Workshops & Events

Mining the Mother Lode with SoulCollage®:
A Weekend Retreat with Anne Boedecker and Gail Byrnes
Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, Westfield, MA
May 10 – 12, 2019

Mother’s Day offers us the opportunity to explore both the personal aspects of our relationships as mothers and/or daughters and the transpersonal archetype of the Mother. Using the myth of Demeter and Persephone we will delve into the archetypes of Maiden, Mother and Crone, examining their light and shadow sides. These will provide a container for investigating the nature of our own relationships with older and younger women. We’ll be using SoulCollage, film clips and shamanic journeying to deepen our understanding and expression of these elements.

You’ll be able to share your cards and journaling in small groups in as much depth as you wish.

This retreat is not for mothers only! It will be, however, a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day with (or without) your own mother, daughter, and/or granddaughter, or with your friends.

At this weekend retreat you will enjoy:

  • 3 days and 2 nights at the lovely Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center in Westfield, MA, with comfortable accommodations (single rooms) and 3 delicious meals a day                                                                                                                     

  • tables full of new and unique images and unlimited card-making supplies                             

  • quiet personal time as well as communion with other soulful women                              

  • opening and closing rituals to mark sacred time and space                                           

  • sound healing and shamanic journeying                                                                       

  • a guided process of journal-writing and card-making

    This retreat will begin with registration at 5 pm Friday, May 10, 2019 and end Sunday May 12 at 3 pm.
    Cost for this inclusive retreat is only $500 per person. For a payment plan a deposit of $100 is required and 4 monthly installments of $100; the full amount is due April 15th. PayPal and personal checks accepted.
    Register now! Space is limited to 12 participants. Contact Gail Byrnes at or Anne Boedecker at

 Gail Byrnes is an integrative energy healer incorporating acupuncture, shamanic work, sound healing, essential oils and crystals in her work.  She has been doing shamanic work since 1992, and has worked with shamans from multiple traditions from around the world.  She is a Plant Spirit Healing practitioner, and a trainer in the Munay-Ki Rites.  She has been a group leader and facilitator for more than 17 years.  She is a SoulCollage® facilitator, avid photographer, and artist.  She has been working with the Goddess and mythology for many years.  She is passionate about building community.

 Anne Boedecker brings many years of experience as a Buddhist practitioner, psychotherapist, and expressive artist to her work as retreat leader. She trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator with Seena Frost in 2007, and has been co-leading KaleidoSoul retreats for the past 12 years. She is a spiritual director, creativity coach and JourneyCircles™ facilitator. Her passion is the creative care of the soul through meditation, art and ritual. For more information, visit

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