Kintsugi Contemplative Pathways for the Wounded Healer

This presentation will share about the continued effort on the design and development of an immersive 3D-world reflective activity offered by the Virtual Harmony community that blends Japanese Kintsugi and ikigai principles with Henri Nouwen’s work on ‘The Wounded Healer.’ Kintsugi is a Japanese term for the art of repairing broken pottery with a lacquer mixed with powdered gold. The presenters will share how the activity helps to promote reflection on the idea that lives can become like broken pottery containing several cracks, scars, and wounds arising from painful experiences. The activity introduces ikigai principles to help promote reflection on how healing, strength, and beauty can arise from brokenness by sharing the stories of our wounds with others. Henri Nouwen’s work is highlighted in the activity by helping to promote how wounded healers can offer many positive character strengths to others involving empathy, altruism, acceptance and a forgiving spirit.


Dec 09 2023


10:00 am - 10:30 am


Keynote Auditorium


  • Andrew Stricker / Spinoza Quinnell (Poster Booth #3)
    Andrew Stricker / Spinoza Quinnell (Poster Booth #3)

    Andrew Stricker serves as an innovation and strategy analyst for LeMay Center at Air University. Previously, Dr. Stricker served Vanderbilt University as associate provost for innovation through technology. He has also served 27 years as an Air Force officer and scientist specializing in learning sciences and human-factors engineering. His research is focused on modeling adaptive expertise and the design of learning technologies. His graduate work was conducted at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

  • Cynthia Calongne / Lyr Lobo (Poster Booth #3)
    Cynthia Calongne / Lyr Lobo (Poster Booth #3)
    OSCC Co-Chair, Professor

    Lyr is a Professor at Parker University in Dallas, Texas and a VR researcher. Since 2005, she taught 54 university classes in virtual worlds and mentored 800+ 13-year-old students. Her team won the $25,000 Grand Prize for their space simulation and she received the Thinkerer Award for her passion for virtual world education. She loves OpenSimulator and is proud to be a member of the OSCC Organizing Committee.

  • Francisca Yonekura / Frankie Antonelli (Poster Booth #3)
    Francisca Yonekura / Frankie Antonelli (Poster Booth #3)

    Frankie comes from the higher education world where she specializes in instructional systems and emerging technologies in support of learning. Frankie is also known to be a curious traveler immersed in virtual worlds for empowering learning experiences in the company of kindred spirits.

  • JJ Jacobson / JJ Drinkwater (Poster Booth #3)
    JJ Jacobson / JJ Drinkwater (Poster Booth #3)
    Sci-Fi Librarian

    JJ Drinkwater is a Virtual Librarian in a Real World, or a Real Librarian in a Virtual World, or both, or neither. Curatorial experience includes the real & imaginary 19th c, American Culinary History, and Speculative Fiction. Current research is Interactive/Immersive/Improvisatory Narrative in Virtual Environments.

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