Thank you for taking time to learn a bit about me. I hope to connect with you in some way through this beloved work.


“Every breath, every heartbeat, every cell, every story of yours communicates a greater meaning and I long to connect us to it.

Making rituals is how I learned to do this.”

As a child, I made spaces for myself, whether in the cornfields nearby or underneath lilac bushes in my backyard. These spaces were channels for letting my imagination run wild and often I’d bump into a thin place, the meeting of the physical and the spiritual. I was enlivened, connected to my body and the ground beneath me while also sensing something greater enveloping me.

This relationship between the soul and the body was deepened when I experienced the strange intimacy of two family members slowly dying in my childhood home. I smelled the wafts of death, kissed the dying faces of my aunt and then my grandmother and watched their spirits leave their bodies. Death became a rite in the experience of being alive.

Many years later, I was given the gift of birthing two babies. I drew them up from the water I was crouched in and kissed their innocent, crying faces. Birthing life became a rite in the experience of being alive.

I have kissed the faces of death and I have kissed the faces of life—each have merited a mark signifying to myself and to those around me that these cycles of being alive are worth beholding.


Through these experiences, I’ve learned that our lives are tributaries to knowing what we’re made of and what we’re made for. By creating rituals we discover these answers. Every breath, every heartbeat, every cell, every story of yours communicates with a greater meaning and I long to connect us to that meaning. Making rituals is how I learned to do this.




My Experience
There have been many signposts between my childhood and my entrance into motherhood that have formed how I curate and guide rituals. My background includes working with adolescent girls for several years, which led me to pursue my Masters in Psychology after my receiving a BFA in Painting. I created art throughout graduate school and realized my love for Performance Art — a non-theatrical medium that utilizes the body as the canvas. I’ve made many pieces addressing the body, our understanding of God, and what it means to be in solidarity with one another.

Since working as a psychotherapist and artist, I stumbled into the practice of ritual making. It has become an exquisite synthesis of art and therapeutic modalities.

I’m indebted to my community here in Seattle, who have shaped me and encouraged my explorations. They have taught me how to grieve, how to laugh, and how to make beautiful things. It’s a rare gift to have people in your life who are both daring and tender, wise and foolish.

My two sweet children, Amos Muir and Iona Kennedy, — are my greatest instructors. They offer forgiveness, and their innocence calls me back to my humanness and my longing for something beyond what is seen. Lastly, I’m forever committed to a beautiful man who is both humble and brilliant. He calls me to a life of beauty and integrity unlike anyone I have ever known. I’m a fuller, more definitive human because of his love.  


I’d be honored to help design a ritual for you. If you’re ready for a free consultation, please email me at hmariestringer@gmail.com 










 
       
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