Mariah was born and raised in the western Sierra Nevada foothills, within the Bear and Yuba River watersheds. This is where she developed an appreciation for nature, sense of community, and the simple life. There, she began her career in office administration while working for an environmental conservation non-profit. She has spent the last seven years behind the scenes, learning and innovating office systems. Mariah holds a B.A. in English from California State University, Sacramento. She is currently pursuing an M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in depth psychology with a specialization in community psychology, liberation psychology, Indigenous psychology, and ecopsychology.

Mariah is a certified hatha yoga instructor and a certified k-12 yoga instructor. The desire to deepen connection with nature, community, self, and spirit has been foundational to her personal healing journey over the past several years, which led her to The Ojai Foundation. She is interested in dreams, eco-transference, plant medicine, travel, and mythology.