Into the Deep: Intuitive Painting as a
Practice of Soul Reclamation
A Two Day Online Retreat
I have been in the transformational healing business for most of my adult life. The emphasis of my work has always been about going to the core of what needs to be healed. And to be willing to explore and embrace those deep places in our souls and psyches that need our loving attention.
The Deep is unsettling for a lot of folks because we can’t always see what’s there. Another word for the deep is the unconscious. And what is unconscious is by it’s nature hidden. It’s the realm of the mysterious. The sacred land that is shrouded in holy darkness. The sphere of not only the unknown but the unknowable. The domain of what we can’t readily name or understand.
And because we don’t know what we’ll find if we open that door to those shadowy realms we tend to keep the door sealed shut and choose to live our lives closer to the surface and the light.
Which means that certain energies and aspects of our being go into hiding because they have been rejected or exiled out of fear or misunderstanding. And while the deep is often the repository of our greatest fears, it is also the source of our greatest spiritually grounded power.
The deep is full of incredible gifts. It’s the wellspring of our vitality and the most potent link to our life force. It contains both our raw wildness and our weathered wisdom. It is where we connect to our most meaningful sense of purpose. It’s a place where we let go of what needs to die and be released but it also guides us into the joyful experience of being reborn again.
The deep is where we make contact with our soul and commune with spirit by crossing the threhold into the liminal and the numinous. It is a portal into our most profound emotional and psychological truths and a healing cauldron for the process of spiritual and psychological transformation.
The deep speaks to us in feeling, symbol and imagination and is most easily accessed by releasing our attachment to our minds and listening to the wisdom of our hearts.
Which is why making art is such a powerful and effective way to access those deeper layers of our being.
Traversing the deep requires courage, faith and devotion and the willingness to be radically honest with ourselves.
So it also requires a powerful container that provides both safe and brave space for those folks willing to take that sacred journey into the depths.
And that potent creative container is what I will be co-creating with all of you who join me for this two day expressive arts intuitive painting online retreat.
The format is simple. We will come together as a creative community for two days in a row where we will paint and share and explore our depths through opening our hearts to ourselves and telling our truth through paint and courageous creative self expression.
All you need to participate is a solid internet connection, a relatively private place to paint in your home and whatever art supplies you have on hand.
What You Need To Participate…
One thing you DON’T need to be part of this class is ANY experience with painting or art.
This process works if you’re a seasoned artist or if you haven’t picked up a paint brush since kindergarten.
However, you WILL need a computer or some other electronic device, a high speed internet connection, some paints, paper (or canvas) and brushes and a place in your home or studio where you can set up to paint.
Once you register for the class you will receive a letter from us with instructions on HOW to set up your studio space, where to connect with the online platform (we will be using Zoom) tips on some studio practices and recommendations for supplies. Although, you are MORE than welcome to use whatever art supplies you already have on hand.
Class size will be limited to 15 participants which means you will get PLENTY of attention and guidance from me and it will also create a cozy atmosphere of creative support with the other painters.
My vision for this class is that it will be a way for you to build a sense of creative sanctuary into your week where you can go on your own private mini-painting retreat.
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What People Are Saying About The Wild Heart Painting Weekend Retreats…
Chris Zydel thank you so much! I love how comfortable you are with the whole – the dark and light, all the while holding space with unconditional love, radical acceptance, and wisdom. I so got the retreat I wanted – a day to dive deep held so well in circle.
The breakthroughs that I experience again and again at the Painting from the Wild Heart retreats continue to stun and amaze me. Chris creates a safe, nurturing and loving environment that overflows with unconditional acceptance and trust. In painting as well as processing, the participants are encouraged to hold nothing back and all that pours forth from us is witnessed and held as the sacred offering that it is. The painting process has a mysterious way of bypassing the mind, the censors, the ego, the defenses, and what comes through is astonishing in its purity and wisdom. I have experienced an enormous amount of healing and growth in the two years that I have been painting and processing with Chris. She is a modern-day shaman and a great gift to those of us on the path toward healing and wholeness and yearning to live in the fullness of our creativity.
Serendipity… that’s what I felt when I saw Chris Zydel’s post on Facebook about her Wild Heart Painting Online classes. I had just finished reading Michael Pollen’s book “How to Change Your Mind” and I was excited to discover ways to explore undiscovered and untapped realms in my own consciousness. When the student seeks, the teacher appears. I thought I knew what I was getting into by participating in the class but the experience far surpassed what I thought I knew or expected. Chris is a loving, powerful, energetic being who expertly guided us all into a sacred space where we were free to meet ourselves via our intuition, creativity and our willingness to play in the unknown. In that space, I learned just how deeply I could trust that I am guided. I learned that I need only ask and be open to receive in order to let creative source energy flow through me and into whatever I might endeavor to make or do, be it an expressive work or my life.
I love, love, loved that the class was online. I am a diehard homebody who generally dislikes travel. Honestly, though, the way Chris facilitates the class, I felt like she was right there with me. I could feel the presence of the other participants too. It was very much an energetically safe space that defied geographic boundaries while offering me the sense that I was securely held and supported.
I am so grateful that Chris offered this class in the way she did. It made it easy to say yes to what turned out to be a very powerful gift to myself.
It was a fabulous workshop. I had no idea that I could survive all weekend painting (now, at 66, I try to schedule naps!) but the energy of the process carried me. It’s the first time in my life, for a long time, I’ve felt free of analysis and production and that freedom was precious.