Ashley Shires, M.A., is a writer and teacher who helps her clients find healing, creativity and transformation 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 from the University of Colorado and is an M.A. candidate in clinical counseling psychology from Naropa University. Ashley has studied mindfulness, psychology of personality and the science of happiness at UC-Berkeley. She has studied with self-reflective writers including Lucia Berlin, Cheryl Strayed and Dani Shapiro, attending 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 has taught classes and workshops at yoga studios, conferences, schools and colleges — for over 20 years, and her writing is published in literary journals and magazines including SF Yoga Magazine, Elephant Journal, The 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.