The Japanese art of shinrin-yoku, or forest “bathing,” has come to WNC. Forest guides help people experience the woods in an intentional manner, while the forest itself acts as therapist to promote healing.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses cupping as a conjoint modality with acupuncture. Now massage therapists are using the technique and creating alternative, safer methods of using cups for healing.
Before taking the stage at a local middle school to talk about HIV/AIDS prevention, Michael Harney overheard one pre-teen boy offer a preview to another. “He’s going to pray to the vagina,” one boy said. Apparently, word gets around, says Harney. “I fall on my knees and offer thanks for vaginas because none of us […]
Former Mountain Xpress graphic designer Kerry Bober teams up with pediatric psychologist Dr. Kelsey Latimer in their new children’s book Poofas: Popping in to Lend a Hand!. The book, which features Bober’s colorful designs, is aimed at helping children understand stress and develop healthy coping skills.
With Veterans Day fast approaching, the customary forms of American celebration will be prominently on display: parades through city streets, moments of silence briefly interrupting broadcast media, solemn ceremonies at landmarks across the country, special discounts at restaurants and shops. Beyond those symbolic gestures, however, stands a large and growing need to support the many […]
The therapeutic power of music has been evident for centuries. But now music therapy is catching on in modern society and the use of music is proving to be particularly helpful in patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
FRIDAY Downtown Asheville First Friday Art Walks downtownashevilleartdistrict.org 1st FRIDAYS, 5-8pm – Downtown Asheville museums and galleries open doors to visitors. Visit the website for participating venues and full details. Free to attend. Culture Vulture Film Festival 692-8062, saveculture.org FR (11/4), 6pm – Proceeds from this film festival benefit the Center for Cultural Preservation. $25. Held […]
Rain Parker and her partner Temica Ferguson collectively lost 225 pounds through healthy eating and homesteading on their land in Rosman. They transformed their property, which was a foreclosure with mostly barren land, into an active homestead and site of community wellness and educational opportunities.
Rape cases result in convictions only 3 percent of the time, and when they do, a light sentence can add to the trauma many victims experience.
Give!Local returns Nov. 1, featuring 47 local nonprofits who are campaigning for financial support via Give!Local’s one-stop, online, donation platform. Festivities on Nov. 2 will formally kick off this two-month, end-of-year donation drive with a free party at Highland Brewing in Asheville, celebrating the participating nonprofits. This is Give!Local’s second year. Last year, the campaign raised […]
Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary founder Nancy Brown and Mars Hill professor Scott Pearson talk about wolfdogs — how they evolved from wolves, why they need protection and how they can be better appreciated through understanding their nature and instincts.
At the Pisgah Legal annual poverty forum, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman noted that the U.S. ranks next to last of industrialized nations in child poverty rates. Photo by Leslie Boyd
Resonate Asheville celebrated the healing power of sound — with drumming, world soul, toning, and a variety of other sound-based modalities — at its third annual festival, held at the YMI Cultural Center October 1-2.
Rainbow Community School’s “More than Mindfulness” conference explored ways to make education a sacred experience and assist children in developing their spiritual identities. Event coordinator West Willmore announced the formation of the new Rainbow Institute, which will promote holistic education.
For its fourth annual Barbells for Boobs fundraiser, Urban Athletic Training Center is inviting the public to work out, purchase baked goods and t-shirts, and hop into a mobile hydrostatic body fat testing machine. The event takes place on Monday, Oct. 24.
Last week, Urban Dharma, the Tibetan Buddhist Center on Page Street in downtown Asheville, celebrated its fifth anniversary with a week-long schedule of programs, including the construction of a special Vasudhārā sand mandala. In Tibetan Buddhism, Vasudhārā is the deity of abundance, openheartedness, generosity and magnanimity. Throughout the week, the Asheville community was invited to watch […]
As more women work toward leadership roles in the local workforce, female business leaders and local organizations are working to provide the encouragement and resources necessary to help them attain equity and advancement in the workplace. Sharing their wealth of experiences, these community leaders are hoping they can lay the groundwork for the next generation of successful women professionals.
Southeast Wise Women, a woman-owned and -operated business, will sponsor its twelfth annual herbal conference at Lake Eden in Black Mountain Oct. 14-16.
In Vegan Curious, local writer and blogger Aisha Adams offers practical suggestions for those interested in transitioning to a vegan diet.
What if a medical practitioner told you it was possible to look into the future of your health? To predict what illnesses you might get and what medications could be helpful or harmful to you? While it might sound fantastical, companies around Asheville are starting to dive into exactly that: Precision or “personalized” medicine (also known as targeted medicine) is beginning […]