You think and feel deeply.
You're a deep thinker, you feel deeply, you're an old soul, you're a spiritual seeker and your spiritual life matters deeply to you. You're intuitive, expressive, creative, and sensitive. You love solitude, silence and stillness. Poetry and art move you. You sense deep wonder at the complexity of the Universe. You appreciate beauty and love nature. You yearn for a way to engage more deeply with your own inner life, but you don't know where to begin or how to bring your sacred inner world forward into your everyday life. Creative Depth Coaching is designed to help you honor, experience, and know yourself at the deepest levels.
Life is good, but you want to go deeper.
Your life is good. You're thankful that family, friends, work, and health surround and support you. Yet, you sense that something is missing. You long to engage with the deeper currents of life. You want to cultivate creativity, and spiritual practices. You're a life long learner and you're seeking ways to bring what matters most to your soul into your everyday life. Coaching supports both your inner and outer worlds and will help you identify the things in life that bring you fulfillment and nurture you at the deepest level.
You Want Ways to Honor and Express Your Inner Life
Your thoughts and feelings run deep. Within those depths are stories, beliefs, and experiences. Yet you feel unable to express those depths. You have no language to describe your most profound inner experiences, no process that allows you to share those inner experiences and no way to connect the dots and find meaning and purpose within yourself. You have no one to talk to who "gets it" leaving you feeling isolated, unfulfilled and diminished. A creative depth coach can guide you in the creation of a unique and personal living language giving you powerful tools and voice to express what is held most deeply in your soul.
You're in a Time of Transition
Transitions can happen in any area of life and come in many forms. If you find yourself in an in-between-time , or in a place of no-longer-but-not yet on your journey creative depth coaching is the perfect way to work with the feelings and emotional landscapes of transitional times.
You're Sifting and Sorting Through Old Beliefs
At any age or stage of life, but particularly at mid-life and beyond, you find that you're reevaluating and rethinking your most deeply held beliefs. You've changed, grown and your life experiences seem to have outgrown old ways of thinking and believing. This can be a disconcerting time as you reexamine ideas you once held firmly. You're seeking ways to sift through what you held as true, and sort through new ideas. Coaching can help you use art, imagery and variety of symbolic systems to find your own authentic truth, that honors what has been, makes room for who you are now and opens up space for the possibilities of the future.
You're Ready to Embrace Self-Care From the Inside Out
Women have an awful lot of guilt around self-care. The culture we live in values productivity, activity and utility. You may find you have little support or encouragement to make time in your life for thinking, feeling, stillness and silence. You are made to feel that creative time, an hour for meditation, time for journaling or writing poetry, or an afternoon in nature to sketch and paint is an indulgence at best and a waste of time at worst. It seems as if the very things that nourish your soul are dismissed and devalued by everyone around you. Yet you know at the deepest level that you need these things and that they are valuable beyond measure. Coaching can help you define your values, re-frame self-care from selfish to sacred and give you tools to create energetic, emotional and practical boundaries so you get what you truly need to feel centered, balanced and nurtured.
You're in a Serving Profession
Your work in the world includes serving others and being present for them. You're a therapist, energy worker, Reiki practitioner, counselor, medical intuitive, healer, spiritual director, life coach or any other profession that serves others. You may be an empath or a highly sensitive and attuned person who family and friends naturally turn to for advice, for comfort or to vent. All of that energy coming in to you, and going out from you, is draining and overwhelming. A wise coach can help you identify which energies are yours, and which belong to others. The creative process and many of the creative coaching tools help you to shift and move energy, create inner balance, rekindle your creative spark and activate flow while defining your boundaries and setting up safe, restorative self-care routines so that you can heal and refresh yourself and be abundantly ready to continue your own work in the world serving others.
It's Time For You
You have done amazing things in your life. you've given your time, talents, and love to many people and things that you value, and now it's time for YOU. Investing in your own personal and spiritual growth is an investment that benefits both you and all the people and things in your life that you are connected with. When you find deeper meaning and purpose, heal from the past, tend your soul, integrate your life experience, and create wholeness within, you are becoming your highest and best self. You live in ways that are aligned with your authentic self and core values. You make better choices, have vibrant energy, abundant love and compassion, and clarity of purpose. You are empowered to give and receive in ways that are free from old expectations and wounds. You gain choice, voice and sovereignty over your life. You know who you are, you honor yourself and feel deep abiding joy.
Creative depth work sits firmly on the foundation of Jungian psychology, and Carl Jung's belief that image is the language of the soul. It is a blended approach that brings together rich methods of self-discovery including personal art, imagery and symbols, narrative, personal stories and much more.
Creative depth work makes use of myth, fairytale, metaphor, archetypes, imagery, inner landscapes, dreamscapes, the heroine's journey and many other symbolic systems that serve as a lens or framework to view and explore your art and life. These may include moon phases, life cycles, wheel of the year, life wheel. You will always have the choice to use what resonates and what is comfortable for you. Use any of the various systems in any way that feels aligned with your beliefs. You may want to explore some and not others or explore them all, the choice is always yours.
This kind of work is a unique journey of personal and spiritual growth that brings balance, wholeness and natural harmony at the deepest levels. It restores in you an intimate, intuitive and aligned relationship to your authentic self, the earth and the sacred feminine.
No, you don't have to be an "artist" in the formal sense of the word. All of the art making techniques are easy and accessible to everyone. I encourage using readily available art supplies (scissors, glue sticks, acrylic craft paint, markers, etc. ) and up-cycling found imagery ( used books, magazines, junk mail) and objects (file folders, pizza rounds, old game boards).
Some of the art processes you might use include JourneyCircles™, SoulCollage®, mixed media art journaling, nature journaling, creating spirit, medicine or healing dolls, contemplative practices, meditation, personal rituals and creating art in nature. You may also explore fiber arts, clay, painting, finger painting, or any other art making technique that you love or would like to explore. You may work with any of the elemental kingdoms, such as herbs, plants and flowers, essential oils, minerals, stones or crystals, animal guides or totems, healing salt baths, holy water or vessels.
You may also enter into embodied practices like dance, wearable art or walking meditations using labyrinths, spiral meditation paths or simply walks in the woods. All aspects of creative expression, including written journaling, poetry and story telling, as well as drumming, singing bowls or chimes can be woven into your personal process.
The imagery, colors, textures and words that arise through your art become the foundation of your personal creative depth work. Images are unpacked, layers explored, stories discovered, connections made, maps drawn, relationships illuminated, truths uncovered, new territories traversed, old ways discarded, and new ways embraced. The process of making art, and working with your images facilitates the discovery of meaning, purpose and vision in your life.
The process is rich, and deep, filled with unexpected insights and exciting discoveries. The creative depth process always encompasses all parts of self and life. You can work with the past, root stories and archetypes like the Wounded Child or Earth Mother, but it is also likely that you will be dealing with the present moment and all of the ups and downs, joys and sorrows of life as they happen. Depth work also allows you to vision forward, creating new paths and supporting your steps towards the life you want to create.
JourneyCircles™ cards are a visual template for collage, mixed media work, narrative process, parts work, shadow stories and more. The mandala shaped cards are embedded with colors, symbols and words that provide a rich foundation for your creative depth work. The cards provide both a place of beginning for your creative process and a container for your images, words and narratives. The cards are used in a variety of ways for story telling, re-storying, mapping with art, pattern play, and for exploration of inner landscapes, parts of self, and archetypes. The circular cards include the Spiral Path Card, the Key Card, the Compass Card, and a set of seven Transformation Cards. There are also Moon Cards for both the Full Moon and the Dark Moon allowing you to explore your own rhythms of waxing and waning within the symbolism and energies of the moon phases and archetypes of moon goddesses from many cultural myths. The rectangular spectrum cards, offer a way to work in a more linear fashion and integrate shadow and light, allowing you to explore a full range and spectrum of experience. The JourneyCircles™ Process is adaptable, perfect for those new to creative depth work providing both inspiration and structure and at the same time can be used in more complex and advanced ways to support soul work at the deepest level.
First and foremost I want to stress that this is your journey. You can weave, blend, pick and choose what images, symbols, metaphors and systems you use in your own work. Many ideas, concepts and perspectives from many cultures, times and places are offered. You have the freedom to choose what resonates and is aligned and leave the rest.
Many women engaged in this work bring to it deeply held imagery such as The Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, or Kwan Yin. Some women come to this work ready to explore, expand and welcome new symbols and ideas into their lives, others want to deepen their connection to what is already their own. You will always create your own body of work based on who you are and what you believe.
My approach is rooted in the belief that the creative process gives voice and expression to the soul. This expression emerges and blossoms as a sacred pathway to change, growth, healing and wholeness.
To support and guide you in his process I offer individual coaching online, via Zoom teleconferencing, online group process journeys, in person retreat days in Connecticut and a limited number of in person individual coaching packages and group programs in my studio in Connecticut.
- Supported by the coaching relationship you will be empowered to activate, generate and take responsibility for your own growth and transformation.
- As your coach, I act as a sacred mirror reflecting back to you, your own stories, journeys, and shadows.
- I will share insights and perspectives that bring clarity and help you discover deeper layers of meaning and connections between your stories, struggles, and dreams.
- I guide and empower you to vision forward your desires for growth, healing, and change.
- I provide encouragement and creative tools to help you activate and manifest new beliefs, restored stories and new ways of being in relationship to yourself and your world.
- I provide a confidential, safe, supportive, affirming coaching relationship. Your coaching sessions will be a positive, inspiring experience.
- Our work together will nurture your soul, and support your growth in a way that is fully aligned with your personal, cultural and spiritual beliefs.
Distance Coaching Packages online via Zoom, begin with a 12 month, 24 session bundle at $270 per month.
This schedule of every other week is comfortable for many people allowing them enough time to create art in between sessions without feeling rushed or pressured. This basic package spans a year, allowing you to experience the transformative nature of the work, and is spacious enough to hold room for exploring many issues, stories and ideas.
Other packages are available, and can be tailored to your needs. These include a 12 session, six month package at $285 per month. More intensive work, perhaps around a time of transition or a specific issue, can be accomplished through weekly sessions starting with a six week package priced at $900.
My online guided group process, The EarthWise Way, is $67 per month.
Yes! If you purchase a coaching package, or group program and pay in full I am happy to offer you a 10% savings.
No, Zoom is very easy to use across almost all devices and operating systems (and it's free!) You can use Zoom on PC, MAC, laptop, desktop, tablet, or smart phone. If you prefer video calls you will need a webcam. Smart phones, laptops and tablets usually have webcams built in. Desktop computers may not, and I recommend getting an inexpensive webcam like this one that simply plugs into your computer. For each coaching session I'll send you a link and all you need to do is click the link, and Zoom will access your computer, webcam and speakers automatically.
Zoom also allows for voice calls without video if you prefer that way of working. International call numbers are available. Even though we won't be seeing each other via video you can always email me your current art and creative process before a call so we can talk about your images.
The purchase of a coaching package or group program is a contractual agreement for the amount of sessions specified. So, no, you can't "cancel" once you've signed the coaching agreement, but you can always contact me if there are extenuating circumstances and we can work together to restructure your package.