It can be hard to explain SoulCollage to someone who hasn’t tried it. So here are some examples of cards. The slide show may take a minute to load.
One thing to know about SoulCollage is that it’s just enormous fun. You can get lost for hours choosing images intuitively or intentionally. Then there’s the assembly of the card. Working out which images belong with which. Each of these cards has a name, a persona, and wisdom to share if I choose to engage with it. This all becomes gradually clear as I engage with the process.
Are your fingers itching to start cutting and pasting to make your own?
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Dates for 2015
Sunday, January 11
Saturday, January 17
Saturday, February 7
Sunday, February 8
Saturday, March 7
Sunday, March 8
Sunday, March 22
Saturday, May 23
Sunday, May 24
Saturday, June 27
Sunday, June 28
Sunday, July 12
Saturday, August 8
Saturday, September 19
Sunday, September 20
Sunday, October 18
Saturday, November 21
Sunday, November 22
Saturday, December 5
Sunday, December 6
Dates for 2015
Saturday, January 24th
Sunday, February 22nd
Saturday, March 21st
Sunday, May 17th
Saturday, June 20th
Saturday, July 25th
Sunday, September 27th
Saturday, October 17th
Saturday, November 28th
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Thursday Evening, July 16, to Sunday Afternoon July 19.
Uplands Writing Retreat near Uxbridge, Ontario.
Thursday Evening, August 20, to Sunday Afternoon August 23.
Uplands Writing Retreat near Uxbridge, Ontario.
Sue Reynolds has been hosting and facilitating single day writing sanctuaries for 10 years. In the mornings, participants write from prompts that Sue provides. Then they have the opportunity to read their freshly created poetry and prose in a supportive group environment. After lunch, writers enjoy a few hours of silent writing time. Writers are enriched and delighted by these day-long immersions and often find that their writing has surpassed their expectations.
A few years ago, participants lingered and protested that they didn’t want to go home – they wanted to stay forever and keep writing! Someone suggested the idea of a Sanctuary Pyjama Party and the Residential Sanctuary was born.
Now in it’s 5th year, the Residential Summer Sanctuaries have been relocated from the Orillia location to the Uplands Writing Retreat which is located halfway between Port Perry and Uxbridge on the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine.
The retreat begins on Thursday evenings with a light meal and an introductory session of writing. After a full-fare breakfast on the remaining three mornings, Sue provides prompts to launch writers into their craft. Afternoons are spent in silence – writing, walking, swimming, resting. Participants meet in the late afternoon to share their new writing, although sharing is always completely optional. The retreat winds up mid afternoon on Sunday.
Guests may choose from modest, private or semi-private accommodations. All delicious and healthy meals are included.
OPTIONAL: restorative yoga will be provided locally Friday and Saturday evenings. (The cost for this optional activity is extra – approximately $20 per session.)
Ellen Bass is an extraordinary poet, teacher and author.
Having been lucky enough to study with her in California and in Mallorca, Sue and James dearly wanted to bring her to the writing community in Toronto.
The stars (and the International Festival of Authors!) have finally aligned.
Ellen Bass’s most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous poetry books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA Editions), which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday).
Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Sun. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, and two Pushcart Prizes.
Her non-fiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth(HarperCollins), I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse(HarperCollins), and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse(Harper Collins), which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into ten languages.
She currently is teaching in the low residency MFA program at Pacific University and has taught poetry and creative writing in Santa Cruz, CA and at other beautiful locations nationally and internationally.
to spend a Soulful (and fun!) Saturday on May 9th
In SoulCollage, part of the practice is to create cards for our “community” — those who have so deeply influenced us that they have become part of us. For whom is that more true than for our mothers and/or our children?
On Saturday May 9th the Inner Space will be offering a SoulCollage workshop with a particular (optional) focus on making cards that honour those close family relationships. Bring your mother and/or your daughter (or both!) and share a day of rich exploration, celebration and, most of all, fun!
SoulCollage is a creative, fun tool for easy, intuitive, artful Self-exploration and Self-expression. It is an artistic, creative process that is accessible to everyone, even those people who believe they have no artistic ability.
Using imagination and intuition, participants create their own collaged cards representing significant aspects of their lives. And they do all this from simple materials: magazine images, photographs, scissors, glue, and heavy card.
Once an individual SoulCollage card has been created, participants are invited to step deeper into each card through journalling, visualization and other activities.
All necessary materials will be provided. We suggest that participants may also want to bring duplicates of pictures of their mothers or their children, or both, to use in making cards.
Date: May 9th, 2015
Place: The Inner Space, Stouffville
Address: 6248 Main Street REAR, Stouffville
(in behind Moonflowers, Rear doors on Library Lane)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $85.00 plus HST
for a single participant, $70 each for a pair (mother/daughter, friend/friend) etc.
Included: All SoulCollage supplies.
You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch, or there are local places you can walk to and get something to eat.
Sue Reynolds is a writer, therapist and facilitator. She works clients and participants in a variety of modalities, including creative writing, journalling, and SoulCollage.