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Hi, I’m Catherine Toews…

I am a practicing artist and certified children’s and teen’s yoga instructor with over 18 years of experience planning & leading creative programming in community spaces. I have taught nature-inspired yoga, art, storytime, science and movement classes for thousands of children and families of all ages and abilities. 

My teaching style encourages discovery and exploration, allowing plenty of space for experimentation and play. I truly believe that everyone can make art, and that kids need to move, which is why I say that “all wiggles are welcome” in my classes. I view both yoga and art as creative practices where it’s okay to embrace imperfection because what feels like a “mistake” might just be a stepping stone towards something new and really, really great.

I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. My study of yoga has included specialized training in yoga & mindful practices for diverse abilities, yoga for babies & parents/caregivers, as well as certification in Trauma-Informed Yoga & Mindful Practices for children & teens.

Before moving to St. Catharines and founding Tulip Tree Yoga & Art I most recently taught yoga & art classes at LEAF, an arboretum nestled within an urban park. At LEAF I worked in the role of Program Director, planning and facilitating community festivals, art classes, curriculum-linked field trips, family yoga classes, and preschool movement, story and art programs for over 10,000 participants each year. The young artists, scientists, and yoga students I was fortunate enough to teach during my time at LEAF included children with physical, developmental and communicative delays and disabilities. I love observing and sharing the outdoors with children and youth, and age-appropriate nature themes are incorporated into every class I teach.

Having recently relocated to St. Catharines with my family, I am excited to collaborate with community spaces to offer warm, engaging, and inclusive environments where families can laugh and learn together. 

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When I’m not teaching yoga and art, I love exploring new cities and outdoor spaces with my husband, son, and gigantic dog named Pete. At home in St. Catharines, you might find me drawing local wildflowers or working on freelance graphic design projects with my cat Sparkle on my lap, while eating (too many?) delicious Ontario apples and peaches.