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 #161  November 2018 Theme:  Home
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.


Meet Hannah Homebody

It is in separating out all our parts
that we become whole.
~ Seena Frost


Of all the things that the founder of SoulCollage® said, this is my favorite. And the wisdom of it came home to me in a bright new way a few years ago when I met a new Neter for the first time.

Several times a year I lead SoulCollage® retreats and trainings, all of which involve multiple-night stays away from home. A few years ago I realized that, when the time came to leave home, I was reluctant to go. This was curious to me because, for years, I had traveled many times a year in the name of SoulCollage® as well as various vacations in Europe and the States. I had always loved the preparatory work leading up to the SoulCollage® retreats and trainings, not to mention the thrill of getting on an airplane and journeying to new vistas and experiences.

So why all of a sudden did I not want to go? It was curious to me, and I decided to explore with tenderness whatever was going on inside of me in relation to this new resistance. It occurred to me that there was a new part of me, a new Neter, that was wanting to be heard. So I sat still with my journal one morning and I listened.

And that is when I met Hannah Homebody!

I had wondered if all this reluctance/resistance was about stopping my work as a Facilitator/Trainer, but it turns out that that part of me was still deeply committed and rarin’ to go. The Teacher part of me was becoming increasingly frustrated by this other part of me, my Inner Homebody, the part of me who had no other agenda than to stay at home. What a revelation! As soon as I realized this, I listened more carefully to Hannah Homebody (and note: the card above was not made until after this inner work). She said:

I am the one who just wants more time at home. I am the one who enjoys the coziness of sitting on the sofa with Seymour in my lap. I am the one who feels more grounded when I am operating from my home base. I am the one who doesn’t want to be away from home as much as I used to.

After this new understanding, I realized that I needed to stop pushing my Inner Homebody away, embrace her, and find a way to meet her needs, along with meeting the needs of my Inner Teacher who was longing to continue leading overnight retreats and trainings. So I changed my teaching schedule a bit. I spread out the overnight events (when I could) so that they weren’t happening in multiple succession. When I did go away, I remained acutely aware of Hannah Homebody’s presence, and in my imagination I soothed her and reassured her and reminded her of the bigger reasons why we were leaving home for several days.

Which brings me back to my favorite Seena Quote:

It is in separating out all our parts
that we become whole.

I now see that because I spent some dedicated time to separating my Inner Homebody away from “the pack” for a little while, I was able to create a tangible and lasting wholeness within myself. 
 

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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Whether it’s a physical movement from one place to another or an internal migration, this Zoom class will explore the theme of migration and how SoulCollage® and other intuitive creative practices can support us along the way. How can we be in solidarity with the global migrations of fellow voyagers-- animals and people?
 

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Guest Columnist: Linda Woolfson

I’m Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD, SoulCollage® Trainer & Facilitator, writer, translator and creativity catalyst. Like many people in today’s world I have made my home in more than one country and love exploring the richness of what “home” really means.


There’s More to “Home” Than Real Estate

Most animals have an instinctual drive to build a burrow, nest, lair, or other place of secluded safety where they can raise their young. Before the 20th century most of us human animals lived our lives in a similar place which we called “home.” “Home” was as natural a center to most human lives as the heart to the body. And the “hearth,” where food was prepared and the family gathered to eat together, is just one letter different from “heart.”

Now, in the 21st century, with trains, planes and even rockets to travel in, and with global populations continuing to gravitate from the countryside into the cities, our relationship to this home of origin is shifting. Vast numbers of us in today’s world live far away from where we started out. My own trajectory is a good example of a 20th/21st century life. Born in South Africa of Russian/Jewish grandparents who went there to escape an Eastern European pogrom, I spent my childhood in South Africa and emigrated to the UK aged eleven. Since then I have also lived in France, the USA and Portugal. I currently lead a dual-based life between two of those countries, the UK and Portugal. Where, then is “home?” For me, as for many others today, this is a multi-faceted question.

Whether as adults we are able to re-visit our first home or not, a childhood home is likely to play an important role in our memory. Luckily perhaps, there are more ways of going “back there” than physically returning to a place: looking at photographs, sharing memories and eating the foods we ate in childhood can all be forms of “going home.” Even today, I am sometimes grabbed by a sudden craving for biltong, a form of South African dried beef, which can only be satisfied by ordering some from a supplier connected with the original home country – the British-produced substitutes get the spices all wrong!

There is more to home, then, than a place, and remembering home – homing – becomes a process as well as a location. I find that being consciously aware of homing as a process helps to ground me and re-affirm the experiences of home. The village where I live in Portugal is called Areia, and my Community card “Areia Rainbow” expresses this:


I am one who is always there when you go for your morning walk. My bright yellow flowers work on you like a post-it, reminding you to celebrate being home. At all seasons of the year, rain or shine, my branches say “Welcome! You are home – you’re in Areia!”

Once we start exploring home (and homing) as a process, the many different guises of home begin to reveal themselves. Whenever I draw my Giant River Otters, I am filled with the peace of home-coming:


I am one who delights in the pleasures of my family’s very own rock. Here, in the Lago de Sandeval, Peru, we are truly at home. In between finding a mate, getting food and shelter for our young ones and defending our territory, we find time to celebrate by slithering up here, basking in the sun and pushing each other playfully into the water. Here we are at our most creative – here at home.

This is my Second Chakra Companions card - the chakra of intuition, sensuality and creativity. I shall never forget the pure joy of seeing a family of otters for the first time through the binoculars while on holiday in Peru. They emanated the comfort and joy of knowing you’re free to take risks because you are unconditionally loved. As Maya Angelou says in All God’s Children Need Travelling Shoes, “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” My Giant Otters remind me that home, a place of communion, is also the “place” of creativity. When we are in a state of dynamic flow we are also at home –perhaps when spending time with a trusted close friend, maybe in moments during meditation, or when engaged in a creative activity we love.

My own SoulCollage® practice helps me to see that home is a form of creative dialogue between self and world. This open-ended conversation helps me appreciate the many different forms “home” can take. My Gratitude card reconciles two of my “homes,” South Africa and the UK, through bearing witness to the beauty of both:

I am one who shows you how creativity brings together cherished places near and far away. I show you the true home of your imagination. Claim this treasure! Be grateful for your guides!

Unsurprisingly, there is a lovely thatched cottage in the corner!

Perhaps you too might enjoy spending some of your SoulCollage® time exploring what home is for you? Here are some suggestions:

  • Lay out all your cards, either on a table or on the floor. Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and whisper to yourself the word “home.” Open your eyes. Now stroll with your eyes through your deck, noting any cards which resonate with your sense of home. Pull these cards out of your deck and spend some time with them.

  • Are there repeated symbols? How are the cards composed? What about their colours?

  • Having done this, if you sense a gap in your deck, create a “Home” card purely intuitively or using photos of homes past and present.

  • Having made a “Home” card, might there be another “Home” card waiting in the wings to be created? If so, how would this second card be different from the first one?

I wish you a poignantly joyful homing experience!


Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD
is a SoulCollage® Facilitator and Trainer, writer, translator and creativity catalyst. Of South African origin, she now enjoys living a dual-based life between the United Kingdom and Portugal, running SoulCollage® and creativity workshops, retreats and Trainings in both countries. Join Linda and Catherine Anderson in Portugal next May for our retreat “Portugal as Portal to Presence.” The retreat is being held very close to where Linda lives, giving you a unique and intimate perspective on this beautiful country she loves so much. Find out more here. You can find out more about Linda’s activities on her SoulCollage® website, Collage 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 that represents Home.



Trilogy of Home
Committee Suit
Karen
Ohio

I am the one who has multiple homes: my physical body, the house where I live, and the planet Earth. I am the one who is always rooted in home, no matter where I go. I nourish and care for all my homes. I am joyful because they provide a safe, secure, healthy space for me to live my life. When I think of home, my heart opens in gratitude. I am the one who floats in the green loving energy of home all around me. I bless my homes.





My Home Planet
Suit Unknown
Claire
Arizona

I am a sparkling gem in a sea of stars A haven of life in the void of space I am your mother I am your home

Seen from this perspective, a tiny blue marble adrift within the Milky Way, I have no borders, no flags, no walls, no fences I am one world - ONE And all life here is sacred

I want you to know what a miracle it is that life has arisen here What a miracle it is that YOU are here What a privilege and sacred trust has been bestowed upon you

 


Home
Council Suit
MariaCatalina
California

I am the one who brings comfort, I am the one who rests in a happy fairytale, I am the one who owns the crown, I am one who has a huge heart solid and strong, seems unbreakable but is also gentle. I am one who gives you light. I am one who is protection, love, stability. I am one who sits in complete comfort, I am who you make it your home wherever you go. I am the one who mirrors all your wants and needs, I am one who you can count on to dream, to hide, to get lost in, to fantasize, to connect, to find peace.





The Nester
Committee Card
Suzy
Montreal, Canada

I am a homebody and my surroundings are very important to me. I am the one who seeks cozy refuge from the cold, a place to return to, that offers warmth, hot cocoa, soft blankets and something delightful to read. Shelter from life’s storms.





Childhood Home
Committee Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

I am one who was lucky to grow up in a stable, loving home for all of my growing up years. I am one who had two loving parents who were married for 40 years. I am one who had a home built on the firm foundation of faith. I am one who believes that this home has been the key to much of my success and happiness in life. I am one who is so grateful!





To Home
Committee Suit
Janet
California

I am one sees the light on guiding me home. I am one who is not alone on my path toward home. I am at home with my partner.





North Shore Music Theatre
Community Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who was your home away from home for 10 years (1995-2005). I am the one who sheltered you with theatrically-minded companions when your stepfamily was not able to be there for you. I am the one who was watched over by the Divine when a bad fire threatened to shut me down. I am the one who nourished and grew your love of theatre.




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

Future themes include:

December- Peace
January- Doorways
 
 
 
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®!
SOULCOLLAGE® 4-HOUR VIDEO RETREAT
NOVEMBER 17


These next few months can be full of:
* dizzying to-do lists,
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* unhappy memories
* fatigue
* people-pleasing ploys
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* unsatisfying attempts at Martha-Stewart achetypal perfection...

OR

... these next few months can be full of:
* joy
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* and whatever it is that makes YOUR heart sing during the holidays

It’s YOUR choice!

Choose to lighten up YOUR holiday season this year with our next KaleidoSoul Video SoulCollage® Retreat.

Saturday November 17, 2018
12 noon – 4 pm Eastern

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Soul Colors Desk Calendars
 
What's bright and colorful and wise all over? Our 2019 Soul Colors Desk Calendars!

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(created by Anne Marie Bennett)
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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


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. 


THE NETHERLANDS

International SoulCollage® Retreat
Gorredijk Friesland
May 17-24, 2019
Facilitator: Lucy Schaapock

Take some time to dive deep into your own soul, your inner magic and wisdom. Friesland, the unspoilt and ancient Province of the Netherlands has lots of water, myths and spirituality, and will be our home for the week. Here we will have a special retreat with like-minded people from all over the world who love SoulCollage®. Rest deep within your own ancient wisdom. Reawaken archetypes and inner personalities that live in and through you. Come and enjoy, connect with others and your own creative heart. Have you ever wanted to come to the Netherlands? Now is the perfect time!

Visit this page for more information. 
 


PORTUGAL

Portugal as Portal to Presence
Cascais, Portugal
May 20-26, 2019
Facilitators: Linda Woolfson, Catherine Anderson

Join SoulCollage® Trainers Catherine Anderson and Linda Woolfson on a pilgrimage of creative pleasure and discovery in Portugal next spring! Our inspiring blend of photography, journaling, word-play, poetry, SoulCollage® and labyrinth activities will encourage you to access the full vibrancy of your creative soul as we explore the wild and beautiful coastline, visit Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra, eat fabulous food and connect with the real Portugal which most tourists never experience. Book your place now!

USA SoulCollagers: Visit this page for more information.
Everyone Else: Visit this page for more information.  
 


ITALY

La Dolce Vita- Goddess Retreat in Italy
Tuscany, Italy
September 15-25, 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. 
 

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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 2018,
by Anne Marie Bennett and
Catherine Anderson, Cat Caracelo, or Linda Woolfson.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.