Maria da Conceição was born in Lissabon, where she also completed school and her studies in history and social sciences. She has worked as a teacher, also for blind people. In additon to Portuguese she speaks English, French and Spanish.
Since her retirement she has been living on a small manor near Lisbon, where she founded a centre for spiritual counseling and healing.
In 2001 she encountered shamanism; since then she has been organising workshops for the FSS in Portugal. 2004 she has been appointed a member of the European faculty of the FSS. In the beginning of 2015 Maria da Conceição withdrew from active teaching.