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Education, Training, Retreat


*LET’S KEEP LIFTING EACH OTHER UP: Alberta Hunter 1895 – 1984

At 12 she fled poverty in Memphis to become a blues singer in Chicago. Hunter began singing at a brothel, but nightclub jobs soon followed. When she had saved enough money, she moved her mother north and cared for her the rest of her life. Though married briefly, Hunter never consummated the union, saying she could not sleep with a man with her mother so close. In truth, she was a lesbian, and her real love was Lottie Taylor, her partner of many years.



The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. CLICK HERE FOR CLASS SCHEDULES

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Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship based in Asheville, North Carolina

The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund (AMKRF) has been supporting and promoting the social justice work of leading progressive organizations since the late 1980’s. AMKRF supports efforts that address systemic change with regards to policy, legal, and cultural reform.

In 2012, the AMKRF founded The Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship. The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund is based in Asheville, North Carolina.

Southern Dharma Retreat Center

Southern Dharma Retreat Center

Southern Dharma is a non-sectarian retreat center that offers a rich variety of affordable, teacher-led programs representing different spiritual traditions with a unifying theme of silence, meditation, and contemplation. Retreats vary in length from 2 to 10 nights, with all retreatants housed on-site and delicious vegetarian/vegan meals provided.

Southern Dharma’s secluded location in the middle of a 135-acre preserve of undeveloped forest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, about an hour northwest of Asheville, provides a quiet and peaceful refuge where being in nature enhances the spiritual experience of being on retreat.
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MOTHER GROVE Goddess Temple – celebrating the Divine Feminine

It says everything about Asheville that the chapel and offices of the Goddess temple are across the street from the First Baptist Church.

Mother Grove Temple was established in 2008. We have a full schedule of programs including public rituals for the ancient holy days (and Earth Day), religious education for adults and children, Full Moon ceremonies, Sunday morning meditation time, and rites of passage by appointment.


INNER VISION Guided Introspection

InnerVision is an educational organization offering self-discovery programs for those seeking to transcend adversity and discontent . The founder and director of InnerVision, Nancy Spence has facilitated awareness workshops for 30 years. She is a professional educator and licensed Minister who holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology and provides  private counseling for individuals and couples who are serious about their personal work and relationships.


Prama Institute

Prama Institute welcomes all its friends to enjoy a night (or a few) of peace and solitude—or in the company of a partner, family or friends—here at our facility. Come enjoy the spring flowers, summer greenery, fall colors, or even a cozy winter day, hike on our new trails, build a fire, take a day trip to Hot Springs for a healing soak, visit the quaint town of Marshall, or come to meditate, practice yoga, or write in our peaceful and inspiring environment. Just give us a call for rates and availability.

Prama Institute is a retreat center, hosting groups and programs that provide holistic education for people and planet. They also offer private retreats, welcoming anybody to enjoy a night (or a few) of peace and solitude……
(828) 649-9408    310 Panhandle Road, Marshall, NC 28753.   Visit us here: Prama Insitute

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