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Steve And Heidi

Hey, I’m Steve And Heidi!

Stowe, Vermont, United States · Member since May 2012
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Welcome to our home! We're happy to meet you! When you're here, our home is your home. We are a family of five: Steve, Heidi, Oliver (20 and a sophomore at Connecticut College), Miles (14), and Emily (10). Our family passions are art, music, community, nature, technology, wilderness, local food, fun, and fitness. Steve runs the Morrisville branch of a Vermont statewide non-profit community organization for improving conditions for children ages 0-6yrs. called Building Bright Futures/Let's Grow Kids ((website hidden)) and Heidi home schools Miles and Emily.

We love hiking and trail running the mountains, swimming, cycling, lacrosse, soccer, rowing, ice hockey. We are all avid skiiers and snowboarders (Heidi was an instructor trainer at Killington for 10yrs and Steve has been a private instructor at Stowe for 16yrs). We know the area well so if you stay while we are around, we can tell you all the best little spots to go, summer or winter.

We are also musicians. Steve (accordion) and Heidi (flute, guitar, voice) have played in Celtic bands ("Natterjack" and "Wind that Shakes the Barley" - find them on iTunes) while Oliver, Miles, and Emily are all violinists and pianists and all part of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association in Burlington, Vermont.

Heidi and Steve met in high school in New Hampshire (Phillips Exeter Academy) and both went to Williams College, majoring in anthropology, psychology, and history. We've always been interested in how other cultures live - how their grow their food, make art and music, raise their families, build their houses, nourish their souls, and live in community.

We traveled the world after college. We especially loved Thailand, and we lived in New Zealand for a year. There we worked at ski areas and in summer, worked as WWOOFERs (willing workers on organic farms).

We both spent ten years working at Killington as ski instructors and trainers. Steve started and ran the Rutland Food Co-op for a number of years. Here in northern Vermont, he started several community public access television stations, taught skiing, worked for the Nature Conservancy, and then for 15 years started and ran a most wonderful community arts organization called River Arts (you can google them). In addition to teaching skiing, homeschooling, and playing music, Heidi has a master's degree in counseling from Lesley University and has worked in the field of addictions and recovery counseling.

When Oliver was very young, we spent two six-month summers in British Columbia living in our van, traveling, visiting intentional communities, building houses on Indian reservations and joining the First Nations people on their canoe journeys. We also worked as ocean kayak guides, taking along our little toddler Oliver.

We moved to the Stowe area about 17 years ago to be closer to where Heidi grew up and her family still lives - the farmland, woodland and mountains of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. We've invested what we've learned and what we care about to give back to our family, our art, and our local community.

Now that we're more settled, with our three-kid family, we "travel" by hosting our fantastic guests from all over. Our guests have been so much fun to get to know. Please come visit us! We'd love to hear where you're going, how you're living and what you're doing.

Online, find (email hidden)/steveames and (website hidden). If you have any questions feel free to contact us!