the fiction we live

Regardless of the medium, I want to make your message beautiful.

I’m Ayva. I used to be Kimberly, but somewhere along my journey I took that giant leap to be the-artist-formerly-known-as. I have an HBa in Media, Information & Technoculture and a Master of Arts in Journalism under my belt, both from the University of Western Ontario. I’ve got a serious addiction to reading, collecting, and producing media of all types. Over the last decade, my husband and I have rebuilt an old farmhouse outside Toronto where we live with our young son and our small pack of great danes. We are small-scale farmers and homesteaders who, through our actions, hope to support the growth of sustainable and, ideally, regenerative living. We want to leave the earth better than we found it.

I’m also both a SUP and dryland yoga teacher who can never believe how lucky she is to have shared her practice with so many amazing students! Though I am currently on a bit of a baby-induced hiatus, in my normal life I teach a variety of classes, all with a focus on integrity and alignment, and have always been hooked on the practice of yin yoga. Read more about what happens on my mat.

Away from my mat and my tablet, you’ll find me chasing my toddler Oliver Snow (and soon his little sister!), growing food, paddling, or hiking with my dogs. Take a peek below at what brought me here. (You’ll notice that much of my past work is credited to me in some variation of Kimberly Dawn Fisher. Don’t be alarmed. All me. Just an earlier version!)

I am a writer, designer, photographer and yoga teacher with the skills and passion to get any publishing project off the ground. I strive to be joyful and creative and invested in the health of my community, both on and off the mat. I also bake a kick-ass vegan cookie.

Publishing

Ayva Cowell Freelance Publisher, Web Developer
March 2005 Onward
Write, photograph, design across a variety of media for a broad scope of clients.

Trot Magazine Associate Editor
March 2008 to September 2012
Coordinate production of a national, monthly, bilingual magazine.

Canadian Living Intern & Freelance Writer
January 2008 to February 2008
Research, write and fact-check articles of varying length and style.

Verge Magazine Freelance Writer
October 2007 to March 2008
Research and write international feature stories.

The London Free Press Reporting Intern
October 2007 to March 2008
Log shifts in the newsroom as a city reporter; file local news stories and cover community events.

The Londoner Staff Reporter
May 2007 to March 2008
Research, write and photograph assigned local feature stories on community issues.

Yoga

Body Resilience
w/ Thomas Myers
October 2014 (16 hours)

(Octopus Garden, Toronto, Ontario)

Pre/Post-Natal Advanced Yoga Teacher Training w/ Cynthia Funk
November 2013 (15 hours)

(Yoga Sanctuary, Toronto, Ontario)

Ana Forrest Master Class
w/ Ana Forrest
July 2013 (5 hours)

(PranaShanti Yoga Centre, Ottawa, Ontario)

Anatomy Trains in Training for Movement Therapists
w/ Thomas Myers
May 2013 (8 hours)

(Hart House, Toronto, Ontario)

Yin Yoga Advanced Teacher Training
w/ Cathy Keenan
April 2013 (40 hours)

(Yoga Sanctuary, Toronto, Ontario)

Asana Intensive: Heart Openers
w/ Michael Siddall
February 2013 (3 hours)

(Be Yoga & Wellness, Burlington, Ontario)

Asana Sequencing & Therapeutics Workshops
w/ Noah Maze
May 2012 (4/4 hours)

(Kula Annex, Toronto, Ontario)

RYT-200 Certification
w/ Elissa Gumushel, Dan Clement, and Joy Morrell
April 2012 (200 hours)

(Shanti Yoga, Nelson, British Columbia)

Notable

Winner, Best Feature Story: Circ. 10,000 – 20,000
American Horse Publications

(Kentucky 2010 & California 2011)

Guest Lecturer, MA Journalism Program
‘Writing for Magazines’

The University of Western Ontario (2009 – 2012)

Academia

Master of Arts in Journalism
The University of Western Ontario (April 2008)

HBa in Media, Information & Technoculture
The University of Western Ontario (April 2007)

Skillset

* A passion for beautiful, original and balanced style and design.
* A commitment to maintaining top quality production values and upholding best practices.
* Unwavering attention to detail (down to the pica).
* Fantastic organization and time management skills.
* Fluency in a Mac environment and in all appropriate Adobe Creative software.
* A solid HTML background with some WordPress & CSS skills.
* Strong copy writing & editing skills with a focus on clarity and creativity.
* A professional and resourceful attitude.
* Did I mention the cookies?