JAN

15

TO JAN 17

A forest path

This is a 12 week journey into the wilderness. A form of nature therapy, this path includes picking and befriending a tree, nature journaling, and forest bathing as well as time to wander and just be. On this path you will learn self-generated ritual and find a guiding animal spirit or plant. 

Forest Bathing: Wild Nature Therapy

We all know the power and presence of the forest. Innately we understand what science now tells us: we are transformed by the majesty and mystery of nature. As we walk over the soft decomposition of fallen leaves and under the arching branches of the forest canopy (whether an oak, a redwood, or a cactus), we are transported to another place outside of time and space. In this class we explore ways of communing and communicating with nature that are at once as natural as the wind but also as startling in their power. With innumerable health benefits, forest bathing is something available to all of us, and in this class Heather takes you on weekly walks over the course of 10 weeks to discover new and yet ancient ways of attuning and atoning our nature with nature. 
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Who is this path for?

This path is for people who love nature but also for those who don't. In truth it is for everyone, because everyone benefits from its practice. Yet, those who love or at least like nature are probably more likely to follow through with the practice. Contemplate on the call of nature. As long as you can find a living place to commune with nature, this path is for you. 

How to navigate

Choosing your PATH
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What are people saying . . .

This course is a psycho-active or soul activating trail that connects you to your nature in nature. It is often described as life changing, offering the gift of getting to know your soul and yourself as one with creation (aka Nature). While forest bathing may be wet or cold sometimes, it also has cathedral-like moments in which you feel one with the cosmos. Either way, this time-tested practice has had remarkable and verifiable results, from increased health and wellbeing to decreased stress and disease.
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

Why walk the path?

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Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD

Following in the soul's footsteps

Heather loves nature, and walking daily in the forest for decades is her wilderness therapy. Forest bathing naturally from childhood, she communes with nature under forested cathedrals of cedar, oak and redwood. More than that, she realizes the sacred nature of nature whether in a field of sage on a rite of passage or a potted plant on your porch. Forest bathing is about the resonance of your nature in nature and about returning to homeostatic balance with the earth. From the archetypal path of the soul embodied in the psychologist C G Jung's Red Book (in which he became a tree) to wilderness rites of passage, Heather combines eco, art and play therapy to connect our nature to nature in ways that are embodied, playful, creative and natural.

Jung and the Ancestors

Following those who have gone before

While Heather has researched the soul's archetypal (universal) creative nature to walk and lead others on this path, your soul is your real guide. Combining evocative visuals and insightful words that alchemize cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom into stepping stones, this path's deep magic is the soul. It is the soul you follow and only you can connect to your soul (You). Forest bathing is about realizing your Self (whole or ensouled) potential through the transcendent insight of your soul who connects your creative nature to nature because they are nature. This path has the power to transform your life and the world because the soul IS LIFE. When you walk in nature you are not alone but atoned with all life. You are at home with yourself.

Introduction

Heather and the Soul of Creativity
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Nature connects us

Each week you will walk on stepping stones that connect your nature to the creative nature of the soul, moving closer to the Self. These steps are patterned with a video to watch, an animated or illustrated visual text file to view and a downloadable text document to read and interact with. An audio transcript is also included, so that you can activate your imagination in different ways and work and play with the holistic whole brain and body learning of the soul. Activities are woven throughout the coursework to help you bring it to life in YOUR LIFE.

Nature is the oldest counselor

Nature heals us and so we return to our roots be returning to the forest. Each week you will explore your nature in nature in ways that are simple, practical, mystical and magical. By entering the forest you are returning to your past to reimagine yourself and your future. You are remembering your connection to nature and your nature.

A circle to contain you

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 this process as archetypal or universal

Walk alone

Enter the forest

Walk in nature.

Pick a partner

Enter partnership

Befriend a tree or a rock.

Gather a circle

Enter a group

Create a community.

Pick a forest

Week 1

Find a path to walk.

Start a journal

Week 2

Create a nature journal.

Ground yourself

Week 3

Ground yourself deep.

Imagine within

Week 4

Imagine into a tree. 

Color a plant

Week 5

Journal a plant.

Befriend a tree

Week 6

Commune with a tree.

Imagine a tree

Week 7

Enter into the forest.

Create ritual

Week 8

Offer self-generated ritual.

Root deep

Week 9

Connect to a tree.

Animal spirit

Week 10

Connect with an animal.

Dedication

Week 11

Atone with the forest.

Ethic

Week 12

Continue bathing.

This is a trailhead to your nature and nature.

As you walk you open to the symbolic guidance of synchronicity, dreams and visions. You are dreaming yourself awake and learning to see the waking world as if in a dream. Through symbolic sight and insight or the archetypal lens of the soul, you will take steps in your life that are a part of your inner path, realizing that this path is moving outward as well. As you move in your world, each week's lesson will "show up" in your life.

Your path begins here . . .

Each week is designed to lead you further into yourself and the forest. Because you are surrendering to the emergent nature of nature, the weeks are not outlined as they are in other classes. Forest Bathing does begin with the same introduction, asking you what you are willing or wanting (called) to leave behind, and it ends with the same conclusion to provide containment and integration. It is its own rite of passage. 

Coursework and play . . .

Each week yours content drops down below. 

Forest + You = Deep Healing

Deep Healing
Forest bathing heals us from the depths of our being. 
Walking in the forest heals us, increasing our immunity, cognitive capacity and happiness while decreasing our stress, depression and confusion. So we walk, sit and rest.
Deep Breathing
Breathing with the trees we breathe deep.
Bathing in the energy of the forest we exchange carbon and oxygen, drinking deep in exchange with our forest friends. Breathing is as important as walking in forest bathing.
Deep Listening
Amidst the trees we listen deeply to the forest song.
Forests are still but trilling with life. You just have to slow down and be in relationship with the life around you-- Whether it is an ancient cedar tree or a small salamander..
Deep Seeing
We look into the depths and see the invisible in the forest.
Practice techniques and guidance that support financial self-care to earn what you’re worth, give generously, spend consciously, reflect your values and build a legacy.

Embrace your nature

Bridging head and heart, this course leads you into the forest to remember your nature and past ways of being. Embrace more.

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