Seeking The True Self: A SoulCollage® Journey

2021 Virtual Monthly Gatherings
1:00pm to 3:00pm (Pacific Time)

with optional introduction to SoulCollage® at 12:30
Cost: $20 per session (suggested contribution)


When heroes set off on quests, they seek a great treasure. This journey, understood on a spiritual level, can be seen as a journey towards the true self, at one with the Divine, living a life of love. During 12 monthly online groups, we’ll work with these frameworks, using Soulcollage® as a process of exploration and growth.

Soulcollage® is a playful and accessible process, usually enjoyed even by “non-artists.” It is a profound way to access inner resources, allowing insight into our gifts as well as our challenges and providing a gentle way to work with both.

A brief optional introduction to Soulcollage® will be offered each month  at 12:30, immediately prior to the main session.

Each session will be framed with sacred texts and poetry, with time for reflection and grounding. Participants will make and share cards in response to the specific topic and prompts. Sharing is always optional.

Each session will stand alone but will build on the previous sessions. For fullest experience of the journey, regular participation is encouraged; however, it is not necessary. Come taste and see!

 January 18 (Longing for Authenticity)
 February 15 (Listening Deeply)
March 15 (Understanding Fear & Resistance)
 April 19 (Finding Courage)
May 17 (Befriending the Unknown)
 June 14 (Welcoming Challenges)
 July 19 (Accessing Hope)
August 16 (Receiving What is Needed)
 September 20 (Finding Wisdom)
 October 18 (Embracing Joy)
 November 15 (Living in Integrity)
 December 13 (Returning in Love)

Register at or call  530-887-2019  for more information.


Inviting Joy: An Introduction to SoulCollage®

October 16, 2021 

In person at Mercy Retreat Center, 535 Sacramento Street, Auburn, CA 

9:30-3:30 (Pacific) 

$20 suggested donation.

Are you longing for more vitality and joy in your life? A deeper sense of connection to yourself, others, and the sacred? SoulCollage® is a gentle and accessible process that opens up natural channels of creativity, imagination and spirituality, and is usually enjoyed even by “non-artists.”  This retreat will begin with an introduction to the SoulCollage® process and then move into an exploration of sources of joy. There will be time to make and share cards.

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Following the Thread:
Discovering a Life of Meaning

September 25, October 9 & 23
Saturdays, 9:00am – 1:00pm (Pacific)
Cost: $250
Scholarships available upon request.
Faculty members include Joan Stockbridge and Ben Eastvold.

Beginning the journey of a reflective life can feel daunting. You know something inside you waits to be expressed: the truest sense of your self, of who you were created to be. A “you” that is full of life and wonder, meaning and purpose. A “you” of strength and courage and love. Yet this intuitive sense of self can also feel elusive, out of reach, even inaccessible. What practical steps can be taken to make this inner life more real? And how might this inner life be connected to a wider world of community and belonging, and expressed in works of love and justice?


“Following the Thread” is a three-part introductory series designed for those seeking a more vibrant sense of self that is more closely aligned with their outward actions. From ancient mythology to modern poetry, many have used the metaphor of a “thread” to represent the circuitous pathways of our lives. Full of twists and turns, yet continuous; it is a thread that upon reflection reveals to have noticeable direction and purpose. Looking back, where has this thread shown up? And looking ahead, where might this thread lead?

Session 1: My Story – We will begin to examine our personal narratives, seeking to understand what is truly meaningful to us. “Who am I and what am I about?” We will focus on our own unique experiences, our understandings, our physical and psychological make-up, our desires and longings. We will work to uncover the precious uniqueness of who we are, yet also acknowledge the places we can be blinded by our own limited perspectives.

Session 2: Our Story – Moving beyond an individual frame of reference, we will reflect on the communities that have shaped us, both past and present. These communities give us a greater sense of identity, a connection with others that allows our sense of purpose to expand beyond ourselves. How might the story of “us,” the story of our communities, be shaping the thread of our lives? Where are these communities contributing to the best version of ourselves, and where might they be hindering us?

Session 3: The Story – After looking at our individual stories and the stories of our communities, we will then move to the broadest story of all: The Story. This is the dynamic story of life itself, of all Reality. This is the story of God, the Holy, the Divine, as well as our impulse towards love, faith, and virtue. It is here we see the individual thread of our life, combined with the threads of our communities, as they become interconnected and interwoven into the fabric of all our world and the cosmos. How might these threads bring us to deeper connection with others and with creation? And how do these connections lead us toward a more faithful expression of our own uniqueness and vocation?

This three-part series will take place on alternate Saturdays in 4-hour sessions. It will be held over Zoom with Bread of Life facilitators, who will set the context for each session then provide experiential activities, contemplative practices, opportunities for private reflection, and guided conversation and sharing. We hope that this series will support people who seek a framework that both values traditional faith perspectives as well as looks to common threads shared with other faiths. Our intention is to help orient those seeking deeper experiences to live their lives more fully, in alignment with the Divine and all of creation.


Listen to Your Life:
A Sacred Voice Is Calling

A Five-Month Program of Bread of Life

Faculty members include Joan Stockbridge and Lindsay Demary.



What do you tell yourself about your life?

You’re not alone if the inner messages which pop up in vulnerable moments are more critical than kind. The human calling is to go beneath the noisy messages of culture to the “still, quiet voice” resident in each of us. This voice is the Source of your irreducible value and life’s purpose. It is the place from which your authentic voice and contribution in the world emanate. And, it takes conscious attention and discerning companionship to separate this voice from the layers of louder, competing voices inside and out.

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We all have a “life story” that we tell ourselves and others. And yet, there is so much more to our story than we can access alone. Stepping into that exploration in the company of others in the same process is eye-opening and can lead us to our own deepest gifts and purpose.

Listen to Your Life will be a foundational experience, discovering new dimensions about who you are and how you can respond to the call of God.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • Those who are at a life passage and know the intentional spiritual journey is part of what’s being invited.

  • Those who sense it’s “time for something more.” An interior “restlessness” or “itchiness” can speak to a life that feels too small or needs fresh focus.

  • Those experiencing a transition in faith. Often experienced as a “loss of faith” it’s most often an invitation to a wider, deeper faith. We call it “losing faith to find God.”

  • Those considering spiritual direction as a way of tending other’s souls. This year is accepted as equivalent to “Sacred Journey” by Mercy Center (Burlingame) which precedes the 2-year program in the Art & Practice of Spiritual Direction.


The next Listen to Your Life series will begin in February, 2022. It is a 5-month program that includes two in-person retreats, four monthly whole-group sessions over Zoom, and four small-group mentor meetings. The cost is $1450. (Limited scholarship funds are available; please inquire with the office.