Welcome! You have arrived at the website of Mary Angelon Young—writer, teacher, lover of travel, music, myth and former psychotherapist. Traveling to places both distant and near has been a personal quest that has expanded and deepened my outlook on life, some of which you will find expressed in my blog. Over the past thirty years the “vagabond school” led me on pilgrimages to sacred sites in Europe, the UK, North America, and India. Now I’m living the forest dweller’s life off-grid—that is, powered by the sun and nourished by rainwater collected during the summer monsoons in the high desert of central Arizona. Living amidst thickets of piñon and juniper, I’ve become a friend of ravens, little yellow finches, and the bands of deer and javalina that wander through daily. There, under vast skies and burning sun, the wonders of the natural world capture my imagination and lift my spirit.
For many years the wordsmith’s art was a creative passion as well as a form of healing, integration and contemplation—a deep diving into the transformational potentials of my inner world as it is woven into the tapestry of everyone and everything. You’ll find my books listed here, as well as up-coming projects. I still love to write; in my workshops I pass that enthusiasm along, encouraging others to engage writing—memoirs, poetry, essays, journals, whatever moves you! I hope the essays and tidbits of my blog will pique your interest and inspire your creativity as well. You’ll also find some of the people, books, and places that have been important influences and inspirations in my life. For information about private counseling sessions, read on under the Udayana (sunrise) heading. If you discover something that really grabs you, let me know.