Mary is a certified facilitator for HealthRHYTHMS and is a Village Music Circles’ Drum Circle Facilitator graduate. She has a background in education, having spent more than 30 years teaching visual and performing arts in Kentucky. After retiring from her teaching position, she relocated to Austin, TX and is now focused on her passion for using the arts, especially drumming, as a tool for nurturing others toward self-expression, spirituality, and wellness.
Mary is a certified Reiki practitioner and an instrument maker, making percussion instruments from gourds. She also teaches art to adults with disabilities and works part-time with VSA TEXAS (Very Special Arts). She has also worked with Natural Lifemanship for the past two years assisting them in expanding the use of rhythm, movement, and drumming into their model of Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy – all scientifically-based tools helpful in regulating and integrating the brain and building connected relationships.
Mary uses NL principles in relating to her students and says she wished she had learned this model when she first started teaching as it would have helped her be of greater service to her students.
Mary is a mom to two adult children who both live near her in Austin.