Join Tara Rynders, Executive Artistic Director of The Clinic in an arts and play-based workshop that honors you as a resilient and brilliant human being. Together let’s redefine the meaning of resiliency and look at all the ways we care for ourselves and collectively care for one another. Through simple artistic exercises of drawing, movement, and storytelling we will create, remember, and share our brilliant selves through art and transformation.
Tara Rynders RN, MFA, BSN, BA has been a registered nurse for over twenty years and currently works as a clinical nurse educator and researcher at two hospitals in Denver, Colorado. Rynders has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Dance with a specialization in Movement and Somatic Practices. Rynders, an advanced grief recovery specialist, is the founder and artistic director of The Clinic, an arts and play-based company that provides workshops, performance, and research around burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Rynders is extremely honored to have received the following awards: 2022 EY Next Wave Leader Award, 2022 Fulbright Specialist in the Netherlands, 2021 Mara Mogensen Lectureship awarded by the Oncology Nursing Foundation, 2019 A Blade of Grass Fellowship, 2019 Colorado Regional Nightingale Luminary award, and the 2019 National Organization for Arts in Health Hamilton Award for Arts in Resiliency.
Rynders believes that her work as a nurse, artist, and performer are symbiotically intertwined and are not as different as one would think. Drawing from the intimacy and vulnerability found in her work as a registered nurse, Rynders creates authentic connections through performance that allow guests to feel seen, heard and inspired to create alongside her. She does this through workshops and large scale immersive performances in site-specific locations, and most recently returned from the Netherlands as a Fulbright Specialist sharing best practices and facilitating workshops around wellness and resiliency in multiple healthcare systems.