For most of your life, being busy has probably worked for you.

It’s given you a sense of purpose, value, and usefulness.

You’ve probably even been rewarded for shushing the needs of your body in favor of the demands of your mind.

But life is too short to get woken up by your to-do list at 3 am.

Since I was a little girl, beauty has been a way to connect with the most precious, sacred, feminine aspects of life

When my Alzheimer’s afflicted grandmother would wear her favorite brown wig and coral lipstick, even if it was just for a moment, I would see the zest return to her eyes.

Sitting at the kitchen table with my Mom making napkin rings to prepare for holiday dinner guests is one of my most cherished childhood memories.

The first time I drew a thin line across my eyelashes with a navy blue pencil at the cosmetics counter was the moment I felt the lapping tides of being a girl shift to the rolling waves of becoming a woman.

Beauty is a sacred, feminine rite of passage.

But for most of us, this passage is interrupted by a culture obsessed with eternal youth. This distortion of beauty, something I call “learned beauty,” is limiting construct of impossible rules that squash female confidence and slams the brakes on women’s potential.

But true beauty has no rules. If anything, it breaks them.

True beauty is more than just prettiness. It is gorgeously diverse and perfectly imperfect. More than mere esthetic, it is a radiance, a felt sense. It is a power that doesn’t fade with age. On the contrary, it ripens.

Through expert skin care services, skilled coaching and transformative retreats, you’ll reconnect with the wisdom, innocence and pleasure of your bodies through the joy of beauty.

Welcome friend, I’m so glad you’re here.

Yours In Beauty,

Mary

What if mindfulness could feel as sweet as…

…Arranging a beautiful bouquet of flowers while listening to your favorite aria?

…Skillfully massaging your belly with a fragrant oil before bed?

…Smoothing on a face mask and snuggling up with your favorite book of poetry?

…Dipping a fluffy brush into a shiny bead of pink paint and sweeping it across a canvas?

Life

embracing beauty as a mindfulness practice and somatic form of self-care

The world views the feminine body the same way it views anything in nature: wild and unpredictable, only safe when it can be controlled.

You may have been taught that to trust your body is poor logic, selfish, or in some cases, even criminal.

What if loving your body could feel as sweet as…

…Arranging a beautiful bouquet of flowers while listening to your favorite aria.

…Skillfully massaging your belly with a fragrant oil before bed.

…Smoothing on a face mask and snuggling up with your favorite book of poetry.

…Dipping a fluffy brush into a shiny bead of pink paint and sweeping it across a canvas.

the school of sensual living is a place to learn how to love you

It has stories to tell and wisdom to share.

It is brilliantly articulate and wonderfully sensitive.

Pure and simple: sensuality is power.

And it is so much simpler than the culture makes it out to be.


Your body is a vast system of sensory intelligence.

For most of your life, being in your head has probably worked well for you.

It gives you a sense of value and usefulness.

You’ve probably been rewarded many times for going numb.

Mindfulness is a proven way to change your life.

It leads to better sleep, less anxiety, more focus and productivity, even better sex!

But most mindfulness practices stem from a lineage that was designed for men, by men.

You already take steps toward living more mindfully like working out and meditating, but even self care has started to feels like more work.

It is curled up like a snake, waiting to be whispered to, ready to be charmed to the surface.

Have you ever noticed that after a restful weekend, you come up with your best ideas?

Have you every felt cranky and frustrated, and seen the light return to your eyes after a good workout?

You don’t have to look a certain way or dress a certain way to be a sensual woman.

Moments like these are life’s love letters, and the senses are their pen.

Do you ever find find it almost impossible to turn off your brain?

If so, you’re not alone.

Not listening to the needs of your body often feels like the smart, responsible thing to do….

Until you get woken up by your to-do list at 3 a.m.

Or you find yourself bragging about how numb you feel after a hard day’s work.

You start to realize there’s got to be more to life than this.

And that the answer is (most likely) not to quit your job, end your relationship, or move to Paris.

That answer lives in the very place you’ve been taught to avoid.

In the sacred sanctuary that is your own flesh and bone.

The soft kiss of bubbly water as it fizzes under your nose.

The warmth that floods your heart when holding someone you love closely.

The ecstatic joy of drinking in nature’s beauty.

The tender release of a good cry.

Moments like these are life’s love letters, and beauty is their pen.

Your body is an infinite landscape of intelligence.

Full of instinct and information.

Slowing down may seem like something you don’t have time for, but actually, it is where your best ideas, and your most resourceful energy resides.

I don’t need to tell you we live in a world that equates the ability to produce with your value as a human.

This sends you down a path of endlessly, addictively working.

Putting productivity before presence.

Reconditioning your mind and body to genuinely satisfying, positive, life-affirming pleasure is a long-game prospect. My programs, coaching and intensives are a loving, gentle approach to embarking on a lifetime love affair with your body and your senses.

Sensuality is so much more simple than we make it out to be.

Wearing a lack of breaks in a day like a badge of honor.

In every spiritual tradition, beauty is a way of invoking the divine.

Writers and artists flock to beautiful places hoping to be visited by the muse.

Beauty is how we celebrate our joys and make sense of our sorrows.

Beauty sparks our greatest genius and soothes our restless souls.

In short…beauty HEALS.

And yet, the world teaches us that beauty is pain.

Beauty is seen as a frivolous luxury, or an exaltation of eternal youth.

What if beauty was a form of replenishment?

A spiritual practice?

A tool for healing?

A way to relax your body, wake up your senses, and inspire your most brilliant creativity?

Whether it is smoothing on a face mask or strolling through a gallery, pausing to take a slow, deep breath or offering a flower to an altar; beauty is an ancient act of prayer and meditation.

More than an esthetic, beauty is a radiance.

It is gorgeously diverse and perfectly imperfect.

It is a timeless power that only ripens with age.

It’s time to expand the way you perceive beauty.

Beauty connects you to your body, slows your mind, and enlivens your senses.

You’ve tried meditation classes and done counteless practices to try to quiet your mind. And while these practices are useful and powerful, there is a crucial missing piece.

These practices were designed for men, by men.

The missing piece is pleasure.

As a woman, your body has a need for pleasure, creativity.

Beauty

Have you every been annoyed by your spouse, but after a great dinner with girlfriends, you find their quirks almost cute?

Have you ever noticed that when you are on vacation, or when you’ve had a restful weekend, you come up with your best ideas?