Mary DeJong lives in Seattle, Washington, at Hedgewood, a home that for over a decade has hosted community connection through the reclamation and restoration of a neighborhood forest. As a long-time naturalist, and practitioner and guide of place-based pilgrimage in the Pacific Northwest and in Iona, Scotland, DeJong’s graduate work in ecotheology delves into why place matters, a commitment finding resonance within the Celtic tradition, Jospeh Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey and the emerging field of ecopyschology. She is the co-founder and chair of the Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View, a neighborhood organization committed to creating equitable, safe, and welcoming hyper-local access to nature and play within public forests for urban children and families. Her husband, four children, ten chickens, medicinal and herb garden, and yard—a Certified Wildlife Habitat—keep her busy when her pen does not.
Find out more about Mary’s Rewilding Retreats and her upcoming pilgrimage to Iona, Scotland in July 2018 (there is still room to register for both!) at https://www.waymarkers.net.