Mary leads personal discernment pilgrimages/retreats to Iona, Scotland and locally in the Great Pacific Northwest. These retreats, framed in the traditional model of a pilgrimage, offer participants the opportunity to develop a keen sense of listening to the story of their lives with the intention of living forward in ways that honor their gifts and talents. A site specific retreat to Iona, Scotland not only provides a journey to an historically important pilgrimage site, but also allows for deep discussions around Celtic Christian spirituality, creation care and our responsibility to marginalized populations and the future of our planet.
Mary is also, slowly, pursuing graduate studies with a focus in urban ecotheology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. She is a Green Seattle Partnership Forest Steward, and is co-founder and co-chair of Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mt. View. Their work to reclaim, restore, and re-imagine this urban forest has been celebrated in the city for providing local and immediate access to nature for urban children and youth. This effort awarded Mary and her volunteers the prestigious 2013 Denny Award for Conservation and Environmental Stewardship. She lives in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, WA (USA) with her husband and three children.