About Mary Alice


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Selchie Dance

After I gave birth to my surrogate son in 1987 I attended a weekend dream retreat. I started Jungian analysis just after the dream retreat, 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, 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…

and then, I was led through a dream to create a dance video, Love’s Way: The Joy & Pain of Surrogacy and a play-based, depth-oriented practice Play=Peace.


What Now?

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.

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

[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


Create a Life that Comes from the Heart