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 #173   November 2019 Theme:  Transitions/Change
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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 and worldwide online. This column is all about presenting ways to get your soul singing with the deep, wide, wonder-full process that is SoulCollage®.


I am busy preparing for my final two SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainings as we prepare this issue for publication, so I am taking this month off from offering a new column.

Please spend some sacred time with Linda Woolfson’s column below. May it uplift you and enrich your SoulCollage® practice!


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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Guest Columnist: Linda Woolfson


I’m Linda Woolfson, MA, PhD, SoulCollage® Trainer & Facilitator, writer, translator and creativity catalyst. I’m delighted to share with you some of the many ways we can embrace our SoulCollage® practice as a fabulous tool-box of enjoyable self-help techniques to support us in developing resilience, patience, courage, self-compassion, and a sense of humor when navigating life’s many changes.


ALCHEMIZING LIFE’S CHANGES
WITH SOULCOLLAGE®


The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus had it just right when he said: “Nothing endures but change.”

Aware though we may be of this undeniable aspect of life, we probably find, at least sometimes, that adjusting to change in our lives is a challenging and demanding process.

One of the greatest blessings of having a SoulCollage® deck is the powerful support our cards can give us in identifying, acknowledging and shaping our relationship to change.

Considering the number of changes we’re likely to experience as we move through life, our relationship with change is bound to be ambiguous and multi-facetted. One great way our SoulCollage® process can help us navigate change is to consciously invite ourselves to make some cards exploring the richness of our relationship to it.

Here are three of mine which I find particularly helpful:

Constantly Changing
Council Suit

I am one who reminds you that the nature of all nature is change: the ever-moving sky, the flowing water, the sparkle of light and the ancient weather-worn granite all speak to you from the book of life: recognize and celebrate the simplicity and mystery of change.

It can be really helpful to be reminded that change is an integral part of life itself.

Autumn to Winter
Committee Suit


I am one who gets sad and scared when autumn shifts into winter. I am one who feels vulnerable when changes keep happening.

Even though we know that change is part of the natural cycle and rhythm of life, we often feel fear when change arises. Having a card in our deck to remind us of this fear can help us become more compassionate to ourselves when facing change.

 
Old Sole
Council Suit

I am one who has been transformed by my time in the depths of the ocean from an old plastic sandal into a sculpture of strange and quirky beauty. I am one who has suffered a sea change into something rich and strange. Look at me and know that change is always surprising.

This card helps to remind me that change is always at the very least surprising and at most miraculously transformative!

Your Whole Deck

Another enjoyable thing to do is to look at your whole deck and ask yourself, “Where have I already explored, experimented with or confronted change in in my SoulCollage® practice?” Repeated motifs in our cards can throw light on our underlying experience of change. Look out particularly for recurring natural images such as water, stone or fire.

To help yourself move through the changes you’re currently experiencing, scan through your whole deck again, this time looking for potential allies and challengers. If you’re meeting opposition from others while going through an important change, maybe you could use a Bodyguard Neter? Or if it’s all too much and you need to vent in the presence of a witness, how about an Inner Good Listener? If progress is just too slow for you right now, how about making sure your Patience Neter is actively present in supporting you?

Another possibility is to do a reading about any aspect of your relationship to changes, both big and small? Here are a few ideas of questions you can pose to your whole deck (choose just 3-4 randomly to help you answer):

How can I become more gracious and accepting about getting older?

Who can help me to become less fearful about the changes happening in my life right now?

What can I do to fully embrace all the wonderful changes in my life?

In so many ways, SoulCollage® can help us to alchemize the changes in our lives so that we see change as part of the beauty and mystery of life.


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, SoulCollage® Trainings, and retreats in special places in both countries. She trained with Seena Frost as a Facilitator in 2010 and has been exploring the depths of SoulCollage® and introducing others to this empowering process with enthusiasm ever since.

To find out more about Linda’s workshops, SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainings and retreats visit her website, Collage Your Life.

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

Each card below is a card from one SoulCollager's Deck that represents the idea of Transition or Change.

 



Harvest Time
Committee Suit
“T”
Colorado

I am the one who feels ready to reap what I have sown and very carefully cultivated. I am the one who can taste the delicious fruits of my labor. I am the one who can feel the sweetness of cuddly hugs. I am the one who wants to be the apple of someone’s eye. I am the one who is ready to give again.





Surrender and Trust
Council Suit
Dani
Washington

I am one who surrenders and trusts.
In times of transition, I must.
Resisting is fruitless.
Surrender gives rest.
Just let go and give up the fuss.




Ready to Sail
Council Suit
Dani
Washington

I am one who is ready to sail.
I have all I need to not fail.
This journey's been rough.
I've had plenty enough.
You've shown me the way to prevail.




Butterfly
Council Suit
Dot
Pennsylvania

Butterfly says:
I am one who is the symbol of positive transformation. Most folks know I go through several changes before I emerge as a beautiful Monarch butterfly and wing my way to Mexico. Many do not know that when I am in my caterpillar stage in the cocoon, I must allow myself to change into a gooey state before I grow into a butterfly. That’s commitment to transformation!

The hands say:
I am one who values positive transformation in myself and others. I am one who knows that most transformation requires challenging emotional work. I am one who recognizes that trauma sometimes transforms us in ways we’d rather not have to acknowledge or accept. I am one who was shocked to learn that when the butterfly caterpillar goes into the cocoon, it first changes into goo before it emerges as the butterfly. Most of us reject this sort of change! I am one who appreciates that butterflies are very fragile and warn us when we are destroying the environment they need, by diminishing in numbers.

 
 


Transition
Council Suit
Louise
U.K.

I am one who takes you onwards, through light and darkness, to what comes next. I am one who helps you appreciate that transitions involve loss and endings. I am one who guides you into the unknown.

 



Autumn Transition
Committee Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who breathes in the falling leaves of autumn. I am the one who lets autumn remind me that letting go and changing is part of every life journey.
 




Autumn
Council Suit
Anne Marie
Massachusetts

I am the one who represents the season of autumn. I am the one who is all about change, transition, letting go. I am the one who dances among the leaves that have let go of the safety of their home. I am the one who reminds you all that change and letting go may be painful, but there is also bright beauty within that journey.




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: Holidays
January:  Animal Companions
 
 
 
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®.


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Upcoming SoulCollage® Retreats
CALIFORNIA

Let’s Talk About Love- Annual SoulCollage® Winter Retreat
San Rafael, California
November 21-24, 2019
Facilitator:
Mariabruna Sirabella

Love is hidden in plain sight within every SoulCollage® card. Mariabruna invites you to explore your Neters’ deep springs of Love and use them to illuminate experiences, from personal needs to spiritual longings. At this retreat you will: Explore the facets of Love. Expand your awareness of its presence in your deck and the world. Harvest love from your Neters through consultation of your deck. Create new cards to anchor the salient steps of this journey. Acquire tools for self-care through the love that surrounds you. Explore the deep connection between love and the four Elements.

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CALIFORNIA

Invite Your Daemons to Tea: A SoulCollage® Retreat on the "Shadow"
Big Sure, California (Esalen)
February 23-28, 2020
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Your creativity, imagination and intuition will guide you in a stirring exploration of what C.G. Jung termed “Shadow”. You will “Invite your Daemons for Tea” to access the great reservoirs of golden energy hidden in “shadow” areas of the soul we tend to judge, fear, or ignore. Those secreted, yet necessary inner parts are a most potent source of change and freedom. Engaging them in a new relationship ignites a quiet revolution that brings gifts of choice and joy to the soul. Creating and using SoulCollage® cards together with poetry and movement will entice transformation in a respectful, inspiring environment.

Visit this page for more information.on. 


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. 


BALI

Immerse Yourself in Balinese Culture while doing SoulCollage®
Bali
May 25 – June 3, 2020
Facilitator: Erica Crawford and Edy Phodes

Join two facilitators for a journey to identify your Spirit/Totem animals through guided meditation and your own inner wisdom. We will be making cards for our Companions Suit. We will do this in a small village in Bali hosted by our personal friend and his family. You will get to experience the food, dance, art, and so much more in this traditional village where the only accommodations are owned by my friend. It's a once in a lifetime experience to do SoulCollage® there amongst the orange groves and rice fields. Contact me for more detailed information. Namaste.

Contact Erica for more information: 831-596-1437 or ericacrawford@mac.com


NEW LISTING!
ITALY


SoulCollage® Retreat in Motion
Sardinia, Italy
June 18-25, 2020
Facilitator: Mariabruna Sirabella

Crystal clear seas, sandy beaches, granite rocks and verdant vegetation will be the setting for Mariabruna’s 2020 Annual Retreat in Motion on the island of Sardinia, Italy. Experience a full immersion into the sacred places and pristine nature of Sardinia. Experience transformation, new insights and fresh inspiration as you celebrate the Summer Solstice, practice SoulCollage®, and swim in pristine waters rejuvenating body and soul. Excursions to explore the natural and historical wonders of Sardinia will be interspersed with days of reflection, meditation, SoulCollage® and other creative activities.

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PORTUGAL

Soul Songs of the Spirit
Praia da Vitoria, Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal
Rescheduled for 2020
Facilitator: Lisa Schad, Robert Hitz

Lisa is co-creating this special transformational retreat with Improvisational Pianist and Master Teacher Robert Hitz. They have designed a unique retreat on a magical island in that interweaves music and SoulCollage®. Each day, Robert will lead the group in a series of personal/musical experiences through the elements of GRACE: Gratitude, Reverence, Awe, Connection and Enthusiasm. The music will be interwoven with SoulCollage® as participants give voice to the cards and themselves. You will also experience natural ocean pools, lava tubes, spirit houses, magical forests and quaint villages, along with the freshest seafood and most hospitable locals. This will be a magical opportunity to manifest your mermaid archetype in house and ocean pools. All supplies included.

Contact Lisa to be notified of new dates.
 

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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 2019, ,
by Anne Marie Bennett, Cat Caracelo, Linda Woolfson,
Marti Beddoe, or Michele Manos.
Articles may be reprinted by permission only.