Writer | Editor | Content Creator
When it comes to the written word, I’ve got you covered. I can help with your content needs, no matter the format, length, or style. Here’s just a sampling of what I can provide for you:
- Custom web content
- Social media content/posting/strategy
- Strategic communications consulting
- Newsletter content
- Fund-raising appeals
- Spiritual reflections
- Newspaper/magazine columns
- Feature stories/profiles
- Book-length manuscripts
Reach out and let me know what you need, and I’ll work with you to put together content that is perfectly suited to your organization, your audience, and your brand.
Retreat Leader & Speaker
Whether your event will be held at a university, national conference, parish, retreat center, school or other gathering, I will tailor my presentation to the specific needs of your audience and event. My goal when offering retreats, workshops and talks is to connect with the audience and to be guided by the needs of the group rather than any self-imposed agenda.
I am available to give retreats and workshops in any location and for whatever amount of time you need — an hour, a day, a weekend, a week. All of my retreats incorporate practical exercises, from collage-as-prayer and journaling to yoga, guided meditations and mindful eating practices. Online retreat options available upon request.
Past Retreat Topics
Here are some of the topics I’ve covered in past retreats:
- Stillpoint: Creating Calm amid Life’s Chaos
- Broken, Beautiful & Beloved: Seeing Ourselves through God’s Eyes
- The Journey Is the Goal: Recognizing All of Life as a Pilgrimage
- Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Learning to Take Time to Restore & Recharge
- Everyday Divine: Finding God in All Things
- Meditation & Mindfulness: Setting Life to a Sacred Rhythm
- Cravings: Bringing Sanity and Serenity to Your Relationship with Food
- You Can’t Fail Lent: These 40 Days Are a Journey, Not a Test
- Finding Joy in the Waiting: An Advent Journey of Hope
- Parenting a Grieving Child: Helping Children Deal with Death and Loss
- Thomas Merton as Companion on the Spiritual Journey
- Stealth Evangelization: Using Social Media to Spread the Good News
- Lost Generation: Reaching Adult Catholics Disconnected from the Faith
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Yoga and meditation are needed more than ever in our chaotic and noisy world. I’ve seen firsthand what these practices can do to alleviate stress, improve mental health, and foster spiritual growth. While I teach on staff at Jai Yoga School in Slingerlands, New York, I am also available to offer private group yoga classes, individual private classes, yoga parties, on-site workplace yoga, or yoga retreats.
I am a 200-hour certified/registered yoga teacher with additional certifications in Restorative Yoga and Elemental Meditation. I can offer an array of options, from beginner and gentle classes to slow flow, restorative, or blended class. Meditation can be added to any class or offered as a separate class or series. The options are endless. Just let me know what you need.
Online options available for groups or individuals upon request.
What is a mindfulness coach? Someone who can help you drill down to your deepest desires and become aware of the storylines and obstacles that are most likely to pull you off track. Together we will map out a path forward for you, allowing you to zero in our what you most want and need in your life and giving you the tools to address those old limiting beliefs once and for all. We will use mindfulness practices and a carefully crafted strategy to guide you toward your goals. I am a certified mindfulness coach with additional training as a spiritual director, enabling me to provide you with spiritual guidance if that is desired. I’d love to help you reach your fullest potential. Send me a message to learn more. No pressure, no judgment, no obligation.
“Mary DeTurris Poust is… such a pleasure to work with! She’s very organized and is creative with her themes during the planning process, catering to the needs of our audience. Her retreats are very well received by our guests! They leave with new inspiration and tips for incorporating spiritual habits and selfcare into their daily lives. Mary keeps the big picture in mind, while also including small details into her programming that are very meaningful for the guest experience. I would highly recommend that you work with Mary for your next retreat or event!””
— Jennifer Murphy
Manager of Retreats & Events, Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center, Marriottsville, Maryland
“Mary is a wonderful writer who puts her heart and soul into all her columns. They are always thoughtful and challenging.”
— John Woods
Editor-in-Chief, Catholic New York Newspaper
“Mary is an amazing yoga instructor. She puts the time in to prepare and make every class unique. She often begins with an inspirational reading from one of her favorite writers or poets, then sings a beautiful chant for us to join in or just listen. Her expertise of yoga positions is vast and she can read the room of yogis and know just how much to push us or ease up. She always makes yoga fun! She has a great sense of humor and even calls herself out if she makes a mistake and we all enjoy a laugh together. She is also very reverent to the yoga experience. ”
— Mary S.
Student at Jai Yoga School