The Playful Child, the Seeker, the One Who Speaks Up, the Artist, the Writer, the Spiritual Pilgrim, the Intuitive, the Creator, the One Who Likes Surprises, the Procrastinator. Do any of these Inner Parts belong to you? These and many other aspects of the Self thrive in the SoulCollage® process because they are given space to breathe and evolve. If you have a box full of images collected through the years, or if you were often tempted to do so, you will sigh with relief and pleasure as the images find their place in your deck and reveal how they reflect a part of yourself or of your experience. No previous training is necessary to enjoy this non-threatening avenue to creativity. It is easily accessible to all who can cut and paste and who are willing to look within. To do SoulCollage® you need only scissors, glue, mat board, pen and paper and old magazines. Plus, there is no way to make a ‘wrong’ card even if you try hard! SoulCollage® offers a deepening, a lightening, a nourishing, a cheering, a thought-provoking, and a playful journey inside yourself. This journey bridges the many aspects of yourself and of your relationships with the world. There are so many aspects of our human experience that cannot be expressed by words alone. The images you select and carefully paste on your cards hold the power of a thousand verses. SoulCollage in its wisdom offers you a path but lets you choose the direction. It invites you to bask in the richness and complexity of who you are, leaving you free to express and expand yourself in your own unique way. If you already have a creative outlet, you will find that SoulCollage organizes your visual language in a new symbolic way that speaks to the soul and enriches the well of your creativity. If you have been craving for a creative outlet, you couldn’t find a less threatening and yet more satisfying one than SoulCollage®. SoulCollage simultaneously speaks to both your need for self-expression and to your desire to know yourself more intimately. It is a personal growth tool that strengthens your roots and gives you wings to fly.
How Will I Use SoulCollage®?
Every time you sit down to make cards alone or in good company it will feel like having a small personal retreat. You will easily slip out of chronological time and experience the timeless joy of play. You will discover the deep satisfaction of speaking your truth and connect with the positive role every aspect of yourself serves in your life. Once you have a small deck you can read your collages as if they were Tarot cards and you will be surprised by the synchronicities waiting for you in the messages offered by your cards. SoulCollage® may also become a compendium to your spiritual practice, to your decision making processes, to your journey of self discovery or, it may provide you with a deepening in your healing journey if you are engaged in psychotherapy. You will name your strengths and your challenges, engage in dialog with difficult parts of yourself, like ‘the Inner Critic’ for example, and bring balance to each one of these Inner Parts. SoulCollage® can also help your creative process, whether it is painting, sculpting, writing or working with your dreams. SoulCollage® can also be applied to any group activity, from family reunions, to support groups, to Board meetings. Personally, you can consult your cards if you are feeling stuck or confused, in order to gain insight or to seek support, or better yet, for the sheer pleasure of consciously connecting with yourself before starting your day!
Many professionals in the helping professions are using SoulCollage® to support their clients’ healing process, such as psychotherapists, counselors, homeopaths, acupuncturists, nurses, massage therapists and life coaches, to name a few. In a therapeutic setting this method encourages the recognition and the transformation of fears, inner splits, blocks and the consequences of negative experiences. It also helps in connecting with one’s strengths, zest for life and self-confidence. SoulCollage® can be used to overcome grief, find forgiveness and rise above conflicts. It helps clients identify and understand the motivations of various inner personality parts through writing exercises and Gestalt techniques. It is a most powerful tool to access and process personal and collective unconscious material. Clients may also pursue this method as homework. SoulCollage® is used to address Eating Disorders, Domestic Violence, identity crisis, aging, and acculturation. Organizational psychologists and corporate managers find SoulCollage® useful in brain storming and vision making, as well as in conflict resolution and team building. For more information on SoulCollage® for the helping professions, click here.
What Can I Expect from a Workshop?
Most probably you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded participants equally eager to play, create, and share; all the while knowing that Mariabruna facilitates the group with great respect for everyone’s comfort and confidentiality. You will work and share at your own pace in a non-competitive atmosphere, guided in a personalized, lively, yet gentle manner not devoid of humor. You will feel supported while re-discovering shared human traits and you will be delighted by the diversity with which every one expresses her/himself. You will leave feeling inspired and more centered for having spent time in closer touch with your own inner self and having shared from a deep place of reverence and attention. Time will probably pass quickly because you are having fun ripping pictures out of magazines, organizing, gluing and pasting and then magically holding in your hands a finished product. Come and let the images inspire you and lead you home to your own nature. Once you are ready to go deeper, you can join me for the in-depth workshops, or even become a SoulCollage Facilitator yourself. SoulCollage® is a Registered Trademark. SoulCollage® cards are not sold, traded, or bartered. They are held with respect for the artists whose images are collaged in the cards. To facilitate groups called “SoulCollage Group” or to call oneself a “SoulCollage® Facilitator”, one must attend a SoulCollage® Facilitator Training. For more information, read “The Principles of SoulCollage” at their website.