Maya has been in immersed in nature from the moment of her birth, under a pepper tree. She was blessed to spend her childhood exploring around her family home in the mountains, traveling around Central America and Mexico, homeschooling by a creek, hiking and backpacking.
She has been receiving and offering nature based mentoring most of her life. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington in Environmental Education and Evolutionary Biology. After graduating she spent a year traveling and volunteering in Europe and Asia, including working on farms in Turkey, bringing underserved Nepali children outside for sit spots, trekking through the Himalayas, and working with Vietnamese children with disabilities.
She has worked for over ten years with a nature-based mentoring non-profit called Wilderness Youth Project connecting the next generation to themselves, their community and the natural world. She is a naturalist with training in wildlife tracking, ethnobotany, bird language and ecology. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Environmental Education and a Masters of Arts in Teaching at SOU. In her free time she loves to do acro yoga, make things with her hang, sing, dance and explore inner and outer nature.