Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How SoulCollage® Works!

For a taste of what making and sharing SoulCollage® cards is like, watch this video of our SoulCollage® Facilitator Training made by our Trainer Kat Kirby!  It captures the flavor.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Collage of SoulCollagers

Richness abounded everywhere at the recent 4th International SoulCollage® Facilitator's Conference.  This video by Stephanie Anderson Ladd, is truly a remarkable visual meditation.  She shared it at the beginning of her  workshop, SoulCollage® and the Divine Feminine - one of the many workshops going on while I was taking some other one.  And yet the energies of all the workshops infused the atmosphere - because we shared over meals, over laughter, and by osmosis.  The synergy was part of the air we breathed.

Reintegrating back into life post-Conference has been a journey for all of us who were there. The shifts - both inward and manifested in our outward lives - are real, continuing, sometimes unexpectedly surprising, and growing. It was a uniquely diverse group of 95 women and one man.  The post-Conference journeys, as shared on the list-serv and in other ways, are also uniquely diverse. We were - and are - like the many separate shapes and colors of stained glass pieces that come together into a beautiful window that shines with one image when infused with light, and the many such windows at the beautiful Bon Secours Retreat Center where we met.  I am still trying to understand it all.  All I know is that I am grateful to be part of this amazing community and that I will be at the 5th International SoulCollage® Facilitators' Conference in Portland in 2013! 

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Synchronicity Strikes Again...

Daily Oasis, http://www.dailyoasiscollage.com, is a very aptly named website.  Every morning someone's SoulCollage® card arrives in my inbox providing daily food for thought: an incredible visual image combined with an I Am One Who... statement. (You too can sign up for this!).  I have submitted cards to be posted, and never know quite the timing of how long they will be in the pipeline and when they will appear.  This morning, as we are getting ready to leave for the SoulCollage® Facilitator's Conference,  the card of mine above appeared on Daily Oasis, along with this text:

Created & Shared By:
Susan Richards
Ardmore, Pennsylvania

  "I Am One Who...

...is traditional and contemporary 
at the same time.
It is not a conflict or contradiction for me.
Both inform and enrich each other."

The second synchronicity of the morning was the message on the KaleidoSoul SoulCollage listserv , from Anne Marie Bennett, the creator and spiritual force behind http://www.kaleidosoul.com, and co-chair of the Conference:

"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware."  Martin Buber

The words have meaning, for both inward and outward journeys.  They have a particularly special meaning for me, as words of Martin Buber.  I am ready for the Conference journey, and plunging into all of which I am unaware.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SoulCollage® Facilitators' Conference: a challenge just getting there!

There's a local weather alert for Baltimore today -  flash flood warnings and road closings, but we are undaunted.  By tomorrow afternoon when we drive to Bon Secours Spiritual Center outside of Baltimore for The Fourth International SoulCollage® Facilitators' Conference it will merely be thundershowers.  Nothing will stop us from gathering together or dampen our spirits.  Like a hero / heroine's journey, we will have overcome obstacles just to get there - starting with the drive from Philly. 

Above is the SoulCollage® card I made before packing up my card making equipment and personal deck to take with me. I feel calmer about driving just looking at it.  I'll remember to breathe, and trust our gang of three will get there safely and have a fabulous time.  I'll tell you about it when we get back!

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