Hi, I’m Colleen, a Soul Tender
What is a Soul Tender?
Well, it’s a lot of things, but it’s quite simple. I use my skills as a life coach, a creative, a teacher, a facilitator, a writer, and a mentor to tend to your soul. I am here to be in partnership with you as you look at ways to meet and engage with your Soul self.
I believe that every one of us is on the planet to do more than just survive. As cliché as it sounds, I believe we’re here to thrive. I believe it is our moral imperative to be the best versions of ourselves. Our aim is not to be perfect, our aim is to embrace our whole selves, flaws and all, and to be authentically, genuinely, and truly ourselves.
Aside from having our basic needs met—food, shelter, and a sense of belonging—in order to thrive, I believe we need three other things . . .
First, we need each other.
That’s where I come in. As your Soul Tender, I am not here to tell you what to do. Sometimes I act as a guide, gently pointing you in a certain direction, sometimes I walk beside you and support you as you move forward, and sometimes I walk behind you, following you as you explore.
Second, We Need Compassion
Compassion is the act of opening our hearts to others and ourselves. Compassion is one part empathy, one part perspective, and one part action. Having compassion for the shortcomings and flaws in each other and ourselves moves us down the path of authenticity. I come to each of our interactions with a healthy dose of compassion.
Third, we need creativity.
In order to thrive, many of us need to heal from past hurts or traumas. The first step in any healing is to bear witness. I act as that witness for you until you are able to do that for yourself—and creative acts are a perfect way to develop your Inner Witness.
Engaging in creative acts also gives us a medium to explore how our past influences the present. Creativity takes the emotions around the past—and how it impacts us today—and puts them on the page or the canvas or wherever. Creativity gives an outlet not only to explore and reckon with the past but to also discover how we want to move forward. In short, creativity gives us new avenues for expression.
Now don’t get me wrong, when I talk about Creative Acts, I’m not talking just about arts and crafts. No, being creative can mean a lot of things, from looking at a situation differently to brainstorming ideas. So this work isn’t about thinking outside the box, it’s about looking at all the wonderful things inside the box and figuring out how to use them to their best potential. Now , that’s a creative act!
While the work you do with me is not therapy, the process of meeting and using your Inner Witness, giving your emotions a new outlet for expression, and holding compassion for yourself can be very therapeutic.
Engaging in creative acts is a way to actively tend to our Soul.
This is powerful and gentle work.
As a Soul Tender, I am here to walk part of your journey with you. Sometimes I will suggest a path for you to walk, sometimes I’ll ask questions about where you’re going, and sometimes I’ll suggest a creative activity. But YOU are always deciding where you go and how long you take to get there. This work is for you to connect your heart and soul so you can show up as you were meant to.
As a SoulCollage® Trainer, I will teach you to become a SoulCollage® Facilitator in a 4-day workshop. Once completed, you will receive a certificate conferring the right to use "SoulCollage®" in the title of your workshops and to call yourself a "SoulCollage® Facilitator." Please see my SoulCollage® page for training dates and information and the prerequisites needed to attend.
My memoir and essays are here to inspire and connect.
Watch my TEDx talk, Forgiving the Unforgivable, here.