Welcome to The Art of Experience!

This inter-professional research-based website is created to highlight the current work of Dr. Jasna Schwind and Dr. Louela Manankil-Rankin in the use of Narrative Inquiry as a research methodology and as a way to highlight the use of relational inquiry for the development of nursing practice.

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

In 2018, following Gail's retirement, Dr. Louela Manankil-Rankin RN, PhD, joined Dr. Schwind as Co-Directors of the website.

What you can find on this website …

Creative Activities1

You will find a series of creative activities, such as the Narrative Reflective Process (NRP), the co-creative artmaking, and narrative, all under the umbrella of Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry (AINI). Activity 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.

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 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 musicians and artists are provided for you.

Our Narrative Community

Inter-professional colleagues, current students, as well as former student members of the original Narrative Inquiry Works-in-Progress (NI-WIP) group, show-case their work (publications, presentations, podcasts/videos, research, and artwork) using narrative research, and most often Narrative Inquiry (NI) and Arts-Informed Narrative Inquiry (AINI).

Please note:

This is a not-for-profit website. All the activities are intended for educational purposes, only. Therefore, they are not therapy. Your use of the website is fully voluntary and the originators of the website bear no responsibility for how it is applied in your specific context or the impact of its results.

If you have any questions, please contact us (jschwind@ryerson.ca; louelam@nipissingu.ca)

Enjoy the website!

Jasna K. Schwind and Louela Manankil-Rankin