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Mary Diggin Ph.D is a cultural mythologist and an IIVR certified trainer and Deep Imagery Guide who currently lives in New Mexico, USA. Born in Ireland, she moved to New Mexico in 1998, where she lives with her husband, E.S. Gallegos on the Rio Grande, in the Embudo area where they run Deep Imagery workshops and also work with people on an individual basis through Imagery.

Her particular interests are in the intersection between myth, ritual and nature. Mary’s deep imagery workshops often reflect these interests and her passionate understanding of the deep imagination as a powerful holistic means of accessing our inner world and building relationship with what we may call the outer world.

Mary has worked with Deep Imagery and the Personal Totem Pole process for over 20 years, leading trainings and workshops as well as working with individuals. Mary completed her Ph.D. in Mythological studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her Ph.D. dissertation was entitled “Pure Blood and Malleable Bodies: Myth-symbol complexes, Hispanic New Mexican Identity Narratives and the Penitentes”

Her undergraduate work was in Education (B. Ed. from Mary Immaculate College, Ireland) and Religious studies (Diploma in Religious Education from the Mount Oliver Institute).

Mary also completed an apprenticeship with Jicarilla Apache medicine man, Felipe Ortega, from whom she learnt how to lead sweat lodges and about Jicarilla healing traditions.

She also trained in massage, web and graphic design and works as a micaceous clay potter, writer and Sweat Lodge Water Pourer. She is fortunate to be able to fully pursue her many interests in Northern New Mexico . Mary is available to lead workshops and to work with individuals.

Mary Diggin, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 468, Velarde NM 87582
Tel: 505-852-4897

Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with a degree emphasis in Depth Psychology.
Dissertation Research Topic: A post-modern exploration of the Penitente Tradition.
Pacifica Graduate Institute. Carpinteria, CA. November 2016

M.A. in Mythological Studies with a degree emphasis in Depth Psychology.
Pacifica Graduate Institute. Carpinteria, CA. October 2011

B.Ed. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. July 1987


UNMLA/UNMT Taos. Various courses taken towards Diploma in Digital Media Arts. 2004-2006

Diploma In Religious Education, Mount Oliver Institute, Dundalk, Ireland. 1988-1989

Certificate in Personal Management, University of Limerick. 1990-1991

Deep Imagery Guide, certified by International Institute of Visualization Research. 1995-1997

ITEC Certificate in Anatomy & Physiology, B.E.A.M.S. Holistic Therapy College. 1996-1997

Certification as massage therapist, Connemara College of Natural Healing, Ireland. 1996-1997


While my main area of research is in the field of mythology, I am particularly interested in cross-cultural studies, imaginative psychology and religion. With that in mind, I have worked with a Penitente group in NM and researched links between Late European Alchemy and the Religious imagery in the alabados. I have also extensively researched both the Irish and African Diasporas, Celtic myth and history and Jicarilla Apache traditions.


Teach Distance Learning Course in Core Curriculum Training in Deep Imagery 2017

Teach  3 year Core Curriculum Training in Deep Imagery, Ishøj, Denmark. 2011-2015

Teach HTML and the use of Content Management systems to clients. 2004-present

Teach workshops/individual lessons in making Micaceous Pottery in the Jicarilla tradition. 2004-present

Teach workshops for adults in the areas of Mythology, Imagination and Psychology. 1995-present

Taught Computers for Teachers evening classes for the Irish National Teachers Organization. 1997

Taught various Elementary schools and Special Education positions in Ireland. 1987-1998


President, Imagery International, 2017

Web contractor, Regional Development Corporation, Española, NM. 2008-2013

Executive Director, International Institute for Visualization Research. 2005-present

Self Employed Website & Graphic designer. 2004-present

Assistant Director Moon Bear Press. 1999-present

Contractor with NM Jumpstart Program, designing websites and teaching HTML and the use of Content Management systems to clients. 2006-2009

Office Manager Taos Plaza Theater. 2003-2004

Youth Worker, Limerick, Ireland. 1991-1993

Various Elementary schools and Special Education positions in Ireland. 1987-1998

Various Adult Literacy education classes. 1987-1998


Software Expertise: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver.

Content Management Systems: CMSMS, DotNetNuke, Typo3

Familiar with HTML, CSS, Javascript and can edit PHP


Over the last number of years, I have taught many individuals and small groups how a number of computer-based mini-courses under three main areas: Webpage management, Apple computers, and upgrading websites through specific Content Management Systems.

I have a long history of teaching computer-based classes. As far back as 1998, I taught an Irish National Teachers’ Organization (INTO) computer course, on a desktop publishing program suitable for elementary schools. As a result, I was chosen in 1999 by the INTO to teach computers to teachers nationwide, a position I declined because of my move to USA.


“Nasty Women: Can the goddess and the hero work together?” Immanence. April 2017

“Imagination in Western Culture.” eTotempole, Journal of the IIVR. Forthcoming.

“Forgiveness, Healing and the Deep Imagination.” Imaginews, Imagery International Journal, Dec 2014.

Series of articles on life in NM. Garda Review Magazine. Dublin, Ireland. 2001-2005


“Damballah and Maman Brigitte: The Irish Influence on The Vodou Lwas.” Presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. November 2011

 “Celtic Mythology.” Joseph Campbell Foundation/Ojai Foundation, Ojai. CA. March 2012

“The Irish Influence on The Vodou Lwas.” Dixon NM. October 2011

“The Celtic Brehon Laws.” Berea College, KY. May 2006

“Stories of Abuse: A Feminist Lens on Favored Stories.” Rape Crisis Center, Castlebar, Ireland. May 1997.

“The Marriage and Divorce laws in Brehon Ireland.” Pre-referendum Conference on Divorce. Castlebar, Ireland. March 1995.


Balor: The single eyed view that keeps us from Pharmakon  in Between peer reviewed creative magazine of Pacifica Graduate Institute. 2012

Celtic Triptych in USA based travelling exhibition in support of Victims of Abuse. 1998- 2000


I completed an apprenticeship in Jicarilla Apache medicine with Medicine man, Felipe Ortega and also “pour water” i.e. lead sweat lodges at his lodge in La Madera, NM.

I am a skilled micaceous clay potter, a craft I particularly enjoy.

Writing: I have a number of books in process, including “Lessons from Celtic Times,” a non-fictional exploration of tribal consciousness in Europe, “The Third Brigid,” an historical novel set in 12th century Ireland and “Remembering to Imagine: restoring a soulful engagement in the world,” a non-fiction exploration of the history of imagination.

I am also a skilled chef and mixed media artist.