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 align with and explore the stated theme, do the collage process, and 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 Summer and Fall 2018 are listed below.

    Fee: $35 prepaid, $35-40 day of workshop. All materials provided. Pre-registration required.

     

    Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 Remembering Gratitude

         Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Cultivating Wonder             

    As we approach the summer solstice, let us fully take in the abundance and wonder of our planet. We can enrich our lives, even in difficult times, by actively cultivating amazement.

         Friday, March 29, 2019 : 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. 

        Thursday, April 11, 2019: Deeper into the Heart—Interbeing 

    Interbeing is a term coined by Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. It refers to the interconnectedness and interdependence of all beings. We will explore this idea—the reality that we are never alone or separate because we are all part of everything and everyone.

     

     

     


    private home/studio
    Englewood, Florida 53711
    United States

    Facilitator Info
    When:
    January 9, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    February 27, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    March 29, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
    April 11, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Inner Guidance By the Gulf:

    Accessing Your Deep Inner Wisdom Through Creative Process

    A weekend retreat facilitated by Beverly Gordon

    February 8-10,  repeats March 8-10, 2019

     

    This 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-guided writing, nature and beach walks, and “new viewfinding”: creative explorations using photography (easy exercises with a phone or digital camera).

    The location is Casa Nur, a beautiful private home and studio in the Venice/ Englewood, Florida area on the Gulf of Mexico. (For info on the area, visit https://www.visitsarasota.com/ and https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/venice.html). 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.

    The weather in early February is usually quite pleasant: about 75 degrees during the day, with minimal rain.

    Workshop fee: $300. All workshop materials are provided. Housing and meals are not included (except Sunday jointly-prepared meal). There are many nearby accommodations, and the facilitator can help with arrangements.

    The facilitator

    Beverly Gordon is an artist, writer, and workshop leader, committed to helping others access their own inner wisdom and rediscover their creative energy and sense of wonder.  An accredited and experienced SoulCollage® facilitator, she has also been leading “Writing From the Inside Out” workshops for several years. She is a retired university professor (Design Studies, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) and a skilled group leader, teacher, and public speaker. To get a sense of her art work, visit her blog and website:www.beverlygordon.info/blog-inner-nature-adventure                

    DETAILS

    More on 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.

    **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.

    Tentative schedule (the same schedule will hold for the March 8-10 workshop. Sunset in March is about 6:30).

    Friday, February 8, 2019

    3:00-5:30. 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.

    5:30  Weather permitting, go to the beach for sunset experience (this time of year, sunset is about 6:15). We will do an opening ritual and participants will have the opportunity to look for individual totems  (shells, etc.) to be with them during the workshop.

     

    Saturday, February 9, 2019

    9:30-12:30   SoulCollage®, session 1. Collage-making and interpretation.

    12:30-3:30  Lunch break and personal reflection time. Opportunity for walks, journaling, and New Viewfinding camera exercises (ample instruction will be provided in advance). The beach and two natural areas are located within a few minutes reach of Casa Nur.      

         3:30-6:00  Share mid-day explorations. Soul guided     Writing, session 1 .     

         6:00 Sunset beach viewing for those who wish.     

         8:30 Optional return to Casa Nur to watch movie together    

    Sunday, February 10, 2019

         9:30-12:30 SoulCollage®, session 2         

        12:30-2:15  Lunch break. More opportunity to play with New Viewfinding 

         2:15-5:30  Photo sharing and Soulcollage®, session 3.

         5:30       Dinner together at Casa Nur.

         7:30-9:30  Soul-guided Writing, session 2.  Final sharing and closing ritual.


    private home/studio
    2134 KEYES AVE
    Venice/Englewood area, Florida 34223
    United States

    Facilitator Info
    When:
    February 8, 2019 - 3:00pm - February 10, 2019 - 9:30pm
    March 8, 2019 - 3:00pm - March 10, 2019 - 9:30pm