For your health: Wellness news and events in WNC

Anita Hill, law professor at Brandeis University, will speak at Our VOICE's 40th anniversary event.

Tickets on sale for Our VOICE’s 40th anniversary celebration at Diana Wortham Theatre

Our VOICE has been advocating for and supporting victims of sexual abuse for 40 years, and a huge part of that work has been addressing difficult topics and situations that too often go unspoken. It’s fitting then, that the organization’s 40th anniversary event is simply titled, “40 Years of Starting Conversations.” And who better to address this topic than keynote speaker Anita Hill, law professor at Brandeis University. Hill started a national conversation by disclosing her personal experience with sexual harassment in the workplace. Due to her efforts, Congress passed a law that allowed sexual harassment victims to seek damage awards, as well as back pay and reinstatement. According to a press release, Hill is responsible for “focusing the country’s attention on a difficult topic often met with avoidance and silence.”

The anniversary event takes place at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 4. at 6 p.m. $50. Tickets are now on sale online at Our VOICE, as well as Malaprop’s and aSHEville Museum.


Local Chinese medicine practitioners receive advanced clinical training in neurology

Two practitioners from the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic have recently completed an advanced six-day training course on neurology. Mary Cissy Majebe, OMD and Junie Norfleet, L.Ac. attended a rigorous, two-part course instructed by Dr. Jeffrey Yuen in both Santa Fe, NM and Boulder, CO. Making parallels with neurology to consciousness as a feedback system, the course explored the importance of preventative measures in overloading the “sensory-motor” activities of life. The course focused on psycho-neurology for three days and endo-neurology for the other three days. According to a press release, this two-part series on neurology from the Chinese Medical perspective will facilitate better treatments for conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.

For a free consultation, please contact the CAC at (828) 258-9016 or learn more at


Studio Zahiya presents an alternative to the bar scene with Friday Night Bhakti event

For those who would rather skip the bar tab on a Friday night, Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville offers a different way to get out and socialize. The dance studio is hosting a weekly Friday Night Bhakti event that focuses on “music, poetry and fellowship,” featuring local musicians and kirtan artists. Participants will join in chanting and singing sanskrit mantra and hymns from diverse spiritual traditions, as well as popular music from the Beatles to Bob Dylan. “Bhakti as a yoga philosophy suggests that the expression of art is a profound spiritual practice that gives intimate voice to the human heart and directly connects us with our noblest aspirations and our sense of belonging in the universe,” according to a press release for the event.

Friday nights, 7:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted. More information at


Eliada’s new treatment program expands care for children with mental health needs

Green Cottage, Eliada Home’s newest treatment program, both expands Eliada’s ability to care for children with mental health needs and acts as a stepping stone for children before returning to their home communities. The cottage serves children and adolescents ages 10-17 and is well suited for children who may not need as intensive and restrictive services as Eliada’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment cottages, according to a press release. The program utilizes Positive Peer Culture and Aggression Replacement Training. Students in the program also have full access to Eliada’s educational and recreation services.

Eliada is a nonprofit organization that provides residential and day treatment for high-risk youth. To speak with someone about admitting a child or adolescent into Eliada’s Level III Program, contact the intake department at or call 254-5356 x322.


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About Lea McLellan
Lea McLellan is a freelance writer who likes to write stories about music, art, food, wellness and interesting locals doing interesting things.

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