About: the author

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.

The author, self-portrait style, at Iona’s Bay at the Back of the Ocean

10 thoughts on “About: the author

  1. Greetings, Mary!
    Thanks for your lovely book! I am beginning to organize a class/pilgrimage to Iona for the 2014 J-Term at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett. I would enjoy getting together to get your counsel as I plan. Glad to meet for coffee/tea at your convenience!
    Dave Ellingson

  2. Hello Mary,
    We (students from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology) are taking a pilgrimage to Iona this April/May 2013. I would love to have coffee/tea with you to, as Dave above said, get your counsel as we plan around our trip. Phillip Newell is our guide and we are reading his books to prepare for our journey.

    Thanks for wisdom and guidance,


  3. Greetings to Mary from Manchester, UK.
    I am new to WordPress (only been blogging a week!) and stumbled across your great Blog.
    I have been recently to Lindisfarne, and am hoping soon to go up to Oban and take the trip over to Iona. I love reading about the Celtic Saints and early Christianity/spirituality in these islands where I live, and look forward to your posts for inspiration.

    • Nice to meet you, Andy and greetings from over the pond! I will look forward to what you reflect on in your blog as well 🙂
      Your region of the world has such a rich spiritual culture; many blessings on you as you begin to discover with new eyes this great wealth from the Celtic saints and places!

  4. Hello Mary, and blessings to you,
    Found you on the Iona site. I’m considering a possible long term, i.e. winter, visit to Iona. Have you made any contacts that might know of a rental property, just a small cottage?
    Frank Putnam
    Eatonville, WA

    • And blessings to you, Frank! I have a couple immediate suggestions and am asking a friend of a friend for the contact info for a cottage that is a bit harder to come by. In the mean time, check out: http://www.isle-of-iona.net/accommodation/self-catering/ for some options and also look at the Iona Hostel. Winter is a very quiet time on the island, but you may be able to even arrange a work/room+board with John, the owner of the hostel. Its a lovely, lovely place and where I bring all my groups. Its a bit of a walk from the village, but on the windy and wild northern side of the island. Winter there would be amazing: http://www.ionahostel.co.uk/

  5. Hallo again
    I just left a message on your blog page as I saw you were asking for links to sites with Celtic spiritual connections. I love Iona and see that you do too… Thanks for this website.
    I wonder if you might find my website of interest – I take my Celtic harp to Iona and make music and vibrational essences there,
    Julie Darling

    • Hi Julie! Thank you for your kind words, and grateful to meet a fellow Iona lover! Your work sounds fascinating and I’m eager to spend more time learning about what you do. Warmly, Mary

    • Very interesting indeed! Just read through your site; what beautiful pictures of your harp! Curious-where do you run your retreat out of? Traigh Bhan by chance? I normally book out the hostel, or variances of it– I love that wild end if the island!

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