Beverly Gordon

Facilitator since November 19, 2011

Beverly Gordon
private home/studio
Englewood, FL, Florida 34223 (United States)
P 608 658-7144

Biography

Born and bred in NYC, then years in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts and the midwest.  I retired in 2012 from the Design Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where for 30 years I taught courses in textile and fashion history and appreciation; material culture; world dress; global perspectives on design and culture; and design thinking and problem-solving. I have a Ph.D. in design history, and my scholarly research focused on textiles and related aspects of the material world and the designed environment—I was always looking at the meanings of objects in people’s lives, particularly in relation to women and the domestic realms. I am a prolific writer. My most recent work, Textiles: The Whole Story: Uses, Meanings, Significance (Thames & Hudson 2011; AKA The Fiber of Our Lives: Why Textiles Matter) is a beautifully illustrated art book that approaches the subject comprehensively, across the world and across time.  Previous books include The Saturated World: Aesthetic Meaning, Intimate Objects, Women’s Lives; Bazaars and Fair Ladies: The History of the American Fundraising Fair; Shaker Textile Arts; and Feltmaking: Traditions, Techniques and Contemporary Explorations. I've also written dozens of articles ranging from studies of individual artists to the history and meanings of quilts, fashion (including blue jeans), dress-up, beadwork, crepe paper, souvenirs, and even a “backstage women’s space” --a community bathroom in the building where I worked.

In addition to the university, I have worked in museums as an exhibit curator and textile interpreter. My years at Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield, Mass.) had much to do with leading me to my passion for investigating meanings of the designed environment.

Meditation and working with spiritual unfolding has always been important to me. I graduated from the Inner Focus school of Advanced Energy Healing in the 1990s.

A passion I can pursue now now that I am retired from the university is my work as a practicing artist. I started in the late 1960s as a weaver and fiber artist, but my current work involves reconfiguration and recontextualization—repositioning and reusing images in SoulCollage®, and reimaginging natural materials such as bone, shell, kelp, and pods as I work them into sculptural figures and assemblages which are often figural and totemic. I have been applying the SoulCollage® dialogue (I am one who) process to my own artwork and am amazed at the further depth and revelations it brings. Visit my website, www.beverlygordon.info to see some of my pieces (and my poetry too).

Description of SoulCollage® work

Because I am interested in helping everyone access and follow their own inner guidance or intuitive voice, I sometimes name my workshops "Intuition Through Imagery" or "Accessing Our Inner Guidance," since the inner journey is what I most emphasize with this process. I bring to it my experience with imaginal writing, totemic art, shamanism, dreamwork and energy healing (I graduated from the Inner Focus school of Advanced Energy Healing in the 1990s, and have done dreamwork and shamanic training with Myron Eshowsky and Robert Moss, and am a hospice volunteer). I see my SoulCollage® facilitation as part of my larger spiritual path and my work of service, and try to infuse all of it with an awareness of the magic in everyday life.

I am constantly delighted by the way SoulCollage® helps us with our inner guidance in such a direct, powerful and easy way. I always come back to the magic: the way that certain images call to us (often despite our resistance) and show us what they want us to know; the way the card readings can keep taking us deeper and deeper. This delight, this magic, and the real understanding that we can trust the process, is what I share and find coming back a hundred-fold.

Many of my workshops appeal  to those who are already exploring the inner world-- those committed to active dreaming, for example, to art as personal exploration, or to a particular spiritual approach--but the process is also a wonderful way for individuals who have no experience in that realm to find their way into the inner world. I invite everyone to participate, and am repeatedly told I have a gentle, helpful facilitation style.

SoulCollage® can be combined with writing, movement and other kinds of exploratory processes that can help us navigate. I would be happy to create special workshops or work with individuals upon request. I am also excited about using SoulCollage® with existing groups--e.g., facilitating workships with staff members in a particular organization or women in an ongoing support group. I offer my services for groups that want to find guidance about/insights into their work together.
 

Personal work with own SoulCollage® cards

I have a large and ever-growing SoulCollage® deck of often mystical/mythic images that help me actually give form to the inner world. I am, unabashedly, a mystic, and I seem to start from the perspective of the One, giving substance and particularity to the Many. Like many of the people I work with, I "fall in love" with my cards and the energies they bring forth. I delight in seeing how my cards mirror themes and images in my other artwork, and show me the wisdom I already have.

I am finding more and more ways to work with my cards and embody them in my own life. The images often come into my consciousness unbidden when their energy is called for. Other times I ask which cards are available to help me visualize and deal with particular emotional states, to give me comfort, and so forth. My husband and I have used our respective cards to "talk" to each other when we are at an impasse, and I have been playing with the "conversations" of my cards with one another. I am always gratified by the synchronicities and the continually deepening meanings embodied by individual cards.There seems to be infinite room to explore and use these embodied images to make our lives richer.

Other Notes

To learn more about my artwork and way of seeing the world and working with nature), watch my video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2R4aw5Y4AI

To see more of my artwork and read some of my poetry, visit my website, http//www.beverlygordon.info

  • These workshops serve as both an introduction to SoulCollage®, suitable for beginners, and an opportunity for those who have worked with it previously to delve much deeper. We create a safe and sacred container by aligning with one another and exploring the stated theme; do the collage process; and then learn what our cards have to say. We also discuss the many ways cardmaking and consultation can serve as part of an ongoing process of discovery and a meaningful spiritual practice. Specific themes for Winter/Spring 2020 are listed below.

    Fee: $35-$40 prepaid, $40-45 day of workshop (participants decide). All materials provided. Pre-registration required.

    Saturday, January 25, 2020   Gratitude and Appreciation

    Every day is richer when we approach it with gratitude. We will explore all the taken-for-granted things we can be appreciative of and realize the grace we are walking within all the time. (this event is taking place at the Venice Holistic Center [Blue Lotus Meditation Center], Venice, FL.)

     

         Sunday, February 2, 2020:   Cultivating Wonder       

    Many have heard the adage, “what we pay attention to, thrives.” What if we paid attention to a sense of wonder and amazement, to everyday magic, to the awesomeness that is always present? By focusing on this topic, we bring more wonder into our cards and magic into our lives.

     

      Friday, Mar 13, 2020: Embracing Change; Letting Go      

    Part of being human is the need to constantly “let go”—to deal with all the changes, big and small, that we encounter every day. We will explore ways we can embrace process and enjoy the ride. 

     

     Friday, March 22, 2020:  Finding Balance (and honoring the equinox)

    At the point in the year where dark and light are in balance, we will explore ways we find and maintain balance in our everyday life. 

     

    Sunday, April 5, 2020:   Natural Wisdom

    Most of us feel good when we are surrounded by nature and the natural world. We will begin this workshop by examining what it is in nature that is so rejeuvenating, and ways we can cultivate this relationship more fully.

     

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020:  Theme to be announced

     

     

     


    private home/studio
    Englewood, Florida 34223
    United States

    Facilitator Info
    When:
    January 25, 2020 - 1:30pm - 5:00pm
    February 2, 2020 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    March 13, 2020 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    March 22, 2020 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    April 5, 2020 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    April 29, 2020 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • WHAT

    This weekend retreat workshop is designed for those who want to access and deepen their relationship with their own inner wisdom, or spirit of guidance. We use a variety of tools and experiences that draw on expressive arts and creative process: SoulCollage®; Soul Scribbles; “New Viewfinding”—creative explorations using photography (easy exercises with a phone or digital camera); and Soul-Guided Writing. In addition, we have time for a ritual circle on a peaceful Gulf of Mexico beach and other interactions with nature. We create a safe, supportive community and our work is done within a sacred energetic container.

    WHERE

    The location is Casa Nur, a beautiful private home and studio in the Venice/ Englewood, Florida area on the Gulf of Mexico. The house is a 1-minute drive/10-minute walk to a quiet public beach on Manasota Key.  Casa Nur offers ample work space (in good weather—which is most of the time—we use the lanai, enjoying the varied greens of the landscape, just beyond the screen), and grounds and gardens to wander or work in.

     

    LOGISTICS

    Workshop fee: $290. All workshop materials are provided. Housing and most meals are not included, except for a feast on Saturday evening. 

    Accommodations: There are many nearby accommodations, and the facilitator can help with arrangements.  (Two places within walking distance to check out: The Seafarer Beach motel, (941) 474-4388, http://www.seafarerbeach.com/; and the Manasota Bridge motel, (941) 474-5365).

    Air travel: The closest airports are in Sarasota, Fort Meyers, or Punta Gorda, Florida. Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater are a little further afield, but within a 1.5 hour drive. There is no public transportation to Casa Nur, but the facilitator can help set you up with a driver service. Those coming from out of the area should plan to arrive Thursday evening.

    DETAILS

    More on some of the processes we will explore:

    **SoulCollage® is a simple, magical and powerful process of combining visual images (cutting and pasting from printed photos--no particular skill or experience needed) to access information from your deeper self, and then letting the collages “speak.” Participants create collaged cards with their own visual symbolic language. Together, the cards form a unique "deck” that can be as a personal discovery tool—a personal oracle. For more info, visit www.soulcollage.com

    **Soul Scribbles are quick exercises using quick scribbles or doodles to get at some of the ideas and issues operating beyond the conscious level.

    **Soul-Guided Writing is an empowering form of journaling that allows the inner voice of guidance to come through as a kind of personal channel. Akin to what is sometimes called automatic writing, the process is multi-sensory, and involves directing questions to that wise teacher. Guidance often shows up in surprising and delightful ways.

    **New Viewfinding is literally playing with new perspectives through a camera lens (easy to do with a simple phone or digital camera; no photography skill is necessary). Enjoyable “looking and capturing” exercises expand creative understanding and lead to different ways of thinking and seeing.

    ** Surprises—Unexpected opportunities for giving and receiving.

     

    SAMPLE SCHEDULE (subject to serendipity and change!)

    Friday, February 28, 2020

    10:00-11:30  Gather and meet one another. Orientation to the area and set-up of the workshop.  Learn about our group and individual intentions. Explore the idea of inner guidance and the higher self.

    11:30-12:30  Weather permitting, opening ritual on beach and picnic lunch (bring your own or we’ll have a selection of items to build sandwiches).

              1:00-5:00     SoulCollage®, session 1. Collage-making and interpretation.

              Dinner on your own (individuals may opt to go to a restaurant together).

     

              Saturday, February 9, 2020 (leap day!)

     9:30-10:00   Gathering and greeting the day.

    11:00-12:00  Soul-guided writing

    12:00-12:30  Introduction to New Viewfinding

    12:30-3:00   Lunch break and personal reflection time. Opportunity for walks, journaling, and New Viewfinding camera exercises. Stay on the grounds or go to the beach or nearby natural areas.

         3:00-6:00    Share mid-day explorations. SoulCollage®, session 2.

              6:00        Sunset beach viewing for those who wish.

              7:00        Dinner at Casa Nur.

                     

              Sunday, March 1, 2020

              9:30-10:00  Gathering and greeting the day.

              10:00-12:00  SoulCollage®, soul-guided writing or other guided experiences.

              12:00       Snack

              12:15-1:30   Final activities, sharing and closing ritual.

     

    CONTACT ME FOR MORE INFORMATION, TESTIMONIALS, PHOTOS OF THE FACILITY AND OF PAST WORKSHOPS-- AND TO SAVE YOUR PLACE!


    private home/studio Englewood, Florida
    United States

    Facilitator Info
    When:
    February 28, 2020 - 10:00am - March 1, 2020 - 1:30pm