Heidi has spent 15 years studying contemplative practice and offering contemplative presence to others—making space for adults and children to find a grounded, centered place inside.
She graduated with a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, spent 2 summers training with Benedictine monks, and recently completed a 2 year program with the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM. She has also facilitated a weekly, Montessori-based contemplative experience for children for the last 10 years. She is currently studying with Mindful Schools to become a certified mindfulness instructor.
She teaches mindfulness to children and adolescents in the Newberg School District, works with adults and youth one on one, and leads retreats.
For as long as I could remember I had been able to make anything work if I just tried harder. And then parenting a newborn and 2 year old at the same time brought me to my knees. I decided to take one morning a week to sit by the ocean so I could “get it together.” I was too exhausted to do anything else but just sit there. Pretty soon I realized “just sitting there” was changing my life. Slowing down, being present, paying attention, and drawing my sense of self from being instead of controlling or achieving—these practices were giving me a solidity and stability from which to engage life in a whole new way.
I discovered that what I had stumbled upon in those moments by the ocean was actually supported by several well-developed fields of study and practice, sometimes known as “the contemplative path” or “mindfulness” depending on the context. What was intended to be a temporary fix became a weekly practice, a new way of life, and ultimately a vocation.
The obscurity of motherhood has been fertile ground for 15 years of studying, practicing, and making space for others to practice a contemplative way of being and seeing. Making Space Centering Practice is an alchemy of my ongoing education in neuroscience, mindfulness, contemplative practice, and bringing compassionate presence to a suffering world. Currently, I am teaching mindfulness with public school students and adults and feeling more alive in this work than in anything else I’ve ever done.
I am delighted and sustained by solitude, study, and work on our cozy farmhouse property in the woods of Dundee, OR. My husband and I have 2 teenage boys and a younger daughter who provide plenty of excitement when things get too quiet. Our chocolate lab, Griffen, is my silent companion and model of presence.