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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Award winning writer Maia Toll has been many things— a horseback riding teacher, a clinical herbalist, and (oddly) a university professor— but by far her favorite title is author. Her best-selling Wild Wisdom series (The Illustrated Herbiary, The Illustrated Bestiary, & The Illustrated Crystallary) offers a glimpse into the knowings of the natural world and the wilds within ourselves. Maia contemplated these insights during her yearlong apprenticeship to a traditional healer in Ireland. Though apprenticeship sounds terribly romantic, it was most often lonely, leaving Maia plenty of time to listen to the ravens, roses, and rocks. She quickly learned that the world was a whole lot bigger than her human-centric upbringing had led her to believe.
When not obsessively reading books and “talking” to trees, stones, and her two dogs, Maia drinks copious amounts of tea and helps run Herbiary, a multi-city natural wellness and sacred living store she owns with her partner Andrew. She teaches and blogs to an international following at maiatoll.com where she constantly reminds people that using critical thinking skills and talking to flowers are not mutually exclusive activities.
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