Join us at Paradise Found on Friday, October 14th at 6:30 p.m. for a special book event featuring local psychologist and author Mary Firestone. She will speak about her new book, 'Trusting the Dawn', which was born from her personal healing journey after enduring traumatic experiences during the Montecito mudslide on 1/9/18.
Her new book, Trusting the Dawn, tells the story of her trauma and survival during the 2018 mudslide which took her family home—and Mary’s transformation through healing.
We hope you will join us for this inspiring event. The evening will start with a formal presentation including a reading from the book, followed by a Q & A session. Books will be available for purchase, and there will be an opportunity to get your book signed by the author.
Event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Paradise Found - 17 East Anapamu Street - Parking is at the Granada Garage. See you there!
“What makes Mary a true influence in my life is her willingness to do the work, work the love, and transform pain into purpose. She is a shining star of talent and grit.”
Mary Firestone earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University after graduating with a Bachelor’s in English from Princeton. This is her story...
In 2017, Mary and her family were just getting settled into a new home in Montecito when the Thomas Fire erupted at the end of that year. Mary, who was four months pregnant at the time, and her family evacuated for a month and returned to their home in January 2018 when the area was deemed safe.
They were not under mandatory evacuation orders on the night of January 9 of that year when massive amounts of heavy rain caused a debris flow that would claim the lives of 23 people (many of them her immediate neighbors) and over 450 structures. Their new home was in one of the two direct paths of the tsunami-like debris flow of mud, water, and boulders that tore down the mountain.
Mary was separated from her 4-year-old son and her husband, and was trapped alone for five hours on a sliver of her bathroom counter, wet and cold from winter rain and covered in toxic mud. For much of that time she thought her son and husband had not survived as she watched the two story part of her home that contained her son’s bedroom get washed away in a river of mud. While trapped, she experienced a connection to a powerful and calming force...
“This book is medicine for anyone who wants to free their mind, body, and soul from the past.”
Trusting the Dawn is an offering for survivors of all kinds of trauma. Central to Firestone’s teachings is the idea that your trauma, in whatever form it takes, can become an initiation into a fuller, more illuminated, and more joyful life. Trusting the Dawn is a call to action to see that you are more complex, multi-dimensional, connected, and powerful, not in spite of what you’ve been through, but because of what you’ve endured.