SoulCollage® is a creative and satisfying collage process. You make your own deck of cards - each collage card representing one aspect of your personality or Soul. Use the cards intuitively to answer life's questions and participate in self-discovery. Joyfully deepen your understanding of the relationships between your personality parts, you and your family/community/world, and you and your dreams, symbols, and Spirit. The book, SoulCollage® Evolving, tells how to make and use the SoulCollage® cards individually and in groups.
Karen Mann on 1 min video (below):
I love that the answers to my questions about my life
come from consulting these beautiful SoulCollage® cards
that I've made myself, about myself.
The History of SoulCollage®
Seena Frost began the SoulCollage® process in the late 1980s. Its seeds lay in her final project for a three-year "Human Capacities" program led by Jean Houston from 1987 to 1989. Seena says, "It was a time when I was immersed in world myths and archetypal psychology, and also I was exploring various spiritual paths. I was also practicing psychotherapy in my professional practice. The card-making process evolved over time with the aid of many women in my therapy groups. As they made their powerful, personal cards, shared them with each other and consulted them, we discovered the transforming possibilities of these images."
In those on-going therapy groups, and over several years, Seena, along with her therapy clients, developed the structures of the four suits, the personal collaged cards, and the style of doing intuitive readings. The work of C.J. Jung, James Hillman, Roberto Assigioli, and others formed the psychological and spiritual underpinnings. Originally, it was named the "Neter Card" process. Neters were, in ancient Egyptian lore, the gods and goddesses that came forth from the One Neter, or Source, to help or challenge humans. The word "Neter" continues to be used in SoulCollage® to indicate each of the many guides and allies and challengers depicted in the images on our SoulCollage® cards.
The SoulCollage® Book
Kylea Taylor and Jim Schofield came to a "Neter Card" workshop in Seena's home in 1998 and decided that their publishing company, Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc., would offer to publish Seena's first book. Over the next three years, the three worked to assemble card images and words from the more than forty people who were working intensively with the process, and Seena wrote the manuscript. The name was changed from "Neter Card" process to "SoulCollage" as it was a name easier to remember, and more descriptive. Jim Schofield came up with the name, and it received the stamp of approval from a consensus of all Seena's long-time group members. The name reminds us that all the cards in our SoulCollage® deck together comprise the "collage of our soul". Bonny McGowan created the initial interior book design for Seena's manuscript. Daniel Cook finished the book interior, the cover, and designed our logo. Seena's first book, SoulCollage: An Intuitive Process for Individuals and Groups, was published in 2001. In 2002 the book was chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Nautilus Book Award.
Kylea and Jim saw the need for additional products to make it easier for people to get started with SoulCollage®. They produced professionally-cut, blank matboard cards to make it easy for people to get started creating their deck of cards and Seena made her first two recordings, which later became CDs, Introduction to SoulCollage® and Facilitating SoulCollage® in Groups. In 2008 Hanford Mead Publishers, Inc. released Seena's series of six more CDs offering indepth teachings about the four SoulCollage® suits, Doing Readings & the Transpersonal Cards, and Working with the Shadow in SoulCollage®.
The SoulCollage® Training
In September 2003, Seena and Kylea formed SoulCollage Inc. and offered the first SoulCollage® Facilitator Training in Santa Cruz, California. The Trainings continue to be in much demand. They have attracted people from many US states and several other countries. The people who completed the Training began using SoulCollage® in diverse ways and contexts.
Facilitators introduce SoulCollage® to many different ethnic, age, socio-economic and other groups of people, including: women, men, artists, writers, school children, those recovering from addiction and/or trauma, those enrolled in adult community education, those grieving or dealing with terminal illness, teenagers (both in the context of education or social services). Some have used SoulCollage® with their homeopathy clients as an additional diagnostic tool. Some have taken SoulCollage® to present at professional conferences or used it in business for organizational development. Facilitation of SoulCollage® is offered by those doing individual and group therapy or coaching, by ordained or lay ministers in churches or on retreats, and by those who simply bring together a group of friends for art, fun, and sharing.
SoulCollage® Facilitators join a Facilitators' Circle and receive The Neter Letter, a monthly e-newsletter about SoulCollage® work in the world. The Neter Letter began publication in 2005, edited by Alia Moore. SoulCollage® Facilitators often join together in Regional SoulCollage® Facilitator groups to support their professional work and strengthen their own personal practice with SoulCollage®.
"SoulCollagers" have published many blogs on the web. SoulCollage® Trainer, Anne Marie Bennett, has published a wide variety of ebooks and workbooks about SoulCollage®.
As of November 9, 2014, there are 2,281 Facilitators in 39 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Germany, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Switzerland, United States, Taiwan, Turkey, and Venezuela.
In 2007, Seena and Kylea began the invitational SoulCollage® Trainer Program, asking several experienced SoulCollage® Facilitators to join the Training circle in this entrepreneurial, cooperative venture of bringing new SoulCollage® Facilitators into the community. We are especially pleased to have Trainers in a number of geographical locations.
As of April, 2013, in addition to Seena Frost and Mariabruna Sirabella, there are twelve other Trainers: Catherine L. Anderson (North Carolina and South Africa), Anne Marie Bennett (Massachusetts), Audrey Chowdhury (Wisconsin), Diane Karen Born (NW areas of Washington, British Columbia, Canada), Kat Kirby (Arizona), Kylea Taylor, Linda Woolfson (UK/Portugal), Lucy Schaaphok (Netherlands), Mirabai Joan Kolari (California/Europe), Karen Mann (Australia), Roberta Rook (Maryland), and Suzie Wolfer (Oregon). See our current schedule of Trainings.
SoulCollage Inc. has held five well-received conferences for trained SoulCollage® Facilitators. The first was held near Santa Cruz, CA in 2007 at Skyote Retreat Center (20 attended). The second conference, "It Takes a Village - Healing the World with SoulCollage®!", was held at Asilomar in Monterey, CA in 2008 (50 attended). The third conference, "Creating a Common-unity: Dancing with Our Shadows in the Light of the Desert", was held near Tucson, Arizona in 2009 (65 attended). The fourth conference, “Nurturing our Souls Through Life’s Seasons”, was held September 8-11, 2011 on the East Coast USA, near Baltimore, Maryland USA (95 attended). The fifth International SoulCollage® Facilitators' Conference was held Oct 24-27, 2013 at Skamania Lodge on the Columbia Gorge, 45 minutes from Portland, OR USA (210 attended).
The Principles of SoulCollage®
SoulCollage® is a trademarked process with just a few requirements to follow when using it or talking about it with others. There are certain elements that should be included in SoulCollage® work, such as non-competitive artistic expression and the "I Am One Who..." exercise. SoulCollage® cards are for personal and inner exploration. They are to be shared, but not to be sold, traded, or bartered.
Please read the full version of these guidelines, The Principles of SoulCollage®, by SoulCollage® author, Seena B. Frost.
SoulCollage® is written as one word. Books in Print, the book index in bookstores, cannot find the book if it is written as two words.
We refer to the SoulCollage® cards as "SoulCollage® cards" rather than shortening it to some other term which might cause confusion with other types of cards.