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 #159  September 2018 Theme:  Using Our Cards
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.


Coming Home to Our Decks

One of my wisest teachers was an Episcopal priest named Randy. As a priest, Randy would often have his Bible with him. Whether he was giving a sermon, leading a Bible study, making a home visit, or speaking to the parish women's group, his Bible (standard black, worn cover, wispy thin pages, one long silken red page marker) was nearly always in his hands, almost like an extension of his body.

I remember being in awe of the ease with which he held his Bible open on his lap, gently ruffling through its pages to find a certain passage or highlighted note. It seemed to me that the Bible was a part of him, patiently awaiting his personal applications of the wisdom held within. There was such a sense of connection between Randy and his Bible: a wondrous flow, a give and take, a partnership. He seemed as at home with his Bible as his Bible seemed with him.

At the time, I was filled with a gentle longing to be able to handle my own Bible the same way, with such a calm sense of patient authority and connection.

Today I notice that I seem to have transferred that longing to my SoulCollage® Deck. As I hold my cards on my lap and in my hands, I feel a deep archetypal connection to them that is similar to Randy's passionate yet subtle connection to his well-worn Bible.

I come home to myself every time I pick up a card, hold the deck in my hands, do a reading.

Time for Reflection

Set aside half an hour this week and simply hold your cards in silence. Gently flip through the cards, admiring them in passing. Breathe in the beauty of your own soul.

Don't do anything with the cards. Don't initiate conversations with any of them. Simply be with them in silence, noticing each one, maybe sending sweet smiles of gratitude towards them. Use this time to settle into your deck and . . . come home to yourself in a new way.

Looking for lots of specific ways to work with your cards? Try our Self-Study course:

Diving Deeper:
Doing Card Readings with Your Deck

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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.

 
 
OUR NEXT VIDEO CLASS


SoulCollage® Card Making Tips & Tricks
PLUS Card Sharing

90 minute SoulCollage® Zoom video class
with SoulCollage® Facilitator
Dot Everhart from Pennsylvania


Join us for a unique 90-minute Zoom video sharing circle with SoulCollagers around the world.

Dot and Anne Marie led a similar session a few years ago at one of our KaleidoSoul SoulCollage® Retreats and it was a huge success. Now, with the wide reach of the Zoom video platform, YOU will be able to participate too! They will share a few of their own card making tips and tricks, and then will invite others (perhaps YOU!) to share one or more of your own ideas in the following categories: card bases other than mat board, cutting tools, glue, organization/storage, and miscellaneous.

Then we’ll invite people to briefly share 1 or 2 cards in any of the following categories: Committee suit, Community Suit, Council Suit, Companions Suit, Transpersonal cards, Unknown/Mystery cards.

Please bring your journal and a pen so you can make notes on any ideas you want to remember.

Also bring some cards to share, as well as any tips/tricks YOU have in the above categories.

NOTE: Please remove the plastic sleeves from any cards you’ll be sharing with the group.

We are counting on many of you sharing your own ideas and cards, so please do consider what you’ll bring, if you can. If you’re very new, please join us anyway!
 

Date:  Thursday, September 27, 2018

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Guest Columnist: Melissa Prinz

SoulCollage® Dioramas

Hello All! (Melissa prinz.jpg)

I'm Melissa Prinz, a relatively new facilitator in Austin, Texas. My first experience with SoulCollage® was in February 2017, and I've been diving deep in the process ever since. It's been a surprisingly fun and profound way for all kinds of buried aspects of myself to come out into the light and finally be acknowledged, heard and honored. I use my cards quite frequently with daily draws and 4-card readings as needed. Today I'm going to share about how and why I make what I call “dioramas.”

You may have heard the term diorama if you've been to a museum or helped a child with their school project – they are 3-D models crafted to illustrate a scene or event. Sometimes they are life-size; often they are miniature in scale.

Another type of diorama is what is made during Sandplay therapy--where one creatively arranges a variety of figurines in a tray of sand. These scenes often reflect a person's internal world – how they perceive themselves, how they relate to others, and their place in the larger world. I have found myself instinctively doing something similar when working with my cards, particularly when desiring to shift and heal a part of myself.

When I am struggling with an issue, I create or pull out cards of the emotion, the belief, or the part of me being triggered. If it's not easy to identify what is at the core, journaling helps to inquire more deeply.

Then I ask which Neters (other aspects of my Committee, Community, Companion or Council) would be best to help support and balance out these parts of myself.

I lay the cards out in a way that makes sense to me for the issue at hand - sometimes as a story-line based on chronology or perhaps simply based on their relationships with each other. I may intuitively add other cards (maybe placing directly underneath, on top of, or beside them) to lend conscious supportive energy for healing and transformation.

I'll augment the diorama, playing around and shifting cards until it “feels right.” I like to leave the diorama out for a few days, so that I can look at it and receive the full feeling of my insight and support at a glance.

Here's one example from my real life to illustrate the concept. Click on the image below and then click on it again to see it full size for detail.

 

After a mid-life career change, I worked as a registered nurse for three years, trying a couple of different fields. While I learned a lot, something was missing that I couldn't quite put my finger on. I've always loved being of service, but I wasn't feeling fulfilled, and I had a strong yearning to do something creative. I was beginning to question if nursing was even the right career for me.

I decided to trust my inner whisperings and took an intentional sabbatical for three months to unwind and play with my creativity. Serendipitously, I discovered SoulCollage® and created card after card of all these long buried aspects of myself. As time passed, I kept extending my sabbatical over a year, working odd jobs, but had to face the fact that I financially needed to work full time. I kept getting the undesired message (from journaling, readings, and intuitive feelings) to return to nursing, but I was resistant and fearful of that idea for a whole mix of reasons.

One day I found myself attracted to an image of a nurse in her navy scrubs, deep in a haze. She seemed to say she wasn't sure if she should come out of the fog or recede into it. I started to journal and work with her. My Fearful Self (woman fleeing on horse) was being triggered, and my Inner Teenager who had been thrust into the world, yet afraid to be a part of it, was quietly pleading for the adult me to take care of it. Hesitantly, I began to look at job postings, mostly uninspiring, until I saw one for a women's health clinic that sent an unexpected thrill through me. Even though I still felt some internal turmoil, I decided to apply for it and work with my cards to support me.

My first (root) chakra Fox wanted to provide that soothing feeling of security from a stable base of work and money. My third chakra Falcon is there to light the way for stepping into my own power as a nurse.

I had recently made the card with wrestler lady from the GLOW TV show who just #%$! goes for it, who commits and takes the leap!! With her flux of energy, and support from the Nursing Lineage and my Grandparents, my Nurse self could celebrate embodying the archetype of The Fool (being a beginner again in a completely new field of nursing).

Throughout the application process, the hiring and training, and the challenging first eight weeks of my new job, I kept these cards out to remind me who I was doing it for, what support I had internally and externally, the archetypal energy living through me, and whom I was becoming more clearly. Since I was able to work through my intense fear and resistance, I'm now experiencing the most fulfilling livelihood I've ever had.

Making these dioramas brings our internal process into a symbolic storyboard of sorts, one that we can viscerally manipulate, and bear witness to. We can then leave it out as a visual touchstone for as long as we desire.

I hope you too might be inspired to use your cards in new ways to support you in your life.

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.



The Dance of the Chakras
Committee Suit
Michelle
Wisconsin

I am the one who embraces the chakra dance. The dance of empowerment. The dance of freedom from within bringing peace to my soul and all those I connect with.





Untitled
Committee Suit
Paula
Delaware

I am the one who is hiding my individuality, only showing it a little bit at a time. I am the one who needs to show herself as she truly feels and stop being afraid to show her true colors.

 


Magical Child Crossing into Adolescence
Council Suit
Maxine
Massachusetts

IAOW is traversing from childhood to adolescence. IAOW is eager for new and magical wisdom and experience, while also hesitant, looking back on the comfortable and familiar. IAOW feels the pull of lady moon, as my body comes under her spell. IAOW flies towards new and mysterious colors, shapes and textures.





Birthdays
Committee Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the One who has celebrated decades of birthdays and wonders how many more I have yet to come. I fondly recall made-from-scratch birthday cakes my mother lovingly made for my childhood parties. I anxiously notice the cakes diminishing into nothingness at the vanishing point, just as I will one day. Know that one day you will find yourself celebrating birthday #1 all over again. Embrace your remaining birthdays and celebrate your age and longevity.





Story Weaver
Committee Suit
Louise
U.K.

I am one who sits alone, patiently putting together my story. I am one weaving together the threads of my life and those of my ancestors. I am one who works slowly, as bit by bit it intertwines and unfolds before me. A bittersweet labour of love.





Shadow and Light, Dancing
Suit Unknown
Cheryl
Illinois

I Am the One Who is made whole in the Shadow and the Light, and in the reconciliation of expressed and unexpressed energies.





Author of My Own Story
Council Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who sits in the middle of the Writing Road. I am the one who writes in the light of the SunFlower. I am the one who guides you as you write. I am the one who writes as Directed. I am the one who writes my own story and creates the journey as I go.




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

Future themes include:

October: Community Suit
November: Home
 
 
 
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®!
Check out the details here.

 
BLESSING BUNDLE WINNERS!
 
Congratulations to Our Winners!

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from New Mexico

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from North Carolina

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Winners were chosen using the Random Number Generator at random.org.
 
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Online Workshop
Once Upon a Time:
Tales of Tricksters and Transformation


An 8-week SoulCollage® Journey Into the World of 4 Fairy Tales with Facilitator Stephanie Anderson Ladd

September 9 – November 3, 2018

Join us as we set out on a new adventure to explore 4 Fairy Tales over 8 weeks, and discover how these stories reflect our own inner journey of individuation. In these fairy tales, which include The Ugly Duckling, Sleeping Beauty, East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon, and Rumpelstiltskin, we will be encountering the archetype of the trickster--often a "threshold guardian" that Joseph Campbell describes as part of the Hero's (or Heroine's) Journey. We'll also see how a fairy tale character's transformation can be a blueprint for our own. This will be a sojourn of the soul and what better way to imagine our own metamorphosis than through SoulCollage®!


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Lots more info here.

Online Workshop
QuestPath: A Year of Mythos Journey

October 26, 2018 – October 26, 2019
with SoulCollage® Facilitator Cat Caracelo

1 Global Circle
Mythic Journey Themes
Wheel of the Year
6 Virtual Retreat Days
12 Creative Gathering/Traveling Calls
and lots more!

Are you ready to create a rich experience and journey into new inner territory?

Invite your deepest passion, potential and creative curiosity to activate a new story, journeying with the brilliance and richness of your life. Choose this potent season, as the veil thins, to enter into the new QuestPath, joining others who love SoulCollage®, art, depth, and discovery, to begin a yearlong adventure!

QuestPath is a year-long journey that offers an integrative approach for experiential process. Travel with a tribe of like-minded women, moving through the seasons of one year, entering the inner realm to experience powerful Mythos Journey themes that are woven throughout.

There will be many options offered for creative connecting, along with various ways to dip in, retreat and/or dive deep based on energy and flow, as ideas and materials are shared within this sacred circle.

Honor your rhythms and creative ways with QuestPath!

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Lots more info about QuestPath here.

Online Workshop
A Creative Visual Map for Success:
The Right Brain Business Plan
with Chantel Zimmerman who is an experienced SoulCollage® Facilitator/Trainer and a Licensed Right Brain Business Plan Facilitator

September 10 - November 2, 2018
First live video conference: Wednesday September 12
All classes recorded... you don't need to attend "live."

Perfect for:
* developing a business plan
* visioning a new idea
* or breathing life into an existing business.
For SoulCollagers with an idea in mind
AND / OR for Facilitators or others
who are looking to build their business

Kindred Spirit members,  Save $100

Revive or start your creative business today
by visiting this page for more info now.

Facilitator Training


FACILITATOR TRAINING
December 3-4, 2018
Scottsdale, Arizona


Dwell in your imagination and live alongside metaphor as you learn about the nuts and bolts of facilitating MeCards4Kids®!

This 2-day Training will introduce SoulCollage® Facilitators to the unique features of MeCards4Kids®. You will learn to facilitate this process in a variety of settings with children at different developmental stages, and also with vulnerable adult populations—including trauma survivors and frail elders.

The Training will guide you through the theoretical framework, as well as experiential activities, case discussions, and directive strategies to develop a comprehensive understanding of this creative process. These tools and techniques will empower you utilize MeCards4Kids® in a variety of individual and group work settings.

The Training will be led by Nancy Weiss, SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2006 and author of the book, How to Make MeCards For Kids: Creative Expression for Children and the Grownups in Their Lives

Interested? Want more info? Ready to register? Contact Nancy Weiss today!

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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats


MASSACHUSETTS

Dreaming the Shaman's Journey with SoulCollage®
Westfield, Massachusetts
September 14-16, 2018
Facilitator: Anne Boedecker, Gail Byrnes

Awaken your spirit through shamanic journeying and SoulCollage®! Join us for an intensive weekend retreat at the beautiful Genesis Retreat Center. We will begin each session by creating sacred space, and then you will be guided through the shamanic realms. You'll take what you learn from your teachers and guides and give it voice through SoulCollage® card making and journaling. Fee includes two nights lodging + six meals. Register soon; space is limited.

Visit this page for more information.


MASSACHUSETTS

ReWeave Your Life with SoulCollage®
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health- Lenox, Massachusetts
September 16-21, 2018
Facilitators: Anne Marie Bennett, Jeanne Marie Merkel

Life’s transitions take many forms. We get laid off from work, change our marital status, move to a new location, start a business, watch our children go off to college, take on new relationship roles, or just start wondering what our purpose is in life. Being in transition can be unsettling—or it can be a time of great peace, joy, and renewed purpose. SoulCollage® is an intuitive process that can help us weave the many pieces of our lives together into one beautiful whole, whether you are in transition or not. Join us for 5 days card making, guided imagery, soul journaling, and lots of inner discoveries as we open to the depths of SoulCollage® in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts for an unforgettable retreat experience. Anne Marie and Jeanne Marie have been leading retreats and workshops together since 2006.

Visit this page for more information.


CALIFORNIA

Fall Equinox Retreat: Ancestral Dreaming & Soul Stories
Elsinore, California
September 28-30, 2018
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Discover your soul stories through art-making, working with SoulCollage®, mixed media and extended process. We will be mapping the energies of this Equinox to the turning of the year, creating a seasonal wheel in the round house, using art to expand the map of life. Explore the power of depth work and map the path that is calling to you now, using art as ritual, dreaming techniques and ancestral connections to honor a new season of life.

Visit this page for more information.


CANADA

Rituals and Personal Practices based on the 4 Elements
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
September 28-30, 2018
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Rituals and ceremonies, as well as personal practices, are so central to human identity, that we find them around the world, in some form, in all societies and times. During this weekend retreat, we will gather to experientially expand our understanding of their value in our lives. We will enliven their presence with simple and meaning practices based on the wisdom of the Four Elements. Perfect to use in conjunction with your SoulCollage® practice and/or workshops.

Visit this page for more information.


COLORADO

Rainbow Flow: A SoulCollage® Chakra Immersion Retreat
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
October 9-13, 2018
Facilitator: Karen Aspin

Immerse yourself in music, sound, meditative journeys, color, stones, and movement to flow with the rhythms of your inner rainbow. Create beautiful, sacred, take-away tools to raise your vibration and enliven your daily routines, including a beautiful chakra mala. Reveal messages from the real “I” as you create/expand your personally meaningful SoulCollage® card deck. $440, includes shared room, materials, and a soothing hot soak at the Springs Resort.

Visit this page for more information.


ENGLAND

Spirit & Place: A Women's SoulCollage® Retreat
Rocknell, Devon, England
October 22-27, 2018
Facilitator: Sally Freed

SoulCollage® Sisters! We’ll stay at the beautiful Mill House Retreats, a traditional centuries-old thatched farmhouse offering all the comforts of a modern home in the heart of southwest England. We will discover our own deep wisdom and intuition through the simple, yet profound, creative process known as SoulCollage®, as we explore our connection to both Spirit and Place. This retreat will be an opportunity to create, reflect, explore and be restored. We will share meals and laughter, song and silence, and offer space for meditation, prayer and ritual. Your time at Mill House will provide ample room to breathe on your own, as well as make meaningful connections with others.

Visit this page for more information. 


CALIFORNIA

Annual Winter SoulCollage® Retreat: Prayer
San Rafael, California
November 15-18, 2018
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Prayer is a mysterious, sacred, universal, and powerful impulse of the soul, compelled to reach for what is lovingly much larger than itself - to find comfort, express joy and gratitude, or simply converse with the divine. Join Mariabruna for this 4 day retreat as we explore the unique ways that we experience prayer through SoulCollage®, and other creative, meditative practices held in times of rich, deep silence. The Santa Sabina Retreat Center provides a tranquil and beautiful setting for sharing the amazing field of prayer.

Visit this page for more information. 


ITALY

La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat in Italy
Tuscany, Italy
September 14-24, 2019
Facilitator: Cat Caracelo

Join Cat for Fall in Tuscany where we will stay in a beautiful villa with a small circle of amazing visionary, artistic and wholehearted women! Dance with La Dolce Vita and seek the wisdom of the Goddess: Diana, Minerva, Melusina, whose ancient Etruscan names and energies are held in the heart of this land. We will work with SoulCollage®, mixed media and layered process as we connect with the expression of the divine feminine. We will visit sacred springs, mythic gardens, inspired environments and sultry seas, beautiful places in Tuscany, as well as Florence and Siena - where we will explore alchemical energy, artistry and vision as reflected in the dreamscapes of the ancient, renaissance and modern artists.

Visit this page for more information. 
 

CONTACT US
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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 2018,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Cat Caracelo, Linda Woolfson, Marti Beddoe, or Michele Manos.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.