Suns and Moons Within
Unlocking Inner Wisdom through Healing and Ceremony





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About Maria

I have had an amazing journey so far!

I was born in the sunny island of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean.  Growing up, I participated with the family in the grape, cherry and olive picking activities, the wine, olive oil and bread making, and was taught by the matriarchs about herbs and needle art.  Indeed, I can claim I was raised by the whole village!


Leaving Sicily was heart breaking, but as a teenager a bend in the road took my life to the US, where I studied engineering. I have lived in Missouri and Connecticut.  Currently I live in central Virginia.  I have two grown children, a son and a daughter.


My spiritual search began on Halloween 2000 (yes, Halloween!) when I had - what I later learned to be - a spontaneous shamanic experience.  This led me to the discovery and the study of shamanism.  I became a Mesa Carrier of the Q'ero Indians of Peru in 2003 and a Master Reiki Teacher in the Usui tradition in 2004.  I became a Karuna Reiki Master in 2011.  Currently my main practice is Core Shamanism.  I have graduated from the 3 year program in advanced initiations in shamanism and shamanic healing through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.  I also study with Tom Cowan, Betsy Bergstrom and Sandra Ingerman.

I am available for private in-person sessions by appointment and teach classes in Reiki and Shamanism.  I can also provide distant healing and perform ceremony upon request.

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