About Joya and Cindy


joyaJoya Loveday Birns has been a Waldorf teacher and mentor in a number of Waldorf communities across the U.S. since 1982, specializing in early childhood, handwork, the arts, parent support and educational support (Care Group).

She currently teaches arts and crafts for both children and adults. For many years she co-facilitated a variety of Waldorf-inspired parenting activities and events in Santa Cruz and Northern California. Joya lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Her daughters attended the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and the Waldorf School of Lexington, MA.


Cindy Brooks is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC33496) specializing in sandplay and play therapy for children and depth psychotherapy for adults.  She received her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle in 1990.

She is also a graduate of the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training (2003) and has worked as a Waldorf Kindergarten Assistant.  She has been practicing therapy for more than twenty years and currently works in private practice in Santa Cruz.  She has co-facilitated many Waldorf-inspired parenting events for parents and teachers and led a number of sandplay and play therapy training groups for therapists. For more information see www.cindybrooksmft.com.