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Learn ART Journaling as creative medicine for our time.

Lay your burdens down on paper to fly

We all need to heal, & this course offers a natural, archetypal & powerful path that is transformative 7 therapeutic. Come on a 40 day journey into the heart of your inner artist & the wilderness of your soul to find your way home to yourself & the Self as a whole. 
A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to "become". It is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember, and dream.
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Start a Soul Journal 

Each day you learn an art journaling skill, concept or technique to break creative blocks, find your style & embody your soul's symbolic images in art through archetypal examples of other journal artist.
The collective unconscious connects you to the power of the soul to heal the world as a whole, bringing images for you and the time we live in. When you embody these images in art, you embody soul and connect to the imaginal realm. More than art, this is a way to know the unknowable through soul contact, seeking guidance and intuitive insight for your life journey to find yourself and way. This is a perfect step before any of the other classes or kits.

* sample 40 different ways to journal through famous artists
* learn a variety of artistic techniques & play with them
* apply psychological concepts in art & experience their outcomes
* explore your own sense of style & creative expression
* embody an archetypal process designed for transformation & transition
Creativity is on the side of health--it isn't the thing that drives us mad; it is the capacity in us that tries to save us from the madness. [Creativity is medicine.]
Jeanette Winterson

Light in the Dark

Access Unconscious

Reach the depths of soul for direction, insight & hope 

Connect with Others

Share your journal story with others in group/social media

Discover Yourself

Who are you really & what is your power & purpose? 
This is a process of unlearning and deconditioning in which the examples of others help to distill your essence through exploration. This is your journal but to really find out what that means you have to let go.
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken!

To find you . . .

This is a sampling of 40 different artist examples to give you fundamental skills & experiences to apply & combine in your own way. 

How do you write?

Find your voice & let it out

What about lines?

Flow, zig zag & let go

What is your visual style?

Create a style unique to you

How about composition?

Put it all together

Do you like color? 

Combine colors & play

What does this tell you?

Start a dialogue with soul
Journaling embodies soul so you can dialogue, Heal & transform through inner images

Depth Psychology + Creativity

This is a dialogue between you & YOU that unites mind & body, heart & soul

to heal inside & out

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.
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Journey your way . . .

A journal journey on your schedule & in your space. Put on your fuzzy slippers!
  • A flexible learning path that is live & asynchronous
  • Ongoing access to archived material to return to at your leisure. Each "day" can be a week . . . or more
  • Partner & group support is optional (but advised). If you want to participate, sign up. It is up to you.

Who is this path for? A: Everyone

No art "skills" are required or even relevant. This class is about deep transformation. 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. This is not a superficial path for the feint of heart, but a depth experience.
Process the trauma of deep wounds & the shadow cast in the body through a body of art to fully embody your life.
Process Healing
Allow the creative spirit to flow into you for greater vision, power & purpose to retell your story & BE.
Deep BEcoming
Leverage the link between the personal & collective unconscious to heal yourself, family & community.
Collective Healing
Make art to create  soul, embodying its intuitive power & wisdom in yourSelf and life to serve the world.
Soul Integration

Discover your voice & vision: BE YOU 

While this is an archetypal or universal path, it is paradoxically yours and yours alone. For, only you can find your way though the inner psychological terrain of your soul's essence to BEcome who you really are. Come on a journey to:
  • Learn the Art of Making an Art Journal (from gathering supplies to writing and adding color, collage . . . )
  • Develop Basic Creative & Depth Psychological Skills (from active imagination to amplification and shadow work)
  • Discover ways to work and play with images from dreams, visions, and synchronicities in your life
  • Explore your deep unconscious and learn how to navigate through instinct, intellect & intuition
  • Create a map of your Journey to chart your WAY to see where you have been, are and want to go
  • Receive a Certification in Creative Journaling to apply professionally or toward your Soul Space path

Art Journal Toolkit

Learn to use all the related tools, skills & techniques you will need to create your journal. Explore & Play. There is no right way . . . only your way.
  • Daily tutorials & examples from Heather & archetypal artists
  • Daily prompts & exercises to help you experiment (play)
  • Live video Conferencing at the beginning, middle & end
  • Weekly Art Cafes for sharing, inspiration & experimentation
  • Ongoing Safe Social Media, Partner & Group Support
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Color

Blend, emotions & color theory

Space

Positive, Negative & Distribution

Line

Contour drawing & linear shapes

Texture

In color, contrast & tactile layering

Value

Light & dark in color & hue

Form

Shapes as formal building blocks

Collage

Select images you love & layer them

Calligraphy

Play with lines, loops & letters

Illumination

Historiated letter & metallic layers

Composition

Combine formal art elements 

Painting

Mix, blend & brush colors 

Pen & Ink

combine lines & colors as one
Writing is medicine...an appropriate antidote to injury. It is an appropriate companion for any difficult change. 
Julia cameron
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leverage the creative unconscious to heal

30% + psychological 

Studies show anti-depressant & anxiety medication is only 10% effective while the placebo effect of belief is 30% effective. Art journaling leverages your power to retell your story based on a belief in your ability to heal through self-discovery, compassion, power & acceptance (love). Combining psychotherapy & art therapy with the effectiveness of prayer, mindfulness, visualization & meditation, this is a powerful way to reimagine health to help us navigate our current crisis.
Being traumatized is not just an issue of being stuck in the past; it is just as much a problem of not being fully alive in the present...Self-regulation depends on having a friendly relationship with your body.
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Soul makes you whole.

This deep self-care heals you by helping your see, understand, accept and integrate the parts of yourself and life that you cannot identify with. Buried in the unconscious, these fragments and memories are gathered by 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. 

Follow a healing path

On this journal path, we follow in the footsteps of artists and seekers from the past and present who have walked through the ages to create a renaissance or rebirth in themselves and the world. Following 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, weaving synchronicity, symbol & story to our own myth. 
overview of course learning outcomes

Benefits for Mind, Body & Soul

Creative Skill Set

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Theory & Understanding

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Embodied Practice

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Growth Container

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Intuitive Vision

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Psychology Toolkit

Beyond art techniques and skills, you will learn fundamental depth psychological ideas and practices to navigate the terrain of your inner essence, fantasies & memories, reconciling opposites of conscious and unconscious, personal & collective through:
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Dreams

Play with images to live the dream on

Amplification

Explore mythic & cultural symbolism

Soul Dialogue

Engage the inner characters of psyche

Creative Flow

Allow the ongoing flow of images 

Automatic Writing

Transcribe soul

Mandala

Circular images of healing wholeness

Ancestry

Return to ancestral roots to heal legacy

Movement

Animate figures for energy & action

Patterns

Create patterns as visual literacy

Archetypes

Powerful, primal & universal patterns 

Words as Images

Create embodied words as images

Personification

Psychic figures who take on a personality

Wounds 

Core wounds at the heart of complexes

Soul Landscape

Map a psychological landscape & journey

Mythopoesis

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

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 your soul's nature to Nature or Creation itself. 
"Every artist dips his brush in his soul and paints his own nature into his paintings." Henry Ward Beecher

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.

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.

Archetypal Examples

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.
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Circles of Support

This process is contained by your soul along with 3 circles of support that expand with you as you create your opus. Each is designed to offer a different level of containment as you individuate into yourself and group. To create these circles, you can make subgroups in the social media hub. Additionally, we will have a course specific group that will have access. This is what you make of it, so reach out and create your healing web. 

Alone

You travel alone

You need to be alone with your soul.

Partner

A partner helps to mirror you.

Journey with a partner to mirror you.

Group

A circle to discuss and reflect.

An inner circle supports your growth

This course comes with a discussion group

Creating a container

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. A container will be created with a circle opening & closing session & ritual.

Soul Vessel

Learn more about how to become a vessel for your soul to contain & accommodate your new growth.

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 begin to perceive the mythic story that underpins your life, guiding you on a path both within and without. As you move through the course, each week's lesson will "show up" and reveal itself in living images and experiences that deepen your insight. 

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. 

Your 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.

Coursework and play . . .

Each week your content drops down for you below.

A 40 days on a creative journey

Remember you can do this in your own way. Life doesn't always rearrange itself for our schedule. Yet, there is something to the 40 day in the wilderness (womb . . .). Though you don't need to be perfect, it is essential that you take this seriously. Sometimes things that are too serious can't be taken seriously, and playing is essential to this path. But really applying yourself in your own authentic way is essential & soulful. Be gentle and self- compassionate AND really dive in to create the needed alchemy.

1 You are an Artist

Ex. G O'Keeffe Confront fear, judgement & self-doubt to claim creative power & ID. 

2 Life Review

Ex. C G Jung Where in your life story did you loose your creativity? Go & be there.

3 Creative
Play

Ex. Paul Klee Return & reclaim your childhood play to bring your art to life. 

4 Love> Fear

Create a space of ritual & reverie through inner guidance & intuition. 

5 Music & Energy

Ex. Kandinsky
Incorporate music as a way to manage energy & motivation

6 Remove Blocks

Ex. P Picasso
Create renewal, flow & inspiration with poetry, dance & love.

9 Creative Rest

Ex. You
Rest & allow your energy to flow to images that you love to fill you.

8 Regulate Flow

Ex.  C G Jung
Introduce yoga & breath to restore = & life balance

9 Writing Intro

Ex. A Einstein
Explore forms of writing as self & soul expression

10 Words & Images

Ex. Hildegarde Play with the example of illuminated manuscripts

11 Ritual & Reverie

Ex. J Campbell Create reverie, ritual & myth to connect with psyche

12 Art Ritual

Ex. S Freud
Walking, gardening, cooking & candles . . . or?

13 Body Practice

Ex. G Roth Movement & embodied flow to help relax & renew

14 Rest Deep

Ex. Meditate Reflect on your images to receive insight & inspiration 

15 Dream Images

Ex. M Chagall
Paint an image of a dream as a seed for your gestation

16 Align to Synchrony

Ex. W Pauli
Look for times & patterns of synchronicity in your life

17 Spiral Centering 

Ex. Bourgeois
Spiral into yourself & out on paper to center yourself

18 Center  Mandala

Ex. C Morgan
Find your center in a circle to gather your strength

19 Alchemy Imagery 

Ex. V Kafanov
Choose an alchemical image & add to & talk to it 

20 Vision & Imagination

Ex. A Grey Paint from your visionary imagination & reflect on it

21 Rest Deeper

Let go & do what you want. Rest. Nap. Walk . . . & journal

22 Creative
Imagination

Ex. S Dali  Create a surreal image in a way that if free & feels right.

23 Creator/
Creatrix

Ex. Cave Art
Return to the ancient past &  caves of memory

24 Myth
Making

ExJRR Tolkien
Mythopoesis is creating new mythology in your imagery

25 Explore
Wounds

Ex. F Kahlo Journal about a wound that comes to you & personify it

26 Rhythm & Routine

Ex. Free day Look back at your journal & continue on if you want

27 Create Structure

Ex. Nature    Let nature unfurl within & through you to express

29 Rest & Renewal

Let yourself drop & rest unconditionally in yourself & journal

30 Nature
& Form

Ex. E Haeckel
Introduce a natural form of order & symmetry

31 Musing on Muse

Ex. Muses    Look for & ID a muse. What & who inspires you? Breathe 

32 Make a Portrait

Ex Fav Portrait
Pick an artist portrait & let it inspire your own. Look in

33 Finding Your Way

Ex. Art Maps
All art is a map & portrait. Look at yours for insight

34 Finding Your Way

Ex. Fav Spot Navigate internally to find a spot in nature . . . or? 

35 Finding Your ID

Ex. Movement Look for your art fingerprint. What makes you unique?

36 Return & Rest

ex. E Munch Don't scream but write your own artist statement 

36 Artist Statement

Ex. J Chicago
Start with a mind map & explain your art fingerprint


37 Share Ideas

Ex. Art Date
Meet with your partner to share & get feedback

38 Get Out There

Ex. Leonardo
Go to a gallery or museum & look at art & statements

39 Go Inward

Ex. Soul Talk
Pick an image to dialogue with your soul & transcribe it

40 Reflect on Return

Ex. Flood etc.
40 days (years too) divides 2 epochs/stages of growth

41 Return Changed

Ex. Bilbo
Turn & return in the cycle of soulful revolution 

42 Change the World...

Ex Lucie-Christine
Be a mystic in the world & a journal. Go on

Ending with a Journal Party!

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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.

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.