Heather Stringer (MA in Counseling Psychology ‘10) is a mental health therapist with a BFA in painting. In this presentation from Symposia 2016, Heather illustrates the need for developing creative rituals around that which we see as sacred and set apart.

“Our bodies remember the times when we engaged them to then later teach us when we find ourselves in binds or losing our sense of identity.”

“I believe creativity is the means towards healing and transformation.”

“Without ritual, we foreclose creativity and shared open language about what is happening, and we dissociate.”

This presentation was filmed at the second annual Symposia: An Intersection of Conversation & Innovation, a forum in which alumni of The Seattle School presented the ongoing work they are pursuing at the intersection of text, soul, and culture. Integrative education does not end at graduation, and Symposia highlights the ways that Seattle School alumni are continuing to wrestle with big questions and big dreams in theology, psychology, and culture. You can see more videos from Symposia 2016 on our Vimeo. We’d love for you to join us for Symposia 2017, “The Art of Resilience,” on October 7.