Register now for offerings designed to help you transform yourself, life & world. Root deep into your soul & Self following Jung's eco-psychological path or take a kit on arts-based research. Look at retreats & shorter offerings like those below to find your way.
The heart of Soul Space is the Soul of Creativity, offerings based on the creative nature of the soul. Named after the fathomless depths of soul, depth psychology dives into the unconscious through imagery to work and play with your whole Self in an approach that Jung described as invaluable, liberation, individuation, creation & salvation. It is a healing path of transformation that leads you home to your Self.
"The way of life is transformation." C G JUNG
Grab your favorite beverage (tea, OJ, wine or?) and unwind with fun music, laughter, inspiration, and creation. These sessions include a range of creative expression and participation from drawing, collage, and visualization. Each Friday is designed to help you unwind and relax into your weekend in a way that is transformative and fun. It is a night of creative play & fun communion & communication with art.
This is an art therapeutic drop-in to help support you creatively as you navigate your life journey. Held on Monday nights from 2-3:30, we will work & play through art journaling with a focus on dreamwork and active imagination. Opening and closing each class with a circle, this class creates a safe container for you to transform within a supportive community. It offers group work.
At the heart of Soul Space is a soulful way of knowing that is as much as part of the teaching as the content. Like the saying "the medium is the message" (Marshall McLuhan), the way we learn is as important as what here & these shows help illustrate or animate this feminine epignosis embodied in graphic recording & facilitation. Come explore the primary ideas of Soul Space embodied in art.
The soul plays with what it loves: you. In the Soul of Creativity you are led on a playful path of self and Self-discovery. You embark on a journey to find yourself, way, and soul to become whole. This is a journey of transformation and self-realization that leads from your head to your heart, connecting mind, body, and spirit on a path of individuation.
"The creative mind plays with objects it loves." C G JUNG
A life-long artist and seeker, I experienced a soul's call 10 years ago that "People had forgotten how to learn through art." With a degree in art and art history & decades as a professional visionary artist, I set off on synchronous stepstones to discover how art is a transformative path, expanding my own experience to include archetypal examples, following in the footsteps of the psychologist Jung to get a doctoral degree on his arts-based journey in The Red Book. This is the path that Jung led his patients on & where I lead you, as I fulfill the second half of my soul calling to create an on-line community.
This path doesn't require art skills or psychological knowledge. You don't need to believe in God or a soul as a metaphysical being (though you can). Here, soul is imagined as the creative breath that animates & guides us, bringing us to life & connecting us to all life. This is a path for those who seek to transform & deepen in relationship with themself, their soul, others, nature & the world. Do you want to kindle the spark of your creative spirit to create a new relationship with your soul & their calling? If so, this is your path. While it is a synthetic transdisciplinary path that combines evidence-based & archetypal power practices shown to benefit people in many ways & conditions, the core reason to walk this path is simple. Summarized by the equation, s<S, this is about soul/Self-discovery, love, acceptance, insight, empowerment & growth.
This path follows in the archetypal footsteps of Jung and others who pioneered a creative and ecological approach to soul. Named after the fathomless depths of soul, depth psychology dives into the unconscious through imagery to work and play with your whole Self in an approach that Jung described as invaluable, liberation, individuation, creation, and salvation. It is a healing path of transformation that leads you home to your Self.
"The way of life is transformation." C G JUNG
Participants have described this path as deep transformation, saying it: connects you to your soul and their gifts; cultivates holistic soul sight and insight; increases your imagination and intuition; offers a communion with nature through your creative nature; and walks a path that leads to greater self-acceptance and love. Jung spoke of the path as an invaluable method, salvation, creation, individuation, transformation, maturation, and liberation. No matter where it takes you, this path transforms you.
"The years when I pursued the inner images [in art] were the most important of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this." C G JUNG
"It's so beautiful the language that you use. . . I really feel that you have made such a huge contribution to our souls, to our artistic creative selves. . . You have come in and created a furthering of pathways and neuropathways for us to look at the artist, the archetypal artist, and give us a place where we can have soul. I have great appreciation for what you have done with your dissertation. I would like to have a lot more Jungian work like this."
"Heather is an exceptional teacher and group facilitator, as well as a beautifully soulful artist and person. She is gifted in leading persons in learning how art evokes the soul while also guiding them into creative exploration of their own inner images. Heather's depth and breadth of knowledge on Jung's Red Book is rare and is complimented by a graceful adeptness at teaching others how to journey into the spiral of their own depths through art and creativity."
"Heather is a masterful educator on how to heal and grow through art. Her presence is open, kind, wise and playful. She is skilled at creating an amazing and safe container for individuals to explore, go deep and have meaningful transformative experiences while guided by her. Her engagement with nature as a vessel for her work is powerful. Embarking on a journey of personal growth with her guidance will be blessing in your life."
"Heather clearly brought scholarship and art together to achieve a transcendent function in a really beautiful way."
"You and the work you are doing are an inspiration."
"Heather is a creative genius, one of the rare 'bridges' of academia and the mystical realms, paving a path for artists to learn and feel safe."
The Soul of Creativity is an archetypal or universal path that is rooted in the soul of all people yet is unique for each person. Following in the footsteps of those who have gone before, from visionaries like Jung and those he followed and taught to William Blake and Frida Kahlo, we set off to find ourselves, way, and soul. On this journey, our mantra is Jung's statement: "there is only one way and it is your way." This is your path, following in painted footsteps as we journey on an art historical & psychological journey in which we move with the avant-garde to create a collective movement like those that have come before. Not Modernist Post or Minimalist, this is a movement of collective individuation that Heather calls a Reformation of Soul. Grab your brush!
The courses help to guide you on your path, starting from drop in and weekend classes to support you as you dive into deeper work. They are designed to help you disorient your ego to reorient to soul. Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find yourself. So, we return to our personal & collective past on a journey into our center, soul or core. In doing this, we leave our normal ego realm, reality & control to fine ourselves navigating in a different way with different skills. At first, this may (or will) feel uncomfortable. In a way, it has to, because this is about deep & profound change, a paradigm shift to a new & yet reality. As you journey, you will realize that you know this way & the soul, even if it is as an old childhood playmate or ancestral knowing.
While this is your path or way, Jung serves as a way shower, along with those that he studied & followed. So, quotes & reading from Jung along with others, from Black Elk to Hildegarde of Bingen & St. Augustine. The power of the process is rooted in the soul who was Jung's guide & remains ours. Soul is creative & manifest throughout the arts as a movement & a whole. With an Art History degree, specializing in ritual & indigenous art as well as modern art, Heather weaves examples throughout the coursework. Like all of the Soul of Creativity information, it doesn't matter if you know the artist or any artists (or anything), the point is that you apply & bring the example to life in your life.
Recently published, Jung's Black Books offer a beautiful example of the search for soul. Writing in black journals, Jung pioneered a way to rediscover and reclaim soul as a guiding influence in your life and work. With weekly prompts, activities, lectures, and discussions, we embark together on a journey of soul. Come dive into your depths and see what awaits you. This class works in depth with the material of the Black Books as a foundation.
Just as Jung elaborated the material from his Black Books in art, you will learn to speak your soul's pictorial language using calligraphy, drawing, and painting. Together we will explore the genre of an illuminated manuscript and a mystery play--the unique form that Jung's soul had him create and he had his advanced patients create. Like working with the Black Books, this course goes in depth into the Red Book to find YOUR WAY.
Following in archetypal footsteps, we walk in the footsteps of Jung & his “path” of soulful transformation to navigate & map your inner psychological landscape.
Come on an individuation path that Jung taught his advanced patients & walked himself to return to our ancestral past & remember art as a way of transforming.
A 12-week intensive with an orientation to healing
Jung pioneered art and arts-based research, as a life-long artist who drew, painted, or carved to generate ideas to explore his approach to visionary art.
At the heart of this path & process is the method of active or creative imagination, a tool that in woven & integrated through all of the coursework & soul play.
Along with active imagination, nature is a power partner in our creative undertaking as we connect to our maternally creative nature in Mother Nature.
On this path we activate our imagination to see with the sight and insight of the soul. Jung said that he did everything in his power to teach those close to him a new way of seeing, lamenting late in life that he had "failed in his foremost task to open people's eyes to the reality of the soul and the buried treasure in the field." This is a treasure hunt that opens our eyes to the reality of the soul and the treasure buried within us and our images.
"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." C G JUNG
“There is an artist hiding in everyone . . . In our mechanized world this urge for artistic expression is repressed . . . very often the cause of psychic disturbances. The forgotten artist must be fetched up again from the darkness of the subconscious, and a path cleared for artistic expression." C G JUNG
This is not your average art but art as a transformational ritual practice.
“The mere execution of the pictures is not all that is required," since we must also "integrate" and "assimilate" the "psychic energy." In this process: "You are creating yourself, you are creating the moral solution to yourself." C G JUNG
Jung carved, painted & drew as a way to remember dreams & visions to invoke new ideas, saying: "When I came up against a blank wall, I painted or hewed in stone" & "ideas and works" would follow. This is art-based imaginal research & therapy, what Jung called a "healing," "teaching" & "individuation."
In walking the path of the soul of creativity we move deeper into our nature, connecting to the natural world. As we heal ourselves, we heal the world and are healed in turn. Our soul is connected to the soul of the world, a web of life that recognizes our interconnected nature.
"All things are connected whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the children of the earth." Chief Seattle
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