Chris Zydel, MA and

Presents the

for Women Only in 2015.

Dear Creative Sister,

Are you longing to claim and to celebrate yourself as a creative teacher and leader?
Are you ready for a life changing journey where you will explore and express your creative nature and learn how to awaken it in others ?
Are you eager for a life filled with creative self expression, deep soul healing and being part of an exciting community of dynamic, creative women?
Are you ready to combine the experience of having abundance on all levels with the satisfaction of deeply meaningful creative service?
Are you ready to break through the internal barriers that are holding you back from manifesting your desire of successfully doing creative work that you love?

If you are you a spiritually and psychologically inspired coach, trainer, counselor, artist or healer who answered yes to the above questions this program might be just what you have been looking for. If you are passionate about art and creativity and longing to develop your OWN bountiful and fulfilling expressive arts workshops this program can help you create what you envision and more. If you are hungry to bring powerful change and transformation to yourself and to the women in your community this training can allow you to make that dream a bright and shining reality.



It’s pretty clear to many of us that the world is in a time of massive change. And that we need to do things differently in order to facilitate and meet this change with a courageous heart and an open mind.

A big part of that change has to do with how women are being asked to show up in the world. As leaders. As facilitators. As pioneers. As teachers. As wisdom bearers and visionaries. As artists bringing their creativity to the challenges we are facing. As priestesses channeling the spirit of the divine feminine. As healers holding the world in our arms and bathing it in compassion. As powerful women claiming our hard won mastery, authority and expertise on all levels.

It’s also important that women find ways to bring their many gifts into the world in a BIGGER way. Which means that we need to actively shift out of the old stories and old patterns that are ingrained in us around staying small, powerless and helpless. And nowhere is this struggle more apparent than around the issues of success and abundance in regards to livelihood and work.

Too many women are caught up various archetypes that trap us into being underpaid, undervalued and overworked.

The starving artist. The long suffering, self sacrificing “nice woman” who gives everything away. The astrologer or tarot reader or healer who can’t charge for her services because it’s not “spiritual”. The good girl who won’t demand to be paid what she’s worth for fear of being seen as selfish. The woman who equates generosity with not having any boundaries around her time or money or energy.

We are caught in snares of shame and not enoughness that keep us from seeing the true worth of our gifts and the amazing value that we have to offer our communities.

We need to learn that being of service is not the same thing as being broke.

We need to break free of ancient structures and belief systems that have held us back and held us down for way too long.

We need to heal our internalized oppression around money and livelihood

We need to step back into our rightful place of feminine power and claim our creative capacity to remake and heal the world.

This Program Could Be Exactly What You Have Been Looking For If…


… you are a coach, counselor, artist or healer who feels unclear and frustrated about how to make a living providing soulful, healing, creativity work that is a source of satisfaction and inspiration for you, where you feel you are of service to your community AND are still be able to make a good income.

……. hungering to be financially successful doing the work that you know you are meant to do, the work that is aligned with your true purpose but that feels so out of reach because your fear gets in the way.

…….. a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for a long time and is burnt out from dealing with insurance companies that force you to focus on what is wrong with people and who is ready to have the joyful experience of nurturing other women to grow and change through the positive power of creative self expression.

…… a woman in midlife, children grown or close to it, someone who has been devoted to your family and now wants to do something for yourself, who is ready to offer your gifts and hard won wisdom to the world AND get paid for it.

……. a younger woman, just starting out on a career path, who is excited about the power of the expressive arts and creativity but who needs a compassionate, supportive and savvy mentor, someone who will enthusiastically guide you along the path towards becoming who you are meant to be.

……. an artist who has been devoted to your own creative process and wants to share what you have learned about the power of creativity with other women in a healing context.

…..a woman who comes from a difficult or abusive background, who has made a serious commitment to healing herself and becoming more whole and who is longing to bring her knowledge and expertise to other women on the journey of transformation.

…. going through a career change and ready to do something that you find exciting and fulfilling, that feeds you on a soul level and that also pays the bills?

…. going through a career change and ready to do something that you find exciting and fulfilling, that feeds you on a soul level and that also pays the bills?

About Me…cja_img_portrait_004

I have been supporting myself quite nicely for over 36 years, running my own business teaching expressive arts classes, leading sacred circle women’s creativity groups and facilitating workshops and retreats in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

I love what I do. I have deeply meaningful work or, as the Buddhists call it, right livelihood. I am in alignment with my core values and I offer something that serves the highest good of my community. I am getting paid to be who I am, I feel like I am truly the creator of my own life and I am comfortably successful!

Even after all these years, I wake up most every day filled with gratitude and excitement for the opportunity to work with dynamic, interesting and soulful women to support them in being all of who they are through the magic of authentic creative self expression.

And I would love to share all of what I know with you so that you can become part of a growing circle of women artists, healers and entrepreneurs who are touching and transforming women’s lives using this expressive arts process.
I can say with great conviction that participating in this process will transform you in ways that you can’t even begin to imagine. I can also say that I am 100% committed to you if you join me for this adventure into becoming a group facilitator for creative awakening. I am over the moon enthusiastic about supporting you to gain the belief in yourself and the skills you will need as a teacher and a leader to run your own groups and workshops. And I will also work with you around your marketing efforts so that you can actually begin making some money doing this work.

That is one of the reasons I am keeping the group small. I will be devoting myself to your success and personal unfolding over the next year, because my deepest heart’s desire is to see these expressive arts groups and classes available in communities everywhere. And to lovingly nurture you into the powerful feminine teacher and leader that you long to become.

The Juicy Details

I will be offering this Teacher Training program beginning in 2015 and ending in 2016.This program is designed to teach you what I know, which is how to use the process of Intuitive Painting, Group Process and Bodywork, Music and Movement to create a healing environment via classes, workshops, and retreats, to encourage people to manifest the best of who they are through the power of creative self expression.

The Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program will be held at the Mountain Home Ranch Resort located in Calistoga, CA which is in the beautiful Napa Valley in Northern California.

The training will be conducted as four 7 day intensives (or 28 days of training) that will be held about 4 months apart over a ten month period of time.
Dates of the Intensives:

May 10-16, 2015
August  9-15, 2015
November  8-14, 2015
February  14-20,  2016

In addition to the hands on training you will receive when you attend the four residential workshops there are some other goodies that will be part of your program package.

  • 4 individual coaching sessions with Chris Zydel.
  • Participation in a private online forum
  • 6 group teleclasses where you can ask questions and get support.
  • A Teacher Training manual
  • Some surprise goodies
  • Opportunities to assist me at my various workshops and retreats
  • Certification as a Wild Heart Expressive Arts teacher
  • Upon completion of the program you will be listed in a directory on my website and recommended as a teacher trained by me.

This is a professional training and the purpose of this program is to produce teachers. My intention is that you come out of this series feeling confident to teach expressive arts classes and to run your own workshops. This is not a survey class. It is very hands on and experiential. However, part of your training includes your willingness to do your own personal work through the group process and intuitive painting, because you can only lead people to places that you yourself are willing to go!

What You Can Hope To Receive From The Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program:

You will experience the transformative power of intuitive painting and the expressive arts through immersion in your own creativity, which often leads to breakthroughs on a personal growth level.

You will gain greater confidence in taking on the role of teacher and leader by being encouraged to think like a teacher and to act like a leader.

You will learn how to create a strong and safe healing container that supports people to open fully to their own creative process by discovering your own strengths and competencies as a facilitator.

You will be empowered by being part of the magic that can only happen in a bonded, dynamic, creative community of women who are devoted to each others growth and success, as well as laying the groundwork for an ongoing sisterhood of support that will sustain you in your continued expansion long past the training.

You will be given practical nuts and bolts information about how to set up an expressive arts workshop or studio.

You will develop a strong grounding in the conceptual underpinnings of this work which includes learning how to talk and write about this process in your role as teacher.

You will walk away with increased confidence and experience in designing your own expressive arts processes.

You will grow through the hands on experience of facilitating a class with feedback from your peers.

You will flourish as you receive the unconditional support you need in order to go out into the world and actually teach.

You will prosper by learning some basic marketing tools, identifying your unique marketing style and even learning how to make marketing fun so that you can make your classes and workshops a success.

You will be part of a growing community of Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teachers.

Program Participants

This training is strictly limited to eleven very lucky women in order to allow everyone to get the full attention, mentoring and nurturing needed that will guarantee your success!

When I offered this training the first time it filled very quickly and unfortunately I had to turn some people away. If you are interested in attending please contact me soon to guarantee your spot so that you, too, will soon be running your own expressive arts classes and groups!

Of course, the final question is this:

Are you ready to take this step towards creating your future as a teacher and leader using the power of art for healing and transformation?

Are you finally ready to make this commitment to yourself?

Are you ready to open the door to manifesting your dream?

If the answer is YES… if this program feels right for you, click here to contact me. The registration process consists of an hour long phone or Skype interview with me. 

And if you are not quite sure, if you still have some questions or concerns, I would also love to hear from you and see if I can help you gain some clarity about your needs at this time.

AND… if you know of anyone who might benefit from or be interested in this program, please pass the word along!

I look forward to hearing from you!

From My Wild Heart To Yours,



Join my tribe of creative soul revolutionaries, magic kingdom makers and the sisterhood of intuitive painting wisdom.
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Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program 2015!

If you’ve gotten this far the (almost) final question you are now asking yourself is…..HOW MUCH DOES THIS FABULOUS TRAINING COST?

Dates: The training happens in 4 weeklong intensive over the course of the year

  • May 10-16, 2015
  • August  9-15, 2015
  • November  8-14, 2015
  • February  14-20,  2016

Cost: The program itself costs $5,875 which includes the 28 days of training plus all the goodies listed above. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space in this training.

Location: Mountain Home Ranch Resort Calistoga, CA

Lodging & Meals: There is an additional cost of $1,450 for the fabulous, gourmet meals that Mountain Home Ranch provides and the following lodging options:

  • Dorm lodging in the rustic cabins: $900 ( There are only three of these cabins available).
  • Shared lodging with one other participant in a room in the lodge: $1,175
  • Private room in the lodge: $1,875

(The food and lodging fees cover all four sessions of the program. Payment plans are available upon request.)


A Few Words About Commitment…..

The Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program is a full-year commitment which includes all the group meetings, the four one-on-one coaching sessions, and the group calls. If, for any reason, you choose not to continue, you will continue to be liable for the fees of your program. This is due to the nature of this program.

A FULL commitment is needed up front. This is not a program you ‘feel out’ and then drop out of or come in and out of at will. That undermines your success, my ability to support you and affects the spirit of the group.

Because of the intimate nature of the work that we will be doing together over the next year your full commitment is essential. Since this is not a ‘join anytime’ program, your space cannot be filled once we begin.

If you are not 100% sure about your passion to be doing this type of work I highly recommend that you participate in one of my other workshops or retreats before signing up for the teacher training program so that you can get a better sense of the nature of this expressive arts process.



What previous Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Trainees have to say about the program…

Transformation is a tall order and the Creative Juices Studio Teacher Training Program rises to the challenge: It has truly changed my life.  I have been fortunate enough to be part of this program twice – once as a student and once as an assistant and each time, loved seeing how the teachings inspire unique individual expressions beyond ones wildest imagination.  I attribute my continued journey as a teacher and commitment to the art of this magical work to Chris’ brilliant mentorship.  From the beginning, she welcomed me into the community with open arms, bore witness to my process, coached me through my barriers to confidence and encouraged me whole-heartedly to birth creative ways to bring the gift of intuitive painting to both the communities I care about and integrate the practices into my own life.  It is an honor to part of the growing movement behind building leadership and reaching a broader and more diverse audience deserving of the profound impact intuitive painting has to offer.

Ellen Morrison

Soul Studios

I knew I needed to attend the Wild Heart Expressive ArtsTeacher Training as soon as I found Chris’ website. I was not a painter and I had not attended an Intuitive Painting Retreat. Chris’ words and this process spoke to my soul. I signed up as quickly as I could.
Chris creates a sacred safe circle of amazing women.
She facilitates with kindness and love. We were all encouraged to have fun, laugh, sparkle and paint our hearts out! We had the opportunity to uncover the masks to reveal who we truly are.
The process unblocked and intensify my creativity and I gained confidence as I let go of fear.  I learned to trust and follow my inner voice and wisdom.
I felt supported as I opened my own Expressive Arts Studio. I am forever grateful for this experience. My goal is to  share the Intuitive Painting process as well as all Expressive Art with others.
Chris Zydel and Wild Heart Teacher Training Program ROCKS!
Nadine Hamil

Artful Dreamer Studio

Chris Zydel’s  Wild Heart Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training program has allowed me to live my Heart’s dream.

I always wanted to find a way to “make a living” from a Creative avenue, but didn’t have the courage, strength and belief in myself to take the jump. The joy and enthusiasm expressed on Chris’s website was contagious and I knew immediately that this was the program I was looking for.

This program took my dreams to reality. The equal emphasis on my personal practice, lectures and community support make this program invaluable- personally as well as professionally.  Chris shared with us everything to have a bona fide professional  expressive arts studio- with extensive handouts, recordings, photographs, a class NING site and HER BIG OPEN HEART.

This training mirrored for me the lessons of courage, strength and belief in myself to open my studio and to take my heart’s desire out to the world. Chris created a community of trust, safety and joy; which allowed me to grow, expand, go inward and  find my true heart.

With Chris’s loving guidance and the principles that I learned in the painting process, I now have an intuitive painting studio armed with all the tools to live my dreams and LIVE a creative- filled life, including students!

Damini Celebre

Brush Heart Studio

I am singing dancing and painting the praises of Chris Zydel and the Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training Program.  Chris Zydel is the most genuine, generous and compassionate teacher that I have ever known.  I feel I have been given the secrets to living life in full bloom.  Through the practice of process painting and all that I have learned while moving towards becoming an Expressive Arts facilitator, I have all the tools to create my life, just the way I have always wanted it to be.

My own studio has become a safe place for people to come and find support and explore their inner world just as I did.  My sincere wish is to take all that Chris has given to me and pass it on.  Chris Zydel is the real thing!  If you are interested in living the juiciest life imaginable, all it takes is a willing and wild heart.  Chris will show you the way.

Linda Puerner-Fischer

Firefly Expressive Arts

When I discovered Creative Juices web site and read about Chris Zydel’s, Wild Heart Teacher Training program, I knew I had to attend. As a psychotherapist, I was looking for more creative avenues to address the places in my female clients’ hearts, where they were stuck, wounded, or clueless about their own needs.

The training intensified my personal creative passions as well as provided all the information, experiences, and tools necessary for me to intertwine the arts with my desire for women to grow. I returned home to Sarasota Florida and founded innersense arts studio!

It has been amazing to watch the profound transformations in the women I work with as they become freed up through the simple tools of paint, brush, and paper.

I am so grateful to have attended the Wild Heart Teacher Training program, Chris facilitates in an environment that is safe, calming, yet open for spontaneity and fun. It has influenced, literally, every area of my life and I am passionate about spreading the gospel of creativity!

Victoria M. Votour, M.A.,L.M.H.C.

Innersense Arts Studio

Working with Chris as a student of the painting process and to develop into a facilitator has been an unbelievable journey. Her heart-centered approach to painting and to teaching supported me in growing as a facilitator and guide of the process. She is an unbelievable role model and wise-one; just being in her presence is a gift in and of itself.

Her passion, enthusiasm for the creative process and her unconditional support and sense of humor are infectious — they are crucial qualities in inspiring others and I am so grateful for each experience I have with her.

I now have my own expressive arts painting studio in Austin, Texas and I am thrilled to be manifesting my vision as businesswoman and healer.

Much love and gratitude

Melissa D'Antoni

Fire Tree Studios

Words really aren’t up to the task of expressing the experience of and the impact that Chris Zydel’s Wild Hearted Teacher Training had on my life. The one word that comes closest to summing it up is gratitude for this amazing woman and for the opportunity to go through her teacher training. I’ve never experienced such rapid, and lasting, personal growth, or had so much fun doing it! My transformation began almost immediately, and by the end of the year I had become not so much a different person, as leaps and bounds closer to the person I want to be – more fully me. Along with teaching skills, I gained so much confidence and assurance, and a deeper trusting of my own wisdom and inner promptings. And this means that not only am I a better teacher, I also have a better life! Thank you, Chris! ~
Angela Rockett

Painted Crow Studio


Through Chris Zydel’s Wild Heart Teacher Training I’ve embraced a global energy that is my  human experience.  With my desire firmly planted, Chris’s training fed and watered my potential until an entrepreneurial self sprouted leaves.  This year long supportive training gave me a foundational springboard and courage to achieve my business and teaching goals. The year challenged my assumptions and fears to build on skills I already had and tap into resources I didn’t know were there or assumed were unavailable to me. Within the first week we had formed a family that has grown and holds each of us to our highest potential.

I didn’t know that starting my own business was going to be so wonderful and magically. Now, I have my own brand and foster the intuitive process for students.  I feel my purpose and worth with a clarity I’ve never known.

If you’re still on the fence about this, then I encourage you to take a leap of faith and open your heart to some Wild Heart adventures, great food, and a whole lot of magic!

Cherol Ockrassa

Eye Walker Studios


Chris Zydel and The Wild Heart Teacher Training Program expanded my vision of what was possible for my life in every direction. Chris’s strong teaching and mentoring skills created a safe container for me to grow my wings and fly into living my dreams fully and without fear. The wisdom of her words, so present in every article and the practical information on turning that dream into a real life studio has been invaluable.

I knew something special and alive was at work through Chris’s Wild Heart mentoring, but I had no idea it would come together so rapidly and joyously through the work of our fantastic group of women in Chris’s loving arms. If you want to swim uncharted waters, scale mountains, sing at the top of your lungs, leap into the void and fly, then join The Wild Heart Teacher Training Program and truly live your dreams.

Corrine Gilman

Sparkle Days Studio

Working with Chris Zydel has changed my life. She gave me the permission and the tools to free myself from limiting beliefs and habits. The Wild Heart Teachers Training was all I expected and much more. Every aspect of the business was covered, from developing my personal painting practice, to facilitating others in a class setting, to business and marketing strategies.

I now have the knowledge and courage to take my dream of having an expressive arts studio and making it a reality. Thank you Chris!

Carolyn Eitel

Just Paint And Paper