Chris Zydel Wildheart Queen

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Welcome to the world of Creative Juices Arts…

And I am your hostess, the Wild Heart Queen.

You have entered my magic kingdom… and in this kingdom what is honored is the healing power of the creative process as accessed through the expressive arts and intuitive painting. 

I also know that in order to support this healing power there needs to be a commitment to certain values like vulnerability, personal growth, a loving community, becoming more awake, emotional safety, integrity and trust.  That importance must be placed on qualities like honesty, bravery, generosity, curiosity, a sense of humor, psychological depth, spiritual hunger and being real.

And you will find that commitment here.

Here you will also be invited to experience the profound joy that comes from expressing yourself creatively without holding anything back. And where the magic of YOUR creative genius is celebrated, cherished and always loved.

Here you will be supported and encouraged in listening to and respecting your intuitive voice as the most precious inner guidance resource that you have.

Here you will be reminded over and over again that opening a portal into the realms of imagination and whimsy through spontaneous play will keep you juicy and energized and alive.

Here you will be championed to meet your inner demons,  your fears, your anxieties, your self judgments, your old stories and perceived limitations with huge doses of creative courage.

Here you will be emboldened to step into the unknown with only a paintbrush and your intuition to light the way.

Here you will be inspired to release the inner shackles of convention, expectation and approval and claim your birthright of unapologetic creative freedom.

Here you will be called upon to step into your full creative capacity. To own yourself as a creator … of beauty. Of truth. Of wisdom. Of art. Of your own wild and precious life.

Here you will find compassion, kindness and tender healing for your artists broken heart.

Here you will be seen. Listened to. Accepted. And deeply valued.

Here you will find a way back to loving your own sweet self, to delighting in all of who you are and to treating yourself as precious. As treasured. As enough.

I believe that creativity is soul work. A direct conduit to spirit. A way to regain our experience of wholeness. And that art making without judgment makes sacred even the most challenging, difficult and painful places in our hearts and minds and bodies.

I believe in YOU as an artist and a creative being. Wholeheartedly. And know that you contain a magic kingdom of your own brimming over with unbridled joy, sparkly brilliance, visionary knowing, ancient wisdom and the capacity to make your life your most amazing work of art.

From my Wild Heart to Yours,

Chris Zydel

A peek into the magic of a live Wild Heart Painting workshop…

Upcoming Events…

Painting from the Wild Heart at Bodega Sky Ranch

NEW MARCH RETREAT OPEN! We have had such an overwhelming response to our Painting from the Wild Heart at Bodega Sky Ranch retreat that we have opened registration for one in March of 2019. Please join us!

March 23 – 29, 2019. Bodega Sky Ranch, Bodega Bay, CA

Painting from the Wild Heart in the High Sierras

June 15 – 22, 2019. Tioga Lodge at Mono Lake, Lee Vining, CA

Wild Heart Expressive Arts Teacher Training 2019

Starts May 12, 2019. Bodega Sky Ranch, Bodega Bay, CA


Other Ways to Work with Me…

Weekly Classes

For those of you lucky peeps who live in the San Francisco Bay Area I offer weekly intuitive painting classes that provide a vibrant community of loving creative support and a powerful way to support your intuitive painting addiction… Uh… I mean practice.

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Teacher Training

It’s really hard for me to even talk about my teacher training program without tearing up, because what happens over the 10 months that we meet in sacred circle is nothing short of miraculous. I know that sounds like a big word. And it is. But it’s also a big truth.
There is nothing more creatively powerful than a group of women coming together with the intent to support each other to become strong and visionary leaders in their communities. Who are devoted to healing anything …. And I mean ANYTHING … that gets in the way of fully shining their brilliance and their genius into the world. Who are committed to a life filled with meaning, healing, creativity and service. Who are hungry to bring feminine spirituality, feminine intelligence and feminine wisdom out of the shadows and into the light of day. My teacher training program provides the space for all of that to happen… and more.

Astrology Readings

Would you like to get a back stage pass to the inner workings of your soul and psyche? The ancient art of astrology is a powerful tool for understanding yourself deeply and with great compassion. But it also gives you VERY specific instructions on how to live a life that  feels like the life you were meant to live. It gives you the permission and support to be your biggest self… your most authentic self … The YOU that you were utterly and completely always meant to be. Check out my astrology page for more juicy info.

Business Mentoring

Do you believe that being an artist or a healer means dooming yourself to a life of always being broke? Do you think that the term “thriving artist” is an oxymoron?  I love my work. I feel every day that I am in sacred service to my muse and my creative community. And I get paid very well for the opportunity to be creative and for the privilege of helping other folks become more creative and whole. I also get a major kick out of helping artist/healer types to find ways to become more successful in their own way and on their own terms. Let’s talk if this sounds like fun for you too!

Most Recent Blog Articles…

Trusting Our Way Through The Dark

I recently spent a week feeling pretty bad. I was extremely depressed. And had zero energy.   In trying to make sense about where this onslaught of misery was coming from, there were a number of things I could point to. It’s been a crazy intense year. Lots of changes...

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Let’s Talk About Shadow Work

My dear friend Andrea Schroeder of Creative Dream Incubator fame and I are offering an online workshop next Tuesday, December 4th entitled Gifts Of The Shadow. Wild Creative Momentum.   And since she is HERE with me at my studio this week ( YAY) we decided to make a...

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Shadow, Shame and Reclaiming Your Creative Self

As promised from my last post I wanted to explore the TYPES of things that we put in our shadow box.  The truth of it is that it can be ANYTHING. But one thing that all residents of the box have in common is that they are a result of feeling shamed. Which is how they...

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Inner Shadow Work and The Hunger For Approval

I’ve devoted my life ... both personally and professionally... to spiritual, psychological and creative healing. And I’ve learned a thing or two over many long years about what it means to heal and what it TAKES to heal. What I mean by healing is engaging in the...

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Finding Your Creative Medicine

Medicine.   Whenever I think of that word, my first association is with something that tastes incredibly nasty, like castor oil ( yes, I’m old enough to remember castor oil) or the cringe in my mouth when I accidentally bite down on an antibiotic pill. I have also had...

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