My name is Liesl van der Hoven. I am an artist and author. I am also a children's yoga and meditation teacher – and the owner of Here, your Heart.
I have a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Stellenbosch University. I’ve also studied Graphic Design and completed several courses in children’s book writing and illustration.
When I first started this business in 2012, I called it "Fairy Caravan". Back then I could never have dreamed of all of the amazing friends that I would make or the opportunities that would present themselves to me.
All I thought I wanted to do when I first started out on this journey, was to write and illustrate stories for children. But along the way, I got called to do so much more.
2017 was an important year for me, in which the direction that I was eventually going to take, started to become clear.
At the beginning of that year, I re-connected with my own mindfulness practice, and discovered the Insight Timer app. On a whim I recorded and shared my first meditation on this app, and almost by accident I became a creator of meditations for children!
It was also the year that I met play therapist Lenka de Villiers-van Zyl. We became friends immediately, and together we started dreaming about creating stories with helpful messages for children.
A year later Lenka and I published our first children's book together. We called it What if worries weren't wild, and our book contains lots of helpful exercises to help children with anxiety.
Since then we have created many stories, meditations and downloadable exercises together, and we will continue to do so for Here, your Heart.
Changing our business name was something that we felt was necessary to reflect the direction in which our work had been growing in for a while.
We hope that you will enjoy your visit to our website and that you will find plenty of things that will help and inspire the little one(s) in your life!