Why Obsidian Education?
At Obsidian Education, we prepare children for a life of purpose, joy, and gratitude through holistic, customized, student-centered learning. We provide activities and experiences that foster children’s connection to themselves, their local and global community, and to the earth. Our holistic philosophy addresses the gaps that are prevalent in traditional education models.
The current model of education in the United States places heavy emphasis on teaching to a child’s mind, often ignoring the body and spirit. The pressure put on schools and teachers to prove that children are “successful” at school translates into test-driven, one-size-fits-all learning experiences. Children are being prepared to be good at receiving a grade, being an employee, and fitting into a mold.
Fortunately, this type of education is becoming outdated. There is a paradigm shift happening, as families and educators are seeking more, thinking outside the box to design programs that honor the development of the whole child – mind, body, and spirit – and recognizing that the purpose of education should be to cultivate a sense of wonder and love of learning that extends not only beyond the classroom but the entire life of each child.
Obsidian Education seeks to be at the forefront of this paradigm shift. Our encouraging and imaginative environment allows each child’s interests to unfold and be nurtured in a way that inspires them to become lovers of learning, life, the planet, and themselves. Our curriculum inspires children to be stewards of our planet and empowers them to be their best selves. Our greatest joy is to witness the face of a child filled with awe, wonder, and peace. Join us and be a part of the education revolution!
Meet the Team
Ashley Grewe, Founder/Instructor
Ashley is passionate about holistic education as a powerful tool to empower children to be their best, authentic selves through programs that are heart-centered and purpose-driven. She founded Obsidian Education in 2017 and Roots Exploration School in 2019. The driving force behind each of these ventures is to provide educational opportunities for children to better understand and love themselves so that they can become future advocates for humans and the planet.
As an educator, she’s worked with children in public, private, charter and holistic schools in the United States and abroad for nine years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and is a licensed Oregon Elementary Teacher. She has completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and courses through Mindful Schools and is in the process of completing Vegan Chef Certification courses through Pure Joy Planet. She served as a nanny for many years as well as a nature guide for children at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene, Oregon prior to moving to Bend.
When she’s not surrounded by children she loves hiking at a reasonable pace, creating killer green smoothie recipes, and dancing ridiculously in her living room with her husband and daughter (actually, she does these things around children as well).
krisTin Bindi, Instructor
Q.) What kind of flower lives on your face? (answer at the bottom)
Kristin (Tin) is an environmentalist, yogini, seasoned traveler, and self proclaimed foodie. She holds a dual Bachelors of Science & Arts degree in Ecology and Sustainability Studies as well as an Associate's of Science in Outdoor Leadership. Tin has a plethora of experience working with youth and is currently certified as a Wilderness First Responder and Lifeguard. She has worked several Bend Parks and Recreation’s youth recreation programs and is going on to her 3rd summer as a youth wilderness guide for RAD Camps. Kristin spent 2 summers running a “Seed-to-Table” program for youth in Olympia, WA where she taught kids how to grow, harvest, and cook with food fresh from the garden. Here, she also taught garden themed yoga classes. In 2017, she completed her Permaculture Design Course in Laos and participated in a natural building program in Thailand.
One of the highlights of Tin’s yoga teaching career was when she went to Uganda and taught through the Africa Yoga Project to women at a safe home, kids in schools, and at a community space to the general public. Kristin has completed over a thousand hours of yoga teacher trainings in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga Therapy, Kids Yoga, AcroYoga, Family AcroYoga, and has gone on to assist several of these trainings. She participated in over 100 hours of Thai Massage trainings while she was in Thailand and also became a certified level 1 Reiki practitioner. Tin is a veteran of the US Army and is the ambassador of VETOGA Oregon. Currently, you can find her teaching AcroYoga and hosting jams at Tula Movement Arts. Kristin recently started training to become a certified herbalist and currently works with medicinal herbs at Fettle Botanic Bend. Tin grew up in Iowa and loves corny jokes (pun intended), long walks in the forest with her dog Lola, and plants.
A.) Tulips (two-lips)
Kaci Rae Christopher, Instructor
Kaci Rae is an outdoor and garden educator who focuses on fostering transformative experiences for youth through a connection to land. After receiving her BA in Creative Writing/English, Kaci Rae determined to find ways of using her writing skills to promote and enhance food and garden literacy. Traveling around the West, she worked for farm and garden education programs to gain these experiences. This included five years as a school garden coordinator where she worked alongside children to change a weedy plot of land into a diverse, self-sustaining, ecologically-regenerative, and food-producing garden. Her passion is guiding children to discover a healthy land ethic, personal empowerment, and environmental literacy through immersion and skill-building.
Recently, her book of gardening curriculum was published internationally. In The School Garden Curriculum: An Integrated K-8 Guide to Discovering Science, Ecology, and Whole Systems Thinking, Kaci Rae shares over 270 lesson plans for permaculture-inspired, science-based gardening curriculum for 5-14 year olds. In addition to working in children’s learning gardens, and maintaining her own edible backyard, Kaci Rae is working on her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing through OSU-Cascades and plans to use the skill of writing and communication to improve her teaching and to create more comprehensive curriculum.
Lindsey Brodeck, Instructor
Lindsey has a B.A. in Biology-Environmental Studies from Whitman College and recently completed her Plant-Based Culinary Chef Certification through Pure Joy Academy. While at Whitman, Lindsey developed curriculum and taught environmental science, gardening, and plant-based cooking classes to middle schoolers through Walla Walla Valley Farm to School, taught climate change lessons to middle schoolers through the Cool the Schools program, and served as a board member for Whitman’s Glean Team.
A former collegiate tennis player, Lindsey has over eight years of experience teaching 5 to 18 year olds tennis through Bend Park and Recreation and teaching youth clinics at the Athletic Club of Bend. When she’s not whipping up delicious plant-based goodness with children at Obsidian Education, Lindsey can be found perfecting her vegan dessert recipes, playing tennis, hiking and mountain biking around Central Oregon, and working on her novel as a graduate student in OSU Cascades MFA Creative Writing Program.
Lily Supovitz, Instructor
Lily considers shifting the old childhood education paradigm to a learning experience based on mindfulness, nature immersion, self expression, and self exploration, some of her life work. She believes that a human’s ability to breathe into their body, calm their minds, and connect with the earth, is essential in our evolution towards a healthier happier world. She is passionate about helping to plant these seeds within the fertile soil of our next generation.
Lily currently studies Community Development & Leadership and Sustainability at OSU Cascades, while designing and implementing permaculture ideals from the ground up in the Ketura community. She sees great importance in knowing how to take care of and learn from our planet in a conscious and connected way, and is thrilled to be doing this vital earth work alongside and with the young ones.
Lily is also a certified Baptiste yoga teacher, and has been getting her fingers and toes on the mat since she was four years old. She is so happy to get to pass on this beautiful practice of body balance, awareness, and movement to children at the early age she was given this gift. Lily is a singer songwriter as well with a zest for making music. She is excited to share what it looks like to love what you do and follow your own passion, just by doing it herself.
Grace Baker, Instructor
Grace is yoga teacher, young child educator, outdoor enthusiast, musician, and overall adventurer. She has been working with children for the past seven years as a nanny and lead preschool teacher. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training as certified by Yoga Alliance in Rishikesh, India, as well as her Department of Early Learning 30-hour Early Education Certification from Washington State, and has been teaching ever since. She has experience teaching yoga, music, and dance to children ages 18 months to 12 years old, and loves nothing more than showing kids about how beneficial movement and music can be to our lives. Having been introduced to yoga and mindfulness practices through her elementary school while growing up in Colorado, she feels inspired to share the lessons that aided in her own childhood education, with the younger generations of today.
Having moved to Bend recently, she is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and love of yoga and music with this wonderful community. When she’s not teaching, you can find her hiking the local trails, paddle boarding on the river, maybe even performing her music at local venues, and just taking in all the incredible things Bend has to offer!