About Mary Alice

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 when I was 34.

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, 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.

Play comes naturally when we live authentically. ~Mary Alice

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 my PlayfulNorthwest Body is home.

I love working one-on-one with playful spirits as play + depth Self-development coach.

My memoir entitled,  I Would Have Named Him Peter: Mary Gives Birth to Self

What People are Saying

I realize that I know lots of ways to play.  I’m becoming aware that, for good health, I/we need more and more intention devoted to a playful practice that has been the benefit of our conversation. Thanks for this gift.  I see the light! ~Lynn Shaw-Ringham, Jung Society, Victoria, BC, CA

You are such a wonderful teacher, Mary Alice! You remind us that being inquisitive taps into our inner child and allows that child into the playfulness of life!  ~Anita McCrary

I’ve been appreciating your passion and playfulness Mary Alice. Thought it was time I let you know.~Bernie DeKoven

Schedule a 30-minute phone consult with Mary Alice to learn more about the benefits of embracing the practice of  ‘The Art of Playing in the Everyday’ and clarify your next steps.

The Art of Playing in the Everyday