Workshops & Writing Classes

8-Week Memoir Writing Classes – Limited to 5 students – All Levels Welcome! 

Monday session: Aug 26 – Oct 28 (skipping Sept 2 & 30), 12:30-2:30pm – 1 space left!

Wednesday session: sold out

In each 8-week session, you will tap deep into your creative potential and come away with a large body of work. This is a generative writing class, where you will receive the guidance, support and space to dive into your writing. All levels of experience welcome.

Format: Every class begins with a brief discussion of craft and a literary example from writers like Annie Lamott, Dani Shapiro and Cheryl Strayed. You will then receive a guided writing prompt and the time and space to let your words flow. At the end of the writing sessions, you will have the opportunity to share your work in a facilitated, positive environment.

Goals: Some of my students are working on book-length memoirs, others are working on essays and vignettes. Others just want guided, supported writing time to hone their craft and for personal creative expression.

Venue: Classes are held in the studio over my garage near North Boulder Park (the address will be sent in your registration confirmation)

Make-Up Policy: Things happen! If you miss a class, you are welcome to make up the day in a drop-in workshop. I offer one drop-in workshop a month. The workshops are also open to the general public for $20, a great way to try out my classes.

To Register: Please email me at to make sure there is still space in the class, and then make a payment of $250 at or at, @Ashley-Shires

Memoir Writing Workshop – Sunday Sept 8th, 4-6 pm, All levels welcome

In this creative kick-start workshop, we will use writing as a tool for self-reflection and transformation. We will begin with a brief discussion about the craft of writing, with excerpts from authors such as Annie Lamott and Cheryl Strayed as inspiration. You will then receive a guided meditation and a guided writing prompt  to help you tap into your creativity and let your words flow. At the end of the timed writing session, you will have the opportunity to share your work in a facilitated, supportive discussion. Please bring a laptop or journal. The drop-in workshops are a great way to try my classes, to see if an 8-week session might be right for you.

Venue: Classes are held in my writing studio, near North Boulder Park. You will receive the address in your payment confirmation email.

To Register: Please make a payment of $20 at or at Venmo, @Ashley-Shires at least one day ahead of the workshop (the studio has limited capacity)


Eat Breathe Thrive: a six-week yoga-based program for healthy body image and mindful eating; co-facilitatied with the wonderful Sarah Kit Farrell, Limited to 10 Students:  Eat Breathe Thrive

Tuesdays, March 13, 20, (skipping March 27), April 3, 10, 17, 24, 6:00-8:00pm

This transformative 6-week program combines yoga and mindfulness-based practices to support healthy eating, emotional resilience, and body confidence. It is open to all genders, ages fourteen and up. The program was developed by Eat Breathe Thrive, a not-for-profit organization that has helped thousands of people around the world overcome food and body image challenges.

ABOUT US: Ashley Shires, MA, has taught mindful yoga flow classes for 17 years. She is certified in Ashtanga yoga with Richard Freeman and has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her passion is to help students tap deep into their hearts, break old, limiting patterns, find their wings and fly. Ashley has studied with self-reflective writers including Lucia Berlin and Cheryl Strayed, she has taught contemplative writing and yoga workshops across the U.S., and she is a contributing editor at SF Yoga Magazine.

Venue: Ashley’s home studio near North Boulder Park. The address will be sent to you in the registration confirmation email.

Finding Your Wings: Guided Journaling Workshop      

Sunday, Feb 11 from 4:30-7:00 – Special Offering: $20

Dreaming into manifestation through knowing ourselves.

In this guided journaling workshop with Ashley Shires, MA, and guest teacher Sandra Trattles, RMT, BA, PDHom(UK), you will be led through guided meditations and journaling prompts to tap deep into your heart and your creativity, gaining clarity, realigning with your true self and shining light on your true path. Like any adventure, the process requires courage to see what you have and what you can truly be.

Sandra: I work with you to uncover what you are best at being, supporting an expansion of this force. This ‘tour of yourself’ sheds light on your specific magic. My wish is that you can find your stars clearly marked and yourself more grounded as we illuminate this truth.

Ashley:  My passion is helping others fall in love with writing as a tool for self-reflection and transformation. I have taught writing at the University of Colorado, Santa Monica College, Baruch College, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Please see my essay on the power of a contemplative writing practice here:

To register: Please make a payment of $20 at

Venue: My writing studio, near North Boulder Park. The address will be sent with your confirmation email. Please bring a journal and/or a laptop.

Breathe Flow Write: A Yoga & Introspective Journaling Workshop

July 20 – 23, 2017
Telluride Yoga Festival

Join me at the Telluride Yoga Festival this summer for an inspirational weekend full of yoga and outdoor beauty. I will be teaching a Breathe Flow Write workshop, integrating yoga, meditation and guided journaling prompts to tap deep into your creativity. The nurturing workshop is structured to calm your nervous system, open your heart and give you the tools to write your story. All levels of yoga and writing experience welcome.

Fundraising Campaign for UN Women Projects in Vietnam and Cambodia: Ride for Rights

I was thrilled to participate in Ride for Rights in 2016, visiting UN Women projects from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Siem Reap, Cambodia (by bicycle!). I am so proud that I achieved my goal of raising $3,000, all of which was donated to the UN Women projects we visited, helping to raise women out of poverty and end violence against women and girls. Please click the image below to find out more and/or contribute.