Ashley Shires, M.A., is a writer and teacher who helps her students find meaning and creativity in their lives using tools she has studied and used herself for decades, including writing, yoga and mindfulness practices.

She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and has studied with self-reflective writers including Lucia Berlin, Cheryl Strayed and Dani Shapiro. She has attended conferences including the Tin House Writers’ Conference, Aspen Summer Words and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2002 with Richard Freeman, which made a profound impact on her life. Ashley regularly attends yoga conferences and festivals, continuing her education with innovative teachers including Kia Miller. She has also studied mindfulness through The Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley.

Ashley has taught writing classes and workshops at yoga studios, conferences, schools and colleges — for 17 years, and her writing is published in literary journals and magazines including SF Yoga Magazine, Elephant JournalThe Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News. She loves to travel, ride her bike and spend time in nature. She recently participated in Ride for Rights, a trip to Southeast Asia, riding her bicycle from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia, raising money for UN Women projects.

A Colorado-based mother of two daughters, Ashley is thrilled to study, practice and share tools that have helped her live a more creative, present and joyful life.