About Jim

Jim Curtan is a motivational speaker, spiritual director, retreat leader. He has taught extensively with New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss and has been a faculty member of the Caroline Myss Educational Institute since its inception in 2003. He has taught at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, The London Centre for Spirituality, The Crossings in Austin,
Texas and The Learning Annexes in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He has lectured and led workshops throughout the United States, in Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Indonesia. He has led spiritual retreats and workshops for the Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles and the California Men’s Gathering.

In his prior career as a talent manager, Jim advised such prominent actors as John Malkovich, John Travolta, Patrick Swayze, Geena Davis, Willem Dafoe, Andy Garcia, Marilu Henner, Katherine Helmond, Diana Canova, Kevin Kilner, Kellie Overbey and Melanie Griffith.


Jim_and_CarolineMyss“I consider it an honor to endorse Jim Curtan, who has been a faculty member for my education institute (CMED) from its beginning in 2001. Combining a highly successful career in the film industry with a brilliant academic background in education, theology, and spiritual direction, Jim developed the unique field of ‘Archetypes and Movies through which he introduces workshop participants to the symbolic meaning and messages hidden within the films we watch. For Jim, each actor is an expression of an archetype that steps into a role, which in turn conveys a myth through the message of the film, turning each movie into a masterpiece of insight. I know no one else who could have created ‘Archetypes and Movies’ because of the particular background expertise required. His knowledge of both film and archetypes is breathtaking, not to mention his entertaining style.”


Author of Anatomy of the Spirit, Sacred Contracts and Entering the Castle.


“Jim Curtan is a master of archetypal wisdom, a brilliant teacher and storyteller, compassionate guide and great soul. I have known Jim for 40 years and continue to learn from his deep realization. Hilarious, profound, irreverent, and liberating, he brings joy to spiritual life and passes that feeling along to others. Jim is the real deal and someone to trust. “



“Sometimes an individual will come to the desert that senses that the quiet voice is the one who speaks. In that quiet voice you will be revealed unto yourself. Jim Curtan is such a person. Like us, he is a traveler. And if anyone should take the time to meet this traveler, they will be wiser, and both will benefit. He is a kind man and in service to all. He is a steward of Mother Earth, and I know where he walks there is honor. I am proud to call him brother and friend.”


traditional healer

“Spiritual direction is a primary need in this time of chaos and change when most of us seek centeredness and meaning. Jim Curtan offers wisdom and a sense of balance, celebration of our humanity, and outreach to our essential holiness.”


Episcopal Priest and best-selling author of “Are You Running with Me, Jesus”

“When Jim Curtan walks into a room, you know you are in for an encounter with the Divine. Jim is open-hearted, free-spirited and is willing and able to challenge, comfort, cajole or in any way help you to know the Spirit of the Living God. He is courageous and able to bridge ideologies to get to the heart of the matter. He is a truth-teller minus the annoying self-righteousness.


Moderator, Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches

“Jim Curtan has the unique ability to see into your soul, speak directly from his, and open your heart forever. His workshops inform and entertain as he draws on his life experiences, deep knowledge, and contemporary film to explain your life purpose. His job is joy and he is a master at it. I have never gone so deep as fast as with a Jim Curtan workshop, and I was smiling all the way.”


Founder, Niavisions

“When Jim first introduced me to the martyr archetype, I saw a part of myself that had played out a thousand times, one that I had no language for. When he further explained the power of her contributions – – her ““witness to the truth”” at all costs – – I was humbled. I admit I was also scared, and when he asked me about my relationship to the concept, I recounted how all the martyrs I remembered were now dead!

I now see my twelve archetypes sitting around me in my mental board room, all ready to serve, all there for my learning. Among myriad characters in my head and in my life, I now choose which will serve me best in various situations, knowing I can call on their strengths as I become more consciously aware of my own personal evolution. And I am grateful to Jim for his gift of powerful language. Jim has given me the box of 64 Crayolas to replace the box of 8 I had used to color my life.”


President, Pyramid Resource Group (Major U. S. Coaching organization)

Jim’s class on archetypes takes you on an unforgettable journey that feeds your soul and ignites your imagination. I’ll never look at movies the same way.


Co-author of Earth Calling: A Climate Change Handbook for the 21st Century

Viewing movies with Jim Curtan is an amazing opportunity. Jim offers the lens of symbolic sight and archetypal language through which film takes on richness and texture rarely expressed. As a result, he facilitates a unique, delightful process that is meaningful to each and every viewer.



A significant part of the coaching journey is when the coach aids the clients in discovering who they are and what is their potential. Yet this path can be a slippery slope without the right tools and understanding of the various identities we carry at any particular time. That’s why you want to work with Jim Curtan. His work with the archetypes and identity formation helped take my coaching to a much deeper and profound level. After working with Jim, I have a sense of what “master coaching” truly is.


Former President of the International Coach Federation