Moving from the old year into the sun

Return to Inner Light

Enter & embrace the darkness to kindle inner light & a new dawn, as we navigate the darkness in a return to the light, moving from starlight to sunlight & dawn.
The dark sky helps to see the stars. . . The dark night of the soul helps us to see the light within.
Bert McCoy

Darkness to Light

We are all called to transform at one time or another on a journey into the depths and the black of the dark night of the soul, crossing from sunset to sunrise to experience a new dawn. This journey is reflected in the heavens themselves in the zodiac and the illumination of the stars. It is here that we look for guidance along with dreams and visions, as we navigate this underworld journey. Whether you are experiencing the darkness of a transition, like a divorce or death, or an inner transition of a psychic awakening (or both), this is a course to help you on your journey. Weaving astrology, myth, dream tending, visioning, creative journaling, and soul dialoguing, we will find our way to the gift and the splendor of the new day, while harvesting the bejeweled wonder of the night passage. Because of the nature of the course and the need for safe passage, this is a year-long course that has built in monthly support with 2 additional sessions with Heather to be used emergently when you need them.
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The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then come the new life and all that is needed. . . 
joseph campbell

You seek more 

Make the dark material of your past into a new life of greater & deeper meaning, caring, compassion & love to:
  • Transform your suffering into strength (even with gratitude)
  • Claim your ability to recreate yourself, life & world
  • Discover your authentic voice, vision & power
  • Acquire new techniques, tools, skills & insight
  • Create a map & myth from your vision to move forward
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We all experience darkness. Yet few embrace its gift.

From COVID 19 to disease & divorce (or. . . ), our darkness is the material of creation & transformation

Shadow Work & Play 

90% of your shadow is golden according to the psychologist C G Jung. So, we dig in the depths of psyche to find our buried treasure, repressed wounds waiting to be remembered & atONEd: made whole 

Alchemy & Deep Psyche

The dark offers a descend into the depths of the personal & collective unconscious & the underworld to transmute lead into gold & death into life for powerful change.

Embodied Transformation

Darkness blinds us to our transformation through disintegration & liquifaction to reformation, as we shift from one form & vision to another through our body & body of art. Drop in & rest in your body.

Deep Healing Creativity

From collage & art journaling to 
The dark night of the soul is a journey into light, a journey from your darkness into the strength and hidden resources of your soul.
Caroline Myss

Polarity Therapy: 4 parts

Transform essential elements of yourself & life in a tension of opposites to create change inside & out.
  • Active Reflection upon yourself & life (=Counseling) in artful inventory practices designed to reach deep & gain insight  
  • Energy Work including breathing, visualizing & mindfulness
  • Bodywork with gentle yoga, movement, dance & more
  • Lifeworkembracing wellness & life coaching practices
    This may seem like a lot of work but it is also play (of course)

Soul's Transcendent Function & 3rd Thing

This is a 3 day retreat outside of time in which we hold the tension between darkness & light, dusk & dawn to invoke & await the emergence of a 3rd thing or way in our own rebirth.
The Transcendent Function can be defined (kind of) but at its heart is mystery & grace beyond human comprehension. In a very real way this is a pilgrimage within in which we invoke our union with our soul in which something new is born within us. We can call it thesis, antithesis & synthesis, but we might as well call it x, y & z. The truth is, the synthetic ability of the soul is & should be beyond the comprehension of the rational mind, apprehended only by the heart & the lightning strike of the embodied intuition that flashes in the moment of insight.

Don't think about this. Let it go as you let your breath become a prayer & your life your altar. It is a truism but you must release what you grasp to receive something more. Let go & let soul. Full stop.
relax . . . release . . . . . surrender . . . . . . . grieve . . . . . . . . forgive . . . . this is GRACE.
But there is no energy unless there is a tension of opposites. . . The repressed content must be made conscious so as to produce a tension of opposites, without which no forward movement is possible.
c g jung

Close your eyes & look in

Journey into inner darkness on a pilgrimage home to yourself & your true nature. Discover & remember who you are with love & honor.
  • Our darkness is what we have hidden or want to hide
  • Healing comes from embracing & accepting our dark
  • We love all of ourselves, everyone & everything
  • Forgiveness is our gift & the peace that comes with it
  • Our darkness is our power & potent medicine
The dark night of the soul is when you have lost the flavor of life but have not yet gained the fullness of divinity. So it is that we must weather that dark time, the period of transformation when what is familiar has been taken away and the new richness is not yet ours.
Ram Dass

Dream 

Prompts . Journal
Night Journey

Imagine

Active . Magic
Put Together

Release

Let Go. Open
Let the Light in

Forgive

Death . Rebirth
New Light & Life

Receive

Embrace . Light
Illuminate Life

Remember

Recall . Power
Become WHOLE

Star Gazing  

Prompts . Journal
Ponder Mystery 

Astrology

Personal . Myth
12 House & Saturn

Shadow Play

Death . Rebirth
Activities & Play

Dream Map

Reflect . Chart
Dream Landscape

Night Journal

Document . Travel
Dream Symbols

Night Myth

Nyx, Nuit, Mary, Thanatos . . . 
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. 
Dalai Lama

Your myth

What is your story & how does it narrate (& effect) your life? Return to reimagine your myth & retell it.

Your way

This is all about your soul & your way in self-generated ritual. It is between you & You (you + soul). 
There is no coming to consciousness without pain. . . . One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. . . Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people.
C G Jung

Enter the DARKNESS & a Temenos

Temenos is sacred space & you begin by creating a space to hold your vigil. What this looks like can be totally unique to you: it should be. You are creating a space for your soul. Referring to her art in a journal like his art therapeutic Red Book, Jung said that in that book (art journal) is your soul. So, you will journal & follow in the archetypal footsteps of Jung, Morgan & others to make your own cathedral of the soul. For more information, go to the link below. 
a temenos is a temple enclosure or a sacred precinct: a safe spot

Learn the Art of Creating a TEMENOS

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. So we walk a healing path together to heal both individually and collectively.

An Introduction

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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

Night is the instructor. . . mystery too

The dark night of the soul is a spiritual or soul crisis that offers us a path through the darkness into the light of a new day and a new capability. As we journey, we transform into something deeper and more--our soul and Self. The dark night of the soul is an opportunity to heal and become whole by embracing and accepting our darkness to claim our light.

 Dark Night of the Soul

The darkness that births the light 

Who is (or really wants to be) an expert on the dark night of the soul? The obvious answer is the soul, but another answer is all of us who walk the healing path--or have lived on our planet. On this journey I will create a container to help hold our transformation, following my own forays into the depths and through the dark night of the soul. Having undergone a series of life changes and challenges to myself and those close to me, including depression, addiction, a suicide attempt, and cancer in the time of covid, I am learning to be comfortable and navigate the darkness. These experiences have taught me about myself, my belief, and ultimately my power to transform, inspiring me to offer this course as support for others who journey to find themselves and their way at this time. This is a place and a time to help each other as we find ourselves under the stars, waiting in a power circle to greet the dawn and the beauty of the sunrise. 

Soul Birth

A dance of dark and light

The dark night of the soul offers a safe space to cocoon as we awaken to the brilliance of the light and life growing within us. The darkness of the soul's journey is really another way of saying metamorphosis, reflecting an inner initiation in which we gather the gifts of soul to become integrated and whole. It is a time of opportunity that we are going through collectively and individually. From a pandemic to political tension, ecological disaster to economic strife, t is not surprising that on a personal level we have epidemic levels of suicide, depression, anxiety and abuse. Yet, just as the symbol for conflict means opportunity in different languages, we have a powerful chance to transform and awaken to a new higher potential.  

Walk Alone

This is always a solo path.

It is ultimately your path.

Be Partners

Find an alchemical partner.

A partner mirrors and anchors you.

Join a Group

Create a support group.

A group contains and reflects you.

This is a chance to come together

"Don't build a wall around your own suffering- it may devour you from the inside." Frida Kahlo 
Come cocoon over the weekend to transform from the caterpillar into a butterfly in the alchemical disintegration that precedes integration. In the velvet dark of the cocoon, we liquify into the unconscious waters of imaginal cells to be reborn in a new form. But in the pitch black of the darkness, we can feel lost and alone. This course is designed to help hold us together as we transition through a weekend of depth work in circle & with a partner. 

Friday
An Invaluable Method

7-9:00 pm

We embark upon a journey into the darkness with an introduction and exploration of what Jung called his method as well as an intuitive and invaluable method. Moving through a visual presentation, we will begin to go off trail and into your own dark depths, leaving the night with dream seed prompts and reflections. 

Saturday
The Black Books

9-10:45 am

Building on the previous night and day's prompt, start by creating your power circle, journaling noting any unconscious response. Draw to you the sense of the dream or any previous communication before bed, asking for further clarification or insight overnight. Drop into your heart or center and invoke further guidance while your record your dreams upon waking to connect to your nature. 

Sunday
The Red Book

11-1:00 pm

Create a circle of what supports and sustains you. This can be entirely imaginal or include physical ritual. Sit in the power and truth of your understanding of the movement from dusk to dawn. What have you learned? Create an evening and morning ritual that will continue and deepen your connection to the dark night of the soul, integrating it into your life with an ongoing affirmation and practice.

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Collective Healing

We are light bringers in our own healing mythology. Embrace your light & fan its flames into a new sunrise.
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Star Connection

Astrological information & support
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Human Design +

Human Design is a way to "read" yourself, orientation & role in life.
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.
Marcus Aurelius

 Cornwall Seminar and attached