February

15th

or when you are ready

"The world needs a revolution led by women." Desmond Tutu

Creatrix: Reclaiming Feminine Creativity

This is a 12 week challenge created to guide you through a cycle of feminine creativity. Whether you are a woman, man, or other, come explore the creatrix energy within you as a tool to liberate and transform yourself, life, and planet. Connect with the feminine source of life within nature to understand, embrace, and birth your power.

"To be a creatrix is to dedicate oneself to the cycle of creativity--to embodying soul, through impregnation, gestation, birth, nurturing and death in a way that is not really understood in our culture." Lucy H. Purce

Rebirth of feminine power

Feminine creativity is fundamental to life itself, whether we give birth to a child or a book, protect the earth or a heart. Yet we live in a time when the creatrixes' power has become cut off to the point that we are unsure of the nature of our own gift. What even is the feminine? In a countermovement to our loss, we reach to reclaim the generative creativity of the feminine mother and motherhood itself. What is it to be a mother connected to Mother Earth? 

12 weeks to Reclaim Feminine Creativity:

This class includes ancient practices and modern technology in a simple structure to facilitate lasting change with:
  • Individual, partner, and group work
  • Live bi-weekly sessions with Heather
  • Engaging, flexible, and accessible archived material
  • Safe transformative group container and support
  • Archetypal and evidence-based power practices
  • Personal and transpersonal healing outcomes

Recreate from the feet up

Creatrix energy comes from the earth and rises up from the feet to connect with the hands and sky, bridging above and below like a tree. It is natural and connects our nature to nature. Referred to as the "maternally creative" by Jung and others, creatrix energy is of Mother nature and related to matter whose root (mater) is the same as mother. It is a part of all of us and needed in our time. Creatrix energy seeks homeostatic balance through sustainable wisdom.
"The union of feminine and masculine energies within the individual is the basis of all creation." Shakti Gawain

Why take the challenge?

We need to restore balance between the masculine and feminine within us to bring it to the world. This is imperative because this balance is the foundation that will restore ecological, psychological, and socio-political (and every other kind of balance) to the world. The feminine creative has been recognized as a missing knowledge of the heart by great minds through the ages, and now is the time to recover it. As my soul said: "Drop into your heart."

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle

Who is this path for? (yes, everyone)

This is a path for all of us who have lost touch with their feminine creativity and the archetypal "Realm of the Mothers." Because of our western bias toward masculine logic and rationality, this is almost everyone. Whether you identify as feminine or masculine, male or female (or other), this is about reclaiming balance for our lives and world. It is about bringing ourselves and world into balance. Now more than ever we need this power to save ourselves and world. 

What is a Creatrix?

A creatrix is a female who "produces, creates or brings forth," in short a female creator. Yet, it has always seemed (to me) to be a form of ritual and natural creation--creating with nature and in nature. Creatrix energy wells up from within and underground to usher forth naturally, connecting our nature to nature. While they may be "messy" (what artist isn't), a creatrix expresses an intrinsic order that collaborates with chaos. It is like the lava that forms in swirl patterns or the song of the wind in the trees. It is born of our reclaiming our nature to be natural--both female and male in union: whole and complete. 

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

A gnostic path to direct knowledge

This challenge is about connecting to YOUR OWN CREATRIX capacity. While the nature of feminine creativity is collective, rooted in the earth itself, how we interact with it is unique and personal. At the root of this question is what your energy is like . . . when and how. In this course the archetype of the mother tree will guide us along with Mother Nature Herself (the expert on mothering).

Sometimes a tree tells you more than can be read in books. C G Jung 

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD

Creatrix Power Activate!

I was made for this course, because it is what I am and care about. Yet, it was the last class added . . . go figure. I remember the moment I saw the word creatrix for the first time and wondered it at all that it held. For 2 decades following this my morning affirmation was to create images of the sacred feminine and to raise awareness about the undervalued nature of feminine creativity. 

Your Inner Creatrix

Archetypal eye

Of course, the creatrix and creation itself are really the guides--the conscious creative energy in which we live move and have our being. We need merely reach out with thought, feeling, or hand and the creativity of the universe is there at our touch. 
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. C G Jung
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This is a journey home to yourself

Each week you walk on stepping stones that introduce fundamental concepts and skillsets that connect your feminine 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. 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.

This class comes with a weekly drop-in because, let's face it, we need each other.

This is a trailhead to your soul

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.

Creating a womb for soul

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

Archetypal footsteps guide us.

This is an archetypal exploration of the feminine. Feminine power is as old as life, collective and universal like the roots of a forest, but it is also personal. Like everything in Soul Space, there is no one answer and only you can find your way and truth. What you think is feminine is up to you, but it is important for all of us to contemplate, because we need to reclaim and embody the feminine together.  

Collective POWER

Feminine power is collective and connective by nature like our natural metaphor of the rhizomal network of forest roots that communicates and distributes information, nutrients, and even antibodies. While the archetypal masculine is singular, linear, and materialistic, the feminine is multiple, networkial, and animistic. It's materialism not mechanistic but alive.

Community Circle

Week 1

Gather. What is a Creatrix?

Womb Healing & Claiming

Week 2

Circle. what is in your womb?

Creatrix Archetypes

Week 3

Claim. a safe space.

Alchemical Vessel Ritual

Week 4

Bringing the body to life

Embodied Soul & Creative Centers 

Week 5

Embody creative centers

Impregnate Life within You

Week 6

Drop dee into the dark earth.

Gestate Purpose Within

Week 7

Hold purpose in your womb. 

Nurture Flow

Week 8

Let your love of life flow.

Birth Inspiration in the World

Week 9

Creating a life map

Gather Community

Week 10

Playing with color 

Celebrate the Creation

Week 11

Starting a visionary journal

Name your "Child" 

Week 12

Adding art (doodling or . . . )

Realm of the Mothers

There are many archetypes and examples of the creatrix. 

Ancestral healing

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.
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.

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.

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 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.