Ground yourself in a new & old worldview.
This is an essential pilgrimage for understanding the nature of soul as a relational web of life. It is 28 "days" but really a life journey into deeper understanding our Self. It comes with a weekly drop in, partner & group practice.
Yet there is so much that fills me: plants, animals, clouds, day & night & the eternal in man. The more uncertain I have felt about myself, the more there has grown up in me a feeling of kinship with all things.
c g Jung
Our mission: honoring the kinship of all life
What is Worldview?
Worldview is the lens through which we see: an implicit set of beliefs & assumptions that determine our behavior. Often unconscious & manipulated, our worldview guides us in ways seen & unseen to outcomes that we would not consciously choose. . . like our current eco-psychological cultural crisis in which we must confront & reconcile with values that do not serve us & endanger our world.
How about Kin/Kinship?
It's tempting to say that kinship is a magic elixir, an idea waiting to be remembered to restore us to right relationship. Inclusive of brothers, sisters, fathers & mothers, kinship reflects all relations in an interconnected web of life in which our blood flows outside of ourselves & biological kin, carried by the currents of rivers into the tides of the ocean, recircling & cycling through ecosystems of family to restore balance with the natural world.
Interconnected & Relational
The earth is ensouled, reflecting the interconnected relational web of life as kindred. We are all related, whether you look from the perspective of molecules, stardust, genetics or consequence. We are all of the spaceship Planet Earth, but more than that: we are the Earth. We are soul. To honor our soul nature as part of the land is to tend the land as we tend to ourselves & kin: Brother Cedar, Sister Rain, Father Sun & Mother Earth. This kinship is reflected in the truth of indigenous voices through the ages as well as those of St. Hildegard of Bingen & St. Francis of Assisi, because it is a foundational truth.
Synthetic & Sensed
Immanuel Kant first used "worldview" as a sense perception of the world, an idea we return to as we ground ourselves in our embodied sensorial nature to perceive the world as an ensouled interconnected whole. Synthetic in a natural way, our new-old perspective resolves false opposites in a synthesis or transcendent (really emergent) function. In a way, we are removing false labels, distinctions & narratives of separation to remember a forgotten way of living without imposition upon nature.
Worldview is a concept 'whose time has come,' & its increasing appearance in the contemporary climate change & global sustainability debates can be understood as both response to, & reflection of, the challenges of our time & the solutions they demand.
monica dean, United Nations Foundation
28 "Days" to Restore a Kinship Worldview
This is a 28-day challenge to initiate the new year and change your life by making contact with your soul. A soul challenge based on how and how fast we change habits, connecting with your soul jump starts your year to give you a vision and the inspiration you need to make a soul contract and fulfill it.
28 Days of Video & Lessons
Ongoing Ritual Teachings
Spirit of Place Ritual Atonement
Earth-Based Healing Activities
That [creative opus] was the primal stuff that compelled me to work on it, & my work is a more or less successful attempt to incorporate this incandescent matter into the worldview of my time. The first imaginings and dreams were like fiery, molten basalt, from which the stone crystallized, upon which I could work.
c g jung
Who is this for?
For all of us to return & restore. For the opportunity to learn from the ancestors & people of the land.
28 Days of Healing with the EARTH
This class includes ancient practices & modern technology designed for personal & ecological transformation.
Contrasting worldviews between Dominant & Indigenous Kinship Worldview of Manifestations
Live weekly drop-in sessions coordinated with the Socially Dreaming Kit to guide us
Engaging daily content that expands into a life-time commitment & journey
Ritual, eco-psychological & creative embodiment activities
Archetypal & evidence-based power practices to anchor our learning
Ongoing journaling for emergent images from psyche in dreamwork & shadowplay
Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky & water was a real & active principle. In the animal & bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them, & so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered & furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.
Luther Standing bear
This class comes with a monthly drop-in covering the content over a year of live discussions, emergent content, native art interviews, guest speakers & performers.
Partner with a person & a tree. . . or?
Kinship means that we are all family, all connected by the soul as the lifeblood of the planet & cosmos. As we journey to the center, we remember our relations as psychic communication with our brothers & sisters, whether a human friend or family member, whether a tree, fox, rock or the breath of the wind. We ground & root in our Mother Earth & branch high to the starry heavens of our Sky Father, bridging creation above & below, within & without, as the universe so the soul. All.
28 Voices of Indigenous Wisdom
Each voice resounds with the wisdom of the ages & the Earth, articulating the essential precepts that lead us in the footsteps of "the many past & present persons who continue to stand, against all odds, for the kincentricity necessary for rebalancing life systems on Mother Earth," as the authors articulate. So, we follow in the footsteps of the 7 generations from the past, present & future to heal the embodied intergenerational trauma of our ancestors & the earth on a journey of ecological healing.
We bridge earth & sky in our heart.
In our return to a kinship worldview, we walk & live our barefoot ethic, feet receptive & perceptive upon the earth. With our arms branching to the sky, we root down to remember the connection & interrelation of life as kin or family in right relationship. Come gather together as we circle to cultivate kinship with each other & all creation. From this place of kindred union, we remember that we are a part of not apart from nature, co-creating as one with the natural world as ensouled.
In fact, it seems to me as if that alienation which so long separated me from the world has become transferred into my own inner world, & has revealed to me an unexpected unfamiliarity with my self.
c g jung
We return to the earth to live.
Simply put, if we stay on our current path, we risk extinction & ensure the profound suffering of our children. Beyond the need & necessity of the teachings it offers, this book is BRILLIANT, holding everything that is foundational to an ensouled worldview as well as the seeds of healing with the original peoples of this land. For, from the beginning of the nation of the United States of America, the settlers who came here had the opportunity to learn from the indigenous peoples who were & remain the original inhabitants . . . along with the other brothers & sisters of the native earth (deer, rabbit, owl, beaver, bear, fern, cedar & all who live). This is a chance to listen & learn all of their truths, to finally ground ourselves in the humility of the earth (humus).
Understanding ancestral eloquence is our last & best chance, & these pages can only help.
Alan Ereira, From the heart of the world
Shift paradigms in an ensouled view.
We transition from one perspective to another as we return to an earlier view grounded in a communal approach & rooted in collective individuation based on group consciousness. As we seek to facilitate communitas or the spirit of community, we remember earlier ways of knowing & being in community in which we are related to all life through soul as our ancestors before. This ensouled & enchanted way of being in right relationship is the answer to all of our issues, whether ecological, psychological, economic or political, honoring the true nature of the soul which is a kindred equality & equity founded in a universal respect & love of life: all life. It is modeled in many ways, like this.
Objectives & Outcomes
We embrace an embodied heart, earth & kin-centered worldview of natural relationship.
Changing our orientation to life inside & out.
Restoring right relationship in family & community
Balancing power in collaboration & compensation.
Understanding differences of race, class & culture
Celebrating diversity within unity in us & all life.
Learning from the past to create a better future.
Grounding in the earth to remember humility.
In some Native languages the term for plants translates to those who take care of us.
robin wall kimmerer
A 3 week journey (+3 days)
24 days has been found to be the time it takes to create a new pattern and change. Because 20-26 is the period we offer an additional optional week to help you transplant your change into your life. A follow up kit is the soulful living or living your best year to help you realize this change in your life.
Nature & Spirituality
Mourning Dove (Okanagan & Sinixt)
Wenona Victor Hall (Stó:lõ)
Courage & Trust in the Universe
Berta Cáceres & Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres (Lenca)
Death & Dying
Coyote Marie Hunter-Ripper (Cherokee, Coctaw)
Doña Enriqueta Contreras (Zapotecan)
Respect Sacred Feminine
Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo)
Respect Gender Role Fluidity
Laura Hall (Haudenosaunee)
Gift/Barter Kinship Economy
Rebecca Adamson (Cherokee)
All Earth Entities are Sentient
Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
Sacred Games & Competition
Sharon & Shilrley Firth (Gwich'in)
Nature over Anthropocentric
Terry LeBlanc (Mi'kmaq)
Words are Sacred Truth
Ed McGaa, a.ka. Eagle Man (Oglala Lakota)
Jack Forbes (Powhatan-Lenape, Delaware-Lenape)
Barbara Alic Mann (Seneca)
Generosity as Way of Life
Martin Brokenleg (Lakota)
Ceremony as Life Sustaining
Linda Hogan (Chickasaw)
Humor as Essential
Charlie Hill (Oneida-Mohawk-Cree)
Conflict as Return to Community
Wanda D. McCaslin (Métis)
Laws of Nature ast Rules of Living
Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe)
Becoming Fully Human
Greg Cajete (Tewa, Santa Clara Pueblo)
Nature seen as Benevolent
Basil Johnston (Wasauksing)
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez (Aztec)
Connection to the Land
Enrique Salmón (Rarámuri-Tarahumara)
Centrality of Gratitude
Audrey Shenandoah (Onondaga)
Noninterference & Nonimposition
Clare Brant (Mohawk, Wolf Clan
Circular Time & Knowledge
Tyson Yunkaporta (Apalech Clan in north Queensland)
Self-Initiated Relational Healing
Gloria Lee (Cree-Pelican Lake)
An Emphasis on Heart Wisdom
Ilarion "Larry" Merculieff (Unangan)
Earth Element: our Bodies
our land is the land itself & our Mother Earth
Water Element: our Emotions
Our feelings move with the tides of the ocean
Fire Element: our Thoughts
our courage is one with the flame of the mind
Air Element: our Intuition
Our intuition aspires on the wind's breath
We live, we die, & like the grass & trees, renew ourselves from the soft earth of the grave. Stones crumble & decay, faiths grow old & they are forgotten, but new beliefs are born. The faith of the villages is dust now . . . but it will grow again . . . like the trees.
Chief Joseph, leader of the wal-lam-wat-kain nez perce
Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes & open heart.
robin wall Kimmerer
What people are saying . . .
This kit is deeply psycho-active or soul activating. It is often described as life changing, offering the gift of getting to know your soul and yourself. It is not easy, but it is profoundly rewarding and life affirming, touching upon the core of who you are and why you are here, your heart's purpose and soul's call.
Its 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 neuropathways and pathways 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.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
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.
Mary Gibbons, MD, physician, policy maker, educator, and facilitator
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.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather clearly brought scholarship and art together to achieve a transcendent function in a really beautiful way.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD, educator, speaker, and award-winning co-author of Deep Creativity
You and the work you are doing are an inspiration.
Susan Rowland, PhD, educator, speaker, and co-author of Jungian Arts-Based Research
Heather is a creative genius, making artists feel safe to explore and create.
Victoria Christiansen, MFA, MSW, therapist and award-winning author of Feminine Mysticism in Art
Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD
not native but a lover of the earth
Heather has a life-long appreciation for indigenous teachings, raised attending native gatherings as well as those from all traditions rooted in the earth. While her father undertook a doctoral dissertation at Stanford on the lack of modern rites of passage, Heather too has taken up this work as essential to restoring our balance with the natural world. When she read the 2 books included in this journey, she realized she must include them in their entirety as much as possible. Further, to support the authors & their work, she strongly suggests purchasing both books to read (libraries ok).
Wahinkpe Topa & Darcia Narveaez, PhD
an alternative book club
Together we will read the acclaimed book, Restoring the Kinship Worldview: Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth (2022). An additional book, Becoming Kin: An Indigenous Call to Unforgetting the Past & Reimagining Our Future (2022) is recommended. Together we will follow the 28-day path outlined by Topa & Narvaez on a trek that covers sacred essential teachings & lay the groundwork for our path.
"Nature does not deceive or conceal but reveal." C G Jung
This is a journey home to yourself.
Each day another precept resonates out from the earth & our ancestors to remind us of a new & yet ancient truth. As we journey, we return home to ourselves as natural & whole: one with the earth & all creation. This is a return to a womb beyond our mother's womb, the womb of Mother Earth & our ancestors. In kinship we are united through the ground like the roots of the forest, mingling with the rhizomic network of the unconscious psychic soil. Grounded here, we are alive with the life of the soul, we breath with the trees & walk on padded paws, fly on soaring wings. Together we dance upon the earth like the heartbeat of the earth drum to create common sacred ground.
Connect to the earth
Alchemical Partner mirrors you
This process is contained by your soul but also by 3 circles of support made by you and your classmates. Each circle expands with you as you create your opus, designed to offer different levels of containment as you individuate. These circles reflect Jung's process as archetypal or universal.
You travel alone.
You are the world, alone & never alone.
A partner helps to mirror you.
Pick a tree & a person to partner & mirror.
A circle to discuss & reflect.
Create a circle of support & power.
Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend & protect & celebrate.
robin wall kimmerer
Creating a container for soul
This is a pilgrimage that spirals into the heart of the world & your heart, into your soul & all souls. It h
Follow in archetypal footsteps.
While we follow the footfall & call of the ancestors in the book, we attune to the echo of all our ancestors to envision a new & different way of being, knowing, growing & seeing, rooted in a worldview that does not belong to anyone but reverberates through the earth & the ages. As we return to the land, we understand that it is our home, a place & way of seeing ourselves within a larger interconnected whole. Barefoot, we remember how to listen through our soles & souls, how to dance upon the earth & under the sky knowing that we are one with both, a rainbow bridge between heaven & earth.
True kinship has naught to do with blood ties, however strong they be. I think we are all kin, brothers & sisters on to the other, all children of all parents.
On this path you find YOUR WAY.
All art is a self & Self-portrait as well as a path of indigenous individuation & mystical participation with the soul in the world. Beyond individuals, we enter into a way of
Art as natural identity
Indigenous art offers us a vision, map & path back to our true identity in a return to participation mystique.
Art is nature & natural in a way forgotten by modern man.
Art is created in ritual as ritual magic in ceremony.
Art is our birthright & a natural form of self-expression.
Art is a part of life, carved in spears & spoons, sung in song.
Art recreates the world, weaving the halves into a whole.
A walk in nature, walks the soul back home.
Look deep into nature, & then you will understand everything better. . . What I see in Nature is a magnificent structure that . . . must fill a thinking person with a feeling of humility. This is a genuinely religious feeling that has nothing to do with mysticism.
In our modern world we have become head-centered, dismissing emotion and intuition as inferior feminine ways of knowing. In a very real way, this path leads from head to heart, reconnecting inner masculine and feminine ways of knowing in a union or coniunctio that alchemically unites above and below, spirit and matter. This is a path to wholeness that integrates all parts of our being in newly discovered yet ancient embodied ways of knowing rooted in the earth.
Imagine a new/old way and You
On this path you activate you imagination, moving ever deeper into yourself and the Self. The activating agent of the soul, the imagination is the soul's super power. An application of the intuition, imagination lets you reach places and knowledge otherwise unknown. As Albert Einstein said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." We need imagination to grow.
The soul speaks in images
The soul's communication is symbolic and imagistic, embodied and imaginal. Jung said that his soul did not have speech centers and let her use his to speak, and studies have found that during spiritual experiences speech is not generated in normal speech centers. Nor is core wounding reached by speech. Both are accessed through the imagistic and embodied language of the soul. So, this soul path combines visual and verbal imagery in the way of the soul (the picture superiority effect) in which words are symbolic and metaphoric images, combined with visual art. When Jung's soul referred to the Red Book as art, she meant all of it.