Kissing the Muse evolved from the transformative arts curriculum Robbyn Layne McGill created and taught at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California from 2007-2012.

Drawing on her background in art, psychology, writing, and film, she created an interactive graduate course that examined the artist’s creative process through the lens of the archetypal hero’s journey—a narrative pattern that expresses the repeating, universal and eternal themes we all face when confronted with the challenge to change. 

As an ongoing creative practice, she imagined this framework could help, not only artists, but people from all walks of life, to creatively navigate life’s adventures and storms.