CALL ME HARLEY: After selling his house, most of his possessions and quitting his job, 58-year-old Henry Wasserman, under trail-name Harley, began his Appalachian journey on March 19. All photos courtesy of Wasserman.

Transforma­tive journey: Appalachia­n Trail thru-hiker reconsider­s his life path

On February 18, Xpress published “Tales from the Trail,” detailing the experiences of Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Gary Sizer. In the story, we met Henry Wasserman, who was seeking a transformative experience on the A.T. On March 19 Wasserman began his months-long trek north, trudging mile after mile through red Georgia clay.

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Third Messenger group explores the sacred art of being and dying

A growing movement in Asheville is seeking to make conversations about death more commonplace: Through an ever-evolving series of public art installments and performances that began in early 2014 , locally based Third Messenger has been offering Ashevilleans the chance to share their stories surrounding death and to contemplate their own mortality.

Gary Sizer, Asheville resident, hiked 2,185.3 miles from Georgia to Maine in 2014. The Appalachian Trail took him 153 days to complete. All photos courtesy of Gary Sizer

Tales from the Trail: Walking Appalachia from Georgia to Maine

Since its initial construction in 1937, 15,524 people are said to have completed the thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail — “2,000-milers,” they’re called. Inspiration behind embarking on such a physically and mentally challenging journey varies from person to person, but deep down it satiates core human needs for renewal and a reconnection with nature.

HANDS OFF/ON: Therapeutic touch applies "the energy in our hands, minds and intentions to support healing," says Padma Dyvine, a nurse who uses the method. (photo by Emily Nichols)

Therapeuti­c touch offers an energy-based approach to mind-body healing

Touch has the power to heal, or at the very least to soothe us when we’re not feeling well. In Asheville, several practitioners apply this power, using a method of therapeutic touch created in the 1970s by Dora Kunz and Delores Krieger. “We are energy fields,” says Padma Dyvine, an Asheville-based practitioner for more than 20 years […]

William Najger as Moses, hanging out at Vance Monument.

Moses: spreading love downtown this holiday season

William Najger is spreading his message this week in an unusual way: He’s dressed up as Moses and hanging out at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville, channeling his inner McConaughey and telling people to just keep on L-I-V-I-N. The Asheville native said his Moses stunt started with him going to Hollywood in the past […]

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Distant energy healing resonates in the Asheville area and beyond

Many practitioners of the healing energy arts — including reiki masters, sound healers and shamanic practitioners — say they can “send” healing energy to a client anywhere in the state, country or world. In fact, the nine practitioners interviewed by Xpress report sending out healing energy to such distant places as Kazakhstan, Syria, Russia, Japan, India, South Africa, Peru, Hong Kong and Singapore

Photos by Taylor Taz Johnson

Visions of Tibet: Asheville photograph­er shares rare images of monasterie­s

Taylor Taz Johnson trekked through the Himalayan mountains of South Asia with Dr. Hun Lye, the founder of Asheville’s Urban Dharma Buddhist Center. They were granted unprecedented permission to photograph inside some of the most isolated religious institutions in the world, braving military interrogations along the way.

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Crystal Visions hosts AkashVille soul gathering Friday, Nov. 21

WHAT: Kelly Jones, cofounder of AkashVille, hosts the release of her self-published book, Akashic Records: Soul Dialogues. A trained medium in reading akashic records (from the Sanskrit word “akasha” for “luminous” or “ether”), Jones will offer attendees an opportunity to ask questions about their own records. WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 WHERE: Crystal Visions Bookstore, […]