MAY

15th

TO AUGUST

Transformational Journey: Longer Path

This is a 6 month journey on the path that Jung walked and led his patients on, embodied in the Black and Red Books. Come deepen your relationship to soul, as you create a container and explore fundamental skills and concepts, like active imagination, to create your own opus. This is a chance to heal and transform. It is available by request over the course of a year at the same price. Please inquire if this is of interest.

This class comes with 3 personal sessions with Heather to help guide and support you.

Following Jung's Footsteps

This is a deep dive into the process that the psychologist Carl Jung called "nature" and his soul called "art." While it focuses on Jung as the most popular example of both art-based research and therapy, this course is archetypal, including examples from artists throughout time. Come on a path designed to help guide and support you as you begin your own creative art journal practice. Introducing skills like dreamwork, shadow play, gentle yoga, active imagination, and more, this is a holistic path that guides you and gives you safe passage on your individuation journey. 
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An Introduction

Getting to know Heather and the PATH
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Who is this path for?

No art skills or psychological knowledge are required. This class is about deep transformation, requiring only a sincere and authentic commitment to growth. It is ideal for anyone who seeks their: life purpose or soul's calling; a deeper relationship to themselves, others, and their soul; a connection to the unity that underlies reality; and an abiding love that comes from realizing that you indwell an animate or ensouled cosmos.

What are people saying . . .

This coursework is deep psycho-active or soul activating creativity. 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. At its foundation this art is about your heart's purpose and soul's call. 

Why walk this path?

What people have experienced
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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

Experience and Certification

These courses are about deep experience but they also come with a certificate, because they represent stepping stones that lead to an ability and coming class that will help you guide others on this path as Jung did.

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD

Following in the soul's footsteps

Heather has been called to walk the transformative path of the Soul of Creativity. Having spent decades in self and soul-directed exploration as a professional artist and seeker, she has taught this process in college classes and workshops. With a doctoral degree in archetypal psychology on art as a transformative process (based on Jung's Red Book), she is passionate about the transformative power of creativity. Heather is a playful seeker, explorer, and inspirer who combines eco, art, and play therapy in a healing and teaching path that is embodied and natural.
 

Jung and the Soul

Following those who have gone before

While Heather has researched the soul's creativity to walk and lead others on this path, your soul is your real guide. Combining cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom, this path's deep magic is the soul. It is the soul you follow and only you can connect to your soul (You). The heart of this path is your relationship with your soul that connects you with your greater Self.
Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves as whole and complete. C G Jung

Basic Questions

Do you need to know how to draw and other questions. (No.)
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A format following soul, step by step

You walk on stepping stones that introduce fundamental concepts, quotes, and skills. These steps are patterned to help you follow your soul. Each week you will get a new video to watch, along with creative prompts, tutorials, and a written material. You journey held within a circle of support and aided by an alchemical partner, interacting in live zoom sessions and a private social media platform. The learning structure includes many unique features that help support you.
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Creativity connects us to the soul

In this course you walk on stepping stones that introduce fundamental concepts and skillsets that connect your creative nature to the creative nature of the soul, as you journey toward the Self. These steps take you into the unconscious through coursework that is patterned to help you trust the process and surrender to soul. Each week you will get a new video to watch, an animated or illustrated visual text to view, and a downloadable workbook chapter to explore, leading to the last 2 months in which you dive deeper into your art, with Red Book reading, and emergent group discussion. Activities are woven throughout the coursework to help you bring it to life in YOUR LIFE.

This is a trailhead to the imagination.

As you walk you activate your imagination and open to the symbolic guidance of the soul in synchronicity, dreams, and visions. You are dreaming yourself awake and learning to see the waking world as if in a dream through the symbolic sight and insight of your soul. Opening to an archetypal perspective, you will begin to perceive the mythic story that underpins your life, guiding you on a path both within and without. As you move through the coursework, each week's lesson will "show up" and reveal itself in living images and experiences that deepen your insight. Walking in this way, brings you to greater consciousness, as it weaves your inner and outer, unconscious and conscious lives and worlds together. This union is the healing nature of the soul that unites opposites to connect the dots and see the big picture of the Self. 

This class follows in archetypal footsteps.

While we follow the voice and vision of Jung to guide us upon our way, we also follow in the footsteps of artists and seekers from the past and present who have trod this soulful path through the ages. Integrating different examples from different traditions helps us explore and experience the breadth and depth of the soul's archetypal pathway as a creative form of transformation. While we follow in the footsteps of Jung, Christiana Morgan, and others, we ultimately find our way through the interweaving of synchronicity and story that reveals our own unique passage and images. Beginning with the embodied example of Jung's Black and Red Books, we end up off road, exploring the terrain of our own living psychology. As Jung said, "There is only one way, your way."

Coursework and play . . .

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A structure to CONTAIN the process

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.

Alone

You travel alone.

like Jung
To really experience the darkness of the dark night of the soul, you need to be alone with your soul. So, you walk alone.

Partner

A partner helps to mirror you.

Like Jung in partnership
Jung went through this process with an alchemical partner to mirror him. A partner helps you reflect on your process.

Group

A circle to discuss and reflect.

Like Jung's inner circle together
Jung led his inner circle on this path, creating a container for group growth. So, we meet in monthly zoom circles.

Creating a container for sacred space.

Additional containment comes from creating sacred space in an art studio, creativity altar, and in your art which can be seen as your "church" and "cathedral," housing your soul. In these spaces you create a place of renewal and retreat for you to return to again and again, whether creating art, lighting a candle, meditating, or doing gentle yoga. These spaces help to cocoon you in an alchemical container of transformation throughout your process, nurturing your creative practice in your body and a body of art. Additionally, a container will be created with a circle ritual that opens and closes each class along with individual sessions with me to open and close your personal transformation. Creating a container is essential.

A 6 month journey

While 6 month may seem like a long time, Jung took over 16 years to create his Black and Red Books. These course steps are designed to provide a minimum of support and time to travel on a circuitous journey home to the soul and Self. They balance the need to go deep and live in the world, offering creative isolation along with partner and group work to simulate elements of the path that Jung taught, following his process. In walking this path you are activating your imagination beyond art, as you enter into the Great Work of Art of the transformation of the world.

Introduction

Step 1

Introducing basic concepts to help you orient to the path.

Path

Step 2

Beginning your path and starting to reach out to soul.

Container

Step 3

Creating a transformative container for creation.

Toolkit

Step 4

Practicing methods to help us on our journey.

Imagination

Step 5

Activating your imagination to play with your imagery.

Psychology

Step 6

Getting to know yourself through your psychology.

Shadow

Step 7

Befriending your shadow to gain understanding and love.

Gnosis

Step 8

Embodying soul to know through direct experience.

Jung

Step 9

Exploring Jung's example and process as a path.

Color

Step 10

Playing with color as emotion, energy, and art.

Black Books

Step 11

Journaling your dreams and visions in art diaries.

Red Book

Step 12

Elaborating your writing and drawing in art illuminations.

Story

Step 13

Rewriting your story and living your mythology.

Call

Step 14

Hearing and heeding your soul call as a living practice.

Nature

Step 15

Reconnecting your nature to nature by being natural.

Function

Step 16

Reclaiming the soul's imagery and capacity.

Darkness

Step 17

Travelling through the dark night of the soul.

Balance

Step 18

Holding and transcending the tension of opposites.

Wholeness

Step 19

Remembering forgotten parts of ourselves in wholeness.

Atonement

Step 20

Individuating through a process of atonement. 

Love

Step 21

Discussion: Love
Continuing to create with partner and group support .

Balance

Step 22

Holding and transcending the tension of opposites.

Ritual

Step 23

Discussion: ritual
Continuing to create with partner and group support.

Home

Step 24

Discussion: ethics
Continuing to create with partner and group support.

Following an archetypal pathway

Your journey follows a staged process like stepping stones with each week bringing a new lesson that characterizes a stage of the path, from journaling and dreamwork to shadow and active imagination. While what shows up for you in your experience and art is unique, these steps allow you to trust the process.  

Archetypal Psychology + Creativity

Soul Path
The soul leads us to deep transformation and self-realization in ways that are creative and imaginative. 

Called by your soul through images from dreams, visions, and the imagination, you are transformed in a process of deep soul care and soul relationship embodied in art.
Soul Love
The soul leads us to love which is the soul's greatest gift, reflecting their ability to unite opposites.
Just as Jung received a crown that said love never ends, we are guided to our own realization of self and soul love. What this looks and feels like is unique to each person.
Self Care
Self-care tends to your whole Self, gathering forgotten and repressed fragments of your soul from the past.

Receive tools that will support you to release unconscious patterns of self-doubt and neglect that lead to imbalance and disease. Down time is essential for creative growth.
Self Love
Gain the courage, confidence, and capacity of your soul to express Self-love for who YOU are.

Self-love is rooted in radical and deep acceptance of your uniqueness--how you are different. It is embodied in the unique qualities that are yours and yours alone.

Your soul brings you a vision 

Jung said that you cannot go directly into the unconscious but if you create unconsciously with your hands your soul will bring you a vision. Imagination has the roots magi for magic and image and it is the heart of this visionary path. As you walk you are activating your imagination and remembering how to play with your soul's images that guide you. Open your eyes, heart, and mind to a new way of seeing and being. Learn to navigate by starlight through the dark night of the soul.

On this path you draw from a soul toolkit

While you are finding yourself and your way, you are on an archetypal path that offers a consistent way to navigate. Including elements of centering, mindfulness, visioning, dreaming, yoga, eco-psychology and breathwork, the soul guides us on a path that connects our nature to nature. So we begin with introductory videos to seed your imagination with these ancient archetypal practices proven through time.

Dream into your nature

Bridging head and heart, this course follows in Jung's footsteps as he followed his soul into the wilds of his psychological nature to reconnect with the natural world. Because creativity expresses in our nature and in nature, this is an eco-art therapeutic path to wholeness--to the whole world. This is more about the alchemical Great Work of Art than art. It is about your transformative growth, patterned after the perennial rhizome planted in the rich earth of your imagination to grow out of you in art.

Connecting to the soul's creative nature

Images connect our nature to nature because we are a part of nature. So these courses work and play with the nature of our body. Using the picture superiority effect to draw upon our evolution and orientation to vision, the coursework combines visual and verbal imagery in ways that have been proven to maximize our whole brain and body learning. Just as images are the wealth and language of the soul, they are the language we speak in our creativity throughout the coursework. You are learning the unique language of your soul's images that are both visual and verbal.

A path into the wilderness of the soul

While we enter into the process on a path of painted steppingstones we find ourselves in the natural world. Jung said that the soul would become less and less a personification, an "other" and more a function. So we internalize our soul's capacity to activate the image of the world and navigate our life. We come alive and bring our life to life in its images. Where you find yourself upon this path is unique, but most people experience a deepening into the magic of nature and their own nature.

Soul advice: "drop into your heart"

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.

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.

The soul's ethic is authenticity

This is a very simple path that requires that you honor the soul and the soul's images. Jung called this being a disciple to the image but it is really a discipleship to your soul as a guiding image. What this looks like will be unique to you but it is characterized by a sincere attention to the details of your soul's images, a willingness to follow them as a path.

The soul's goal is to make you whole.

This deep self-care heals you by helping you remember the forgotten and dismembered parts of yourself, life, and soul. Buried in the unconscious, these fragments of your Self are gathered by following your soul and harvesting your soul's images in art and creativity. This process touches and redresses core wounds that lie at the heart of your complexes, mining the rich soil of your unconscious to embrace lost parts, buried and cast in shadow. You need all of these pieces to reclaim your power and soul. On a fundamental level this is a soul retrieval and a soul mate relationship. 

The soul's energy is creative.

When we tap into the soul we tap into our ability to create, reflecting the creative nature of the soul. Our creativity can take different forms of expression in gardening or painting, poetry or sculpting, and it reflects the unique qualities and characteristics of your soul: of you. Art is a path of creativity connecting you and your soul through the imagination. 

Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves as whole and complete. C G Jung

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. 

This is about embracing your soul power.

Your soul's power is the power to recreate yourself, your life, and the world. In this process you are creating soul to reanimate and reimagine the soul in the world. In embracing your soul power you embrace your soul's gift--something that only you can express. The world needs each of our gifts. So, the end result of the path is that you offer the gift of yourself and soul to the world to make the world whole. You are being You.
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