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 […]
On Tuesday, July 22, WNCA staff and Creation Alliance steering committee members gathered at All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village to officially announce a new partnership.
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 […]
Asheville will host a private screening of Love Bomb, a film directed and produced by Rhea Zimmerman Komarek, documenting her journey from anguish and fear triggered by the events of September 11 to discovering a career in chiropractic and subsequently embarking on a mission to bring that service to the world.
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 […]
“How would your life be different today if you knew that you would not wake up tomorrow?” asks Greg Lathrope, co-director of the Bridges of Bardo project, a series of local events staged to encourage public discourse around the subject of death. “And then you can take it to a relational level and say, ‘How […]
What is the draw of the garden, the chicken coop, the pasture? For many it’s a connection that can offer unseen spiritual, mental and emotional yields. Be it through garden therapy, animal therapy or simply a quiet place to meditate, area green spaces offer the chance to heal and rejuvenate.
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 […]
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 […]
Bruno Groening (1906-1959) believed humanity is surrounded by a divine healing force, or “heilstrom,” that is readily accessible to everyone who employs the proper methods. On Wednesday, June 4, Dr. Barbara Wagner will give a public lecture at Crystal Visions about his esoteric methods.
John Lockley leads a Blessing Ceremony followed by a five-weekend vision quest intensive, based in the indigenous South African tradition of Xhosa Sangoma.
What: Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity will hold a public wall-raising event for the four-bedroom, two-bath Pope Francis House — the first Habitat house in the nation built in honor of the Catholic leader. Local and nonlocal groups are invited to participate in the build. When: Wednesday, May 21 at noon Where: Jeffress Ave., Shiloh, South […]
I would like to extend a heartfelt fist-bump to Jordan Foltz and the Mountain Xpress for last week’s spirituality issue and cover story [“Sacred Activism,” Dec. 25 Xpress]. This topic could have easily been rendered a fluff piece; instead, it offered meaningful perspectives with salient implications for how to achieve self-fulfillment through compassionate activism. The […]
For many leaders and members of the local spiritual and faith community, the crux of spiritual experience comes in standing up for something larger than themselves.
The next two weeks offer a couple of unconventional opportunities to connect with local culture and influence. From an art exhibit featuring folk-heritage takes on seasonal spirit to a film focused on the German-born Bauhaus movement in America (and, specifically, Western North Carolina), it’s an insider’s perspective on regional art and craft. The spirit of […]
Local doctors Dr. Hun Lye and Dr. Youlha Tsering discuss the intersection of Buddhism and Tibetan medicine at their presentation, “Tibetan Perspectives on Pathology and Wellness” at Malaprop’s Bookstore on Oct. 29. (File photo courtesy of Urban Dharma)
The Detroit-based singer-songwriter and pianist performs at The Altamont Theatre on Friday, Oct. 11.
Asheville is no stranger to sacred chanting. From renowned kirtan leaders like Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das and Wah! to sacred music artists like Shimshai and Snatam Kaur, to local musician/kirtan leader Kristin Luna Ray, the WNC scene is rich in musical events steeped in Eastern spirituality and conscious intent. In fact, local groups like Sangita […]
Take one look at the “spirituality” section of our calendar, and it’s easy to see that the Asheville area aims for wellness of mind and heart in a variety of ways — meditation, mindfulness, earth medicine, prayer, peacefulness, the metaphysical and Zen listings abound. One of those gems is Urban Dharma, where Hun Lye welcomes those seeking to practice and learn more about Buddhism. (Pictured: Hun Lye; photo by Taylor Johnson)