About

My name is Heather and I am mama to four children ranging in age from 10 to under a year. I am a blogger, photographer, freelance writer, editor, and crafter. This space is a collection of my recipes, tutorials and musings on living a creative self-sufficient life with my family.

My husband and I met in California when we were teens, and today we reside along the front range of the Colorado Rockies. We are avid nature lovers and outdoor adventure seekers, and most of what we do is shaped by our desire to be outside as often as possible. Seven years ago our oldest son was diganosed with celiac disease, which we now know all of our children have to some degree. Our lives as gluten free bakers and cooks is a main part of the reason for sharing ourselves in this space.

I hold a double degree in comparative world religion and Indian and East Asian history, as well as a masters degree in religious psychology. I am a certified RYT200 yoga teacher who has studied extensively around the United States and beyond. Having children of my own, my yoga teaching is now centered around bringing yoga to schools as a way of reducing stress and anxiety. I am also a certified labor doula and breastfeeding consultant.

In 2009 I co-founded the online family magazine Rhythm of the Home with my dear friend Bernadette. The magazine focused on the seasonal rhythms of the Waldorf and Montessori philosophies, and it was a collaboration of a wonderful community of artists, educators, writers, photographers and parents who, over the course of five years, shared 1200 published pieces that encompassed ideas, projects, recipes and traditions to help enhance each of the seasons.

In 2011 I collaborated with Anni Daulter to write the book Naturally Fun Parties for Kids.

Today I am the preschool editor for Tend Magazine, as well as a free lance writer on subjects such as life learning, parenting, knitting and crafting, project design, and yoga for children. I am also a homeschooling mother who loves the adventure that learning with my children brings each day.

I am so glad to hear from each and every one of you, and I welcome any questions or comments at heather@shivayanaturals.com