"I joyfully spread love, creativity, emotional intelligence, compassion and mindfulness through play, creative writing, and visual arts with kids, teachers, and parents."
Brooke Summers-Perry grew up in the woods in Kentucky and reconnects to these roots through contemplative looking, listening, and responding in poetry and visual arts. She holds degrees in psychology and architecture and certification as a spiritual director. In 2005, she founded itscool2care. By managing peer lead teams in grades K-12, this community service group engaged youth in designing and executing advocacy and fundraising projects. Inspired by the fruits of the itscool2care team, in 2015 she shifted away from architecture as her source of income to become the founding director of the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, a mission of the Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Houston.
In 2017, she began integrating a variety of compassionate and creative practices to design curriculum and classroom games based on self compassion, wholeness, and interdependence.
Working with various classes and grade levels in Houston ISD she teaches creative writing with WITS and social emotional healing arts with Be the Peace Be the Hope. She leads teacher trainings, workshops, retreats and one on one sessions with parents, families, and individuals. Integrated tools and practices are based on Nonviolent Communication (NVC, based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, PhD and NVC trainers), Positive Discipline (Jane Nelson Ed. D), the enneagram, mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence (Daniel Goleman) and Spiritual Intelligence (Cindy Wigglesworth).
Now that you've read the short version in 3rd person..... Here is the the long version, straight up. In 2007 I had a "Yes I can have it all, do it all, be it all, corporate mommy burnout and identity crisis" followed by a rapid descent of poor decision-making. Which could be read in NVC language as - I chose strategies that didn't make me more satisfied and directly conflicted with my husband's strategies to get his needs met. In the months that followed my husband and I each set out on paths to figure out who we were, if and how we would stay together, and learn enough about what got us in this situation so that we could have some sense of security that we would never find ourselves in that place again. Of course, this was not clear at the time. At the time, we were in survival mode. After learning a lot about myself I can understand why I had been so skeptical about religion, politics, psychology, marketing, etc. So when I needed help figuring my 'Self' out, I wanted to be sure I only looked to sources I could trust. Thanks to a close friend, I was introduced to a Counselor, Minister, and Spiritual Teacher, Dr. Bill Kerley. My husband and I started attending his Ordinary Life class. We each started sessions with a Jungian analyst. We went to workshops that were promoted in the Ordinary Life class, including Nonviolent Communication, The Enneagram, 'Being One' Marriage workshop, a Mindfulness workshop, and parenting workshops. I read so many books that my niece is convinced that someone will name me an honorary PhD in self help. These workshops took hours and hours of commitment and I am so grateful they crossed our paths. We obtained the tools to understand ourselves, our choices, our way of communicating, and were able to return to living into our beautiful wedding vows, "to follow (y)our individual growth, wherever it takes us." I've often wondered, "What if we hadn't found these workshops and resources? What if we didn't, or couldn't, make the time and financial commitment to attend? What if people could reach these tools before they were in crisis? What if there could be more accessible, smaller nuggets of resources?" I'm hoping that sharing these tools from a variety of sources will help equip others to find more peace and wholeness..
My wish is to integrate what we've learned into simple practices and share them with others seeking to live more fully. If the practices and resources lead you to explore each topic more deeply or to get more out of any or all of your roles or help your path in any way, then it has been worth every second to share.
Grace in, peace out