Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

Celebrating Poetry, Beauty,
& the Sacred Essence of Joy

About Ingrid

Poet, Book-Artist, Celebrant of Beauty and Encourager of Spirit ~
~ Soul Friend ~

     I love creating poetry, books and gifts that support the every-day art and practice of living ( human ) lives in loving alliance with the sacred.   This has been my passion and my calling for more than thirty years.  

As a visual artist, my heart delights in designing books and gifts that are as deeply soulful as they are beautiful.   I love serving galleries, museum stores, church gift shops, and the gift giver within us all.
As a writer, I am so pleased that my words land and blossom in other people’s hearts.  I am committed to being of service to those who seek out poetry as a bridge to illumination  for their retreats, spiritual gatherings, curriculum development and personal lives.  
And as an anthologist, my life has been a rich treasure hunt among the wisdom traditions of the world.  Over time, I have found a long inter-faith lineage of mystics, poets, skeptics and saints from all ages and around the globe who have lived in conversation with oneness and the soul, and for whom this has been a primary passion and concern.  I have come to consider them among my greatest teachers, companions and support.  It has been my deepest delight to search for, study, and share their words, gathering them up like offerings of beautiful flowers.

I live on Martha’s Vineyard with the loves of my life.  My husband Jonah and I were college sweethearts, and have been married for over 25 years.   We have two daughters whom we adore: Rose who is now in college, and Bella who is a beautiful teen.  In 2000, we built a house in the woods behind the old farm which has been in my family for over sixty years.  My parents still live there today.  Jonah and I have planted fruit trees and a garden, and sense that with enough elbow grease and the proper attitude we could create a heaven here on earth.  It has been our shared desire to cultivate a home of creativity, love, humor, wisdom and compassion.

When visiting Martha’s Vineyard, my work can be found at the Night Heron Gallery- a cooperative artisan gallery on Main Street in Vineyard Haven.  




“You and your books have been an important and delightful part
of keeping joy alive and well in our hearts and minds!
Reminders of life’s many spiritual treasures greet us by your books
on table and desk tops here throughout our home!” C.A.H

“I discovered the Joy Book when I was struggling to access greater joy in my daily life.  Ingrid Goff-Maidoff’s perfectly penned words invited me into a new understanding of joy, one that honored my unfolding self.  Each day my heart opened, expanded because of the prose, insights, and artfully arranged illustrations within.  It felt like an adventure into parts of myself I’d not explored before.  I will always treasure this book.  It changed my life.” ~Janice Lynne Lundy, author, Your Truest Self: Embracing the Woman You Are Meant to Be


i enjoyed it so much. I cried and smiled and was certain that you wrote it
just for me. It is FULL of thoughts and feelings i have every day
but alas have not a scrap of writing ability to portray them.
The book is just beautiful, inspiring, and perfect. THANK YOU.” ~W.K.P


“A friend gave me Good Mother Welcome when my daughter was born.
It had a profound effect on me.
I never knew anyone could make something so beautiful.” ~A.S

“I gave the simple graces to a best friend
and she said she cried a couple of the verses were so beautiful to her.
Thank you for making such beautiful pieces.”~A.M.C

“I received the Honey Sutras.
It is already one of the most important belongings in my life.
You make the world a better place thank you so much..” D.L.J


“I love the “Honey Sutras.” I read from it a lot at my yoga classes.” Namaste, Mary

“There is about her the seemly grace of one for whom the spiritual dimension of living is an ever-present reality.”
~Jacqueline Sexton, Martha’s Vineyard Times


“It is as if all that she produces, the songs, the poetry, the cards, books and paintings are the result of an essential essence that emanates from her as personally and naturally as an exhale. And for whatever practical tethers hold her earthbound, Ingrid Goff-Maidoff seems to float.” C.K. Wolfson, Vineyard Gazette


The Short Version:

Ingrid Goff-Maidoff is a poet, soul friend, author and anthologist who has shared her love for spiritual inquiry,  beauty, and the wisdom traditions of the world through her books, cards, retreats, e-offerings and gifts for more than twenty years.   It gives Ingrid deep pleasure to create works that help others feel more whole, more spacious,  and more intimate with their own lives.  Her books include The Joy Book, The Honey Sutras, Befriending The Soul, Good Mother Welcome, What Holds Us, Moonlight and Remembrance, Simple Graces for Every Meal, The Abundance of Grace, and many quote anthologies.  Ingrid lives with her husband and two daughters on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.