Thank you for your interest in working with Mary DeJong! A naturalist with a Masters in Theology & Culture from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and a specialization in Thomas Berry's Universe Story from Yale University, Mary is a confident and competent speaker around topics of sacramental nature, spiritual ecology, Celtic spirituality, environmental justice, ecofeminism and her personal work of forest and community restoration as a practice of profound place-making. Her passionate voice and advocacy for the land couples with ecotheological perspectives and place-making theory and invites the listener into inner-soul landscapes as well as the wild beyond.
People need guides as they wind their way through the wilderness; Mary is very much a wise and sacred guide, bringing people through their own inner and outer landscapes to remember and develop a wild connection to the source of life. She addresses our cultural nature deficit disorder and offers presentations and practices that deepen a participative, relational connection with nature. Listener's come away with new perspectives and deeper understanding of our meant-for relationship with the natural world, and how a development of this interrelationship is critical for how we live, work, and recreate in our particular places. Ecumenical and inclusive, Mary graciously challenges a change-first within ourselves, and then within the communities around us. She leads people back to a sense of grounded belonging to this Earth, and asks what one has to offer to the places and communities in which one lives.
Mary DeJong speaks at conferences, corporate and non-profit events, retreats providing presentations, reflections, and small group talks. She is available to share with faith communities as well.