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Circle Passages

heal | grow | transform | give

Like it or not, we are going through a collective rite of passage through the darkness of our time, confronting death to be reborn. As much as we may want to hide in bed, now is the time to confront the darkness . . . inside and out. This ROP (not RIP) weaves self-generated reflection and ritual to alchemize the darkness into light. Built around an archetypal ROP structure of separation, transformation, and integration, this is a chance to confront the darkness in order to move into the dawn. No tattooing or fasting required. These are contemporary rites of passage made by and for you.

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heal | grow | transform | give

Based on the archetypal path of soul guidance found in the psychologist Carl Jung's Black and Red Books, this 3 month leads you through the creation of your own opus and individuation. Combining journaling, art, yoga, and active imagination (a form of meditative visualization), Heather guides you on Jung's soul and art-based path, an "invaluable method" that he lead his patients upon and lead profound personal and collective growth.  

Heather Taylor Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Exploring Soul 

Heather has a doctoral degree in creativity and psychology. She is a co-creator of the land-based Beloved Teachings and the founder of the Soul of Creativity with an upcoming workbook on art as a path of transformation.Her work plays with the soul's creative nature as a way to reconnect your nature to the natural world. Walking upon an archetypal path of embodied healing, she guides you on a journey into the depths to find yourself and you way. This path bridges the whole brain, body and Self.

Guest Teachers, Speakers, and Collaborators

Inspiring Voices

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Community
Transformation

Heart + Soul

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Soul of Creativity

Journey to the Heart

This is a year-long exploration of the heart path of the soul. Following in the archetypal footsteps of the psychologist Carl Jung and other visionaries through the ages, you learn to communicate with your soul in symbolic images. As you step on artistic stepping stones deeper into your nature you discover yourself and Self on a path of eco-art therapy.

Circle Passages

Embodying Your Soul

This 10 week class plays with journaling and art to create a soul portrait. Portraits are a reflection of the soul and in this deep reflection we explore art as a way to envision, embody and dialogue with the soul. This is not art that is "perfect;" this is art that helps us remember, reimagine and recreate ourselves, seeing through the eyes and images of the soul.

Creative Revolution

Dive into Your Being

Deep Self Care recognizes that wholeness is at the heart of health. Introducing a basic toolkit of soul-tending practices and approaches, this is a great 10 week course to help your on your life journey. From centering to mindfulness, active imagination to creation, journaling to deep breathing, this toolkit is designed to help you survive and thrive.

Art

No art "skills" or psychological knowledge are required. This class is about deep transformation that requires. 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 an animate or ensouled cosmos. 

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.

Experience and Certification

These courses are about deep experience but they also come with a certificate, because they represent stepping stones that lead to an ability and coming class that will help you guide others on this path as Jung did.

Vocation: Follow your soul's calling

"Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was wasted." This is a call to the rhizome buried in our life that holds our purpose. What is our potential--our soul's true call?

A soul path that leads inward and downward

Jung begins his Black Books with the recognition of a "huge task" that lay before him, as he "got into the dark" and "groped along" his path. So, begins a journey to find and reunite with soul: "'My soul, my soul where are you?'" How many of us feel that we have lost our soul and our way? This is a course in which we seek the inner guidance off our soul to find our soul, Self, and way on a journey into the depths and the desert of our being. This is a path that leads us to our soul's call and life's purpose, uncovering images buried within the dark earth of the unconscious.

Step by step

Like any path that we travel upon, this journey takes us step by step from one place or state of consciousness to another. Yet, on this pathway we do not lead but follow the soul, allowing the soul's vision to guide us. In this way we seek and find the soul, embodying the soul's sight and insight.
"I am ultimately doing this to find my soul." C G Jung

A journey home.

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. 

This is 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 will begin to perceive the mythic story that underpins your life, guiding you on a path both within and without. 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. Here is some content to go through as we deepen into and wait for the journey to begin.

Alone

You travel alone.

Like Jung
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.

Like Jung in partnership
Jung went through this process with an alchemical partner to mirror him. A partner helps you reflect on your process.

Group

A circle to discuss and reflect.

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

Creating a container for sacred space.

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. 

Consistent structure

While 3 month may seem like a long time compared to a weekend workshop, Jung took years to create his Black Books. These course steps are designed to provide a minimum of support and time needed to embark on a circuitous journey home to the soul and Self. They balance the need to go deep and live in the world, offering creative isolation along with partner and group work to simulate elements of the students that Jung taught and lead, following his own process and soul. In walking this path you are activating your imagination beyond art, as you enter into the Great Work of Art of the transformation of your life and the world.

Introduction

Step 1

Black Books introduction

Path

Step 2

Journaling as a path.

Container

Step 3

Creating a container.

Embark

Step 4

Beginning your journey

Imagination

Step 5

Activating your imagination 

Psychology

Step 6

Where are you, my soul?

Approach

Step 7

How did I find you?

Gnosis

Step 8

I will stay with you.

Story

Step 9

I will continue my story.

Home

Step 10

I must return to myself.

Dedication

Step 11

I am willing.

Ethic

Step 12

Between heaven and hell.

Jung

Step 13

Pray to your depths.

Color

Step 14

Entering your desert.

Black Books

Step 15

To become hell. 

Red Book

Step 16

Turning to a vision.

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, others, and the world.
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. 

Connecting to the 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.

A path into the wilderness of the soul

While we enter into the process on a path of painted steppingstones we find ourselves in the natural world. Jung said that the soul would become less and less a personification, an "other" and more a function. So we internalize our soul's capacity to activate the image of the world and navigate our life. We come alive and bring our life to life in its images. Where you find yourself upon this path is unique, but most people experience a deepening into the magic of nature and their own nature.

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 ethic is authenticity

This is a very simple path that requires that you honor the soul and the soul's images. Jung called this being a disciple to the image but it is really a discipleship to your soul as a guiding image. What this looks like will be unique to you but it is characterized by a sincere attention to the details of your soul's images, a willingness to follow them as a path.

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. 

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 you and your soul through the imagination. 
Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves as whole and complete. C G Jung

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. 

This is about embracing your soul power.

Your soul's power is the power to recreate yourself, your life, and the world. In this process you are creating soul to reanimate and reimagine the soul in the world. In embracing your soul power you embrace your soul's gift--something that only you can express. The world needs each of our gifts. So, the end result of the path is that you offer the gift of yourself and soul to the world to make the world whole. You are being You.