"Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones.

But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thigh bone) that had been broken and then healed.  Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for the prowling beast. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal. 

A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said.”                                                                                                                   

— Dr. Ira Byock

Dear Friends,

I am extraordinarily proud to announce that Mariah Gladis has been selected for a National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Pioneer award for 2020. As I understand, this national award is NASW's most distinguished honor. And as much as I am happy to see Mariah's legacy as a pioneering clinical social worker continuing, I am also sad to use the word legacy. I wish she were here for this.

As you'll see in her bio on NASW's site, Mariah pushed the boundaries of the clinical social work profession to include loving yourself first so you have the strength to give to others whole-heartedly and unconditionally; the service she so exquisitely modeled to me and others. She also showed us, by example, how to share her generous heart and ceaseless soul even under the most trying of circumstances.

Part of Mariah's internal belief system was that the knowledge of how to mend emotional damage and live a healthy life should not just be reserved for professionals but should be given to everyone. Mariah brilliantly and continuallydemonstrated this concept through this Foundation and her Pennsylvania Gestalt Center Proverbially, she taught people how to fish while giving them fish at the same time. An incredible talent.
A passage from her book, Tales of a Wounded Healer, sums up her passion:
“A natural outgrowth of expanding your love and providing yourself with a successful healing journey is that you will naturally want to spread the inner wealth. So, notice, inquire and care about the needs of others. Supply them with a moment of healing if you’re able. Be curious about the moments of healing your loved ones need. Know them well; participate in their healing journey. Create little sweet moments with strangers. Practice compassion for those you don't understand and forgiveness for the unforgivable. Pray for the healing of all people. Travel on the river that flows through the lives of everyone." 

'Gotta Serve Somebody' Bob Dylan once wrote and sang. Mariah served all of us, and with love.

—Ron Gladis

You can read about Mariah’s award on the Foundation website.

If you have a "Mariah story," you want to share, 
please feel free to  email us at pagestalt@comast.net 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the
Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation

We want to continue Mariah's mission: to provide free programs that bring love, compassion, and forgiveness to individuals, families, and communities who have a desire to live better lives.

Below is Mariah's TEDx Talk that personally delivers her powerful message.

Watch Mariah’s TEDx Talk


Order Mariah's New Book“In terms of my work, people often ask me how I do it, listening to people’s problems all day long. I tell them that I don’t hear problems. I hear people wanting to change, wanting to be better human beings, wanting to create happier families. I have been privileged to work with people from every continent and from all walks of life. Over and over again I hear people wanting to love and be loved more effectively. I hear people wanting to remove the barriers in their life and provide more for their loved ones on every level. I hear people looking for ways to contribute and improve their contact skills in the world.

This is a privileged position that I have, sharing so many heartwarming moments of laughter and tears with people working toward healing.”

Mariah Fenton Gladis – Founder and Clinical Director


The Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation

Mariah Fenton Gladis FoundationThe mission of the Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation is to help individuals, families and communities through programs that bring a sense of love, compassion and forgiveness to those with a passionate desire to create better lives. Please visit www.mfgfoundation.org for more information.



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Gestalt Training Program

Begins February 25 - 27, 2022
Give Us Six Months, and We'll Give You Change! Develop enhanced competencies in self-awareness and confidence, personal presence and the ability to impact others, and increase your capacity to act with clarity and purpose. Learn more


Intimate Connections

- This event has been cancelled because of COVID-19. Check back for future events!


Mariah Featured in Main Line Today

There is an article about Mariah in the December issue of Main Line Today, “A Local Family Produces a Documentary Chronicling Life with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
To read the article, please click the link.


Tales of a Wounded Healer is Now Available as an eBook

Tales of a Wounded Healer by Gestalt psychotherapist Mariah Fenton Gladis is now available as an eBook for Kindle and iPad. more