3rd Annual Mindfulness Festival

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UNC-Asheville’s 3rd annual Mindfulness Festival is happening this Saturday, April 23rd from 10 am until 11 pm on the University Quad. The event is free and open to all ages! Entirely volunteer-organized by students, it will feature a plethora of music, art, vendors, workshops, and activities related to self-awareness and community empowerment. Notable mentions include musical performances from Dixon’s Violin, I-Star, and Jahman Brahman. Installations include a tea lounge, meditation bench making, the Slack-Librium slackline park, Full Circle Arts flow zone, and The Wandering Swordsman “boffing” (or foam sword fighting) zone. Yoga classes will run all day featuring an assortment of local teachers. There are 10+ workshops including non-violent communication, meditation, dance and much more! Food will be available from Gypsy Queen Cuisine along with products from Buchi, Silvermoon Chocolate, and The Hop Ice Cream. A charity raffle to benefit Light A Path will offer an opportunity to win great donated prizes! Find out more at mindfulnessfestival.org!
When:

Saturday April 23rd from 10 am – 11 pm.
Where:

The Quad at UNC-Asheville 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804
Who:

UNC Asheville’s student-led Mindfulness Club was founded in 2013 with the intention of creating a structured time and space for students to learn about & experience mindfulness and contemplative practices. In 2014 the club hosted its first annual Mindfulness Festival, an event which hoped to bridge the gap between UNCA’s campus and the larger Asheville community. With an overwhelming show of community support, the event was a success, leading to additional funding & opportunities to expand in 2015. 2016 is poised to be the best Mindfulness Festival yet!
Why:
Mindfulness Festival is a completely volunteer organized benefit event, with a charity raffle supporting Light A Path’s mission to “connect service-minded yoga teachers, somatic therapists, and body workers to populations with limited access to holistic resources.”
Mindfulness Festival is a platform for empowerment. We provide the environment for individuals to realize their true potential and work towards being the change they want to see in the world.
The intention is to create an experiential learning environment where we step back from the stresses of everyday life and explore new, healthier ways of relating to ourselves and others through the use of mindfulness practices.
We will unite members of the Asheville community in order to build stronger relationships, celebrate and share accomplishments, explore the areas where there is room for mutual improvement, and develop mechanisms that will allow us to enact positive change in our communities.
Talking about mindfulness is great, but the only way to truly understand it is to experience it for yourself. We offer this experience to you as an opportunity to engage in various forms of mindfulness practice with a supportive community of friends. We envision a world in which everyone can relate to each other mindfully, and we hope to make Mindfulness Festival a small example of this vision

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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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