A Course for Creative Recovery

(not just for writers anymore)

A Special Invitation for People Who Want to Create
things and lives that matter

Original Course Revised & Expanded

Creative UnBootcamp began several years ago as a course for writers (and those who want to be). Hundreds of students from around the world later, the creator Jacob Nordby discovered that this is not just a writing course—although he uses specific writing exercises and teaches creative expression.

Most people need to go further upstream and find the hidden wellspring of their true creative nature.

This course teaches you dynamic, tested principles that you can use in your real life, right now.

Once you learn to harness the clarity and power of your inner Creative Code, you can use it to write books or other endeavors, remodel your lifestyle, refine your dreams—and take inspired action toward what matters. 



Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
― Mary Oliver

Creative UnBootcamp

FALL 2017

Starts October 19th
Reserve your spot now!

Intensive 4-Week Online Course
with Jacob Nordby and other Creative Thought Leaders

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4 Weekly Online Classes

Access via phone, computer, or mobile device from anywhere in the world

Each class recorded. Replays & all worksheets provided!

90 minute sessions with live Q&A

Thursday Evenings

October 19 – October 26 – November 2 – November 9

8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central / 6 pm Mountain / 5 pm Pacific


Late Registration – $179 ( after October 19)

Yes, you can still join and catch up on the recorded sessions


What's Included


What Is Creative Recovery?

Everyone is born creative. This isn’t a title reserved for writers, painters, actors, or musicians—not only for those gifted with what we commonly call “creativity.” Creativity is your birthright, as we all show up in this world woven with the intelligent, curious, always-yearning threads of life itself.

But later something happens…

Our inner spark becomes dimmed, suppressed, or otherwise hidden, under veils of routine, disappointments, societal norms and expectations, and a thousand other things that make us forget who we really are. We forget the vital, sparkling enthusiasm of childhood and the sense of possibility. We forget our ability to dream, imagine, and make our ideas become real.

Some of us just assume that the “cool people” we admire have something special about them that makes it possible to create things of beauty and passion—things that will serve and inspire the world. It’s as if somehow, we just don’t have the proper wiring.

That’s a lie.

The truth is that your inner creative child is still alive, and finding and nurturing that child can be the difference between a vibrant, extraordinary life and one that is… let’s just say “less than satisfying.”


And why would you ever settle for that?


You already have the fire within you, and Creative Recovery is the process of re-kindling your internal spark.


Creative recovery is a process of remembering who and what you really are. It is a process of rediscovery. It is a journey of awakening.

Come back to your truth, reclaim your innocence, awaken your artistry. This course will empower you to move through the fears and obstacles that have kept you from being yourself. It is deep soul work that bears fruit in the real world.

Creative Recovery will help whether you have a specific project that requires breakthrough, or you need to regain whole-life clarity and a sense of purpose—backed by real action.

The truth is, when you heal your creative nature, you heal your life.

Creative Recovery transforms and energizes

  • Your work
  • Your relationships
  • Your art
  • Your sense of self
  • Your capacity for focus, passion, and joie de vivre


“We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves.
But in doing that you save the world.
The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”

– Joseph Campbell

Four Weeks – Four highly-engaged sessions that include…

  • Learn Your Creative Archetype—and how to use it.
  • Work it out—establish a daily practice proven to help you tune in for guidance and inspiration.
  • Easy-to-follow course materials.
  • Special assignments & exercises. 
  • Access to the private Facebook group for sharing, collaboration and daily interaction–including check-ins and accountability.
  • Bonus Items


Teacher – Jacob Nordby

During Class Session #1, Jacob Nordby leads you through Core Principles & Clarity. With lessons distilled from chapters 11-14 of his book, Blessed Are the Weird – A Manifesto for Creatives, you will leave with assignments designed to bring your true desires into focus, develop a map of obstacles and resources, and get practical about what you wish to create.

Jacob Nordby is creator of this course, and author of Blessed Are the Weird – A Manifesto for Creatives. He leads writing groups, offers private creative coaching, and facilitates retreat intensives. He is passionate about creating safe spaces where people can liberate themselves to become who they really are.


Teachers – Jacob Nordby with Special Guest Janet Conner

During Class Session #2, you will meet the bestselling author of Writing Down Your Soul, Janet Conner. This is where you learn to establish a daily writing practice (this works even if you think you can’t write) that will change your life and lead you into a much deeper connection with your true creative self. Highly experiential, this practice will transform your connection with your inner guidance.

Janet Conner is a bestselling author, poet, and spiritual field guide – but first and always, a deep soul explorer. Since she discovered how to activate a divine Voice by slipping into the theta brain wave state while writing, she has dedicated herself to exploring and sharing what it means to live at the vibrant intersection of the visible and the invisible. Click here to visit Janet’s website


Teachers – Jacob Nordby with Special Guest Paul Boynton

During Class Session #3, you will meet the author of Begin with Yes, Paul Boynton. Using Begin with Yes principles, you will begin to develop a practical action plan that will guide you immediately (and in the future) as you bring your dreams into reality.

Paul S. Boynton is the heart and creative force behind the Begin with Yes Facebook community of nearly 2 million followers. His books have reached many thousands of readers around the world. He is driven to develop media that will provide tools and guidance for people to realize their dreams. Click here to find on Facebook and click here to visit his website.


Teachers – Jacob Nordby with Special Guest Nanea Hoffman

During Class Session #4, you will meet the inspiring and beloved creator of Sweatpants & Coffee, Nanea Hoffman. You will learn how she started with no plan for her passion project and grew it over time into a full-time business with hundreds of thousands of fans. Nanea’s story of how creative work sustained her through a battle with cancer will inspire confidence in her down-to-earth wisdom and the principles we will share during this class.

Nanea’s Sweatpants & Coffee art and quotes reaches millions of people around the world each week. Click here to connect with her community on Facebook and click here to visit her website.


Awaken Your Inner Fire

With Special Guest Teacher HeatherAsh Amara

Your Inner Fire is the vital energy within you, the unseen force that gives life to your being. Perhaps because this energy can’t be measured in a lab, many people live without any idea of its existence, or the importance of tending to it.

Bestselling author HeatherAsh Amara’s new book Awaken Your Inner Fire introduces you to the fundamentals of your Inner Fire, and explains how the four major aspects of your being—the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical— all interact with this powerful energy. During this special bonus session, she will explore these four aspects so you can radically change how you think, feel, and live in the world.

HeatherAsh Amara is an international teacher and the bestselling author of the Warrior Goddess series. Her work has sparked a movement of women committed to liberating themselves and living in truth, love, and power.  Meet her on her site now.


Creativity for Highly Sensitive People

With Special Guest Teacher Lauren Sapala

Highly sensitive people are known for their creativity, but they also face tremendous challenges. Lauren Sapala has developed a body of work to assist the highly sensitive with overcoming the self-doubt, procrastination, depression, addictive behaviors, and other obstacles that commonly hinder them. This bonus class will give you specific ways to revive your creative self and live with joy and peace of mind.

Lauren Sapala is a creative coach and the author of The INFJ Writer and her new novel, Between the Shadow and Lo. She founded the WriteCity groups in Seattle and San Francisco. She writes a blog that is meant to nourish, heal, spark, and empower your creative flame. Please click here to meet her on her site now.

We don’t just talk to you about creative living…
we help you get started

Many online classes just talk you to death . This one is different. Begin the process of tuning into your deepest desires and true purpose—then use your renewed clarity to take inspired action

So this, I believe, is the central question upon which all creative living hinges:
Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?

– Elizabeth Gilbert

What Others Are Saying

It may sound extreme to say that writing is life changing, but for me, it has been. I’ve always found writing a creative and therapeutic outlet from the daily grind, especially after losing my husband to cancer. I knew I had a story floating around in my head, but kept second guessing myself before I got anywhere. The hardest part was telling that doubting voice to shut the hell up, but once I did I haven’t stopped writing and my story poured out of me and onto paper. I’m now living the dream in Europe, writing every day since leaving corporate America, and happier than I’ve ever been. It’s absolutely amazing how surrendering to who you are meant to be rather than who you think you’re supposed to be can change your entire universe. Jacob’s work helped me connect with the “real me.”

Lisa Ikeda Bain

Finding my creative center and where my soul’s path lies hasn’t been the easiest road to travel, but Jacob is filled will the tools, knowledge and encouragement I needed to not only help me see what was blocking me from getting to my creative center, but to work through them. It has truly been a life changing experience.

Mindy Hanlon

Working with Jacob Nordby in the Creative Unbootcamp has helped bring me out of my shell and truly consider what’s alive in my heart. I am actively taking steps to follow my dreams and open to new possibilities that I was too scared to even admit out loud before. Jacob leads the group with strength, conviction, and a disarming sense of humor. The true power in his ways is that he offers opportunities and extends invitations without pushing or judging, thus placing the responsibility in my lap. I had to decide – am I doing this? Do I want this? When I answered yes, my own abilities, power, and strength rose up. I am eternally grateful for choosing this path, getting to work with Jacob, meeting new and inspiring people, and all the doors this has opened up for me.

Emily Peeso Perkins 

Jacob Nordby is a most loving pirate; fearless in his courage and his willingness to sail the seas of uncharted knowledge in his wish for my success. His intuition, knowledge and experience made for a beautifully robust and compassionate journey into the secret places of my own treasure.

Toby Negus 

I am so grateful for the clarity and sense of family/community your course has provided me over the years. I always feel like I am sitting around the fire with my tribe during your classes. Through insights from you and others I gain clarity, and my anxiety about sharing my heart with the world fall away. I have made your class an annual occasion. It’s a time for me to get clear on my purpose and my artistic endeavors for the year. Thank you for all you do. When you beat the drum I hear the call.

Darcy Bellows 

You were born to do more than just
go to work, pay bills, and die.