The Mamas

Meet our merry band of mamas along with the children who bless our days and inspire our work. You can get in touch with us through the contact form, or to see what we are up to these days, check out Happenings.

Niki with childrenNiki Dewart, mother of Haven and Afton, has willingly detoured from a career as an arts writer/curator and rites-of-passage guide to walk the sacred path of motherhood. Over the past fifteen years, she has studied countless spiritual traditions and traveled worldwide to sit with wisdom keepers. In 2005, Niki began a lifetime’s work with her true gurus—her children. Her world is now her home in Colorado, where writing, beauty-making, gardening, and chicken tending feed a vibrant and meaning-rich family life. She also is a founder of Applesong, a pioneering cottage school that nourishes the bodies, minds, and spirits of children in her community. Niki leads rituals, workshops, and retreats that nurture the soul of mothering.

Elizabeth with children

Elizabeth Marglin, mother of Jordan and Oriah, is a professional writer who has been on a spiritual path since 1990. She lived in India studying meditation, yoga, and spirituality for eight years, primarily with the teacher H. W. L. Poonjaji. Ambivalent about motherhood until the ripe age of thirty-five, it turns out that being a mother has become her most heart-opening practice. For the past eight years, Elizabeth has been writing about healthy lifestyles and conscious parenting for national magazines. Elizabeth offers writing workshops devoted to expressing the rich inner life of motherhood. She lives in Colorado.
Jenny and Tulsi

Jenny Kostecki-Shaw shares an art studio with her creative director and daughter, Tulsi. She is the author/illustrator of the children’s books Same, Same but Different (2011) and My Travelin’ Eye (2008), published by Henry Holt. She works as a freelance illustrator, creating art for toy and gift products, and designing wall décor for Oopsy Daisy Fine Art for Kids. Jenny draws her richest source of inspiration from her travel experiences in Nepal and India, where she learned to broaden the palette of her life and art. As a board member of the Northern New Mexico Birth Center, she plays an active role with her local midwifery community. She lives, paints, and gardens with her daughter and husband at their mountain homestead near Taos. Her website is dancingelephantstudio.com.