My experience as a practitioner of acupuncture, somatic therapy, and meditation has shown me that we must make a choice and resolve to be whole, bringing body and soul back into harmony. In a system that encourages us to be distanced from both our inner knowing and the natural world, we often try to find meaning by seeking to improve ourselves and to be more, better, or different in some way.

Yet finding our unique way to meaning and satisfaction does not happen only by working hard in the outer world. It is essential to also come into relationship with the feminine qualities of receptivity and stillness to cultivate our consciousness and effect change from the inside out. To do this, we practice listening to and valuing the hints that come from bodily symptoms, dreams, moods, and experiences in daily life. This practice allows us to be more resourced for ourselves and for a world that needs our attention and care.

Mary Saunders is the author of Rhythms of Change: Reclaiming Your Health Using Ancient Wisdom And Your Own Common Sense (2014)

  • Nationally Certified Acupuncturist
  • Mentor and Professional Co-Active Coach
  • Trained in the Hakomi method of somatic therapy
  • Seminar Speaker and Educator
  • Co-founder of one of the first Community Acupuncture clinics in the U.S.
  • Former Director and Instructor, Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder, Colorado
Mary currently lives in Paso Robles, California with her husband, Whitfield Reaves.

Mary mentors women, groups, and healthcare providers in person and online, offering resources for reclaiming our wholeness. Using techniques grounded in 30 years of experience, Mary offers practical guidance for clarifying values and bringing body, mind, and spirit back into harmony.

Rhythms of Change – The Book
Rhythms of Change, authored by Mary Saunders, takes you on a journey that reveals the ancient wisdom of the Taoist Five Phases and applies it to the challenges of daily life.

Seminars designed to directly experience the power of being and to reclaim what has been silenced or neglected within ourselves. Practicing in a circle with other women allows something to happen that is not possible when we work alone.

This webinar course takes you on a deeper dive into the rhythms of change and gives you step-by-step guidance to reclaim these elemental energies for yourself. Available soon on YouTube.

Looking back at when I started doing coaching work with Mary, I was alone in the depths of fear, grief, and rage. With her kindness and compassionate nature she helped me access the inner strength that was needed to grow beyond the loss I had suffered. Her coaching has helped me to redefine my values and is always a gentle reminder to live according to those values. Her knowledge and experience is what make her truly unique and incredibly helpful.
Soleiana Abernathy, acupuncturist and rancher

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Mary Saunders’ coaching helped me understand my habitual patterns and transform them into new daily practices that are more aligned with what I want. In a few short months of working with Mary, I began to witness significant changes in my productivity and quality of life. Play, joy and lightness are once again companions. Most important of all, she helped me align myself with the true purpose of this one precious life I’ve been given. I am profoundly grateful to Mary as a guide on this journey.
Michelle Villadares, teacher and poet