death, rebirth; the cycle of life. I want you to awe at nature and ask how this all started.





Lover of Fall
Committee Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who is invigorated when the crisp coolness of fall arrives and the forces of nature paint the landscape in a whole new palette of different colors. I am one who delights in the balance of the Equinox, but mourns the loss of even a few minutes of daylight every day and knows that we are moving in a lockstep march towards the dark of winter. I am one who welcomes quiet, cool evenings for a bit of self-reflection, seeking balance within. I am one who builds an autumn fire in the fire ring and roasts some marshmallows and makes s'mores, comfortable once again in my soft flannel shirt and sweatshirts.





Four Seasons
Community Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania


I am one who values deeply the variety of four seasons in the year. I am one who notices the changes in the air and in the earth as the barrenness of winter snow gives way to new growth in spring. I am one who celebrates the full growth of flowers and vegetable in summer. I am one who welcomes the crisp coolness of the Fall and all of the colors of autumn leaves that swirl in the breeze and transform the green hills and fields into red, orange, yellow and brown. I am one who uses winter as a time to slow down and emulate the hibernating animals and the fallow fields sometimes filled with snow. I am one who relishes most the moderations of spring and fall and could do without the extreme heat of summer and the frigid, slippery ice of winter.





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

Future themes include:

September: Astrology
October: Inner Rebel
 
 
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® Online Workshop



September 11 – October 2, 2016

This exciting, ALL-NEW online series will be facilitated by Nancy Norbeck, SoulCollage® Facilitator, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach, and published novelist from New Jersey.

Experiment with Nancy and other SoulCollagers in the Intuitive Writing Lab! Help yourself to a lab coat and an assortment of inspirational ingredients that will react in the crucible of your imagination.

We’ll use SoulCollage® cards - along with Tarot, oracle cards, magazine images, or artwork - as gateways to inspiration, on their own or in small numbers, to get your creative juices flowing - and keep them that way! You can also create new cards to embody some pieces of writing, to honor key insights, and to celebrate your creative identity.

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FOUR 90-minute tele-calls over four weeks, for a total of 6 hours of writing, inspiration, and support from this creative community

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MANY Prompts and exercises designed to spark your imagination and enthusiasm for writing

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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats

OHIO


Facilitator Training
Columbus, Ohio

August 12-14, 2016
Facilitator: Diane Jacobson Born


More info here.
Contact form for even more info.

 

MASSACHUSETTS

Playing with a Full Deck: Deepening Your SoulCollage® Practice
Westfield, MA

September 2-3, 2016
Facilitator: Michele Manos


Since 2009, SoulCollage® Facilitator Michele Manos has been creating and sharing meaningful ways to explore your SoulCollage® deck as a whole - honoring and integrating your ever-evolving aspects. These "Card Games" offer an understanding of the cards' intricate relationships. Ideas for new cards come forth, as do new perspectives on old ones. Through storytelling from her own deck, Michele will provide group and individual instruction - with ample time to explore your deck, journal, make cards and share. You'll learn new ways to utilize your deck as a supportive resource for embracing life's challenges and as a powerful tool for inner balance. This retreat is intended for Facilitators as well as for experienced SoulCollagers who have a lot of cards that are mostly categorized into suits.

Visit this page for more information now.


PENNSYLVANIA


Beginnings, Endings and that Place In-Between:
A Women's SoulCollage® Weekend Retreat

Bangor, PA

September 30 - October 2, 2016
Facilitator: Laurie Smith, M.Div. and Sally Freed, M.A.


At this weekend retreat at Kirkridge Retreat center, we'll explore the blessings and challenges we often experience in times of change and transition. Through conversation, reflection and ritual, we'll embark upon a creative journey which honors and celebrates where we've been, where we may be going, and the gifts of the present moment. SoulCollage® will allow deepening of our understanding of our own transition times, and how we can support the gestation, uncertainty or renewal that is stirring in our lives. No artistic experience necessary! Come, nourish yourself at Kirkridge, a place of openness, spirit, hospitality and creativity.

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PORTUGAL

Facilitator Training

Hotel Baía, Cascais

October 20-23, 2016
Facilitator: Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD


Please email Linda for more info.
 

OREGON

Facilitator Training

Portland, Oregon

October 13-16, 2016
Facilitator: Diane Jacobson Born


More info here.
Contact form for even more info.

 

ARIZONA

Facilitator Training

Prescott, Arizona

November 3-6, 2016
Facilitator: Kat Kirby


More info here.
 

MASSACHUSETTS

The Wholeness of SoulCollage®
Lenox, MA

November 27 – December 2, 2016
Facilitator: Anne Marie Bennett, Jeanne Marie Merkel


At this 5-night retreat, we’ll spend luxurious amounts of time making the cards, plus we’ll dive deeper into our own authentic selves as we work with the cards through journaling, sacred ceremony, modified movement, readings, and small group activities that are as fun as they are meaningful.

If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or unsure of your next steps, SoulCollage® will bring you back home to yourself and give you permission to fully express yourself in a safe environment. If you’re already feeling balanced, this workshop will light up your life in a new, playful manner. Either way, you’ll receive an exciting new tool for opening more fully to your life’s possibilities.

Investment varies based on room choice (dormitory, double, or single). Your fee includes all card making materials, handouts, nutritious meals from the highly-acclaimed Kripalu kitchen, morning and afternoon yoga classes, YogaDance at noon, and evening activities (except for our Wednesday night group session).

We will gather daily from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 - 3:45 p.m. as well as Wednesday evening from 7:30 – 9 p.m. All other times are free time for you to enjoy the Kripalu grounds and other offerings (including the hot tub!).

For new AND experienced SoulCollagers. All materials provided.

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ITALY

La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat
Tuscany, Italy

September 24 - October 3, 2017
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo


Journey with a small circle of visionary, artistic and whole-hearted women, for 11 days in our own private villa near Florence! Enter into the mythic and living landscape of Italy, make art with SoulCollage® and mixed media as you explore La Dolce Vita. We will seek the wisdom of the Goddesses and explore mythic landscapes, sacred gardens, the dreamscapes of the Renaissance that influenced Il Sacro Bosco, and Niki St Phalle's magnificent Tarot Garden, as we make art and explore energies that will inspire the sweet life.

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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 2016,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo,
Karen Regina or Linda Woolfson.
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