Meet Mary

Meet the Team

Mary Rives, MS, thrives in being of service to others and the planet. She’s passionate about the stories of people’s lives, the healing arts, ecofeminism, writing, music, art, literature, sacred circles and workshops, and the evolution of consciousness.

Certified as both a Story Coach and Master Circle Facilitator, Mary provides transformative story experiences in a myriad of forms (mentoring, coaching, editing, ghostwriting, writing group facilitation, and individual coaching). She specializes in facilitating profound (and fun) Sistership Circles, Brother and Sister Circles, transpersonal and writing workshops, and the crafting of moving memoirs by elders and other burgeoning writers.

Mary is a published author whose transformational stories are published in various women’s anthologies. Living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she delights in life, love, beauty, and friendship as she thrives in the co-creation of social justice and individual and planetary healing.

Mary’s Post-Graduate Training and Certifications:

  • Group Facilitator and Story Coach
  • Alzheimer’s Association’s “Savvy Caregiver”
  • Professional Life Coach
  • Laughter Yoga Leader & Coach
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Suicide Prevention Trainer


Wayne Lee, M.A., ( is delighted to join the Healing Stories team, and we are so delighted to have him and his many talents on board!

Wayne lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he writes, edits, teaches, officiates at weddings and blessing ceremonies, and leads circles and workshops. He loves reading and writing, music, nature walks, birds, meditating, men’s work, gardening, travel, family and friends, being the best man he can be and making the world a better place.

Wayne is Ritual Elder in the ManKind Project, has worked on staff at the Washington Times, Seattle Times, Santa Fe New Mexican and other publications, served as a public information officer for five different government agencies, and taught at Western Washington University, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Port Townsend Writer’s Conference and elsewhere. Wayne is blessed to have three daughters and six grandchildren–with a seventh due in 2021.



Heather and Erin own and operate Woodchuck Arts and serve as the design and development team for Healing Stories. The Woodchuck Arts Team is thrilled to help Mary enhance her vision as a “Companion Editor” and writer through her online presence.

As cousins, Erin and Heather’s story together began at an early age. Through guidance from their grandmother, a professional artist, both ladies grew to appreciate and love design. During their college years, Heather earned a BA in Graphic Design and Business, while Erin earned a BS in Psychology from Jacksonville University and an MBA from Cornerstone University. Both Heather and Erin worked in the non-profit industry before starting their business, Woodchuck Arts, in early 2011. Today the team happily supports Mary’s mission to help others share their stories through her collaborative process.


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