Words that Serve: Writing for Self-Awareness and Mindfulness | Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Nicole Annette is a self-proclaimed Journal Junky® who understands the power of Intentional Journaling. Journaling has played a huge role in her life, and has promoted insight, healing, personal and professional growth. Her passion is to inspire others to transform their lives through the Intentional Journaling Practice. Nicole holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Development. She has facilitated groups, college courses, workshops, and trainings on the subjects of literacy, personal development, self-awareness, life skills, and Intentional Journaling for the past 15 years. Nicole is also the Owner and Maker behind the Journal Junky® brand: a line of earth-friendly stationery, workbooks, and guided journals. She enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories, and connecting others. www.letswriteforachange.com
Indomitable Women of Western North Carolina | Five weeks: Tuesdays, March 3 – 31, 4 – 6 p.m.
Rebecca Caldwell is a writer and educator who serves as the adult education programs manager at The North Carolina Arboretum. She has taught literature and writing at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Clemson University and Western Carolina University. She is also trained as a counselor specializing in expressive arts and ecopsychology. While working in Student Affairs at Western Carolina University, she started the Women’s Center, a resource, advising and advocacy center open to all students. Her doctoral coursework and research at the University of Virginia focused on creativity, intrinsic motivation and the adult learner.
Sumi-e: Japanese Brush Painting | Six weeks: Tuesdays, April 21 – May 26, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Diana Christopherson studied the Japanese brush painting techniques of sumi-e for over 25 years under the tutelage of Reiko Ito Shellum, a Japanese master teacher of the Nanga School. Christopherson taught at Northern Dakota County TriDistrict Community Education from 2008 to 2012.
Teas of China: Class and Tasting | Sunday, March 29, 1 – 3 p.m.
Miles Cramer has been working in the tea industry for the last decade with Dobra Tea, a full service tea house that imports direct from gardens all over the world. In his work, he has traveled to tea gardens in Asia and learned first hand from tea masters about cultivation, production and tea culture. He teaches educational workshops throughout the southeast, introducing people to the deep heritage and joy of drinking high quality tea.
Introduction to Lightroom | Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A professional outdoor photographer for 15 years, Rick Daley has taught both private students (novice to professional) and at art institutions, notably the Sedona Art Center where he has been on the faculty for 10 years. His work has appeared in magazines and books from Alaska Air to the Encyclopedia of Zoos. His exhibits have included the International Color Exhibit, the Washington, D.C. Gallery of Photography, LA Digital Exhibits, Texas Tech College, and many others.
Making a Coptic Stitch Journal | Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Natural Impressions: Designing, Carving and Using Rubber Stamps | Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Gwen Diehn is an emerita professor of art at Warren Wilson College and has taught art workshops for many years. She earned the Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College of Art and her prints, mixed media pieces, drawings and artists’ books are in many public and private collections. She is the author of several books including “Simple Printmaking” and “Real Life Journals.” Her most recent book, “Drawing Ten Thousand Things,” was published in 2017. real-life-journals.blogspot.com
Watercolors: The Tools We Use | Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Elizabeth Ellison is a professional artist with a gallery and studio in Bryson City, N.C. She is noted for depicting the varied wildflowers, animals, and landscapes of the region. Her pen-and-ink drawings and watercolor washes accompany the writing of her husband George Ellison. Together they have published a number of books, including “Blue Ridge Nature Journal” and “Mountain Passages.” Ellison has exhibited widely and she continues to enjoy teaching students of all levels.
Herbal Self Care | Sunday, February 9, 1 – 3 p.m.
Aurora Gantz has been working with herbs since they were a small child running barefoot in the Rocky Mountains. Through the years, they have utilized herbs to provide care for themselves and others. They have a deep passion for self care, gardening, and tea.
M. King Goslin
Silk Reeling: Spiraling Energy of Tai Chi | Eight weeks: Tuesdays, March 24 – May 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
M. King Goslin has been teaching Tai Chi since 2010. Her teachers include Bob Feesor, Caroline Demoise, Master Wu Wen Ching, Dr. Russell Smiley, Dr. Paul Lam and most recently Sifu Dan Jones. She teaches ongoing classes at the YMCA and at the Arboretum and delights in learning, sharing her discoveries and teaching others what is possible.
Ukrainian Pysanky Egg Workshop | Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Andrea Kulish, a first-generation Ukrainian-American, learned the intricate art of pysanky eggs as a young girl sitting in on her mother’s weekly classes. Now she not only creates these beautiful objects with unique folk-inspired designs, but teaches classes in the art herself. Andrea may be found working in her studio in the River Arts District of Asheville, a creative space also featuring woodblock and silkscreen designs, jewelry, art cards, and mixed media works.
Lettering with Flowery Flourishes | Thursday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Catherine Langsdorf began her pursuit of calligraphy in 1987 for the purpose of addressing her own wedding invitations. Langsdorf is the sole proprietor of Long Village Studio, working with clients on one-of-a-kind lettering projects. She studies and teaches a variety of lettering styles and has published instructional articles in calligraphic journals. Her art has been featured in a number of books and can be seen online at longvillagelettering.blogspot.com
Exploring Watercolor A | Saturday, March 21, 1 – 4 p.m.
Exploring Watercolor B | Thursday, April 9, 1 – 4 p.m.
Susan Lingg is a full-time artist who has been studying and sharing the watercolor medium through demonstrations, exhibits and teaching since the 1980s. The fluidity and transparency of watercolor drives her to new explorations of light, color and texture, and she enjoys enabling others to access their own creativity in watercolor and papermaking. Her work can be seen online at watercolorsbysusan.com
Botanical Illustration | Four weeks: Wednesdays, March 18 – April 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Peter Loewer is a writer and botanical artist, graduating from the Albright Art School of the University of Buffalo with a degree in graphics and a minor in art history. Upon graduation he was awarded the Max Beckmann Fellowship to the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Peter’s published works include Growing and Decorating with Ornamental Grasses, The Evening Garden, Thoreau’s Garden, and Jefferson’s Garden. His book The Wild Gardener was named one of the best 75 garden books of the 20th Century by the American Horticultural Society. All of his publications are illustrated with his own photography or artwork. He is the Contributing Editor for “Carolina Gardener” magazine. Today, Loewer lectures and teaches at AB-Tech, conducts exploratory walks at the Road Scholar program at the Montreat Conference Center, and gardens alongside Kenilworth Lake in Asheville.
Poets of the Blue Ridge: Reading Deeper | Tuesday, February 4, and Wednesday, February 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Meeting Horace Kephart, the Man with the Knapsack | Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Brent Martin is the owner of Alarka Institute in the Cowee community of western North Carolina. Alarka Institute offers literary, art, and nature based workshops along with custom designed private individual and group outdoor experiences. He is the author of several poetry and non-fiction chapbooks, and a forthcoming collection of natural history essays to be published by History Press. He has an M.A and ABD in History from Georgia State University, and has worked in environmental conservation for almost three decades.
Introduction to Paper Marbling | Friday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Intermediate Paper Marbling | Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Crafting the Casebound Journal | Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Anne Murray has been passionate about bookmaking ever since encountering The Penland Book of Handmade Books at the public library in 2006. Her skills in binding, paper making, marbling, creating book cloth, and woodworking have been acquired from the John Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC), the Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC),and the Sawtooth School for Visual Art (Winston-Salem, NC), as well as from several well-known paper and book artists. After years of developing and expanding her skills, Murray is now a full-time artist specializing in bookbinding, papermaking, marbling, and book repair. A teacher at heart, she finds pleasure in sharing her passion for paper and book arts.
The Enveloping Landscape: Contemplative Photography in Practice | Friday, February 14, 4 – 6:30 p.m. | Saturday, February 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Susan Patrice is a documentary photographer, community artist, and founder of Makers Circle, a nonprofit organization that designs community-based arts projects dedicated to cultural transformation and healing. Her photography and public installations focus primarily on the Southern Landscape and its people and features intimate images that touch deeply into the questions of place, gender, and belonging.
The Search for Something Hidden: Reading Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders | Four weeks: Tuesdays, April 7 – 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Tom Rash graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in English and completed his master’s in English at Clemson University. A book reviewer and essayist, he has taught English and writing at Clemson University, A-B Tech Community College, and Shaw University. Rash has worked as a freelance editor since 1985 and is the owner and managing editor of Asheville Editing. His editing clients include his brother, award-winning author Ron Rash. Tom is also currently working on a documentary film detailing the influence of Thomas Wolfe’s novel Look Homeward, Angel.
BioForest Immersion A | Sunday, January 26, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
BioForest Immersion B | Sunday, March 1, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
BioForest Immersion C | Sunday, March 29, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
BioForest Immersion D | Sunday, April 26, 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Yanina Salerno is a lover of the land who believes many have forgotten our innate connection & relationship with the forest. She is a forest therapy guide, a certified Reiki healer, a Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Cross-Cultural Shamanic Arts apprentice, holds a Certificate in Forest Management Technology-Natural Resource Specialist, and is currently working towards a North Carolina Environmental Education Certification.
Nature, Art, and Community: Responding to Our Changing World | Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cynthia Shealy is a certified EMDR Consultant, registered yoga teacher, and expressive arts therapist. She has a private therapy practice in Asheville, NC where she works with individuals and leads community expressive arts workshops in the area. Her “whole person” approach incorporates the therapeutic tools of Ecotherapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, mindfulness, humor, creativity, yoga, movement, and a healthy dose of curiosity and self compassion.
Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra A | Sunday, January 19, 2 – 4 p.m.
Unwind & Renew: A Mind-Body Wellness Retreat | Friday, January 24, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Clear Mind, Relaxed Body: Meditation and Your Health | Six weeks: Wednesdays, February 19 – March 25, 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra B | Sunday, February 23, 2 – 4 p.m.
Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra C | Sunday, March 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
Deep Relaxation: Yoga Nidra D | Sunday, April 19, 2 – 4 p.m.
Jenne Sluder is a qualified mental health professional and is certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists as a trauma-sensitive therapeutic yoga instructor. She holds a Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology: Ecopsychology from Naropa University and specializes in mind-body approaches to improving mental and physical health. An Asheville native, Sluder works with individuals and with groups using somatic (body-based), contemplative (mindfulness-based), ecological (nature-based), and compassion-based practices.
Introduction to Felting | Friday, February 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rose Szabo has enjoyed the many aspects of felting for the past 13 years. From simple wet felted beads to complex nuno felted garments, she enjoys experimenting with new techniques. Rose has a passion for felting and would like to share that with others.