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Suddenly I understood: these were the sensations I needed from the sacred. - from Maia's memoir, Letting Magic In

is the award winning author of Letting Magic In, The Night School, and the Wild Wisdom Series (including The Illustrated Herbiary). 

Maia is the author of Letting Magic In, The Night School, and the Wild Wisdom Series (including The Illustrated Herbiary). Her best selling, award winning books have been translated into multiple languages.

After pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and a master’s at New York University, Maia apprenticed with a traditional healer in Ireland where she spent extensive time studying the growing cycles of plants, the alchemy of medicine making, and the psycho-spiritual aspects of healing. Maia maps new pathways for seeing our lives, inspiring those who encounter her work to live with more purpose, more intention, more meaning, and, maybe, even more magic.

She is the co-owner of the retail store Herbiary, with locations in Philadelphia, PA and Asheville, NC where she lives with her partner and three ridiculously spoiled dogs. Keep up with Maia’s writing on her Substack, Tell Me Something True.

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1991-
1998

Maia receives her Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan, continues graduate studies at the University of Virginia, & receives her Master’s from New York University.

1995-
2003

Maia works in education, teaching elementary school and doing program development for non-profit organizations.

2003-
2004

The Night School

Maia leaves her teaching career to study with an herbalist in Ireland.

CONTINUED HERBAL STUDIES

  • Rosemary Gladstar’s Advanced Herbal Training
  • 3 years at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
  • Multiple essential oil trainings

Maia becomes a registered professional herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and a trusted advisor on the emerging field of herbalism with local medical practitioners.

2004-
2005

Maia teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative.

2006

Maia and her partner, Andrew outside the first Herbiary shop

Opens the first Herbiary in Philadelphia.

THIS LOCATION INCLUDES:

  • an herbal shop
  • a practitioner space for Maia and other practitioners
  • teaching space & demonstration garden

2008

Maia starts the Weekly Herban Wisdom blog which later becomes Sunday Tea.

2010

Opens a second Herbiary at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

The Night School

2010

Maia and her partner, Andrew outside the first Herbiary shop

Interviewed by the New York Times for an article on essential oils.

2011

Featured in the PBS Sunday Arts segment, Flowers to Pharmacy.

The Night School

2011-
2013

Expands the herbal training center in Philadelphia which moves online in 2013 and is subsequently purchased by Rosemary Gladstar’s Science & Art of Herbalism.

2012

Maia and her partner, Andrew outside the first Herbiary shop
Teaches Botanical Medicine at West Chester University & leads a study program in the Amazon rainforest.

2013

CREATES & LAUNCHES WITCH CAMP online program & community.

The Night School

2014

Maia in front of Herbiary's shops sign

Moves to Asheville, NC, keeping one Herbiary in Philly and opening one in Asheville.

2016

Maia closes her clinical herbal practice to focus on other ventures.

2017

Maia gets her first book deal!

2018

The Illustrated Herbiary is published and wins a Nautilus Gold Book Award & INDIES Gold Award.

“… a real life professor Sprout from Harry Potter.”

Forbes
Maia holding her first published book, The Illustrated Herbiary.

2019

Maia signing inside of The Illustrated Bestiary

The Illustrated BESTIARY is published and wins a Nautilus Silver Book Award.

“Toll’s writing provides the soul that makes exploring this bestiary a truly unique experience.​”

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2020

The Illustrated CRYSTALLARY is published, completing Maia’s writing on the three medicine kingdoms: animal, vegetable, & mineral.

“Toll has created a magical collection of guidebooks.”

Maia holding her first published book, The Illustrated Herbiary.

2021

Maia signing inside of The Illustrated Bestiary

The WILD WISDOM COMPANION is published to round out the Wild Wisdom Series.

This wheel-of-the-year book is a fan favorite!

2022

The NIGHT SCHOOL is published and named a “Best Book of 2022” by Barnes & Noble.

“… a delightful program with magic to spare.”

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Maia holding her first published book, The Illustrated Herbiary.

2023

Maia signing inside of The Illustrated Bestiary

LETTING MAGIC IN is published! Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Other Birds says,

“A must-read for the soul searcher, the magic seeker and anyone who just loves a story well told.”

COMING
2024

Maia’s first kids book, The Night School for Young Mystics, will hit the shelves!

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