“Mary is clearly a teacher and communicator of the highest calibre.”

Dr Simon Wilson

“Mary talks with a genuine enthusiasm for her subject….she communicates her cogent arguments, illuminating perceptions directly and without hesitation….”

Francis Ames-Lewis

Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, University of London

“I subscribe and consider this a wonderful weekly form of both meditation and joy.

Your weekly emails with links are like small vacations when we cannot travel physically. Thank you.” Terry Price, writer and photographer 

Terry Price

Writer & Photographer

 “Mary’s information was extraordinary – she is so deeply immersed in esoteric understanding I was really surprised to learn truly new information. Mary is also such a lovely person to communicate with and has been very open and helpful to myself and my daughter. I would highly recommend any of her courses or workshops.” 


Painter, FRSA

“What is Art Therapy? To me, it is the way to show the infinite knowledge of imagination one could participate, as Mary Attwood quoted Heraclitus, “we can never step into the same river twice”. Mary is a rare gifted soulful art historian with the talent of allowing one to see one’s own eternal delight through cleansing the door of perception, the invisible within, “the work of soul”. This “cleansing” could awaken the third eye, the eye of the divine soul to see one’s own authentic vision through the contemplation of art. The interesting question to ask is, would a collective contemplation of art transcend individual imagination more intensely than isolated effort? Is the participation of imagination ultimately individualistic or collective ?

Lionel Yang

Entrepreneur & Businessman

“Mary’s gift is not only to help people see and appreciate art, but to also see deep within themselves those reflections that support their spiritual growth.”

Amanda Seyderhelm

Author and Certified Play Therapist

“I met Mary when she ran an art appreciation class locally to me, on a Saturday. I was entranced by her knowledge – and the way she made a subject that could be thought of as ‘dry’ by some, totally fascinating! When I heard Mary was offering a National Gallery tour, showcasing ‘Awakening the Senses to Art’, I booked my place immediately. Through Mary, I am learning so much about how to look at art and she makes me want to discover even more. I have no idea how she manages to retain all those facts – and still make the chats sound interesting and not like a list!”

Dorothy Harding

“Mary does not ‘teach’ as such;  she introduces a painting (or an artist, or an idea) and then enters a process of mutual discovery as a co-explorer, always stimulating an attitude of ‘gazing’ and encouraging a heart response.   She fosters the development of  individuals having an openness of vision to perceive what is going on in themselves as well as what the basic intention of the artist might be. Mary’s classes are inspirational.   They have a spiritual dimension in the broadest sense, and encourage the participator to find their ‘inner eye’ to perceive not so much facts and figures about artists and art history, but how art can change us.   At the same time, Mary is very kind and attentive to all her students, and respects everyone’s contribution.   Her classes are wholly accessible both to folk who have in-depth experience of ‘art appreciation’ and those who have little.”

Veronica Bennetts