“Guidance, peace, and beauty.”

Mary provided an amazing opportunity for self exploration in the perfect venue, a place that offered guidance, peace, visual and auditory beauty. I learned so much more about myself than I ever thought possible. She really brought together an amazing group who I will never forget! Thank you for a fabulous experience. It was the BEST!

— S.J.

"Ethic of inclusion and careful listening."

I have been privileged to work with  Mary over the last 4 years on a visionary and politically very complex public space project. I have learned so much from her ethic of inclusion, her careful listening, and her authentic kindness.  For Mary, it is never about "winning" and always about coming together on common ground.

— Thatcher Bailery, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation

Mary DeJong is the next Wendell Berry; however instead of writing from a farm, her voice is rooted in an urban forest.
— Dwight Friesen, The Parish Collective

"Wonderful work."

“I have always been impressed with the wonderful work that Mary does to restore and renew urban green spaces . Our shared interest in Celtic spirituality as well as her dedication and zeal have inspired my own commitment to ecotheology and to a faith that embraces not just the restoration of persons but also of God’s beautiful world.”

— Christine Sine, Author, Founder, Godspace/Mustard Seed Associates

"So inspiring!"

“Mary is a driving force in the work to reimagine, restore and reclaim one of the largest contiguous forests in South Seattle with the goal to connect people to nature and people to each other. Her work to successfully engage volunteers, partner with funders and other organizations, and negotiate stakeholders is aligning to create a new sense of place in this community. So inspiring!”

— Kristen Ragain, Philanthropy and Community Partnerships, REI

"Her Work is Leading Edge"

"Mary is an amazingly strong person and carefully sensitive at the same time. Her instincts, knowledge, and experience can lead you deep into a relationship with the natural world – to be inspired and empowered for your work to love and protect the planet. Her work is leading edge. Go with Mary!"

— Fritz Hull, Author and Cofounder of the Whidbey Institute