I’m all for transcendent moments in the middle of everyday reality.
Sometimes the mundane slips into the mystical and my kitchen morphs into a plant medicine laboratory: bone broth bubbling on one burner, while a distillation of purple sage heats on another. The herb smells mingle with the brownies while outside the kitchen window a woodpecker is tap, tap, tapping at the oak tree…
And I know
I’m part of a lineage….
and so are you.
It’s a bit humbling, these moments when I suddenly understand I’m part of a lineage of people who have known, deep in their bones, that cooking, healing, the oak tree, and the woodpecker, are deeply and irrevocably intertwined and that feeling this—knowing this—with my whole being feeds my life-force and spirit.
Once you feel the world as interconnected, once this knowledge courses through your blood and touches your heart, once you let go of the concept of separation, this miraculous thing happens:
YOU WAKE UP…
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Family myth insists that the first word out of Maia’s mouth was horsey. It’s a good story, and a fabulous set-up for a life focused on connecting with the spirit of the natural world. Maia trained with a medicine woman in Ireland, learning healing craft by working with both humans and the animals on a local organic farm. She has taught botanical medicine at universities, hospitals, and even in the Peruvian jungle.
In 2005, Maia opened a tiny herbal apothecary in Philadelphia which has grown into Herbiary, a multi-city natural wellness and sacred living store, which Maia runs with her husband Andrew. Maia’s first book The Illustrated Herbiary (Storey Books) came out in August of 2018 and will be followed by The Illustrated Bestiary in September of 2019. When not obsessively reading books, “talking” to trees and stones, or drinking copious amounts of tea, Maia teaches and blogs to an international following at maiatoll.com where she helps women cultivate a sense of deep connection, spiritual strength, and inner-knowing.
Past speaking engagements
- Creative Mornings Asheville
- The Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (in Peru!)
- University of Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Hospital
- West Chester University
- Southeast Wise Women’s Conference
- New England Women’s Herbal Conference