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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 […]

RESONATE: On Saturday, Oct. 4, New Mountain Asheville will host the Resonate Festival — "a collaborative combination of musical performances, scientific workshops, healing meditation, movement and metaphysical offerings."

New Mountain hosts first Resonate festival Saturday, Oct. 4

Waves that Matter: Asheville’s First Annual RESONATE Festival WHAT: All-day sound healing/vibrational wisdom expo featuring, yoga, drumming, meditations, workshops and live music, including Paradiso and Rasamayi on the world’s largest crystal dijeridoo and cystal singing bowls. WHEN: 1-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 WHERE: New Mountain (38 N. French Broad Ave., downtown Asheville) WHY: The science […]

AHHHH: A client receives an Ayurvedic treatment at Blue Lotus. (Photos by Emily Nichols)

New Ayurvedic program highlights local practice, art and training

Ayurvedic medicine came to Asheville at least 12 years ago, when Vishnu Dass opened Blue Lotus Ayurveda, a Panchakarma clinic. Back then, “There was nobody practicing clinical Ayurveda in Asheville and very few in this entire region,” says Dass, who started teaching the art at various yoga and clinical herb schools in the area, including […]

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Smart bets: Shimshai

“I gotta get my Asheville fix!” writes Shimshai on his own concert’s Facebook page, where several giddy fans have already responded with victorious tales of acquiring admission tickets. The California-based mantra musician, a self-described “seeker of truth,” sends lyrics into the crowd on gentle waves of finger-picked guitar, leaving plenty of inspired devotees in the […]

Before I Die wall at 35 Biltmore Ave. (photo by Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt/Xpress)

The Bridges of Bardo uses public art to talk about death

Maintaining a conscious relationship with death is a necessary for living a sacred life. That’s one of the ideas behind the Bridges of Bardo, a series of public art performances, installations and conversations that all invite participants to consider and reflect upon their relationship with death. One of those installations is the Before I Die wall, an […]

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Am I right or am I right? The spirit of compassionate communication

What: Jerry Donoghue is the founder and coach at Asheville Compassionate Communication Center on E. Chestnut Street. His training is based on the nonviolent communication model developed by Marshall Rosenberg in the 1960s during his work in the civil rights movement to forge ways for people to communicate and interact in a way that emphasizes quality […]

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In the spirit: Flo Magdalena

  What: Dialogue with Kelly S. Jones and Flo Magdalena, centering on Flo’s account of the historical relationship of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Where: Crystal Visions, 5426 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville When: Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Why: Since the early eighties, Flo Magdalena has had channeling experiences that she claims have put her in communication […]

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In the spirit: Asheville First Congregational United Church of Christ celebrates 100 years

  What: On June 7, 1914, the First Congregational Church in Asheville was chartered. This weekend Asheville’s First Congregational UCC will be celebrating its centennial with a special One Hundred Year Dinner for congregation members and a celebration worship service on Sunday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m. The service will feature a brass quintet and guest […]