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Education, Training, Retreat

SECRETS OF THE FOREST,  a Four Volume Series on Returning to Nature by Following the Footsteps of the Cherokee

By Mark Warren, owner of Medicine Bow Wilderness School and winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s “Georgia Conservation Educator of the Year” award, U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and winner of the World Championship Longbow title.

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

Western Carolina Intercultural Affairs

Western Carolina University’s Department of Intercultural Affairs is located in the A.K. Hinds University Center. The mission of Intercultural Affairs is to provide an inclusive environment that examines, recognizes, accepts, and affirms human differences and similarities related to national origin, religion, gender, disability, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic status. The Department of Intercultural Affairs contributes to a culturally rich campus through advocacy, diversity and social justice education, leadership and the development of global citizens. Intercultural Affairs provides lectures, cultural awareness programs, films, and workshops to promote social justice and cultural competency as well as to respond to acts of discrimination and bias.

 Click here for the department’s website

Department of Intercultural Affairs | Western Carolina University | A.K. Hinds University Center | Cullowhee, NC 28723

Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

Lake Junaluska has always been known as a place of spiritual enrichment, leader development and transformation. We continue that mission with a renewed commitment to offering new opportunities for worship, study, leadership development and events that encourage all to a commitment to Christ and enable growth as disciples. We host events that challenge the mind and heart. There are opportunities for mission, evangelism, worship, nurture and spiritual enrichment. Lake Junaluska’s mission is to provide hospitality, creativity and excellence in everything that we do. Come and join us this year!

Haywood County, NC

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.

**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.

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.
Madison County

Center for Participatory Change

The Center for Participatory Change

The Center for Participatory Change helps people recognize their own power, work together and transform their communities. Through grassroots organizing, capacity building, networking and grantmaking, CPC helps rural people make improvements in their communities through projects that they plan, implement and evaluate themselves. CPC exists to support the work of grassroots leaders, groups and networks throughout Western North Carolina, particularly those whose work promotes racial and economic justice. In the area of economic justice, our partners include both worker-owned cooperative businesses that are creating new income opportunities, and also organizations advocating for workers’ rights, living wage policies, and other economic justice issues.  Contact CPC    PO Box 9238   Asheville NC 28815   (828) 232-2049 (tel)

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