In my 20s and 30s parenting, schooling, and work kept me busy. To make life even more complicated I offered to be a surrogate mother for a couple as I was about to enter a masters program in social work.
After I gave birth to my surrogate son in 1987 I attended a dream retreat. Shortly after that weekend I started Jungian analysis, completed my social work studies, and began a doctoral program with an emphasis in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
During my doctoral program I received dreams that asked me to re-claim play in my life. I sang out loud! danced, painted, re-searched my life….
I developed another kind of education program for myself. I sought out play! modern dance classes, singing workshops, InterPlay training, Voice-Movement Therapy, 5 Rhythms, improvisational theatre and dance, clowning, and many other ‘ways to play’.
I re-membered what I loved to play with as a child and did more of that…
My studio is based on the North Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. I’ve been hiking and camping on the peninsula since I was a kid and now have the pleasure of living where my Playful, Northwest Body feels most at home.
- I love mentoring people by phone, on Skype, Zoom! or in-person
- I am writing and editing my memoir I Would Have Named Him Peter
What I’ve Learned
The importance of being courageous and en-courage-ing to others.
What People are Saying
- Keep doing your very meaningful play. I enjoy your ever-present positive attitude. You have found your calling. ~Mary Harrell, PhD, NYC
- Your performances are very moving. I feel honoured to have such an intimate glimpse into your experience. I will indeed help share your work with others; think of the possibilities! ~Muriel Percy, Ontario, CAN
- The power of [Mary Alice’s} story is the heart connections that connect us all while honoring our unique experiences and beliefs. ~Donna May, Story Tender
[Play-Based Memoir Project]:
- So you!
- Full out Swing art. So real, embodied, playful….and story telling.
- Archetypal made tangible.
- You made it clear that getting in touch with, and living from the heart is natural and simple…. though quite hidden, and perhaps scary for most modern people….. And a sometimes struggle, ….but something which can be taught/discovered and shared together, playfully and creatively. Here is my bravo…. but the story is ongoing…..
- I now have a deeper understanding of how playfulness can be a medium of understanding…. for one thing it can help us deal with the “scaries” as it lets us interact with ourselves. ~Betsy Wetzig
- You have a very lush and energetic way of writing. Can’t wait to read your memoir and spread the word! ~Kimberly Hart, Indianapolis
Want to learn more or work with me as a mentor and creative coach? I’d love to talk with you!
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