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BEGINNING

Come journey into the depths of your soul on a path of mystery, meaning, power, and purpose. Come play!

A Healing Path

This 3 month creative journey follows in the archetypal footsteps of the psychologist Carl Jung as you learn to heal and transform under the guidance of your soul. Rooted in a creative journaling practice that combines art, dreamwork, active imagination, meditation, mindfulness, gentle yoga, drawing, painting, and more, this path helps with depression, anxiety, and stress. 
This is a "path" that Jung walked following his soul and then led his advanced patients upon, a path he said needed to be cleared for creative healing.

"I got into the dark, and I groped along my path. That path led inward and downward. I found the right way and it led me to you, to my soul." C G Jung

What is soul?

Soul is a part of us that connects the opposites of inside and out, above and below. It is not religious but psychological and relational. Jung said that the soul is a
"living self-existing being," unbound by space and time," while "the body is merely the visibility of the soul, the psyche; and the soul is the psychological experience of the body. So, it is really. . . one and the same thing."
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Life Practice

This is a soul and life path. Including elements of centering, mindfulness, visioning, dreaming, yoga, eco-psychology and breathwork, the soul guides us on a path that connects opposites of our nature and nature. 
"Each person has a unique opus, a soul work. You must live your life." C G Jung
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Dark Night of Soul

We have confronted death and are called to life. Are you ready to answer the call? The dark night of the soul gives way to the dawn of the sunrise. 

"The dark night of the soul is a journey to light, a journey from your darkness into the strength and hidden resources of your soul." Caroline Myss
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Alchemical Practice

This is an alchemical path for people called to heal and transform. It is designed to be practical and portable with a journal and art supplies that come with the offering. Jung taught this therapeutic path to his advanced patients, and this course helps you to resolve past trauma and gain a sense of peace and purpose.
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An Introduction

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

No art skills or psychological knowledge are required. This class is about deep healing and transformation, what Jung called individuation. It is for anyone who seeks a life of deep meaning, healing, calling, intimacy, relationship, connection, power, purpose, passion, and soul. This is not a superficial path but one that charts the depths. It is a path for those who have lost their connection to their soul and Self. You only need to be honest and ready.

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.
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

Certification & Calling to heal others

This course offers deep transformation and a certificated process to help you guide others as Jung did. This is an archetypal journey for our and all time.

"What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of the personal life and speak from the spirit and the heart . . . as man to the spirit and heart of mankind." C G Jung

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. 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.

This is your journey

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 (who is a part of you). The heart of this path is the love, courage, and compassion you gain from soul contact.
"Never follow anyone else's path, unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. Then by all means follow that path." Jung
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Creativity connects us to our soul

Each week 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, a 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 readings and emergent partner and group discussion. Activities are woven throughout.

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

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 through the magic of the imagination.

Coursework and play . . .

Each week your content drops down for you as a steppingstone that guide us on our life path--the path of our soul.

"One thing you must know: the one thing I have learned is that one must live this life." C G Jung

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 group. Each circle expands with you as you create your opus or soul journal, designed to offer different levels of containment as you transform. These circles protect and support you

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's patients with him
Jung viewed his patients art and worked with them one on one. So you work with a power partner to help contain you.

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.

Create & dedicate your space.

You will create an art studio, creativity altar, and art as your "church" and "cathedral," a place to commune with your soul. This is a place for renewal and retreat whether creating art, lighting a candle, meditating, or doing gentle yoga. These spaces cocoon you as an alchemical container of transformation through your process, nurturing your body and a body of art. 

Following 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. While we begin with the example of Jung's Black and Red Books, we end up off road, exploring the terrain of our own living psychology and soul to find our own way.

This course comes with a discussion group, bi-weekly zoom, and 2 personal sessions with Heather.

Soul of Creativity Drop In Circle.

Sign up for the support you need. Remember that I am here as a resource as well. Feel free to call and touch in for additional containment and support. Reach out to your alchemical partner and group. You are held.

A 3 month journey

While 3 month may seem like a long time compared to a weekend workshop, Jung took decades on his creative work. This course is designed to provide a minimum of guidance and time to lead you on a circuitous journey home to your soul and Self. This path goes deep to bring you to life, offering creative isolation along with partner and group work to simulate elements of the students Jung taught, following his own process and soul. In walking this path you are activating your imagination beyond art, as you enter into the Great Work of Art of the transformation of your life and the world.

Step 1. Play like a child

You begin by remembering childhood play just as Jung began his creative opus by playing as a child. So we remember Picasso's statement that "every child is an artist" and Einstein's realization that "the imagination is greater than knowledge." How did you play and create (come alive) when you were young?
"Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable." Jung

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.

Embark

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 and your psychology.

Shadow

Step 7

Befriending your shadow to gain understanding and love.

Gnosis

Step 8

Embodying soul to know through direct experience.

Story

Step 9

Exploring Jung's example and process as a path.

Home

Step 10

Playing with color as emotion, energy, and art.

Dedication

Step 11

Journaling your dreams and visions in art diaries.

Ethic

Step 12

Elaborating your writing and drawing in art illuminations.

Soul knowledge is cartographic. 

Still, a map can help you orient and find your way in your life. So, I use maps to help guide us from step to step, creating a container or space for our creativity, gathering our supplies and centering ourselves in our soul and a journal practice. From there, each week brings a new lesson that characterizes the stage of the path, from ethics to shadow work to the soul's symbolic language of the unconscious. Every week has guidance established to guide you. Like participants in a trust building exercise, you need to lean into this. "The middle path is the way to wisdom." Rumi
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Your soul brings you a vision in art. 

Jung said that you cannot go directly into the unconscious but if you create unconsciously with your hands your soul would 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.

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 images guide you.

Imagination has a shared root with image and magi for magus, magician, and magic. Images are the language and wealth of the soul, drawn from the depths of the collective unconscious. They speak with the power of the world soul and what Jung called the "magical value of art." Your images are symbolic and natural, emerging with their own color, shape, composition, and form. 

Return to 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. 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.
"I immersed myself in nature, crawled, as it were, into the very essence of nature and away from the whole human world. . . The only important thing is to follow nature.” C G Jung

Connect 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. Drawing upon our psychological and physiological evolution toward visual evolution and primacy, the coursework combines visual and verbal imagery 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 wilderness journey.

While we may enter into the process on our couch or at a desk, we ultimately find ourselves in the natural world--even if still on the couch. 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, words and paintings as images. 

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.

Deep Self care

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. 

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.