Meet Mary
Mentoring Women
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Using techniques grounded in 30 years as a practitioner of traditional Asian medicine, somatic therapy, and meditation, Mary now mentors women individually and in groups. She is passionate about guiding women to remember who they are, what they value, and what they have to offer life.

Distanced from both our inner knowing and the natural world, we often try to find a way back to Source by striving to be more, better, or different in some way. There is a time for this seeking, and yet it too may become a way to avoid living what is real within us.

We can reclaim our connection to the sacred flow of life by
  • Listening to the wisdom of the body
  • Turning toward the longing of the soul
  • Embracing everything - dark and light, matter and spirit, sorrow and joy

If you are drawn to explore this way of being, I invite you to contact me. Using dreamwork and information from bodily symptoms, moods, and experiences in daily life, we follow the signs along the path to your unfolding.

Rhythms of Change – The Book
Traditional Asian medicine has a profound understanding of the Oneness of body, mind, and spirit. Rhythms of Change takes you on a journey that reveals the ancient wisdom of the Taoists and applies it to the challenges of daily life. In modern psychological language, the book discusses the Five Phases of Change as metaphors for elemental energies in nature and within our own bodies and psyches.

Mary Saunders is the author of Rhythms of Change: Reclaiming Your Health Using Ancient Wisdom And Your Own Common Sense (2014)

  • Mentor and Professional Co-Active Coach
  • Nationally Certified Acupuncturist
  • Trained in the Hakomi method of somatic therapy
  • Co-founder of one of the first Community Acupuncture clinics in the U.S.
  • Former Director and Instructor, Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder, Colorado
Mary currently lives in Paso Robles, California with her husband, Whitfield Reaves.

Looking back at when I started doing coaching work with Mary, I was alone in the depths of fear, grief, and rage. With her kindness and compassionate nature she helped me access the inner strength that was needed to grow beyond the loss I had suffered. Her coaching has helped me to redefine my values and is always a gentle reminder to live according to those values. Her knowledge and experience is what make her truly unique and incredibly helpful.
Soleiana Abernathy, acupuncturist and rancher

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Mary Saunders’ coaching helped me understand my habitual patterns and transform them into new daily practices that are more aligned with what I want. In a few short months of working with Mary, I began to witness significant changes in my productivity and quality of life. Play, joy and lightness are once again companions. Most important of all, she helped me align myself with the true purpose of this one precious life I’ve been given. I am profoundly grateful to Mary as a guide on this journey.
Michelle Villadares, teacher and poet