Creative Transformation Journey: Short Cut
This is a minimum guidance approach to the journey, following in the archetypal footsteps of the psychologist Carl Jung and others on a healing journey of transformation. Designed by Heather to help you find your soul and way, this course includes journaling, dreamwork, active imagination, meditation, visualization, gentle yoga, drawing, painting, and more. Create a safe container and learn the skills that you need to create your own Black and Red Book. Come on a short cut to wholeness on which minimal guidance launches you on a journey guided by your soul.
This class comes with 2 personal sessions with Heather to guide and support you.
First Steps on an Archetypal Path
This is a deep dive into the process that the psychologist Carl Jung called "nature" and his soul called "art" in a form of eco-art & play therapy. At its heart is a creative journaling process in which you create your own art journal like the Black and Red Books. Jung taught this path to his advanced patients, and this course helps you follow in these footsteps, beginning with creating a safe container for dreamwork, shadowplay, and other soul skills.
Getting to know Heather and the PATH
Who is this path for?
No art skills, psychological knowledge, or belief in a metaphysical soul are required for this journey. The only prerequisite is a willingness to be creative, honest, and go deep. This course is ideal for anyone who seeks deep healing, calling, meaning, transformation, and purpose with minimal guidance. The practices of the path have been found to alleviate depression, fear, and anxiety. More than that, it offers harder to define rewards like peace, mystery, and beauty. While this path is for everyone who is ready to grow, it is not a superficial path but depth work.
Who is this path for?
This class is for anyone who seeks understanding and empowerment as they set about their life. It is creative and engaging, focusing on active application through activities and exercises. While it comes with a one-on-one live session with Heather and has an option to partner with another quester, it does not have the live weekly zoom component.
What people are 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
What will you experience?
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. 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
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Creativity connects us to the 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 group discussion. Activities are woven throughout the coursework to help you bring it to life in YOUR LIFE and supported by the learning site's many features.
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 and soul.
Coursework and play . . .
Each week your content drops down for you below.
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.
You travel alone.
To really experience the darkness of the dark night of the soul, you need to be alone with your soul. So, you walk alone.
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.
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 come back to again and again, whether creating art, lighting a candle, meditating, or doing gentle yoga. These spaces help to cocoon you as 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 the class along with an individual session with me to open and close your personal transformation.
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. While we begin with the embodied example of Jung's Black and Red Books, we end up off road, exploring the terrain of our own living psychology and soul. There is only one way, your way.
A 3 month journey
While 3 month may seem like a long time compared to a weekend workshop, Jung took years to create his Black and Red Books. These course steps are designed to provide a minimum of support and time to embark 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 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.
Introducing Jung and basic concepts to help on the path.
Beginning your path and starting to reach out to soul.
Creating a container for creation: journaling.
Practicing methods to help us on our journey.
Activating your imagination to play with your imagery.
Getting to know yourself through your psychology.
Befriending your shadow to gain understanding and love.
Embodying soul to know through direct experience.
Exploring Jung's example and process as a path.
Playing with color as emotion, energy, and art.
Journaling your dreams and visions in art diaries.
Elaborating your writing and drawing in art illuminations.
The map is not the landscape
Just like the saying that the map is not the land, this path and the landscape you cover are unique to your experience. Still, a map can help you orient and find your way. So, we begin with creating a container or space for our creativity, gathering our supplies and centering ourselves in our soul. From there, each week brings a new lesson that characterizes the stage of the path, from ethics to shadow work to your soul's symbolic language. It is essential that you not know where you are going (so you can appreciate it when you get there and also feel like you are lost). Yet, you can trust that every week has guidance established to help you. Like participants in a trust building exercise, you need to lean into this.
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 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 of Creativity, Drop In + Circle Up
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.
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. 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 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.
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.