After many years of home-study, Maia began her formal herbal and aromatherapy training in Mullingar, Ireland under the tutelage of herbalist Gina McGarry. She learned the process of herbal medicine-making, from growing and gathering, to tincturing, to client care. Irish clients included humans of all ages as well as the cows and chickens on a neighboring organic farm.
In Ireland, all of the plants' many medicines were joyfully used, from flower essences to teas, from tinctures to essential oils. Maia continues this broad use of the plant and flower kingdom in her practice today.
On returning to the States, Maia attended advanced herbal training at Sage Mountain in Vermont. The following year, she rounded out her knowledge of nutrition with a year at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.
While studying at Sage Mountain, Maia met herbalist David Winston. After a bit of hemming and hawing and a few persuasive dreams, she embarked on three years of studies with David, focusing on the clinical aspects of herbalism as well as broadening her knowledge of herbal use in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic practices.
Throughout her herbal studies she has continued to be fascinated by essential oils. She has studied with Jeannie Rose and with the wonderful teachers at Wisdom of the Earth in Arizona.
She has taught herbal workshops at The University of Pennsylvania, Montgomery County Community College, Pennypack Farms, and The Springside School. She is currently adjunct faculty at West Chester University teaching Botanical Medicine to both graduate and undergraduate students.