Shadow Craft

Dancing with the Demons

A 5-Week Online Course with Kim Barta

The Course is Now Closed

At some point in our development we realize that we have a Shadow, a part of our being that is below the level of awareness and that operates in our life in ways that can hold back our development and even cause a lot of suffering. We sometime refer to this as our “demons.” By definition, we can’t see our own Shadow clearly because we’re usually looking at life through it—or identifying as it. But once we realize this, we begin looking for the tools and support we need to work with our Shadow material.

One of the reasons the STAGES model of development is becoming more well known is that it is remarkably precise in helping us locate where in our past Shadow may have been created. When we do this, we can begin to see how our current difficulties are connected to early experience, which has been layered over and forgotten, or perhaps occurred before we had memory recall. STAGES gets us to this “location” rather quickly and efficiently.

Just locating our Shadow is a big step, but once we find it we need more specific tools to work with it. Kim’s approach to Shadow work uses the STAGES Model to locate our Shadow material, then he introduces techniques that are designed to work with it at its level. It’s an approach he’s been refining since he first started using STAGES in his psychotherapy practice several years ago.

Kim introduced the essence of his approach in his recent Shadow Patterns course. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that it was clear there was a need for more. In his new Shadow Craft course Kim will guide you into a deeper exploration of some of the Shadow work techniques covered in the original Shadow Patterns course, and he will introduce five new strategies of Shadow work and a few new techniques for each of them.

We hope that in this course you will learn to “dance with your demons,” and through dedicated Shadow work become free of their grip.

In this course you will…

Review and learn to apply key techniques from Kim’s Shadow Patterns course

Learn the five strategies of Shadow resolution:

  • Cognitive approaches
  • Emotional/ expressive approaches
  • Somatic approaches
  • Behavioral approaches
  • Systems approaches

Learn and apply specific structured Shadow techniques for the three forms of Shadow:

  • Introjects
  • Projections
  • Split ego states

Review your favorite Shadow practices and identify where they belong in the evolution of Shadow resolution

Experience breakout groups where you can practice different strategies with each other

Engage with study buddies, so you can practice with each other between sessions

This could be a good course for you if…

  • You understand the basics of Shadow but would like to be walked through the process
  • You can find your Shadow but don’t know the next steps to resolving it
  • You want an experiential course using applied techniques
  • You want to understand better which techniques to use with each style of Shadow
  • You want to understand the best application of the tools you have and where not to use them
  • You want to continue and add to what you learned in the first Shadow Patterns course (for those who took that course)

You do not have to have taken the Shadow Patterns course in order to take Shadow Craft. The essentials of Shadow Patterns will be covered in the first session of this new course. If you register, however, you will be offered the opportunity to purchase the recordings and transcripts of the Shadow Patterns course. You will be able to do this at any time during the new course.

Note to Professionals: This is a course for individuals to learn to work more effectively with their Shadow. Coaches, therapists and others in the healing arts are welcome to take the course to become acquainted with Kim’s approach, but it is not intended as professional development. Kim plans to offer a course in Shadow techniques for professionals later this year. However, CEUs are available for this course.

What’s possible for you in this course…

  • Find the techniques that work best for your Shadow and get support for practicing them
  • Understand how to avoid using techniques that aren’t geared to your situation or that might even be harmful to your Shadow work
  • Work with others to learn how the reflection of others can be helpful
  • Begin to experience what life is like as your Shadow loses its power over you

Praise for Kim’s Shadow Patterns Course

“I’ve danced around shadow for many years and finally have freedom and will to do the work without fear of what might be. Kim is an inspirational teacher drawing on years of deep cutting edge practice and world leading models of shadow resolution and adult development. Can’t recommend this course enough” —Gareth

“Shadow is more complicated than you might think. This comprehensive and very clear course helped me understand the different types of shadow, and gave me clues on the path to their resolution.”

“Kim demonstrates a profound level of insight and knowledge of shadow and the evolution of its resolution. He displays clear understanding of these processes and a level of skill in working with them that clarifies therapeutic approach and demystifies the underlying psychological processes.”

“Kim Barta has decades of hands-on knowledge of shadow and how it shows up in people and family systems. He demonstrates his approach with loving acceptance and expanded my understanding of shadow into a whole body systems perspective that allows for a more complete and lasting resolution and confirmed other hunches I had developed in my own shadow journeys. His combination of science, therapeutic theory and shamanism brings together methodology that allows the student to grasp important concepts and how shadow and trauma play out over a lifetime and the importance of addressing it each time the experience is activated through life events. I am grateful that he is sharing his methods with others for wider access to healing.” —Jody Jones

Course Modules

Course Schedule

The course includes four live 90-minute teaching sessions with Kim that will be held on Wednesdays at: 11:00am to 12:30 pm Pacific on the dates shown below. The fifth and final session will be a 90-minute live video Q&A from 4:00 to 5:30pm Pacific. (This time allow more live participation by those living in Southeast Asian and South Pacific timezones.)


  • April 10
  • April 17
  • April 24
  • May 1
  • May 15 (Open Q&A)

Course Modules

Quick overview of the Evolution of Shadow Resolution

Overview of the last two stages of Evolution of Shadow Resolution

Quick review of the three forms of shadow:

  • Introjects
  • Projections
  • Split ego states

The five styles of resolving shadow:

  • Cognitive solutions
  • Emotional solutions
  • Somatic solutions
  • Behavioral solutions
  • System solutions

Practice in each of these five styles


Applying each of the five styles of resolving shadow to

  • Introjects
  • Projections
  • Split ego states

Distinguishing the difference between introjects, projections, and split ego states

Practical guidance for the self healer

Initial assessment tools for the practitioner

Please note: this is not a full practitioner training on differential diagnosis


Combining the five styles of resolving shadow

  • Cognitive emotional
  • Cognitive and emotional somatic
  • Cognitive emotional somatic behavioral
  • Cognitive emotional somatic behavioral systems

Experiential exercises with each of these


Application of of the combined styles of resolving issues to

  • Introjections
  • Projections
  • Split ego states


Open Q & A

This session will be all Q&A with Kim about anything in the course or about your application of Kim’s approach to your own Shadow work.

The Course is Now Closed

Free Video Q&A Session with Kim

Recorded March 20, 2019

Find out how this course can enhance your Shadow work.


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About Kim

Kim Barta, MA is an internationally-recognized licensed psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work is founded in an experiential practice that works with many different kinds of cultures and challenges, from severe mental illness and trauma to supporting the fullest expression of one’s humanity. Kim’s expertise now includes integrating developmental theory with the day-to-day work of being an active therapist and healer.

Kim graduated with a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined psychology, social work, counseling, and sociology for a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American shaman and did his masters thesis in shamanism and modern psychotherapy.

After developing and implementing a successful training program in the construction industry for people suffering from severe mental illness such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and Axis 2 Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the international Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by three hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim and his wife, Dr. Katie Carter ND, co-founded and continue managing a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high Mission Mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian nation.

Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self, other, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that lead to deep and rapid healing. These therapies have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses and weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice, on a global level.

Currently, Kim has joined his sister, Dr. Terri O’Fallon, to present workshops and trainings on STAGES, a new model of human development developed by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s long history of working with such a wide variety of clients has made his expertise invaluable. He brings nuance and direct application into the STAGES model, allowing it to be integrated into the dynamic and fluid world of psychotherapy and coaching.