Our goal is to support and help families gain access to the resources, education, and skills necessary to instill and nurture imagination and healthy play in children through a unique array of classes and quality natural materials.Circle of Hands has been a brick and mortar shop for over seven years in Sebastopol, California. In February 2019, we lost our shop in the flood. We are currently holding pop up sales throughout Sonoma County.

Monica Ashley will continue to teach workshops and private in home tutoring. Monica has been teaching handwork, doll making, and felting for nearly 20 years. She has four grown children and three grandchildren. Three of her children attended Summerfield Waldorf school and were a part of the Orchard View homeschool community in Sebastopol.

She is currently tutoring homeschoolers in San Francisco, Berkeley, and throughout Sonoma County. She has given workshops at Waldorf schools and women's retreats throughout the U.S.

Monica has experience with planning and consulting with parents using Christopherus, Oak Meadow and Live Ed curriculum. She also has worked with the local homeschool charter school parents to plan their child's curriculum for the school year.

Please visit the Workshop and Private Tutoring page for more information.


Monica Ashley is a fantastic art and handwork teacher. She brings broad experience in areas from knitting to painting to drawing to sewing and crochet, always teaching with high quality, natural materials. She shepherds her beginners and more advanced students alike, with kindness, patience, and a true love for creative expression. My daughters gained so much from their time with her and they love her to this day. I am forever grateful for their time with her. -Sarah