Since Mountain Xpress’ last report on people and businesses around Asheville working to aid those in need in the wake of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, efforts have redoubled, and more of those involved have become visible.
In the last week, Josh Phillips has stumbled into both disaster and the opportunity to help those in need. Known around Asheville for his performances with the Josh Phillips Folk Festival and Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band, Phillips happened to be visiting Kathmandu in the central region of Nepal this weekend when tragedy struck.
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.
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.
An interfaith panel and workshop session presented by the United Religions Initiative of Henderson County will explore how six faith traditions can inform our actions on behalf of the planet — locally, regionally and globally.
How do we build a community around another beverage that has innate healing qualities?
We know how to pack our days full of activities, but how many of us really know how to stop, take time off and experience true rest? Instead, we tend to just keep going at a faster pace, doing our best to convince ourselves that this is “normal.” More and more folks, though, are finding that by consciously taking time away from their daily routine.
What is unique about Raga music and the experience that it offers listeners? The first thing a singer of Hindu music does is to tune his tampura to give one chord, and while he tunes his tampura, he tunes his own soul.
Every Sunday this month, Wu Gong Fu Tea will host a Tea Meditation and Sound Journey workshop that will pair a traditional tea service with live music. Charles and Jenny Wu will lead participants in two hours of meditative reflection removed from the chaos of modern life.
Xpress corresponded with AskLizze founder Liz Cox, and Sangha Shabda vocalists Jojo Silverman and Aditi Sethi-Brown about Kirtan with Sangha Shabda, part of musical series Open to the One.
“Dowsing dates back to the earliest times,” says Brian Crissy, vice president of the Appalachian Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers. The group will host The Spring Conference of the Southern Dowsers Thursday, March 19-Sunday, March 22.
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.