"I joyfully spread the love of creativity, critical thinking, and innovation, emotional intelligence, compassion and mindfulness through visual arts, creative writing, and integrative practices, with students, 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 visual arts and poetry. She holds degrees in psychology and architecture and certification as a spiritual director. Creativity fueled many career paths and connected her to a variety of trades and social entrepreneurs. 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. She helped young advocates discover their interests, hone their skills, and apply their efforts to boosting organizations they selected to support. 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 creativity, self compassion, wholeness, and interdependence.
Working with various grades in Houston ISD she teaches creative writing and visual arts. She also leads workshops, retreats and one on one sessions with teachers and parents using integrated practices and leading community building discussions and reflections, making the practices applicable to daily life in the classroom, the workplace, and in the home.
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, and why I repressed so much of my creativity and emotions. 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. I have been discovering the expressive aspects of myself that have been covered for so long. It is from a grounded, accepting, and curious spirit that I offer ways to help others unlock, enjoy, and express their own creativity and courageous hearts.
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