From a young age, Mary has been passionate about whole-person awareness and making informed personal and professional life choices from a place of empowerment. She left the world of business and entrepreneurship after 25 years to return to this early interest, but this time to combine it with her childhood love of horses — majestic creatures that had brought her powerful personal healing during difficult times.
Mary is an Accredited Professional Life Coach with the International Coaching Federation, a Relax Kids Coach, and has studied the Epona Now method of Equine Facilitated Learning, as well as the Parelli Natural Horsemanship programme. With this wealth of experience, she offers transformative and exciting retreats for everyone from young adults to business professionals, both in Ireland and internationally. Poetry, another passion of Mary’s, resulted in the book "On Earth", a personal collection of soul-inspired writings.
She now lives in the beautiful town of Westport, County Mayo, in the magical west of Ireland where she runs equine-facilitated therapy programmes and offers professional life coaching and educational events. Individuals, couples and small groups interested in personal and/or professional development can choose from one-to-one sessions with Mary, or a 1- or 2-day retreat.
We live in dynamic times. Mary's expertise and unique gifts offer tools and experiences to access your courageous heart and take conscious action toward living a joyful and fulfilled life.
"Nature has always been my cathedral and teacher. Its seasons and rhythms have helped me stay connected to my own innate cycles," Mary says.
From a young age, Mary had the ability to perceive other realities in and through this world. She grew up in the Golden Vale of Ireland in a place called Knocksouna, meaning "The Hill of November". On the eve of October 31st every year, locals would leave the land free of livestock so that the "little people" of the sacred hill could come out and play and celebrate the Celtic New Year.
Part and parcel of her unique upbringing on this sacred land were the horses on the family farm. Many years later running two businesses in Dublin, Mary would regularly go out to Wicklow to ride and just be with these awake and aware beings. “I would come home feeling more relaxed, less speedy in my mind, and more creative and calm in my business decisions. Their pure essence helped me come more back to my true self,” she says.
Even before COVID, social distancing and lockdowns, Mary had perceived that our world of high tech was causing people to become more and more disconnected from themselves and their innate essence. The corporate world in particular does not allow time for empathy or soul nourishment, but marches to a mechanical beat rather than to a living, flowing harmony.
It is vital, now more than ever, that people learn to connect more deeply to themselves. Mary belives that getting away from the digital world and being in nature for periods of time is the first step.
To this end, her retreats focus heavily on spending time in nature with her equine assistants as teachers and guides, along with attunements, journalling, and body-centering exercises that assist people in connecting to their innate essence and rhythm.
Mary is honoured to use her particular skillset and expertise to facilitate retreats and one-to-one sessions for young adults, business entrepreneurs, individuals, couples, and groups. These dynamic times demand dynamic approaches to authentic empowerment and the renewal of creativity and inner connection; Mary's unique approach has proven to be an exciting new force in the fields of personal development, conscious empowerment, leadership, and compassionate action.