Heidi Barr lives near the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota with her husband and daughter where they tend a large organic vegetable garden, explore nature and do their best to live simply.
As a mother, spouse, gardener, and author, she is committed to cultivating ways of being that are life-giving and sustainable for people, communities and the planet. She loves putting words together to paint pictures of ideas, as well as walking with others as they explore what it means to live well on a finite planet. Hiking through forests and across prairies, wading in streams, digging in the soil and surrounding herself with natural wonder help her stay grounded in reality. She holds a BA in Health and Wellness from Luther College and a MA degree from Luther Seminary in Faith and Health Ministries. She has 15 years of experience supporting individuals and groups to live well in a way that makes sense for them.
Heidi offers several online courses via We Are Wildness U, an online learning center for those who want to learn with Nature, about Nature and from Nature. Courses are infused with the wisdom that is found in the wildness of the natural world as well as the lessons that can be gleaned from making living close to the natural world a priority.
Heidi also edits The Wayfarer Magazine’s wellness column, is the co-founder of 12 Tiny Things, and contributes regularly to We Are Wildness.
Visit her author page at http://www.heidibarr.com
Melissa Kirby is a Sioux Falls, South Dakota based yoga teacher. Her perspective on health and creative spirit have led to a life-long pursuit inspiring people to reach their full potential through passionate and mindful living.
She has been practicing Ayurvedic wellness yoga for 15 years and teaching for seven. A graduate of Goddard College, she holds a BA in Health Arts and Sciences. She completed a 200 hour registered yoga teacher training and certification in Prana Flow Yoga with Shiva Rea, has studied with Janet Stone, is trained in prenatal yoga and is a certified blue belt Nia instructor.
Classes with Melissa embody the five universal elements: water, earth, fire, wind, and space. She embraces traditional teaching and living yoga from sun to moon, wild to sublime, and fullness to simplicity and believes yoga is a way to approach life with fluidity, strength, and gratitude. Her classes are breath inspired and are an artful blend of alignment, attention, and creativity —nourishing body, mind, spirit, and heart.