About Us

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



Lindsey Madhavi Ruder currently resides in the Mississippi River Valley, where she hosts at an upscale country inn. She spends her days cultivating a balance between inspiration and service, while stewarding one of the Midwest’s most beautiful rural landscapes.


A graduate of Northland College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Community Organization, Lindsey has spent most of her adult life living in community and cultivating a land-based and wellness-focused existence. After a couple of post-graduation garden seasons as an intern, she set out to travel and continue her life studies – a journey that led her all over the U.S. and Central America. She lived and worked on many organic farms, ever increasing her love and appreciation for communal life and sustainable practices. She studied massage therapy and other holistic healing modalities in the Southwest – tapping into her own sense of wellbeing and how to share that with others. For four years, she lived and served at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat – a residential yogic ashram in the mountains of Colorado where she became a certified yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Ayurvedic practitioner. Finally making her way back to the Midwest, Lindsey has hopped around lending a hand at various non-profit farm and education organizations, managed the front of house at a small family-owned farm-table restaurant, and began dabbling in various hospitality pursuits.
Lindsey is most passionate about helping individuals tap into their own sense of balance and well-being in order that they may become closer to their true nature and ultimate sense of Self. Love the life you live. Live the life you love.


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.