The Journey to Self through SoulCollage®

The Ego, Jung tells us, is that part of the pyche that we think of as 'I'. Our conscious intelligence. Our everyday brain that thinks, plans and runs the show of our day-to-day life. The Self, as Jung defined it, is a greater entity, which includes the Ego but also incorporates the Personal and Collective Unconscious. Dreams and intuitions come from the Self. The archetypes of the unconscious dwell there. It is, Jung believed, the sphere of the Soul ~~Steven Pressfield. 'The War of Art'

"I would love to live like a river flows,
 carried by the surprise
 of its own unfolding".

 ~ ~John O'Donohue

Friday, July 29, 2011

SoulCollage® Studio session Monday 1st August

"I’ve never liked housework. I get by doing little chores when I feel like them, in between paintings. Who wants to chase dust all their life? You can spend your whole lifetime cleaning the house. I like watching the patina grow. If the house looks dirty, buy another bunch of flowers, is my advice."  ~~The much-loved Australian artist Margaret Olley, who died at the age of 88 this week.  I like her style!

These Studio sessions are for people who are already making SoulCollage® cards, not for people new to the process.

Here are the details:
WHEN: Monday 1st August, 2011, 6pm to 9pm   
Downstairs Room 
Brisbane Quaker Meeting House
10 Hampson St
Kelvin Grove 
Go down the path beside the house and then continue on down the stairs.
COST: $10 (to cover room hire, food and materials)
Please bring any cards you've made. I'll supply magazines, scissors, glue etc but it's nice if everyone brings one or two magazines to add to the variety of images.
 I'll have packs of blank cards for sale ($9 for 10 cards) and copies of Seena Frost's latest book, 'SoulCollage® Evolving' ($33)                                                                                        

**PLEASE BOOK:  Due to considerations of space and materials, it's important that you  book with me by phone or email. Thanks

If you belong to , or know of, any groups that might be interested in SoulCollage®, I'm very happy to give a free introductory talk and demonstration of the SoulCollage® process. SoulCollage® is a wonderful activity to do as a group once people know how it works.  It's great for team-building and community.

I love any opportunity to talk about SoulCollage® so if you have any questions about these events, or anything at all to do with SoulCollage®,  please contact me.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Drama Queen!

No surprises for me as to what this card is about:
Jo, you're such a Drama Queen!

I couldn't quite believe that I found that classic image at the bottom.
Of course, it miraculously appeared just when I needed it!
Amazingly relevant images will materialise for you in the same way once you start on your SoulCollage® journey.

See my post for July 5 for full information about the next 'Introduction to SoulCollage®' workshop on Saturday August 13th.
Hope to see you there!

Oh, and I'll try not to be TOO dramatic at the workshop!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

SoulCollage® Studio sessions

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. 
~~ George MacDonald

On Monday evening, some of us met up for our first SoulCollage® Studio session at the Quaker House. We started by going over the basics of doing readings with our cards and everyone seemed to find something valuable from these. As most of the attendees had made only a few cards of their own, some of them drew a card from my deck and found themselves amazed at some of the insights they received from THEIR readings of MY cards. It's perfectly OK for others to read from your cards as long as you don't read the card for them or discuss YOUR interpretation with them before they read it. They will most likely have quite a different interpretation from what you had. After all, they will see a part of THEIR soul reflected in the card, while you would see reflected a part of YOURS.

For the remainder of the session, we had fun making cards.

Following the success of this first Studio session, they will now be held monthly, on the first Monday of the month, at the Brisbane Quaker Meeting House at Kelvin Grove, from 6pm to 9pm.

These sessions are not for tuition, although from time to time I will add some kind of learning experience which is not covered in my introductory workshops, or I will have a guest presenter.  Rather, they are for people who have previously attended a workshop or who have otherwise been making cards for a while, and they are designed as a forum to make cards together, to meet others who are working with the process, to share our ideas and experiences of using SoulCollage®, and to have fun! If you have a friend who's interested in finding out what SoulCollage® is about, please ask me first if it's OK for them to come along and I will make the decision as to whether that particular session is appropriate for them.  I have this rule as I don't want the sessions to become tutorials for beginners as that may interfere with the dynamics of the group.

Because of considerations of space and materials, it's essential to book with me for these sessions.

In keeping with the spirit of fun at our SoulCollage® Studio, here's my 'Goddess of Neglected Paintbrushes', a mixed media piece which I had great fun making in 2008. She hangs in my studio to remind me to take care of my equipment, and also that I don't have to be perfect.  She's also a good reminder for me about being playful and lighthearted while I'm working.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

August SoulCollage® workshop at Brookfield

Discover your Self with SoulCollage®

Do heart work on the pictures within you. ~~Rainer Maria Rilke

What is SoulCollage®?
 *An intuitive collage process to access your own Inner Wisdom.
*Make a personalised set of beautiful cards 
to assist you on life's journey.
*Fun to do.      
*No art experience needed. 
We are each the perfect artist of our own Soul!
 *A powerful tool for use with clients in counselling,
 and many other applications.

SoulCollage® was developed by U.S. psychotherapist Seena Frost. It's a powerful transformational process for accessing our inner wisdom by creating a deck of collaged cards with deep personal meaning that is a reflection of our own inner and outer worlds, and which can help us with life's questions and transitions.

Using found images in magazines and from other sources, we intuitively create a beautiful deck of cards and then dialogue with the cards to access our own insight and inner wisdom. 

In addition to personal use, SoulCollage® is being used in many other areas, including in many aspects of counselling, with church groups, women's, men's and children's groups, coaching, creative problem solving, team building, conflict resolution, dream work, money issues, cancer support, life transitions, & more.

Introduction to SoulCollage® Workshop

Saturday 13th August, 2011
9.00am to 5.00pm
At the Brookfield Centre for Spirituality
139 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore Hills (Brisbane)
Cost: $130
Concession card (Student/Senior etc ): $90
$15 discount if you book by Mon 8th August
plus $15 discount if you bring a friend (for both you and your friend)
**PLUS: Go into the draw to win a copy of Seena Frost's first book, 'SoulCollage®' if you book early AND bring a friend.
A deposit of $50 is required to reserve your place.
Full workshop fee to be paid by Friday 12th August.

This lovely venue includes a labyrinth which we will incorporate into the workshop.

Places are limited, so reserve your place now!

In this workshop, you will learn about:
>How to make SoulCollage® cards
>The 4 suits of the SoulCollage® deck
>The transpersonal cards
>How to dialogue with your cards
>How to access the wisdom of your animal guides
>How SoulCollage® can help you with your life's 
journey and transitions
>Some of the applications for which SoulCollage® 
can be used by professionals
To book in, or for more information about this,
 and future workshops, please contact me, Jo. 
Click on 'View my complete profile' under 'About me' at top right to find my email address.

If you live outside Brisbane, please contact me to discuss organising a workshop for you, or to put you in touch with a workshop facilitator in your area.

Please contact me if you'd like me to present a free introductory talk 
about SoulCollage® to your group. 

Go to the website of the creator of SoulCollage®, 
Seena Frost, 
to find out more about SoulCollage®

There is a knowledge of the heart that gives deeper insight. The knowledge of the heart is in no book and is not to be found in the mouth of any teacher, but grows out of you like the green seed from the dark earth. ~~Carl Jung. The Red Book