LEARNING THRU ART
Recreate yourself, Recreate the world
LEARNING THRU ART
Recreate yourself, Recreate the world
HEATHER TAYLOR-ZIMMERMAN, PhD
"an exceptional teacher and group facilitator, as well as a beautifully soulful artist and person"
Your guide to creative transformation
“I really feel that you have made such a huge contribution to our souls, to our artistic creative selves...I would like to have a lot more Jungian work like this.” Fanny Brewster, PhD, MFA, author, and analyst
"Heather clearly brought scholarship and art together to achieve a transcendent function in a really beautiful way." Jennifer Selig, PhD, co-author of Deep Creativity
“You and the work you are doing are an inspiration." Susan Rowland, PhD, co-author of Jungian Arts-Based Research
"Heather's depth and breadth of knowledge of 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." Kristen Williams, PhD, therapist
“Heather is a masterful educator on how to heal and grow through artistic expression. Her presence is open, kind, wise, and playful. She is skilled at creating a safe container for individuals to explore, go deep, and have meaningful transformative experiences." Mary Gibbons, MD
A CALL to a Creative Life
Welcome to a transformative path of self-discovery..
My name is Heather, and I believe that creativity can change your life. Come transform with me in the Soul of Creativity, an interactive program where you connect to the creative nature of your soul to root deep and grow. Cocoon in creativity through online and on-site offerings, exploring art, journaling, active imagination, and deep self-care to discover and become who you are called to be. Like the butterfly of the soul, creativity helps you come alive and take flight. Open to new possibilities and forgotten parts of yourself. Tap into your unconscious to realize your call and full potential. Creativity is your superpower, connecting you to your soul and others in the world—increasing your ability to think and imagine while reducing stress and anxiety. With new offerings on creating your own art journaling practice like the psychologist Carl Jung in the Black and Red Books as well as Art Play Sessions, Compassionate Cancer Care, and Rites of Passage, this is a chance to experience the power of creativity to change your life.
"The way of life is Transformation" and "Only in our creative acts do we step forth into the light and see ourselves as whole and complete." C G JUNG
PLAYFUL & POWERFUL TRANSFORMATION
Are you ready to Be Free ?
The soul of Creativity offers coursework that is playful, powerful, and transformational. Create deep change from the inside out. Commit to an inner journey that leads to greater authenticity, healing, freedom, and love. More than art, the Soul of Creativity helps you connect head and heart in a holistic approach that integrates body, mind, and spirit. Through soulful exploration, including art, dreamwork, meditation, yoga, and nature, you will discover and offer your gifts to the world. This is powerful play that fosters freedom and compassion. Whether you are called by crisis or a desire for fulfillment, these paths are designed to help you find yourself, way, and soul. With different path options from a weekend to a year, all paths lead to the center of your Self and soul.
What is Soul?
Soul is our essence or life force, our guiding insight and intuition. While it can be imagined as an inner guide, teacher, or higher aspect of yourself, soul is what it means to you. It is a relationship. In ancient Greek soul means "psyche," symbolized by a butterfly whose nature is to transform. This is also the root of psychology for "soul study."
What is Art?
This is not art behind glass on a wall but art as self-expression, self-creation, and self-recreation (fun). It is a way to Self-reflect and communicate with your soul and the unconscious through symbolic imagery. Art is creative play and deep therapy which heals and teaches us individually and collectively. It is soul time.
A Deeply SOULFUL PATH
This is depth psychology rooted in a psychology of soul.
Hosted on an award winning learning platform in an online community called Soul Space, the Soul of Creativity combines modern technology with ancient wisdom in a psychology of soul. Depth psychology is named after the fathomless depths of the soul, and psychology means "soul study." While this is a "school" of the soul, as Jung spoke of his creative opus the Red Book, it is unlike like any school you've ever been to. Come explore your soul's nature through art and creativity in an online learning community built around soul. Create your own opus or great work of art as you follow in the footsteps of Jung, along with those he followed and led on an archetypal "path" of transformation. While Jung referred to this creative work as play and nature, his soul called it art. It is a path of playful transformation that connects our creative nature to nature (creation).
"The creative mind plays with the object it Loves." C G JUNG
A Healing JOURNEY
This is an embodied path on which we heal through art.
Navigating through intuition, imagination, and synchronicity the Soul of Creativity travels the path from head to heart in your life, body, and a body of art. On this journey you embody Jung's belief that "In everyone some kind of artist is hiding" and his concern that "the repressed artist must be fetched again from the dark unconscious" and "a path cleared for the urge for artistic expression" in order to heal. The Soul of Creativity helps clear and create this healing path to show you the power of art and that YOU ARE AN ARTIST. While each path is different (journaling, painting, writing, carving, dancing, cooking, collaging, singing . . . ), all paths lead to a deeper sense of meaning, power, and purpose by connecting you with your soul. This is deep healing rooted in the soul as the wounded healer who "builds up the body, sustains it's life, heals its ills" (Jung).
"The patient can make himself creatively independent by this Method." C G JUNG
DARK NIGHT of the Soul
This path leads through the dark night of the soul and these times.
Crossing upon artistic steppingstones, this path navigates the darkness of our shadowed past (memories and relationships) and modern times (caronavirus, cancer, politics . . . ) to create a brighter future. It reaches the wounded places that studies show are beyond talk therapy and can only by accessed through creative imagery. As we move inward into our homes, our bodies, and our hearts, the Soul of Creativity offers a way to reconnect with ourselves, others, and the natural world. With partner and live groupwork along with time in nature, the courses are designed to help you through the separation and isolation of our time. Healing you inside and out, this journey offers a way through the darkness, following your soul's north star and heart's compass. As you walk the path, you are initiated by the wisdom of dreams and inner guidance into a deeper and richer appreciation of life to emerge from the darkness into a new dawn. In a fundamental way, this is a rite of passage that offers safe passage into a new power and purpose.
"The dark night of the soul is a journey from darkness into the strength and hidden resources of your soul." CAROLINE MYSS
I experienced a Soul's Calling to guide you on this journey.
Seven years ago I heard an inner voice declare: "People have forgotten how to learn through art." I took this declaration as a soul's calling (meaning "vocation") and embarked on a path of inner guidance and synchronicity. Applying an art history degree and 3 decades of experience as a professional artist and soul seeker, I researched how art is a forgotten path of teaching and transformation, getting a doctoral degree in psychology with a focus on art and creativity as a transformational practice. My guide on this journey was not only my soul but Jung who was guided by his soul through art. Studying those who walked before, Jung guided his advanced patients, following an archetypal pathway to map an inner journey of individual and collective transformation or individuation. On this path, the soul's cartographic (map-making) knowledge guides us through art as we travel, teaching us to navigate by symbolic sight and insight in our lives as we remember how to learn through art.
Do you feel a Calling to this journey?
This is YOUR path: a soul path that, while archetypal or universal, is deeply personal. Do you feel called to heal and explore deeper parts of yourself and your life? Do you want to uncover your purpose and passion to transform and grow? Go within, drop into your heart to find the answer. This is basecamp (not boot camp) for the soul, offering guided first steps on a transformative trail for life. It is a chance to grow in community, to heal yourself, others, and the world. It is a path of paradox, on which you are led into the past to remember the future, kneeling down to rise to greater heights. On this journey you go within to enter the world, entering the unconscious to become conscious. You move into the darkness to meet the dawn, individuating more fully into yourself to unite more wholly with others, answering a call that is both selfless and Selfish. It is serious work, and play that cannot be taken too seriously. At its root, this path gets at what is deeply meaningful in our lives. For when you find your buried treasure (the gift of your soul), you give it to the world. To receive the gift, you have to give it away.
HAND, HEART, & SOUL MADE
This is a path designed by You for you.
The soul is life. Are you called to live a more purposeful and powerful life?
A FIRST STEP
The soul's path leads you on a heroic journey of a lifetime and our time.
Spanning all cultures and ages, the path of creativity is like a treasure map, guiding you on a heroic journey to uncover the gold of your life's potential and offer it to the world. Like any hero or heroine, you have to not only hear but heed the call to return home to your soul--even if the way is dark or there are dragons (probably not real dragons). Like embarking on any journey or starting any piece of art, the first step, word, or brushstroke is often the hardest. Yet this first step initiates your journey. What are you called to do in the depth of your being? What is your personal myth or soul story? Are you ready to give your gift for the world--to take that first step?
Are you called to receive and give the Gift of your soul?
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift." Albert Einstein