Mary serves as a Pilgrim Pastor and the Executive Director of Tikkun Farm.
Mary Laymon believes in the healing power of Love. The passion for Mary’s ministry stems from her deep love for helping others hear the quiet and persistent voice of God speaking love to each of us. She has been nurturing the spiritual journeys of individuals and communities for more than 20 years, in settings such as inner city, rural and suburban congregations. Mary has extensive experience with Bowen Family Systems Theory, Spiritual Direction work, coaching groups for clergy, single moms, trauma survivors, CEO’s and small business owners. In addition to Mary’s academic credentials, MDiv, MAS, DMin (ABD), she is certified to facilitate Brené Brown’s curriculums, as well as SoulCollage workshops. Currently, Mary is immersed in dissertation research, focusing on faith transitions, including the potential to outgrow traditional ways of speaking and teaching about God.
Mary’s journey taught her that the deepest healing comes from God. Her journey to heal from childhood sexual abuse has given her first hand experience with the complex web of healing practices necessary to restore wholeness to a life shattered by trauma. She has personally worked with traditional talk Therapists, Shamans, Yoga teachers, Massage therapists, Reiki practitioners, BodyTalk practitioners, Acupuncturists, and many other amazing healers. Through prayer, she developed an intimate, personal relationship with God, and learned to recognize the sacred voice speaking Love to each of us, which over time has melted away the shame, so embedded in trauma survivors, so she could see herself through God’s eyes as a beautiful, whole woman. This healing, spiritual journey led Mary into ministry as a Pastor, and Spiritual Director, as well as a retreat and workshop leader and it developed her deep intuitive sense of what kinds of practices heal people.
Mary believes suffering is our most profound teacher. None of us escape suffering in this life. It can make us bitter or beautiful, dark or luminous. God’s light shines brightest in the darkest chapters of our stories, and when we look for and discover God there, it leads us down the path toward luminosity. No one can walk this path for us, yet no one needs to walk it alone. As one who’s traveled through the wilderness, Mary offers herself as a companion and guide, a Pilgrim Pastor. She is unafraid of the dark, for she has found God there, and this is what saved her and made her whole.
Spiritual Direction, a sacred conversation about life in the light of faith, creates a pause in our busy schedules to slow down and listen… to ourselves, the longings of our heart and the sacred story that is our life. Spiritual Direction is an ancient practice spanning many traditions that helps us discover the light and love of God in all our stories
Brene Brown’s Workshops. Mary Laymon is a certified Brené Brown facilitator and she offers workshops on the following curriculums: In Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown reminds us that we are “hard-wired for connection,” our life’s work is learning how to love well. Some of our best growth comes in the most vulnerable places of our heart, where our imperfections can empower our growth, leading us to embrace “Whole-Hearted” living. In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown explores at a deeper level the strategies we employ to protect ourselves from criticism and judgment, and how they get in the way of our desire for connection, belonging and creativity. InRising Strong, Brené Brown introduces a three step process – Reckoning, Rumble and Revolution – to help participants learn from those life experiences when things don’t turn out like we planned, but often provide the opportunity for personal growth, strengthened relationships, improved productivity and spiritual transformation. Mary can lead these experiences in corporate, sacred and community settings.
SoulCollage. SoulCollage is a contemplative, creative, spiritual practice that uses images to listen to the language of the soul. Making SoulCollage cards is a practice in mindfulness as well as beautiful tool for welcoming home and giving voice to the many parts of ourselves. Reading and Praying with our SoulCollage cards allows the deep wisdom within each of us to guide us in seasons of transition or moments of anxiety. Journaling with our SoulCollage cards reveals places we are stuck, and what part of us can support our work to grow and heal.
Retreat Facilitator. Retreats offers participants an opportunity to step outside the flow of life’s busy schedules in order to listen… to God, the longings of their hearts, and emotions that often go ignored in order “get things done”. Mary offers seasonal retreats and Quiet Days (All Hallows Eve, Advent, New Year’s, Lent), as well as gatherings around particular themes (Sabbath, Healing, Prayer). Mary is available to lead this experiences at your location or retreat center, as well as on her farm.
For more information you may contact Mary at email@example.com or 215-630-1091.