Welcome from Mary-Jo 2008

Hello and welcome to mary-jo.com. Welcome back friends and students I know, and hi to those of you that are new aquaintances. The re-launch of this site marks a significant time in the re-emmergence of mySelf back into the public world, and the end of an era for the yoga teacher training company I founded 8 years ago – Trinity Yoga. I am deeply moved and delighted to be able to offer my insights, revelations, and suggestions on life, love and healing and the great journey of consciousness – that sparks the life force within us all. It is my intention that this site will become a rescource and a forum for our personal and public dialouges as they meet the challenges, thriumphs and inspiriations of our interior and collective journey’s. Through the wonderful exposure that this medium allows we are endowed with opportunities to speak openly, to inquire deeply, to erradicate collectively iggnorance at its doorstep, and to collaberate and commune together with others who are similarily curious and interested.

Over the past five years as I have been recovering from a grave diagnosis of severe quadraplegia from a break @ C-4, I have had the increadiable opportunity to experience first hand the multiple layers of personal healing on the physical, mental and spiritual levels, that are capable through the work of gifted professionals, through gifts from the great teachers and nature, family & friends, and from personal devotion and practice. It is through the genuine sharing of these gifts that we are capable of transforming – ourselves and the mother earth upon which we have bled our wounds. Before this injury occured I had expressed that it is within each of us to transform, that it is not what happens to us but what we do with what happenes to us that liberates us and sets us free. The time is now, as we all know to do what is needed to release old, outdated belief systems that keep us from being the pure love and lifeforce that we are. I intend to share with you on a regular basis my findings, from these past experiences and current as they continue to unfold, as well as exchange all of the practical and insightful information that we are able. So welcome again, past students and friends and hello to people from all streams of life – here we can share our stories and Selves.

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I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.