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Watch and learn: Playback Theatre creates community healing

“Let’s watch.” These words commence the evening’s performance at Playback Theatre. Actors come forward, improvising as they go to illustrate a story. Audience members will likely resonate with the unfolding tale because it is, after all, their story. Within this theatrical environment, actors and audience participate in a night of theater and storytelling that can […]

Kristin Luna Ray will offer a workshop on mantra at Asheville Community Yoga.

For your health: Upcoming wellness events

by Jackie Dobrinksa INTIMACY SKILLS PRACTICE GROUP AT CO-LUMINATE Helping individuals and couples refuel romance and get relationships back on track, Steve Torma leads an intimacy skills practice group on Friday, April 11, 8 – 10 p.m. at co-luminate in downtown Asheville. Through presentation, demonstration, discussions and group activities, participants can brush up on their […]


Herb party

The American Herbalist Guild may be celebrating its 25th anniversary with its Silver Jubilee event, but the nonprofit moved its headquarters to Asheville from Boston just over a year ago. The organization is a hub for educational resources for herb enthusiasts, from providing herb school listings to offering training webinars to promoting professionalism through a […]

INTO THE WILD: In a wilderness setting, students have fewer distractions and the opportunity to detach from technology, says Shawn Farrell, executive director of SUWS of the Carolinas. “The result,” he says, “is that they are able to sit with themselves and begin to ask themselves who they are, what they want to be, and what they want to do differently.”

Wilderness works

Wilderness therapy “gave me my son back — and better,” says Stephen Mace. His son, Christian, age 15, participated in the wilderness program at SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort last year. SUWS is one of several local and regional organizations that use wilderness therapy. And the alternative approach was developed by Asheville-based researcher […]

Asana Xpress: Embodiment of the divine

Heidi Vaught has only been teaching yoga in Asheville for a short while, but she says she's ready to bring the Anusara style (a system based on hatha yoga) to the area’s thriving yoga scene. Hailing from Louisville, Ky., she brings two new classes to the Asheville Yoga Donation Studio. “I like the idea of […]

Just say yes: Joyful Birth and Breastfeeding Expo promotes natural childbirth

“Giving birth is like running a marathon,” observes nurse-midwife Barbara Davenport, co-leader of the BirthNetwork of Western North Carolina. “It requires endurance, healthy eating beforehand and lots of mental preparation." Like an athlete, therefore, a woman should have a coach, "an advocate, educator and guide — and a midwife is just that,” she adds with […]

Asana Xpress: “Letting the outside in”

This is the second in our “Asana Xpress” series highlighting poses from the sun salutation and featuring local yoga students and teachers. Everyone steps onto the yoga mat at different times in their lives, and for many reasons. Kimberly Drye walked through the doors of Asheville Yoga Center and Lighten Up Yoga in order to […]