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Embodying Tara: A Creative Exploration

Come on a 21 week journey, exploring the 21 faces of Tara. Embody the lessons and gifts of Tara week by week in your life, journal , and art. Whether you are a woman or man, healing and claiming your feminine nature is an essential part of a balanced and full life. From the removal of obstacles and empowerment of Red Tara to the healing peace of White Tara, we will find our own reflection in Tara's face. This is a class for both anyone who wants to more fully embody their feminine side and power. 

This class comes with a weekly live group meeting.

Awakening the feminine brings balance.

Creating living Tara images in your art and life brings balance to your relationships and world. Our world needs this feminine expression of compassion and courage, serenity and hope to guide us at this time. and this class is designed to awaken YOUR inner feminine gifts.

First Steps on an Archetypal Path

Tara is an image of the feminine that we can all hold and relate to--an image within all of us.
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An Introduction

Getting to know Heather and the PATH
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Who is this path for?

No art skills or psychological knowledge are required. This class is about deep transformation. It is ideal for anyone who seeks: deep healing; their life purpose or soul's calling; a deeper relationship to themselves, others, and their soul; a connection to the unity that underlies reality (by whatever name you call it); and an abiding love that comes from realizing that you indwell an animate or ensouled cosmos filled with mystery and beauty. This is not a superficial path, but neither is life. It is a path for all who care for someone with cancer, so we can walk together.

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

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.

My Journey with Tara

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

You have your own connection to TARA

My journey with White Tara evolved over the course of my doctoral dissertation and cancer journey. Yours will emerge in your own way.
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Basic Questions

Do you need to know how to draw and other questions. (No.)
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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 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. 

A structure to CONTAIN the process

There are 3 circles of support designed to help you on your Tara Journey. While these layers are optional they are beneficial and recommended

Answering Basic Questions

Do you have to be an artist and other questions (the answer is no).
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Your Heroic Quest Kit

Your Heroic Quest is a kit designed to support your life journey, whether you are embarking after graduating from high school or college or from a career in retirement. This is a journey that explores and navigates your life through the perspective of a hero.ine's quest to .
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A format to support your growth

Each week you walk on stepping stones that introduce fundamental concepts, quotes, and skills. These steps are patterned to help you follow your soul. Each week you will get a new video to watch, along with creative prompts, tutorials, and a written material. You journey held within a circle of support and aided by an alchemical partner, interacting in live zoom sessions and a private social media platform. The learning structure includes many unique features that help support you. 

A structure to CONTAIN the process

There are 3 circles of support designed to help you on your Tara Journey. While these layers are optional they are beneficial and recommended


You travel alone.

Tara in you and your life.


A partner helps to mirror you.

Looking for Tara in another.


A circle to discuss and reflect.

Finding Tara together in circle.

Creating a container for sacred space.

Additional containment comes from creating sacred space as 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 21 week journey

While 21 week may seem like a long time compared to a weekend workshop, the gifts of the Tara

Tara Nyurama Pamo

Swift Heroine & Overpowerer of Obstacles

We begin with a liberating red Tara of compassionate power to remove obstacles, free us from suffering, and open our heart.

Tara Loter Yang Chenma

Melodious One & Treasure of Intelligence

Finding peace, we begin to explore our creative gifts and knowledge through the clear mirror of this white Tara, glowing with 100 moons.

Tara Sermo Sonam Tobkye

Golden One Increasing the Power of Merit

Peaceful and golden yellow, our Sermo radiates the light of the rising sun reflecting her generosity, patience, wisdom, discipline, & more.

Tara Tsugtor Namgyalma 

Victorious One Who Accomplishes Immortality

With the immortal flower and emanating crown of the Buddha, Tsugtor teaches us to be victorious over all affliction and emotions.

Tara Rigje Lhamo (Kurukulle)

Magnetizing Goddess of Vedic (Spiritual) Knowledge

Semi-wrathful and red, Rigje blazes with rainbow light and the power of enlightened actions: pacifying, enriching, magnetizing, and subduing.

Tara Tigje Chenmo

Great Terrifying Lady Who Destroys All Negativity

Dark red in color, Tigje subdues negativity, showing us how to overcome delusion, insanity, and lost memory as well.

Tara Zhengyi Mitubma

Unconquerable Dispeller of Wars and Natural Disaster

Wrathful and black like storm clouds, Zhengyi ignites the blaze of wisdom fire in us to dispel illusion and overcome enemies.

Tara Zhen Migyalwa'i Pamo

Invincible Heroine & Destroyer of Criticism and Harm

Zhen teaches us the power of compassion that is swift like lightning, sparking with the gift of how to burn and destroy troubles and evil.

Tara Sengdeng Nag

Noble Lady of the Forest Who Protects You From All Fear

Blue green like an emerald and nature, Sengdeng tames and protects us from the 8 great fears and their inner and outer aspect.

 Jigten Sumle Gyalma

She Who is Victorious and Overpowers the Universe

Bringer of supreme joy to all beings, Jigten guides and empowers us, instructing us in the 8 syllables modes of mantra and speech. 

Tara Norterma

Bestower of Wealth and Remover of Poverty

Norterma showers us with blessings that fill the world. Liberating beings from poverty, she radiates wealth of an inner and outer nature, showering us with glory. This is a lesson for our time.

Tara Tashi Donje Ma

Auspicious Bringer of Seasons and Harmony with Land

Peaceful and golden, Tashi's lesson is one of perfect and embodied balance and prosperity between all beings, nature, and plants.

Tara Yullay Gyalje

Victorious Over War and Obstacles With and Without Form

With three eyes, Yullay is the bearer of infinite joy to all being, helping us to annihilate inner enemies and obstacles in our life.

Tara Tronyer Chenma

Destroyer of Evil and Overcomer of Harm, Spirits, and Forms

Tronyer leads us in stamping out ignorance through work with the unconscious.

Tara Rabzhima

Calm One Who Pacifies Evil and Obsuration

Peaceful and white like the full moon, Rbzhima gifts us with the anointing emanations of the heart that reveal what was obscure.

Tara Rig Ngag Tobzhom

Destroyer of Evil Spells and Granter of True Speech

Rig Ngag bestows the light of wisdom, compassion, and power upon and within us.

Tara Pagme Nonma

Bounless Subduer and Binder of Enemies and Thieves

Pagme teaches us the ability to subjugate enemies and recognize them as teachers and lessons by a power grounded in the earth.

Tara Maja Chenmo

Beautiful Peacock Who Protects From All Poisons

Poisons take on many forms in our lives and Maja represents the moon wisdom that teaches of transition and change to overcome them.  

Tara Dugkarmo

Invincible Queen and Dispeller of Conflicts and Bad Dreams

By meditating on Maja and reciting her mantra we are filled with the bliss of the body, spirit, and mind, uprooting all worldly hostility and negativity in dreams and signs.

Tara Ritro Loma Gyonma

Lady of Mountain Retreat and Leaves and Healer of Disease

Yellow like saffron, Ritro teaches us how to see out of the sun of the right eye and the moon of the left eye to heal all forms of disease.

Tara Lhamo Ozer Chenma

Goddess of Light Who Replenishes Long Life and Health

Lhamo's gift is the radiant syllables of her body, speech, and mind helping us heal the inner imbalances of the elements inside and out. 

What is Your Tara?

Personal Tara

Which of the 21 Tara has resonated with you personally? In what way? This week we discover and deepen our connection to Tara in our lives. Using ritual, journaling, dreamwork, and art, you create a relationship.

Creating Tara

Tara Offering

Journaling your dreams and visions in art diaries.

Ongoing Practice

Tara Practice

Elaborating your writing and drawing in art illuminations.

The map is not the landscape

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. 

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.
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