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What is SoulCollage®?

I am excited to introduce the practice of SoulCollage® to others through a new series of workshops, now that I have completed my SoulCollage® Facilitator Training.

Don’t let the title throw you off. The title simply refers to the many aspects of your personality, your talents, your challenges, your influences that are unique to each person. There is no need for religious, spiritual or even therapeutic intent to learn this technique.

SoulCollage® is a fun process that anyone can do. People make a deck of collaged cards, one card at a time. The SoulCollage® deck mirrors the self as a whole and each card images one part of that self. People use their SoulCollage® cards to access their own inner wisdom and find direction by "reading" their cards individually or in groups. They ask their life's questions and, speaking from their own cards for themselves in a special context, provide direction for themselves. Sharing readings and SoulCollage® cards are enjoyable, enriching ways to deepen intimacy and strengthen community.

Nearly everyone has made a collage at one time or another. What is different about the collage process of SoulCollage®?

Usually people make a big collage with everything or all of them represented, and they eventually roll it up and store it in the closet. In SoulCollage®, you collage one aspect of you on one card at a time. For example, you look through a magazine and see a smiling joyful child that just grabs you and asks to be placed on a SoulCollage card. Then you find a background that supports the Happy Child energy, maybe add a couple of other images if it feels right, and, voilà, you have made your Happy Child card! This card goes into your growing SoulCollage® deck. This deck of cards is easy to keep nearby so you can use it for readings and bring out to share with friends and relatives. (There is also now an iOS SoulCollage® App that enables you to keep all your cards with you and do readings and sharing on the go if you have an iPhone or iPad.)

Once you make some cards, you can use them to access your inner guidance and find direction in your life. You ask an important question and turn over several cards who will answer you. Here’s how: you take on the role of each of the cards you’ve picked and answer from its point of view.  See also, question #5.  See also: “How to Make SoulCollage® Cards.”

Why do SoulCollage®? What do people get out of making and using SoulCollage® cards?

People give lots of answers to this question. There’s a video answering this question called “Why Practice SoulCollage®?” as well as a variety of YouTube videos on SoulCollage®TV which help to answer these questions. Often people say they love the invitation to be creative. They say they find out more about all the parts of themselves, and they get to keep, use, and share the cards, thus to continue deepening their relationship to those parts. Some people use their cards to deal with grief, illness, and recovery issues. Many say it is just plain fun and it gives them self-care and special time for themselves. In these unsettling, changing times we live in, SoulCollage® provides an inexpensive, accessible way to find direction within oneself and, at the same time, experience supportive community.

What do you do with the cards after you’ve made them?

Mariabruna Sirabella, one of the SoulCollage® Trainers, has said that making SoulCollage® cards without reading them and working with them is like making a fabulous meal and not eating it!

So the second part of the process is very important — working with the cards using the SoulCollage® I Am One Who… You draw a card, hold it up, say this phrase, “I Am One Who…”, and step into the role of the image on that card. You speak from the image, letting the image find its own voice, and allow it to tell you quite spontaneously who it is and what it has to say to your questions. Some people have a daily practice of drawing one or two cards and letting the messages from their cards accompany them more consciously through their day. Helpful Link: "Reading your SoulCollage® Cards."  If you want more info on Doing Readings with Your SoulCollage® Cards, Seena Frost has recorded a whole CD about by that name.

How did SoulCollage® get started?

It began when Seena Frost was attending a training with Jean Houston. At the end of this three-year training, she had the idea to make, for her project, about 140 cards we would now call Community cards, one for each person in the group. She continued working with the idea in her therapy practice and in the groups that she led. The people in those first groups helped her develop the concept further.

How big is SoulCollage now? How many people are involved?

There are now well over 3000 trained SoulCollage® Facilitators in 43 countries and many Trainers who train Facilitators worldwide. (See HOME page for current statistics.) We imagine that over the years tens of thousands of people have made at least one SoulCollage® card.

What are “SoulCollage® Facilitators”, how are they trained, and what do they do?

SoulCollage® Facilitators complete at SoulCollage® Facilitator Training where they review the basic structure and principles of SoulCollage®. They learn how to make cards, facilitate others’ making, sharing, and reading of cards, and experience how to conduct basic exercises for an Introductory SoulCollage® Workshop. Completion of the Training enables Facilitators to use the SoulCollage® Facilitator logo, call themselves a “SoulCollage® Facilitator” and call a workshop a “SoulCollage® workshop or group”. It enables them to participate in an active, supportive Facilitators' community and use www.soulcollage.com to advertise their groups. SoulCollage® Facilitators don’t do “therapy” with SoulCollage® (unless, of course, they are licensed therapists using it in the context of their practice). Facilitators simply make available an encouraging, non-competitive, safe-as-possible space for creativity and self-discovery in community.