A healing retreat held by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors helps adult children of fallen soldiers cope with the lose of a parent.
In February 2015, Hendersonville resident and acoustic guitarist Eric Congdon suffered a severe concussion after another driver ran a stop sign and struck his vehicle. Though he had been playing guitar for more than 30 years, when he picked up his instrument after the accident, he found it was impossible for him to play.
“Yoga with cats was an idea we had because we love Brother Wolf and would like to help kitties find homes,” says studio co-owner Rosie Volcano, “and because we just love cats and yoga.”
A new, specialized stent is saving the lives of stroke victims. If utilized within 3 hours of a stroke, the device can pull out clots in 80 to 90 percent of cases—an improvement over the previous success rate of 40 to 50 percent.
A WNC mental-health agency faced tough questions earlier this week about its decision to limit its publicly funded services to a select group of providers. Western North Carolina’s lead mental-health agency, Smoky Mountain LME/MCO, held a community forum Tuesday, June 23, that packed Asheville’s First Baptist Church. After a brief presentation by agency staff, a question-and-answer segment […]
Tricia Fogle was inspired to create her up-and-coming business, Life of Energy Retreats, in order to share her knowledge of alternative and holistic health methods and provide a refreshing, full-service retreat space where participants can relax their bodies and refresh their minds.
Western North Carolina is now home to a growing number of craft distillers making legal moonshine. Blending traditional recipes with new technology and methods, these pioneers are bringing Appalachia’s most fabled and misunderstood product into the 21st century, changing cultural perceptions even as they adapt to shifting economic realities.
Diets containing gluten can cause a long list of symptoms, some related to celiac disease and others to gluten sensitivity. Testing for these conditions, however, may not be accurate. Some people report feeling better after going gluten-free, even if they don’t have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, perhaps because they’re eating healthier.
A day-long mindfulness retreat will be held at Asheville Insight Meditation on Saturday, June 27. The retreat will explore mindfulness for “health, wellness, recovery and freedom from suffering,” says clinical psychologist Larry Cammarata, co-host of the retreat with Eddie LeShure, owner of Mindful Emergence.
You don’t have to be a medical professional to play a vital role in the medical field. The folks at Mission Hospital (as well as countless other wellness and medical organizations) know this to be true. Last year, 671 volunteers contributed nearly 84,000 hours of service to Mission Hospital.
The Asheville Yoga Center this week begins its third season of Yoga in the Park, a series of outdoor yoga classes held in Pack Square Park to benefit two local nonprofits.
Fitness instructor Christine Johnson says the new fitness craze Bokwa is more than just Zumba rebranded. “Bokwa is completely different from every other dance fitness brand because there is no choreography,” says Johnson.
Ikebana — the Japanese art of flower arranging — engages mind and body, spirit and soul. The act becomes a meditation, with a focus on well-being.
Amid escalating use and abuse of opioids nationwide, the number of local narcotics-related overdoses has increased rapidly in recent years. The drug naloxone can temporarily suspend those drugs’ effects, and the Asheville metropolitan area leads the state in confirmed cases of opioid overdose reversal, according to the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition.
Author and cyclist Jamie Bianchini stops at Youngblood Bicycles on June 5 as part of his book tour. Bianchini will share his story of traveling around the world on a tandem bicycle.
Conservation groups like the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy need the support of residents and local businesses in order to achieve their work. Building on this co-dependence, the nonprofit will hold its annual “Land Trust Day” celebration Saturday, June 6.
Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Johnny Morris is hiking for a cause. The 23-year-old Asheville native seeks to increase awareness of dementia and raise funds for MemoryCare, a local nonprofit founded by his mother, Dr. Margaret Noel.
On Tuesday, May 26, Asheville nonprofit MemoryCare hosted a special screening of the award-winning film The Genius of Marian at the Asheville Community Theatre followed by an interactive discussion on the joys and challenges of caring for loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments.
When Donna Marie Todd’s husband died, she was 55. Bereavement counseling helped her begin to heal and understand her grief, but she found a lack of resources when she set out to rebuild her life. A professional storyteller, singer, writer, teaching artist and retreat leader from Black Mountain, she decided to create a one-day retreat for women — A Widow’s Tale.
Not all Asheville Beer Week events are strictly about the brew. On Memorial Day, Twin Leaf Brewery celebrated both physical fitness and beer with its Run Like a Girl event, which supported Girls on the Run.
First Step Farms WNC is two farmsteads, both located on historic farmland in Candler. One site grows vegetable starts for small farms; the other grows flowers for weddings and school graduations. But the farms’ primary purpose goes beyond agriculture — the two sites are home to a substance abuse recovery program that uses farming to restore self-confidence in recovering addicts.