Hi I am Jennifer Kumer, a visual artist & creativity coach based in Amsterdam, and the creator of the Somatic Wisdom Cards.
I created this deck as a way to process my emotional healing journey.
As a recovering Empath, connecting with my emotions has been the single most self-loving practice that has transformed my life. Instead of hiding, suppressing or ignoring my emotions, I’ve learned that wisdom comes through listening attentively to the wisdom that lies beneath.
On my journey, I’ve discovered that the insight gained through emotional awareness is a muscle you can strengthen through regular practice and self-inquiry.
I developed these cards as a means of supporting myself and those willing to commit to loving themselves no matter what.
The deck includes the full spectrum of emotions, from the ones we desire to the ones we resist.
It is designed to be used intuitively and regularly with the guidebook, including a collection of powerful practices and prompts.
It has been a true joy creating it and I can’t wait to hear what your somatic wisdom brings.
Quite a few people have asked me about the word "somatic". The dictionary definition of somatic is "relating to the body".
I chose the name "somatic wisdom" intentionally because I wanted people to source wisdom from within.
Our body KNOWS.
Much like how e-motion is simply energy in motion.
When we allow the flow of our wisdom to speak to us we learn to build trust in our own intuitive guidance.
Each card is drawn by hand by me with gouache, acrylic and India ink.
I've been lucky to find a reputable, high quality printer that delivered beyond my expectation! After receiving my first sample deck, I am confident that we are in good hands!
- 3"x 5" Jumbo size card
- 300 GSM high-quality smooth card stock
- Matte layering finish
- Custom rigid box with matte laminated smooth finish
- Custom packaging designed by me!
- Custom made 3" x 5" booklet that will fit perfectly inside the box!
- Final page count still unknown.
- Content includes: How to use the deck, how to deepen the relationship with each emotion, a collection of creative ways to use the deck (with self, with others, and with a group).
Do you want to build confidence in receiving your own intuitive guidance? The simplicity of the cards are refreshing and poignant to help you find clarity in the answers that are already within.
Just by speaking out loud the emotion, we can connect with what surfaces.
The deck is designed to be versatile for everyday use in a variety of settings for self-reflection, connection and embodiment work.
The deck can help:
- Deepen your relationship with yourself
- Broaden emotional vocabulary somatically, visually and conceptually
- Support decision making and self-enquiry
- Examine previously unexamined & self-sabotaging beliefs
- Facilitate emotional processing & release
- Strengthen your skills in navigating through different emotions
With the suggested prompts in the guidebook, it can also be used to:
- Facilitate emotional literacy in children
- Enhance emotional intelligence in adults
- Inspire authentic, emotional connection in interpersonal relationships
- Create meaningful conversations in group settings
- Provide prompts for embodiment work & creative games (theater, drama, acting...etc)
After presenting it to people and receiving feedbacks from facilitators and therapists in the fields of healing & empowerment, it was apparent that the Somatic Wisdom cards can have many interesting applications both in 1 on 1 and group settings.
The cards provide an appealing and unconventional way to introduce the topic of emotional awareness in schools or groups and “break the ice” with professionals who are not used to sharing their feelings.
High-Res E-Print: Receive 1 of the 54 abstract faces! This reward is perfect for those who want a DIY art print. A high-res scanned PDF will be sent to your email.
3 High-Res E-Print: Receive 3 of my favourites from the 54 abstract faces! This reward is perefct for those who want a mini collection of original art prints decorating their home! Three high-res scanned PDF will be sent to your email.
Postcard Set: 3 original landscape postcards that invites you to fill in the blank on the back! Send these postcards to someone you want to share your feelings to! They are also great for home decor if you put them in a A6 frame!
Framed & Signed A4 Print:
These are the stretch goals! If we are successful in raising the following amounts then these are the bonuses that will be unlocked for every backer!!
At €7,000 we will be able to add a free printed guidebook to every deck! It will come fitted perfectly inside the box. Of course the online guidebook will still be available for anyone who prefers it. Wouldn't it be awesome for the deck to come with a printed guidebook??
At €9,000 I will be so excited to add 3 more original cards to the deck! (The emotions will be chosen based on votes by existing backers!) Once they are selected, I'll create the art, share it with you all, and add it to the deck!
At €14,000 everyone (€38+ backers) will receive a free card stock upgrade! Although I'm already amazed by the quality and smoothness of the 300gsm paper stock, it would be a dream come true to upgrade to their finest quality paper stock! 330gsm German finest & superior smooth + 57 cards & a printed guidebook!!
I would be so thrilled if we make this goal! Let's make it happen 🙌🎉
Budget: €4,800 goal
The Kickstarter goal of $4,800 will fund the printing of decks, shipment of the decks from the printer to my studio, postcards, prints, frames, taxes and fees, and shipment of the rewards to backers.
I have already paid for all supplies needed to make the decks as well as the sample deck out of pocket.
At this point all cards are drawn, finished and I've had plenty of chances to use the sample deck myself and with others. Since then I've made adjustments on some typos and visual details on the packaging.
Facilitating readings for others and in groups has been particularly remarkable & touching for me. I can't wait to offer more!
While most tasks have been accomplished there are still a few things left:
- Finish writing the digital guidebook (with the help of 30 ambassadors)
- Finish the digital guidebook section on website
- Design the cover for the digital guidebook
- Format the physical printed guidebook (if the stretch goal is met)
- Printing & shipping rewards!
If all goes well, the ambassadors will receive their first deck in June, and the guidebook will be finalised collaboratively in July. Everyone else will receive their deck by August!
If there is ever any changes, set backs in production, I will be first to update everyone here on Kickstarter and via email.
Risks and challenges
The design and content will all be ready for production by the time the kickstarter ends, the only "risk" is the production and shipping time.
Production should take 15-20 days, and shipping can take a couple of weeks. I have no control over the shipping however, so I can not give a specific date of shipment. But I will, of course, keep you updated here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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