Marti Beddoe

Facilitator since October 5, 2007

Marti Beddoe
Naperville, Illinois 60540 (United States)

Biography

Discovering and expressing life’s beauty, meaning, and purpose have been the consistent threads of Marti Beddoe’s journey since her Libran birth in 1948. Marti has creatively woven those threads into her life and work as a community organizer; as an imaginal educator, teaching topics ranging from finger painting to theology and spirituality to people from diverse backgrounds and all age groups from womb to tomb; as a single working mother and full-time student; as a career/life coach and founder of Right Livelyhoods and Designs for Peace; as a friend and mentor; as a spiritual partner and wife; as an artist; as a mother and step-mother of five; as a grandmother of 7; as a Circle Way Practitioner; as a student of the Enneagram, astrology and mysticism; as a meditator and meditation teacher; and now as a Facilitator of the SoulCollage® process.

Description of SoulCollage® work

With respect and gratitude, I acknowledge my teachers Jean Houston, Seena B. Frost, Kylea Taylor, and Anne Marie Bennett, the Giants upon whose shoulders I stand. In October 2007, I had the pleasure of participating in the first East Coast Facilitators Training in Baltimore, MD led by Seena and her colleagues. It is an honor and a delight to share the SoulCollage® process with anyone looking for “a way to dive deeper into an awareness of their many-faceted Self/Soul parts”, especially their own Inner Healer and Wise One. 

In September 2005, after learning the SoulCollage® basics from my friend Jon Hansen, I called a circle of friends interested in exploring the lush intersection between creativity and spirituality. We have met the first Saturday of each month since then. At the center of our SoulCollage® circle is a sacred space of silence, a bottomless well where we can drink deeply the nectar of authenticity, creativity, encouragement, integrity and wisdom before returning to our daily lives. I am especially interested in fostering similar kinds of communities of SoulCollagers where members learn the powerful practice and utter privilege of being Witness to the mysterious unfolding of personal and collective beauty, meaning, and purpose.

After ten years of facilitating SoulCollage®, I found myself needing to address my own anxiety about the world shadow arising so strongly in 2016. As usual, I put my attention on the healing Neter of Beauty and there found the inspiration to create a course, Walking the Beauty Way, meant to share what I have learned over 40 years about being productive, staying calmly centered, and steadily holding the Light in difficult times.

In 2017, I facilitated a yearlong course, Walking the Beauty Way, a synthesis of the practice of SoulCollage®, Circle Way and Harmony Self-Promises. The essence of this course was offered in May 2018 at the Walking the Beauty Way Retreat followed by a Practice Circle to build a strong foundation. 

I also coach other Facilitators interested in using Circle Way practices to start their own peer circles or in teaching SoulCollage® classes. For more information, click here.

Personal work with own SoulCollage® cards

In April 2005 I saw Jon Hansen’s breathtaking SoulCollage® cards and I realized I had to know more! Though I had made and had taught my clients how to make collages of Treasure Maps/Vision boards for decades, Jon’s cards were like no collage I had ever seen! Their other-worldly quality more closely resembled images on a 16 square quilt I made in 1997, an attempt to create a non-verbal autobiography of my life’s most significant events. The quilt’s images were based on symbols mined from my dreams. SoulCollage® feels like a natural continuation of my quilt. Despite my love of language, sometimes in life, there are experiences that are simply beyond words. That is what I love about SoulCollage®! From the cards’ images, a flow of soulful poetry is summoned and expressed as the "I Am One Who..." statements.

As I enter the third trimester of my life, I am very grateful to Seena and Source for the ever-deepening Well of Joy and Wisdom made available to my psyche, soul and spirit through the practice of SoulCollage®. I invite you to explore your own Well and discover what beauty, meaning and purpose it holds!

Other Notes

Walking the Beauty Way - a SoulCollage® Retreat

Both new and seasoned SoulCollagers are welcome to The Walking the Beauty Way Retreat which gathers a circle of souls who are intent on bringing more healing energy and Light into a world that seems to be getting darker. You'll be able to pause and refresh your spirit through an in-depth contemplation of the Neter of Beauty, its potential to restore balance and harmony, and to facilitate change in your inner and outer worlds.

You can expect a delicious mix of the hands-on creativity of SoulCollage®, the quietude of meditation, and a solid grounding in practical skills to carry you forward after the retreat. Surprises, Synchronicities and the Sacred will enliven and enlighten your Soul, and you will delight in the joy of shared ritual and soul stories.

If you would like me to bring Walking the Beauty Way Retreat to your community's needs, please contact me at marti@martibeddoe.com

 

Ongoing Peer-led SoulCollage® Circle

Meets 1st Saturday morning of the month in OakBrook, Illinois area.

If you are ready to deepen your work with your deck, consider visiting our intimate circle where you will be welcomed by a group of open-hearted, open-minded women. This circle has met monthly since 2005! Thanks to Circle Way practices, you will find a safe space to receive encouragement and support from peers who are dedicated to the introspection that SoulCollage® so beautifully allows. To learn more, contact me at marti@martibeddoe.com

  • Ongoing Peer-led SoulCollage® Circle

    Meets 1st (or 2nd) Saturday morning of the month in
    OakBrook, Illinois area.

    If you are ready to deepen your work with your deck, consider visiting our intimate circle where you will
    be welcomed by a group of open-hearted, open-minded women. This circle has met monthly since 2005! Thanks to Circle Way practices, you will find a safe space to receive encouragement and support from peers who
    are dedicated to the introspection that SoulCollage® so beautifully allows. To learn more, contact me at
    marti@martibeddoe.com


    Oak Brook, Illinois Oak Brook, Illinois
    United States

    Facilitator Info
    When:
    February 1, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    March 14, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    April 4, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    May 2, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    June 13, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    July 11, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    August 1, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    September 12, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    October 3, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
    November 7, 2020 - 9:00am - 12:00pm