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Welcome to the Art of Experience!

This website was originally conceived and developed in 2014 by two Narrative Inquiry researchers and educators, Dr. Gail M. Lindsay RN, PhD and Dr. Jasna K. Schwind RN, PhD.

In 2018, following Dr. Lindsay’s retirement, Dr. Louela Manankil-Rankin RN, PhD, joined Dr. Schwind as co-director of the website. In 2022, Emma MacGregor RN, MN, PhD student, joined the team.

This interprofessional website is created to highlight arts-informed practices within education, research, and practice.

  • Creative activities, such as: the Narrative Reflective Process (NRP); co-creative artmaking; artwork; digital narratives

  • Narrative research: scholarly resources for Narrative Inquiry, and the Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry

  • Tools to understand Narrative Inquiry as a research method

  • Showcase of teaching and learning activities, as well as research related to relational practice

  • Mindful activities

Winding Road

Mindful Practice Activities

Dewy Flowers

Creative Activities

Sessions (written instructions and videos) are sequenced. However, you may choose to complete only one, or several in any order that suits your purposes. The creative activities could be completed individually or in small groups. 


These activities have been successfully used for auto/biographical exploration of experiences by nurses, students, teachers, patients, as well as by professionals in disciplines other than healthcare and education.

Please Note

If you engage in the creative activities within a group, share only what you feel comfortable disclosing. What you choose to explore in these activities, and what you learn through them, is your knowledge, and you decide how much you want to share, and with whom. If you find yourself becoming upset by any of the activities, please stop the activity and call a friend or a professional of your choice for support.

A wealth of resources related to creative self-expression, exemplars of the activities, as well as relevant work by other scholars, practitioners, musicians, and artists, are provided for you.

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