By Cat Saunders
Mary Getten came into my life in the early 1990s when we were both writing columns for The New Times. Since that time, we’ve stayed in touch and I’ve referred many friends and clients to her when they needed help with their animal companions.
Mary began studying animal communication in1988 under the guidance of world-renown animal communicator Penelope Smith. Since that time, Mary has completed numerous courses with a variety of teachers, and she opened her own animal consulting practice in 1996. Her practice offers telepathic communication, flower essences, and many other problem-solving techniques to clients worldwide.
Whales and dolphins are a major passion for Mary, and she has taken people all over the world to meet with them, including Orcas in the San Juans, gray whales in Baja Mexico, and humpbacks in Maui. For the last four years, she has taken groups to swim with wild dolphins in the Bahamas. In the mid-1980s, when she was at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, she helped rescue, rehabilitate, and release a variety of seals, sea lions, and small cetaceans.
In 1990, Mary moved to the San Juan Islands in Washington and became part of the research department of The Whale Museum, participating in numerous research projects. She was a coordinator of the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network for close to a decade, and served in various capacities at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for ten years. She was also a coordinator of wildlife rescue for the Islands Oil Spill Association.
Mary has written two books, The Orca Pocket Guide (1996) and Communicating with Orcas: The Whales’ Perspective (2002 Nautilus Award winner). As a teacher, Mary conducts classes and workshops, including “How to Communicate with Animals,” “Flower Essences for Animals,” “Animal Death and Spirituality,” and “Reconnecting with Nature.”
To contact Mary or learn more about her work as an animal communicator, please visit her website.
Cat Saunders, Ph.D., is a counselor in private practice in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Dr. Cat’s Helping Handbook: A Compassionate Guide for Being Human (available through Amazon). Contact Cat by emailing her or by calling 206-329-0125 (24-hour voicemail).