Yonv FrenchHawk (photo by Emily Nichols)

Nagapa: A local Cherokee shares the spirit of the sweat lodge

Perhaps one of the best-known Cherokee rituals is the sweat lodge. It’s practiced in many traditions and many countries,  but for the Cherokee, says Yonv FrenchHawk, it’s a quest to harmonize one’s spirit and environment represents wellness. Raised on the reservation in Western North Carolina but now living in Asheville, FrenchHawk says the sweat lodge “was originally given […]

Panelist at the NCCGP Growing Garden Connections conference. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Annual gardening conference focuses on community building

Gardeners from across the state assembled for the third annual N.C. Community Garden Partners annual conference on Oct. 25, in the Sherrill Center at UNC Asheville. This year’s conference focused on “Growing Garden Connections” with panels centered on creating opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between gardens as well as community organizations.

Fighting hunger with music

WHAT: Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) Jam weekly food drive WHEN: Thursdays, 8pm WHERE: New Mountain AVL, 38 N. French Broad Ave., Asheville WHY:  Feeding America Through Entertainment (FATE) is an organization that facilitates philanthropic relationships between the business community and prominent entertainers to raise money and awareness for hunger relief. So, when the owners […]

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In the Spirit: Celebrating Samhain with Coven Oldenwilde

WHAT: The 20th annual Public Witch Ritual, organized by Asheville-based Coven Oldenwilde WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. WHERE: French Broad River Park, 508 Riverview Drive, West Asheville. WHY: Since 1995, Coven Oldenwilde has held its Public Witch Ritual on Halloween night (Samhain) in various Asheville locations. Annual themes have ranged from “Creatures of […]

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Wise Women notebook, part 2: ‘Unwinding Stress’ with Jessica Godino

The root cause of many chronic health issues, says local acupunturist and herbalist Jessica Godino, boils down to stress (and far too much of it at that). At the beginning of her class, Unwinding Stress, held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference, Godino asked participants to consider their health in relation to stressful […]

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Wise Women Notebook, part 1: ‘Seven Magical Herbs’ with Ceara Foley

At the 10th annual Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference, held from Oct. 10th through Oct. 12 on the beautiful grounds of Lake Eden in Black Mountain, 1,100 women gathered to study and celebrate. The conference is a three-day fall immersion, where women from across the country come together to study herbal medicine. Over 45 teachers offered classes in a […]