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.
“I believe two things to be true: First, that each of our faith traditions are unique, with strengths and insights all our own,” says Rabbi Fuchs Kreimer, who will be speaking at Mars Hill University on Tuesday, March 3.
When it comes to sleep, where we spend nearly one-third of our lives, many individuals in our culture are finding it more and more difficult to accrue the quality rest needed to support physical, emotional and psychological well-being. At this time, there are millions of people in the United States suffering from sleep problems and […]
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 […]
In the emerging milieu of the 21st century, many traditional churches are being challenged to find new strategies to meet a rapidly changing culture.
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 […]
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
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.
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, […]
The Masonic Temple will host the North Carolina premiere screening of two films by director Khashyar Darvich: Dalai Lama Awakening and Compassion in Action.
The Loving Kindness Tour is a collection of ancient Buddhist relics that has traveled to 70 countries and been viewed by about two million people. The opening ceremony Friday night in Asheville of the weekend long viewing included chanting, prayer, and a guided meditation, but it was not strictly a Buddhist event. “This is a […]
WHAT: Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of ancient relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and many other Buddhist masters. The opening ceremony will be led by Hun Lye. WHEN: Friday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. WHERE: The Venue, 21 N. Market […]
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 […]
A traveling art exhibit from Rise Up! Studios, a studio for homeless artists based in the top floor of the Be Loved House, will tour Asheville places of worship throughout the fall.
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
Amid escalating violence in the Middle East, several local groups are observing a “Day of Peace” on Sunday, Sept. 21.
A revitalized volunteer push is underway to rescue Western North Carolina’s oldest known African-American cemetery from the ravages of neglect and obscurity. The effort includes a new website that features an interactive map of the cemetery and a digital guide to each of its graves.
What is drawing more and more Asheville yogis to take their downward dog to the French Broad River? Those of you who attended LEAF or the Mountain Sports Festival in the spring may have taken part in or witnessed SUP — a stand-up paddleboard yoga class.
WHAT: Shadow Work seminar by Christen Burns and Giles Carwyn WHERE: 11 Willow Street, Black Mountain WHEN: Introduction: Tuesday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m-10 p.m. Seminars: Friday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m. WHY: Coined by Carl Jung, the term “shadow” often refers to the parts of ourselves that we hide, repress […]