The project will be developed BY SUPERIOR LIVING ARTS

HEIDI ZIMMER

Heidi Zimmer is an experienced real estate developer with a compassionate and creative approach to land stewardship and development.  She has over 20 years and $600 million in real estate development experience with a focus in arts and cultural development.

Heidi was raised in Michigan with a deep appreciation and connection to the Great Lakes, fine arts, music, dance and nature. She also cares deeply about ones living and working environment and is committed to artistic excellence.  She weaved her passions together early in her career, working in the local planning field throughout the Twin Cities and Chicago, IL.  Throughout her career, she has developed creative commercial space, affordable and market rate multifamily and single family homes specializing in complex financing structures and collaborative development strategies.

In addition to her real estate acumen, Heidi has been an avid yoga practitioner since 2006, studying styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa.  She is passionate about creating nurturing, creative and artistic spaces to develop the mind, body and spirit.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Planning from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and a BA in Political Economy from James Madison College at Michigan State University, Phi Beta Kappa.

She lives in Minneapolis with her teenage daughters and husband. 

 

JENNIFER ALBRECHT

Jennifer Albrecht is the newly appointed Director of Wild Rice Retreat.  Jennifer was born and raised in Bayfield and approaches this role with a lifelong passion for Lake Superior and the great Northwoods.

Jennifer has extensive experience as a marketing executive within a variety of industry verticals including architecture, finance, and law. Jennifer looks forward to bringing teachers, students, artists, and the greater Bayfield and Chequamegon Bay community together at Wild Rice Retreat.  

Jennifer credits her father, the late Don Albrecht, with instilling a love and appreciation of the arts: dance, theater, opera, music, and visual arts. At Wild Rice Retreat, she blends this love with dedication to making a positive impact on her hometown community through active involvement, an admiration for the healing power of mindfulness, and a powerful sense of place.

Jennifer has maintained an active yoga practice since 2001 and is also a runner, adventure-seeker, lifelong learner, and perpetual student of the human condition.

She holds a Bachelor of Special Studies from Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) focused on the arts, and has served on numerous local and regional boards, building awareness about multiple causes.

 

DAVID SALMELA, SALMELA ARCHITECTS

Master builder for Wild Rice. Practices in Duluth, Minnesota. David’s work is rooted in the principal of modernism as well as the founding influence of the vernacular of Minnesota’s immigrants. Most of his work exists from the northeast tip of the arrowhead’s wilderness, down the eastern edge of Minnesota to Lake Pepin.

Since 1985, his projects have won 13 AIA Minnesota Honor Awards, two American Wood Council Awards and in 1998 brought an Architectural Records Record Houses Award for the Emerson Residence and a National AIA Honor Award for Architecture for the Brandenburg’s Ravenwood Studio. His work has been featured in over 60 articles in regional, national, and international journals, books, and publications.

 

TRAVIS VAN LIERE, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

We create innovative and transformative landscape architecture through the integration of landscape, art, architecture and ecology that is ingrained in context, clarity, craft and collaboration. 

Our designs focus on the relationships between design intent, materiality and sustainability, bringing extensive innovation, detail craft, and methodology to diverse projects of various types and scales.

Our goal is to promote landscape architecture as a leader in our profession by creating designs that are functional, engaging and environmentally sustainable. We are a practice dedicated to design innovation, research and refinement. The landscapes we create are simple, distinct and beautiful. 

We are committed to a culture of collaboration between clients and design disciplines, and the long-term environmental stewardship of our landscapes.

 

MARTIN EBELHARDT

Martin Ebelhardt developed an interest in teaching wellness during a career in federal law enforcement, where he served in a number of operational and administrative assignments, including 8 years as an instructor and training supervisor, and 6 years in a senior command position.

Martin’s interest in wellness was born in the late 1980’s when he began to study Aikido, a martial art which focuses on achieving harmony through the re-direction of force.  He has also studied Ashtanga and Yin Yoga, has read extensively on eastern and western healing disciplines, and has a special interest in posture and movement therapy.   Since 2005, he has studied and practiced Chinese healing arts including Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong.

In addition to his experiences as an instructor and senior leader, Martin’s study of the martial and healing arts, and in academia, has led him to believe that human growth and development stems from an inexorable link between the internal self and the outside world.  As such, he maintains that art, in its many forms, is a foundational and necessary element for both human and societal health, healing, and well-being.   

Martin also possesses a deep appreciation and connection to nature, believes that human health and the health of the planet are indivisible and synergistically linked, and that it is essential to respect the land and natural resources which sustain all life.  

He holds a Master’s Degree in Human Development-Holistic Health and Wellness from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a BA in Management from National Louis University. 

He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Heidi Zimmer, Founder of Superior Living Arts and two step-daughters Sarah and Molly.