She is an interfaith minister and Orisa priest. She has been faculty and academic advisor at New College of California, and a guest teacher at Dominican and Naropa Universities, as well as presented for Gather the Women, The Society for the Study of Shamanism, Earth Medicine Alliance, Unity Church and the Center for Spiritual Living. She currently teaches Indigenous Wisdom and Shamanic Studies at Energy Medicine University®.
Maria received her MA from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Integral Counseling Psychology. She received her BA from New College of California, in Sustainable Community and Group Process. Other certifications and trainings Maria has acquired include: a certificate from the California School of Herbal Studies; a Master Certification in Intuition Medicine® through the Academy of Intuition Medicine®; a certification in Alchemical and Clinical Hypnotherapy through the Alchemy Institute of Hypnotherapy. Today, Maria sees people by appointment for healing work and spiritual counseling in Sonoma County, California.