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…
Play comes naturally when we live authentically. ~Mary Alice
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 Playful, Northwest 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.