Mary shows compassion in all of her interactions with the participants. She is flexible and will seamlessly and intuitively notice what’s going on with individuals as well as with the group dynamic. This may cause her to lead the group to shift in another energy direction if needed, or it may cause her to protect the energy of the space as it is. I find Mary to be a very effective leader. I trusted her to lead our group to go deeper and deeper, which we did and each group participant was able to get some very deep and productive places!

~ Barbara Holmes


Mary Rives’ facilitation of The Awakening: Stepping into Sagehood is thoughtful and compassionate. She swings through difficult subjects with a lightness of touch and spirit. This supported me to dig deeper into my experience of exploring each subject addressed. Mary’s skills and knowledge really shine when facilitating Circle. It is quite evident that her focus on co-creation with all the women in the Circle engages us safely and deeply. Mary’s gift of eliciting profound responses from me was quite illuminating for me, and she has ways of seamlessly guiding us through exercises and then in personal shares. She handled difficult subjects with care and compassion, while guiding us to stretch and find our deeper truths. Participating in “The Awakening: Stepping into Sagehood” Mary Rives was one of the best choices that I have ever made. I came away with a new sense of self, more self-knowledge, more internal skills, and an expanded sense of being in the world. I highly recommend attending any Circle program facilitated by Mary Rives.

~ Francena Marie Hancock


Mary created a beautiful sacred space as a guide to our circle. She has a warm and direct approach that helped me think and feel deeper around some of the topics we processed. I loved her heartfelt connection and skillful ability to hold space for our group. >
Both Mary and her co-facilitator flowed well together and I learned a lot about feminine leadership watching them co-lead. I highly recommend taking a circle or class from this amazing “sage sister”. She is an amazing facilitator.
~ Sara Jane Fridy


Mary is devoted to helping others free themselves from suffering and self-limiting behavior through storytelling, laughter therapy, and personal life coaching. She approaches her work with authenticity that comes from the depths of her own life experiences which have been transformed into her compassionate nature and her commitment in service to others”.
~ Erica Elliott, MD


“Mary Rives is an amazing woman. Her incredibly rich life experience combined with deep wisdom and connection make her the perfect coach. Mary is trained in a variety of disciplines and techniques, so that you know she has the right tools to help you. If you are ready for beautiful transformation of yourself and your life, allow Mary to guide you!”
~ Michele Caron, CPC, Founder, www.MyLifeCoach.com


“Mary’s coaching and workshop facilitation have a warm, engaging and compassionate style. She really cares about her clients and applies her sharp mind, deep listening and problem solving skills to help create breakthroughs for people on both personal and professional levels.” ~ Sylvia Brallier, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Growth Educator


“Mary is a wise soul with rare experience and skill. As a guide and coach, she’s without peer. Her level of kindness, wisdom and a spirit of play are rarely so harmoniously combined. I would highly recommend Mary’s coaching and Laughter Yoga leadership without hesitation.” ~ Art Brown, Writer, Filmmaker, Internet Marketing Specialist


“The Little Village of Santa Fe, better known as Aldea, will never be the same.  We experienced the pure healing joy of laughing in the face of pain, anxiety, fear and loss. Mary Rives, a trained Laughter Coach, took us to that place so that we could move beyond the angst of yesterday and joyfully into today and tomorrow.” ~ Bright Daystar, Santa Fe, NM


“If you are looking for someone to take you where you can’t take yourself, look no further than Mary Rives! Mary has used her wide range of training, knowledge and personal experiences to help me face my fears and then offered myriad solutions for overcoming them.   She’s never done the work for me, but rather she’s gently guided me through the process of finding the answers for myself, and offered the encouragement I’ve needed to implement the solutions.  Mary has enriched my life with her calm, gentle coaching and her unwavering support of my attempts to better my outlook – and my experiences.  If you’ve ever wondered whether a Life Coach could help you uncover and resolve issues that are holding you back, give Mary Rives a call.  She’ll definitely help you thrive and shine!” ~ Mary Gebhart, College Humanities Instructor


“Mary brings the gifts of a highly skilled, intuitive and full hearted group leader to all her laughter yoga groups. It is truly an evolutionary and opening process to be a part of one of her laughter groups. Also, in her role as life coach, she merges the above with her many years as an experienced Clinician. She brings depth, joy and deep wisdom into this exploratory journey.” ~ Alita Giber, LICSW, MSW


“I have known Mary for twenty years. She has always shown a passionate commitment to personal growth and to helping others on their path. Over the years she has acquired a deep knowledge base and has developed a wide variety of skills and tools that she is able to apply to many different situations. She has an open and inquisitive mind and has the ability to combine deep compassion and intuition with a practical approach. I have been very fortunate over the years to participate in many of the exercises, groups, and workshops that she has put together and led and I’ve thus benefitted from her coaching. Her work is of the highest quality and I would highly recommend her services.” ~ Imre Kepes, Non-profit Consultant