Mariah’s work has carried me along a path I have never been on before. I saw through her program the reality of the truth that my core issue is that I am not okay who I am, that my being is deeply flawed and unwanted. Through the program I have had many opportunities to face that fear and receive a different message. In the workshop, and leading up to it I felt that feeling tug very hard at me. ‘Ron and Mariah feel sorry for me and because they know I really want to be a part of the weekend they are letting me in. They really don’t want me but can’t say no.’ I chose to face that voice through the work with Mariah that morning and by doing so was able to chip away at some of the hold of it. Am I totally healed? No…I don’t believe I will ever be. What I do know is that Mariah offers and encourages me to check it out with her and to work through that and see what is projection and what is truth. She helps me to take a piece of that voice and replace it with another, more loving and accepting voice.
I am grateful for the opportunity to learn how to love myself better. That a seed for everything else in my world. That little bit of self love begins to allow growth in me and in the impact I can have in the world through being more open to truly live ‘with’ others. I have spent almost all my life in isolation, even though I have been with others a lot, I have been predominantly alone. That is changing and I am beginning real relationships and having real interactions. I was a giver. I am learning to receive, and as a result my giving is clearer, kinder, more authentic and true. And I think Mariah did want me there. I think she values me and believed that I would be a good member of the group and honestly wanted me there. I don’t think the reason I was there was that she felt sorry for me. That’s big.
I would say that the impact was far reaching. It affected my core and with that it will have a long reaching impact. The issues of my health and advocating for myself and the feeling of a lack of support from my family I now realize is just one of the side effects of my disempowering myself. Mariah hit the nail on the head when she said that I was not taking myself seriously. I do believe that I have put others before me and this has become a big issue now that I am facing a personal crisis.
Ron and Mariah – both of you are such wonderful, caring, kind, loving, supportive people. I feel safe when I am in your presence. Mariah, in spite of ALS, the positive love and deep compassion and connectedness you have with others is heavenly sent. I believe that with my whole being. I am deeply honored when I am in your presence. I take to heart and soul what you teach and suggest I do regarding the issues that come up for me. I feel safe and confident in doing the ‘hard’ work because I am a living example of what Gestalt and your work have done in my life, and CONTINUE to do! And Ron, I have never experienced such unconditional love, kindness, caring and compassion that you show to your beautiful wife! It is a moving emotional experience when I observe your true love, patience and gentleness. It is a divine gift to witness. I hold you both up in prayer daily and look forward to the continuation of our spiritual connectedness. You two are amazing! Thank you for being in my life! Love you both.
Totally present and a vital part of our group, led indeed by a true angel on Earth in Mariah. I am forever and profoundly impacted by Mariah’s intuitive, gentle, yet powerful style. Time after time, I saw her get to the root of our issues…allowing us to handle issues individually in a manner that influenced us all. I have never witnessed such meaningful and life altering interventions.
God I miss Mariah. I shouldn’t do a retreat and then go so long without seeing her. Each day I slip a little farther from that unbelievable energy we felt. I miss Mariah. While I understand she is teaching me skills I’ll take on myself at some point, I do miss her. How you can love someone so much when you’ve only known them therapeutically? I don’t know. I do know that I miss her warm, earthy laugh; her hair, a beautifully raked tumble of autumn leaves, and the quiet radiance of her face. I miss her eyes that hold the wisdom of one who has suffered much, and the joy of one who has chosen to live and love anyway.
Sitting with Mariah is like sitting in front of a hearty fire on the darkest, coldest night of your life. What is important? she asks us. We who may have struggled for years with that exact question find that in the very asking she answers. What is important? YOU ARE she says without speaking, her strong nimble hand covering yours.
On this, a day when I could not love myself or treat myself with compassion, what is important, is knowing that about twenty miles from here, in the heart of a forest, is an awesome woman. A woman who dances with so much passion, so much grace, that the very trees follow her steps and reach out their branches to bud in her honor. Mariah: holder of all our children. Mariah: woman of love and laughter. Mariah: mother, daughter, wife, doctor, spark. Mariah: the spark of light in our eternity of darkness. Mariah: the twinkle in our universal eye.
And I don’t think any other therapist can match Mariah’s capacity to be a strong and secure guide while staying completely vulnerable and open during each session! (How on earth do you do it???)
It was truly inspiring to me to see a strong and powerful woman succeeding in a profession requiring deep interpersonal skills as well as strong self esteem, boundaries and compassion for others, despite your long term disease.
Without discounting my personal struggles, I felt humble as well as uplifted and buoyed by the example that, with right focus, persistence and passion, women everywhere are able to rise above circumstances to become the best they can possible be.
As so often is the case after seeing you, I feel more whole this afternoon. One of your greatest gifts (in my opinion) is that you know people are messy, that we can’t sum ourselves up in the neat packages we’d like to in order to make the lives of our loved ones more convenient. You know people are messy and love them anyway, love them not in spite of their/our messiness but because of it. You convey a love that is multi-dimensional, that exists outside of the constraints of time, space, and gravity. In a world that seems determined to self-destruct from the toxicity of its own greed, need and fear, you send out precious tendrils of hope, rays of light that bring warmth and solace to those blessed to know you, and the millions who do not. I am forever grateful to you for your presence in my life.
I was touched during the piece Mariah did on self-love, modeling how to be with and talk to ourselves from a deep place of loving. Hearing her words and feeling the love with which she spoke to herself was transformative for me. I’ve heard the term self-love forever and it’s always been vague. I’ve worked with talking to my inner child and that’s gone only so far. This conversation that Mariah was having with herself was a conversation of her to her. It was adult, it was supportive, it was loving, it was unconditional love and intention manifest in words and touch (she was stroking her leg as she spoke to herself by name).
This is my new practice, talking to myself, supporting myself with words of love a few times a day. I’m clear that it is just what I need to cleanse the internal landscape of my mind.
Dear Mariah. Thank you for your loving and able guidance through the valley of pain into which I was plunged. I might have wandered there far longer, tormenting myself with vain questions of self-recrimination without your steady encouragement to see myself in a more loving, positive light. Your gaze, your words, your empathy, gave me confidence to find my way as a single whole person now. And through you I dare to hope that one day I will meet a healthy, loving, available partner who will freely choose to share his life with me, and who will be capable of such a deep and abiding love. The fact is that I no longer feel myself to be a wounded person. I have been made whole, and I am well aware of the miracle of it, and the source, the true healer.
Dear Mariah. Thank you for the remarkable healing experience of this past weekend. It was extremely helpful. I am deeply touched and profoundly moved. In many ways I feel opened up and the light is pouring in once again.
Dear Mariah. Thank you for your bright smile and spirit, your thoughtfulness and attention, your guidance and expertise. You’ve inspired me in countless ways and I want you to know how much I appreciate you.
I wish I knew the language that holds all the words for which I am searching-words that tell my hearts truth of you—of how you have taught me the meaning of dignity, character, passion, strength, vulnerability, life, faith, and mostly love. You are my inspiration to rise higher and go deeper.
As I think about all of the gifts in my life, I realize that sometimes you have to go through a lot to get where you are supposed to be, and I honestly I took a tough path but somehow ended up in your office, and that has and will always be the greatest gift in my life. Thank you.
When our current therapist asked whether there was anyone we had encountered during our individual and collective work who we would trust to help us from here, you immediately came to mind. I’ve been struck by the depth of understanding you bring and are able to reach to in such a short span of time with someone from my exposure in the gestalt training and workshops. I trust you and your gift to help us get to the bottom of some of the issues that are challenging our relationship.
The care that you each took to make this graduation special unto itself is a reflection of the high quality of our program. I feel gratitude for knowing you and receiving so many gifts from you.
Mariah. You are the master! You are also a powerful force in the world who I feel blessed to know.
You are a divine light, a mischievous elf, a beauty, fan, and a friend. I love you.
You are an inspiration to me and the world. I love you and consider you my soul sister.
You are courageous, brilliant, loving, strong, giving, and compassionate.
Dear Mariah. Thank you for sharing your time and talents at the intimate connections workshop in February. I enjoyed the weekend immensely. For me, It’s a time for renewal and recommitment to what’s important in my life.
The world would truly be a different and wonderful place if there were more like you.
I want to thank you for your help over the years as I struggle through this thing we know as life. You have given some great gifts that I get to take home with me each time I leave after our time together.
Dear Mariah. Thank you for your presence and your presents. You are truly an amazing and beautiful person. I am witnessing all kinds of possibilities opening up in my life. Thanks to you and all of the beautiful participants in the workshops for opening their hearts which helped me find my heart again. Your work is truly a gift and a miracle-and I’m a true believer in miracles.
Mariah. You are truly an inspiration to me. You have shown me that there really are no limits to the power of love. I cherish your strength.
Ageless, Timeless like the mountain—wise beyond the highest peak—gently held my frozen spirit, gave it room and wings to speak. Asking nothing she can guide you, like a condor gliding high—Looking past the depths of sadness—blending one with earth and sky—she finds the spot—an open doorway—gently pushing years of pain—with one glance, she’s by your side—simply a vessel for your gain—As you gather strength and courage—she is in each heavy breath. Never rushing…opinion peeling-anticipating conscious death—So renewed, and for one moment, not expecting how to feel, but with her hand upon your shoulder you have just begun to heal. Like the fog that precedes sunlight, like the morning’s first soft note, I’m the sail that ventures forward, she gave guidance to my boat.
You’re the best therapist I have encountered, and I admire yours ways. Your soul is beautiful, it’s the closest to an angel I’ve ever seen. I look forward to doing work with you as my therapist. Thank you for your love and compassion.
To me you are living hope for all that can be, for all that is good, and for all that is possible to believe. My mentor, my inspiration. You are the wind beneath my wings…truly. And always will be. With love from the very depths of my soul.
Dearest Mariah. You have helped me grow in ways I never ever thought were possible. You were a light in my life the first time I met you and you have shone ever brighter as I’ve come to know you and seen your work. I thank God that you are here for me and for countless other who have benefited from your awe-inspiring gifts. I thank you for your endless contributions to my growth and healing and for your relentless encouragement in helping me reach my life’s goals. Your courage, humor, and wisdom are an inspiration. God bless you.
You are a gift to me, a catalyst in a revolution I am honored to be a part of. Thank you for your sense of presence.
I can count on you to be with me 100 percent and see the best in me.
You are an incredible human being, one whom I feel blessed in knowing. Your example of love will remain with me forever. You are the MASTER! Thank you for touching my life in such a profound way.
Dear sweet Mariah! You are my hero! How could I get so lucky to meet you. There are no words magnificent enough to describe what you give me and mean to me. I have great gratitude for you. I love you. Chris.
You are the epitome of love. I am eternally grateful to you for all you have done. I love your warmth, compassion and I thank God you are in my life..
Jazzed, wisdom, ever-present, joyful, inspiring, liberating, magical. I love you.
I am so proud and grateful to know you, so moved by your deep well of compassion. Thank you for sharing your speech with me and, again, inspiring me and others around you with supreme example.
— Anne Marie
Thank you for sharing moments with me. Mariah Makes Miracles!!!!
Dear Mariah. I am touched by your words, from now and before. You inspire me and give me a glimpse of a victorious way.
For all that you’ve taught me I am eternally grateful – to feel, not to be afraid to feel it all quivering with fear, pain, anger to be free at last to quiver with love, joy, aliveness. I love you.
I thank you for being a role model for me in so many, many ways – as a therapist, a mother, a friend, and a woman with more trust and determination than anyone I know.
I am so blessed that you are with me. I have leaned on your shoulders so many times. You have reached out, lifted my spirits, hugged me and loved me. Your physical strength has never limited your ability to care and laugh and be a true friend. The world and anyone who knows you is a better place because you are a part of our lives. You have given me strength, courage, and love.
Dear Mariah. My soul thinks of you regularly and resonates across the continent to your most treasure and unique soul. I feel as though angels have been dispatched.
Dear Mariah– Thank you for being my teacher and my guide—Thank you for not being afraid to let your light shine in all its incredible, dazzling brilliance—Thank you for sharing your gifts so generously—thank you for showing the way.
Mariah. I hope this note finds you well. Please accept it as a token of my appreciation for helping me recognize the skills within me to be a better person. The workshop was an exhausting, mind-boggling, eye-opening and rewarding experience and I think you for that. It is so amazing! You don’t ever realize how much of a load you’re carrying until it is lifted off. May God bless you.
Dear Mariah. Seeing your energy and intuitive love flow across the room and make its physical and spiritual presence known, taking in with awe the deep trust you inspire, was fascinating and thrilling. My own work with you was transforming for me. It was just what I wanted, to be close to you, take you in, to be in the moment not needing to know where the moment was going. I felt privileged to have the time to simply sit near you and hold hands with you. I take you with me in spirit and in my cellular memory I have worlds of new information and knowing. Since that time, I have done a lot more work and can see now that as you shined your brightest you gave permission to me and others to shine our brightest as well. I felt full in your brilliance.
If God were to take away from this Earth only one person whose absence would mean the world, it would be Mariah—she is light and to bask in her presence heals all.
— Esalen Institute
Thanks a lot too my dear friend Mariah. I have never seen a facilitator like you who doesn’t hide the tears. You don’t reflect by words but you sent more by your eyes and facial language.
Dear Mariah. I thank you for your countless gifts you give to me and all of us—But especially for the fact that I wake up every day filled with hope and gratitude instead of sadness and doom. You have made the difference. Much love to you.
Mariah. I enjoyed watching you work and noticed that you listen with your heart. Personally, you guided me to a place in my body that I believe was a door to my soul. I will always remember how you touched my life.
I wanted to let Mariah know of the wonderful things that have happened in my life. Without Mariah, I could never have learned to heal and love myself enough to believe I deserved all of this happiness. I am eternally grateful for her help.
Awesome-Sensational-Fantastic! I thank your for your example, commitment, and belief in the healing powers of Gestalt.
I just received your announcement about your fourth year training which brought back many happy memories for me…and reminded me I have never expressed my appreciation for all that I learned from you. I was named Florida mental health counselor of this year. I know that many of my skills and philosophy are a result of my three years of Gestalt training with you. So many years later my thanks and appreciation are still strong.
As I have told you, I really miss the training because I learn so much by watching you work—you are such a gift to everyone, and I feel blessed to have you in my life.
You are a very special, very precious person. I am so glad I had the chance to meet you and work with you on healing.
That weekend…was a wonderful, touching, exciting, painful, scary, and delightful time. I have seldom felt so accepted and so at home with anyone. When I was working with you and I saw the compassion and love in your eyes, I felt very close to you. Thank you for your courage, your strength, and commitment to helping others heal.
Thank you for that special gift at Monhegan. It was great, and such a healing experience. It was like I found my soul there. I have learned so much from you in the past 2 years about love, compassion, and true healing…I love you deeply and thank you from my soul.
I was in your workshop at Esalen and want to thank you again for your energy, compassion, and humor!
You are magnificent, brilliant, potent, and beautiful in every way…thank you.
I want to thank you for the workshop. It was powerful! I feel like I am ‘one’ with my spirit again, and ready to go back into my world and make a positive difference.
Thank you for sharing your love of music with me- teaching me about how music can be used to heal. Thank you also for modeling your support of causes. I’d forgotten about how important that is.
Thank you for all of your love, and light, and laughter.
Thank you for another inspirational workshop at Esalen. I believe that a major shift has started in me. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. I feel a little more embracing the world instead of continually protecting myself from it…Thanks for being there with me.
You are so gifted and the strength and love you share never ceases to amaze me.
Mere words could never express my thanks to you for your healing over the past weekend…through your special gift, many changes have happened to me…I share my love!
I first got the feeling of sharing my love as I said goodbye to everyone at the weekend. The strangers that I had met on Friday night were my soul mates Sunday afternoon. On leaving the Workshop on Sunday I was able to freely express to all the other participants a love for them, and that was a totally new experience for me.
Your healing has opened in me a floodgate of emotions that have been bottled up for all of my years…
Thinking of my experience and those of all the others has brought tears to my eyes…I have a feeling of peacefulness about myself that I never had before and it shows…
I love the way you give so much of yourself to each person you meet; the way you persevere to get even the tiniest need met; and your patience to allow the moment to happen.
You have inspired me to keep exploring my life and start moving through it. I thank you for that and everything you’ve done to help my family. Thanks Mariah
I feel compelled to write and thank you for what has proven to be a fascinating and challenging weekend. Working with you has truly been an honor and a privilege.
I don’t know when I’ve witnessed such awesome giftedness in work that is so powerful. You have a wonderful way of knowing what the underlying issue is, drawing it out, and leading one through an experience, with such love, compassion and inner knowing, that the trust is complete, and the healing profound.
Words alone cannot express the feelings of a miracle. I watched my children begin a healing process that I doubted could or would happen. My relationship with myself has moved to a new plain and in doing so has begun a process of growth needed in my marriage. A feeling a love in my soul.
Dear Mariah, I need to take a few moments before I re-enter the real world again to thank you for the absolutely refreshing privilege of being in your presence. Please know how deeply connected I felt to you and your dignified but loving approach. Thank you again for that privilege.
Thank you so much for helping me in your workshop last weekend. I have started reading the book and am amazed at how your work is based on ‘what’s important and what you feel in your body. The guides to healing are inside of us. Your work is so centered on the people knowing what is wrong with themselves.
For some reason it really feels good to breath lately.
You have given me so much this year – what I have learned about Gestalt Therapy in my head and experienced in my heart. Thank you.
I write and talk for a living and am not often at a loss for words, but I am now, trying somehow to thank you for the experience of knowing you, being with you, listening to you, watching you guide people toward health, and, above all, just feeling the vast love which you bear to us all. I perceive you going through the world, opening one person after another to Grace, Love, and to Peace.
Your blessing means more to me than I can express. You have been a beacon of hope to me during a rather stormy period of my life. I thank you for your willingness to share so much with me. And I want you to know I will treasure always what you have taught me about love and life.
I am writing to tell you how moving your speech was. It was incredible and had an enormous impact.
Your insight, love, and clarity of life and our very human condition, combined with your determination to get to and work through the hard and often painful blocks has freed me to profound levels. We are so much more able to cast off the emotional shackles which bound us to our ‘baggage’, and as a result we are able to fully experience the incredible love and fulfillment of God’s grace, as manifest in each other, our families and friends.
You are the most beautiful woman in this universe to me. My life has changed forever because of your love and attention for me. I appreciate how patient you are in letting people happen. I appreciate the emotion you feel and show as I and others bare their souls. I appreciate how much you respect me. I feel so honored and cherished by you. My life is becoming a miracle because of you. I will never forget you in all the span of time. Thank you for letting me be me.
Working with you has truly been an honor and a privilege. I don’t know where I’ve witnessed such awesome giftedness in work that is so powerful. You have a wonderful way of knowing what the underlying issue is, drawing it out, and leading one through an experience, with such love, compassion and inner knowing, that the trust is complete, and the healing profound.
You are a very special, very precious person. I am so glad I had this chance to meet you and work with you on healing. I will never forget our time together, and I hope we will have many such occasions in the future.
I love the way you give so much of yourself to each person you meet; the way you persevere to get even the tiniest need met; and your patience to allow the moment to happen. You have inspired me to keep exploring my life and start moving through it.
I thank you Mariah. I thank you for the warmth, the touch and that giant understanding heart! You have helped heal my soul!
Mariah. When I met you for the first time in California, I was broken. You healed my spirit, and I am whole and funny and bright again. I shake now and then, and I think its God grabbing my shoulders and reminding me of your amazing gifts.
Mariah. You have quite a gift. I have never been as deeply touched by an experience. You have given me such inspiration, joy, gratitude, courage and humility. Thank you for your grace.
Dear Mariah. I want to let you know how important our time together was to me and also how much your wisdom and guidance has stuck with me. I channel you often. It may be partly due to Ron’s ingenious Mariah Moments calendar that I look forward to discovering each day, but your voice echoes in my head in a wonderful way.
Dear Mariah. Thank you for your help and support. I learned so much about myself and the human experience this summer.
Dear Mariah. Please accept my sincere gratitude to you- and for you, that is, who you are, for the creation of your center, all the people thereof, and for your existence in our lives.
I attended your workshop last week and truly experienced a transformation within that touched the core of my being. The experience will last a lifetime as I continue to reflect on the feeling of having so many people love and support me unconditionally. As a result, my growth and self-discovery has profoundly progressed providing a solid foundation for further work leading to healing in all areas of my life. ‘Thank you’ pales in comparison to the appreciation and respect I have for you and your extraordinary compassion and love for people dedicated to making real changes in their lives.
Thank you for blessing me with your love. You have helped me so much. You have left a permanent footprint on my life/heart. I love you.
Thank you so much for the amazing and hopefully life-changing week at Esalen. You were so loving, generous, and intuitive. You share so much of your beauty and your heart. I feel very lucky to have stumbled into your workshop. You have created a very long community.
I have come back from an incredible, transformational week, all stirred up in a wonderful and difficult way. I don’t think I can overstate how important this time was for me. Thank you from the tips of my toes for creating a sacred, safe space where I am able to get to know and love myself better than anywhere else. You are a gift.
I am in awe of your skill, kindness, compassion and love. I experienced a weekend of amazing healing this past weekend. I have been blessed, you all are a blessing. I am not the same person…I am not as afraid…I am excited by my life for the first time..I am grateful.
I was a reluctant participant when I arrived on Friday for my first retreat ‘Creating Exact Moments of Healing’. By Sunday, I was completely immersed in the Gestalt experience. It enabled me, for the first time, to admit to and confront my alcoholism, and ultimately gave me the courage to join alcoholics Anonymous. I have two month’s sobriety now. Mariah has a remarkable ability to draw out the deepest issues a person has. Gentle, yet powerful, in the safest environment I have ever felt.
If God were to take away from this Earth only one person whose absence would make the world void, it would be Mariah. She is light and to bask in her presence heals all.
Seeing your energy and intuitive love flow across the room and make its physical and spiritual presence known, taking in with awe the deep trust you inspire, was fascinating and thrilling. My own work with you was transforming for me. It was just what I wanted, to be close to you, take you in, but be in the moment not needing to know where the moment was going. I felt privileged to have the time to simply sit near you and hold hands with you. I take you with me in spirit and in my cellular memory I have worlds of new information and knowing. Since that time, I have done a lot more work and can see now that as you shined your brightest you gave permission to me and others to shine our brightest as well. I felt full in your brilliance.
You are an angel on earth. I thank God that I found my way to you, Mariah. It has been an honor to be your student. Thank you for everything.
You have been an angel to me and I thank you for that. You have shown me a way to love myself and I am so grateful to you. Thank you does not say enough.
Thank you for all the love and support these years.
Sitting with Mariah is like sitting in front of a hearty fire on the darkest, coldest night of your life. ‘What is important?’ she asks us. We who may have struggled for years with that exact question find that in the very asking she answers. ‘What is important?’ ‘You are’, she says without speaking, her strong nimble hand covering yours.
Thank you for sharing your talk at the Golf Outing. It was spectacular. What a spokesperson you are for ALS!
Thank you for sharing this speech with me. I am always amazed by your courage. I think of you often and want you to know how much I enjoyed spending those few hours with you in the spring.
Beautiful speech…every time I see you guys I come home gushing to my friends about what an inspiration all of you are. I love seeing you.
Mariah’s speech was inspiring and enlightening. We’re so proud of you and your accomplishments.
— Linda and Al
Thank you for your time and energy with this task. Everyday I am rewarded with new revelations due to the wonderful weekend. See you again!
I would like you to know that I feel that something deep within me has shifted as a result of y work with you and the group at Esalen. Your unique combination of intelligence, skill and compassion has touched me deeply. I wonder if you know just how much you exude wisdom and compassion. I am grateful to know you.
I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how important and valuable your workshop and your love, wisdom, and presence have been in my life. The work I’ve done with you has made a huge difference in my life. Although I’ve had lots of therapy and have learned a lot through my counseling experience, it has been since working with those ‘exact moments of healing’ that I have been able to allow parts of myself to grow up and become released from the past.
The workshop was profound. I am still in awe with the experience. Surely this model of creating exact moments of healing is one, if not the highest model of group/personal healing, both within this type of group therapy work and indeed anywhere. I’m deeply grateful to Mariah, and everyone involved for their deep, intelligent and intuitive commitment to the healing power of love.
Mere words could never express my thanks to you for your healing over the past weekend. The weekend for me was a last chance at saving my life with my wife and family. Through your special gift many changes have happened to me. Your healing has opened in me a floodgate of emotions that have been bottled up for all of my 42 years. I’m sure as God looks down on you he plans to keep you going for many years so that you can continue to share your special gift with many people.
It was so good seeing you once again. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to work with you. It was a truly healing experience. It is another beginning.
I’d like to express my thankfulness for your kind invitation to the wonderful meeting tonight. I feel such a great need for the calm, peace and understanding that comes through your work. I’m so glad to know you.
You have been a shining example of all that is good in your work as therapist, social worker, and human being. I treasure the time I’ve spent in your company and have learned so much from my three ears in the training. Much is written in the literature of our profession about the importance of spirituality in our work, but nothing has brought this home to me in the way that seeing your work with clients – the skills and good judgment delivered with your love and nurturing. Experiencing that is experiencing spirituality in action. You truly give from the heart.
I thank you Mariah for extending yourself both professionally and personally as a friend.
When I think of you I smile. And now I smile even more at the strength and courage you are exhibiting. Bravo to you!
You have been a critical, life-giving force in my life ever since I met you, and I am grateful for your love, which has helped me heal me and now enables me to bring myself to so many more, so much more powerfully.
What to say – the Gestalt as you practice it/live it has brought me hope, encouragement, pain and progress. I’m clearly not done but hope to see the light at the end of the long dark tunnel come toward me. Much love and admiration.
Mariah, thanks for giving yourself to us today.
Mariah and Ron, I am blessed to have you both in my life!
Mariah, I feel honored and blessed to have walked this part of my path in the shelter of your loving, insightful, healing, encouraging, inspiring, and fearless guidance. Thank you for shining light back into my soul and helping my spirit unencumber itself. You have transformed my life and the lives of countless others – both directly and by virtue of the ripple effect. And for that I am eternally grateful. With Deep Love, admiration, and gratitude.
You drew me in with your heart, you inspired me with your eyes, and you taught me with your words and actions. I am a better me because of you.
Mariah, I cannot begin to fully express my thanks for all your gifts to me! You are in my heart forever!
Mariah and Ron, you are a great healer and friend.
Mariah and Ron, thanks for opening your home and your hearts so generously and for guiding the way to a great big life. Love and gratitude.
Your heart has great intelligence.
I appreciate your sensitivity to Spirit peace.
I love your presence and deep intuition.
You are a great therapist and a great teacher. I love the generosity with which you share your love.
Your courage to bring love to your work makes you my favorite feminist!
I love your firm gentleness, your love, compassion, strength, grace and grit! (And your hair!!)
Inspiring me and giving me the courage to love and be loved; your extraordinary gift and commitment to healing; your professional generosity.
Your strength and courage are inspiring! Your love taught me a great deal about myself (helped me learn) and providing therapy for others. Thank you for your compassion and support.
You allow the healing presence to work its magic. Thank you for being mother, teacher, therapist and mostly for being who you are.
Mariah, I know that I have never known a more integrated person. Your love helped me to change my life dramatically. I love you as my teacher, as my guide, and my friend. Love always,
The workshop was very powerful. Mariah remains consistent in building a loving, powerful and authentic healing environment.
Mariah and Ron, you will never know how much you two have helped me. I am so thankful for the both of you. Esalen was the best experience I’ve ever had. Forever grateful.
As so often is the case after seeing you, I feel more whole this afternoon. One of your greatest gifts is that you know people are messy, that we can’t sum ourselves up in the neat packages we’d like to in order to make the lives of our loved ones more convenient. You know people are messy and love them anyway, love them not in spirit of their/our messiness but because of it. You convey a love that is multi-dimensional, that exists outside of the constraints of time, space, and gravity. In a world that seems determined to self-destruct from the toxicity of its own greed, need and fear, you send out precious tendrils of hope, rays of light that bring warmth and solace to those blessed to know you, and the millions who do not. I am forever grateful to you for your presence in my life.
I feel like I’m allowing myself to recognize more and more how important you are in my life. I am grateful beyond words for your consistent support in my life. You have seen me through so many challenges and now this – a man who stays! Go figure! Seriously, I can say that I’ve let you into my heart space more than any other person because I trust you and love you. When I was at camp and shattered, I was deeply vulnerable and felt safe with you. Your belief in me, your loyalty, your protectiveness all helped me to heal. I thank you for your love, admire you for your courage and must say you are the only one I truly believe when you say everything will be all right.
Thank you Mariah for helping me focus on realizing my dream. I have to say that I’ve never felt more confident and relaxed about such a major change. It makes me wonder who has taken over my body/mind and where did the older Ginger go? As hard as it is for me to believe, my dream is coming true…it sure does feel good.
Dear Mariah and Ron, with love and gratitude, thank you for helping me to grow to a place of deeper understanding of all that I am and could be. Thank you, Mariah, for showing me the power of possibility and forgiveness. That is perhaps the greatest gift and lesson you gave me, along with your unwavering support, encouragement, and motherly love.
I need to tell you how extraordinary this past weekend was for me. It affirmed that I am not alone in my brokenness and pain. I learned so much – empathy for others, my own capabilities, and, most importantly, that being with other people can be a safe and powerful experience.
One of the things I love the most about the workshops I have been to with you is the space you create for love and energy to be sent and received when most needed-not wanted, which of course, is all of the time, but at special moments that really reach the heart. Thank you for creating that living force that just keeps zinging around out here!
Mariah, I want to tell you how wonderful it was for me to be with you and your team last weekend. The space you create is so welcoming, loving, and inclusive.
Thank you for your magnificent speech at the golf dinner. Your sense of humor and marvelous perspective on life kept the listeners mesmerized. You continue to encourage and inspire us all.
Mariah, what a wonderful evening and tribute to a person whom I admire greatly. I was so proud of you, the boys, and yes, even Ron. If I had to name five people in my lifetime that inspire me, you would be on that list. I guess that says it all.