Leader since Spring 2017

Hi, my name is Shiya Furstenau. I am a leader based in Philadelphia, PA

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About Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten provides high-quality early childhood learning in the healthiest classroom of all—the outdoors. Families connect with trained leaders in their local community for play-based kids classes that help develop core life skills, all while having fun!

I'm a yoga teacher and mom of two beautiful boys (ages 6 months and 3 years) who love being outdoors. They inspire me to more authentically follow my yoga teacher and close friend, Seane Corn's favorite saying "why stretch when you can reach." Playing with my sons constantly reminds me to reach for what's important to me and for my family. In 2007 during a workshop with Seane, I was inspired to begin a Seva practice and signed up for the 2008 Off The Mat Cambodian Bare Witness Challenge. I raised $20,000.00 for the Cambodian Childrens Fund (CCF) and in February 2009 traveled to Cambodia to work at CCF and take part in leadership training. The strength of the kids and teachers at CCF and my own sons inspired me to join the Tinkergarten leaders and begin to help inspire other families to embrace the magic of outdoor play.

- Shiya Furstenau


Shiya Furstenau has lead classes in Washington Square (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).