Our Story

Patty – Founder, Owner, Chief Landscaper, Moonlighting artist

After a total of 39 years as an employee and then owner of Northwoods Therapy Associates, I decided to retire and recycle myself. In the spring of 2011, my husband and I purchased a small dilapidated farmhouse nestled in 110 acres of rolling hills South of our hometown of Eau Claire, WI. It has been a labor of love and always a work in progress. We have focused our visions on this property to provide a calm sanctuary for our family and friends. I decided to open our doors to share the gift of beauty and relaxed atmosphere with others. Art has always been important to me . When I am not busy with retreat and outdoor projects at Blue Sky, I find myself crafting, sewing, quilting and dyeing fabrics. For many of the retreats I have designed simple easy projects to feed your creative side. I have always enjoyed yoga, meditation, and self care activities. I feel it is important for all women to enrich their lives through these activities. To share this dream, at each retreat, the experienced yoga instructors at Blue Sky are joined by a team of expert speakers to share their passion and knowledge in the rolling hills surrounding the farmhouse. My main goal at each retreat is to ensure you have a comfortable, relaxed, and friendly experience.

Heidi – Yoga Instructor

Heidi has a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and a Masters in Education, both from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. Heidi is a Licensed Athletic Trainer and Certified Yoga Therapist.

She has done extensive training in Yoga asana, pranayama and meditation for promoting positive affect. For more than 15 years, Heidi has been teaching mindful movement and meditation practices. She also serves as a Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit Teacher Training Systems Worldwide, facilitating weekend yoga pedagogy courses across the country.

During the week, Heidi is the Operations Manager and Yoga Facilitator at Cook Chiropractic Center in Chippewa Falls, WI. She has a passion for helping people regain, and maintain, their health and empowering families to take an active role living their best life.

Heidi loves living in the beautiful Chippewa Valley with her two teenage children and being close to her family.

Sandy – Yoga Instructor

Sandy is an Upper Michigan native, but has called Eau Claire her home since 1993. She is certified by YogaFit® and has been teaching yoga locally for 10 years. Sandy also completed FloYo® Instructor Training through the World Paddle Association and during the summer months, teaches stand up paddle board yoga through her business, Floating Bliss Yoga. Both on land and water, her teaching focuses on creating a peaceful and playful practice. Sandy has three adult daughters and a granddaughter she loves to spend time with! She also enjoys camping, biking, and hiking whenever possible!

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