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Sue Swanson MDiv, is an artist who helps people find Sabbath time in their busy lives by teaching them how to practice spiritual patterns together. She calls her work Prayercraft, which uses art as a gateway to healing, wholeness and meditation. She is interested in how we can learn to use artistic creativity both individually and in a group to express our spirituality.
Sue teaches classes and retreats exploring spiritual concepts such as: blessing, breath, gratitude, simplicity, creativity and Sabbath. Her beadwork has been published by Beadwork Magazine and Bead and Button Magazine. Her company, Purple Apple Arts, provides opportunities to explore traditional crafts including music, beadwork, collage, knitting and labyrinth walking. She studies traditional craft techniques in order to make them meaningful in our 21st Century lives.
Sue lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with her husband Roger. She is the mother of two sons, Jeremy and Matthew and Nana of Victoria, Robert, William and Madeline. She holds a BA degree in Professional Communications from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She is trained by Dr. Lauren Artess as an advanced certified Veridatas Labyrinth facilitator. Sue is a member of the International Labyrinth Society and Minnesota Labyrinth Network.
Sue’s artistic vision is: as the beads are woven together, the thread disappears, but its presence provides all of the underlying structure. Similarly, the Holy Spirit invisibly, yet essentially, weaves together the fabric of our lives and connects us with our spiritual community.