SoulCollage® FAQ for Media

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SoulCollage®?

SoulCollage® is a fun process that anyone can do. Founder, Seena Frost, described SoulCollage® in her book, SoulCollage® Evolving, and on Frost’s CDs. 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.)

The Happy Child card would fit into one of the four Suits in SoulCollage®. SoulCollage® has a simple, elegant structure that makes it easy to use, share, and to find meaning in your collages. The Committee Suit is the one that holds all our cards for personality parts, like My Happy Child. There are three other suits. The Community Suit holds cards for the people you love and who inspire you. The Companions Suit holds cards representing our physical energies. And the Council Suit holds the cards for archetypes and universal principles, which seem to be influencing our lives. Having four Suits reminds us to make cards for all parts of our lives. There are also three Transpersonal Cards representing Source from which comes all manifestation represented in the four Suits.

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.”

Where can I see examples of SoulCollage® cards people have made?

There are now examples of SoulCollage® cards that people have made and shared throughout the web. 

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 materials do you need to get started doing SoulCollage®?

It is so easy. Anyone can do this. You already have most of what you need. You need a good pair of scissors, a glue stick (archival—the kind you use for photos) and a stiff backing. Most people use the high quality, blank, mat board cards that have been professionally cut and are a 5” x 8” size. It’s important to have your cards be all the same size so it is easy to shuffle them in a deck. Most importantly, you need IMAGES, which are everywhere. SoulCollagers recycle images from magazines and elsewhere and use their own photos. They also buy stock photos online. There are more and more places online to find copyright-free images.

You start looking for images. Some will grab you, even if you don’t know why, and you just tear those out and put them in a pile.

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.

The title of the book is SoulCollage® Evolving. How is SoulCollage® evolving?

The Founder of SoulCollage®, Seena Frost, has added some things to the original structure, like the concept of three Transpersonal cards. Much of the development has come from the community, which has been using SoulCollage® for decades, starting with Frost’s groups held in her home and office in the 1990s. Today there are many trained Facilitators facilitating groups throughout the world. These Facilitators have many interests, many professions. Some share SoulCollage® with friends and family. Others use it in their paid or volunteer work. Facilitators have a great network through the Web. They generously share ideas and handouts and ways of working with many different kinds of people. (See the PDF "Applications of and Contexts for SoulCollage®.") Some of these contexts are listed under question #11.

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.

From what I have seen on the www.soulcollage.com website, SoulCollage® has been used with many different kinds of people in many contexts. What are some of these contexts? (Please CLICK HERE to see and download a PDF listing the following applications and contexts. These are examples, not a full list of possible uses.) The list below is a very partial list.

Addictions & Substance Abuse & Eating Disorders Treatment

Adolescents at Risk

Adopting Parents

Alzheimers’ Patients (early stage)

Anger Management

Career Counseling

Children’s Groups

Church Groups

Community Groups

Conflict Resolution

Organizational Development

Couples’ Therapy

Creative Problem-Solving

Creativity groups

Disabled Persons

Diversity, Cross-Cultural Work

Domestic Violence Centers

Dream Work

Health-Related Issues

Hospice (Grief and Loss)

Hospital Behavioral Treatment

Men’s Groups

Non-Verbal Patients

Pregnant Moms & Families

Prison Inmates

Recovery from Eating Disorders

Senior Centers

Social Work

Stress Management

Therapy (individual, family, couples, and group)

Therapists’ Support Group

Trauma Healing (e.g., Childhood Abuse, Veterans, etc.)

Weight Loss and Fitness Goals.

Women’s Groups

Writing fiction and poetry

What's next for SoulCollage®?

SoulCollage® continues to grow and expand in new ways, so we have created several Soul-cial Media pages.

Where can I find a workshop or a SoulCollage® Facilitator to learn more?

There is a search function on our site to find a Facilitator by location or name. There is also a current listing of workshops posted by Facilitators.

 

Is there an online SoulCollage® class if I can’t find one locally?

There are recorded Introduction to SoulCollage® courses offered by SoulCollage Inc. These are not intended to replace the experience of an in-person group, but if you cannot find one offered in your community, you can purchase and stream one of these introductory video courses. It is recommended that you take an introductory course either live or online before attending­­­­ the SoulCollage® Facilitator Training.

Where can I find out more about SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainings?

CLICK HERE for information about SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainings. See Current Schedule HERE.

 

How can I support the good work SoulCollage® is doing through the world to encourage self-discovery and community?

1. Give to Yourself - Most important, get started making your own SoulCollage® cards. Get your Getting Started Kit or your Card-Making Supply Pack and make your own joyful creativity your priority.

2. Give to Others - If you shop at Amazon.com, then at no extra cost to you, there is a simple way to pay it forward and provide money to the SoulCollage® Diversity Scholarship Fund to assist people, who wouldn't ordinarily be able to take the Facilitator Training, to take SoulCollage® back to the diverse communities they are already serving. A percentage of your purchase will go to the SoulCollage® Scholarship Fund with no cost to you, IF you take one simple extra first step:

Each time you want to buy something at Amazon, CLICK FIRST on the AMAZON icon at the bottom of the right column on www.soulcollage.com. It will take you to Amazon.com where you will complete your purchase as usual, but you will be sending a percentage of your purchase to the SoulCollage® Scholarship Fund to help more people discover their wisdom and change their world.

"Do all the good you can,
 By all the means you can, 
 In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,

 To all the people you can
, As long as ever you can
." 
                                                  
   ~ John Wesley

Click here for a PDF version.

v.170516