Mary Saunders is the author of Rhythms of Change: Reclaiming Your Health Using Ancient Wisdom And Your Own Common Sense (2014)
- Mentor to Women
- Nationally Certified Acupuncturist with a Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc)
- 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 was an acupuncturist in clinical practice for 30 years and is skilled in the integration of East Asian medicine with dreamwork, somatic therapy, and meditation. She has been a healthcare practitioner, an administrator and instructor in an accredited acupuncture college, and owned and worked in two community-style acupuncture clinics for the last nine years of her practice. She is trained in the Hakomi method of somatic therapy, Co-Active coaching, and trauma-informed care for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Mary practiced Buddhist meditation for many years until she met her Sufi teacher, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, in 2000. Here she found resonance in a mystical tradition that honors the feminine and direct experience of the divine. She has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path ever since.
She now focuses on mentoring women and as the poet Mary Oliver says, "mostly standing still and learning to be astonished."
Mary currently lives in San Luis Obispo, California with her husband, Whitfield Reaves.