Resources & Inspiration

This page of resources is constantly evolving. 

Clarity Acupuncture (Sarah Thomas, LAc)
People’s Acupuncture of Asheville

Community Acupuncture in West Asheville


Continuing Education Courses 

AB Tech 
The Asheville Darkroom
(photography classes and workshops)
Blue Ridge Community College

Mayland Community College
Penland School of Crafts

Creative Writing Classes
Great Smokies Writing Program
Writing from the Top of Your Head with Nina Hart
Nina has a gift for teaching the art of letting go and writing from within – whether it be utterly ridiculous or deeply sacred.

Herbal, Stone, and Energy Medicine

Clarity Stone Medicine (live and online crystal healing classes which highlight ancient Chinese texts)

The Healing Village 

Liz Gunn Intuitive Astrology 
Mind the Body Therapies
(myofacial release, stone medicine, essential oils)

Moontree Apothocaries (connecting women to the seasons through. stone medicine and the art of. sacred adornment.
One Willow Apothecaries


Asheville Community Yoga

Asheville Yoga Center 

West Asheville Yoga 

Retreat Centers/Vision Quests
Stone Circles at The Stone House in Mebane, NC
Springbank Ecospirituality Retreat Center near Charleston, SC
Animas Valley Institute, various places across the world






















Local Resources 
Joanna Macy

The Work that Reconnects by Joanna Macy
“Drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions, the Work That Reconnects (WTR) builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture. First emerging in 1978, this pioneering, open-source body of work has its roots in the teachings and experiential methods of Joanna Macy.”

If you’ve felt a deep despair because of the state of our world and the idea that humans have “power over” vs. “power with” nature, The Work that Reconnects may be an avenue for opening that up to allow you to become an active change agent. In 2012, I was able to meet Joanna Macy and an amazing group of people wanting to engage with what is happening in our world in a responsible way.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.


AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.  AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

  • Funding scientific research

  • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention

  • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention

  • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

What does “Survivors of Suicide Loss” mean?
AFSP uses this expression to refer to the family and friends left behind after someone dies by suicide. Survivors are the ones left to pick up the broken pieces and find a way to move forward through grief and emptiness. If you are very new to the tragedy of suicide loss, despair may be your companion. 


Out of Darkness Walks
As both a therapist and a survivor of suicide loss myself, I had the unique opportunity to participate in and raise money for the AFSP at the Out of Darkness Walk in Atlanta in 2011. 

 Spending time learning from Joanna Macy  

 Blue Ridge Pride, Oct 2017  

 Atlanta Out of the Darkness Walk 2011 

Community Support Groups
*Please verify the meeting times and places before attending, as they sometimes change. 

Refuge Recovery – Asheville
Fridays 7-8:30pm & Sundays 6-7:30pm at Urban Dharma 
From the Urban Dharma website: “Meetings are held in the temple area unless there is an Urban Dharma event going on –  in those cases, we will meet in the library upstairs. Meetings are open to anyone interested in a Buddhist path to recovery, whether they identify themselves as addicts, alcoholics, substance abusers, codependents or addictive personalities of any variety. Refuge Recovery is “a practice, a process, a set of tools, a treatment, and a path to healing addiction and the suffering caused by addiction,” drawn from the book Refuge Recovery by Noah Levine.

For more information, please refer to the Refuge Recovery website: Anyone planning on attending a Refuge Recovery meeting is encouraged to first purchase the book, Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Path to Recovering from Addiction.  You can contact the Asheville Refuge Recovery Group at

SMART Recovery
Asheville meeting is held Thursdays 6:00-7:00 PM Grace Episcopal Church
871 Merrimon Ave. 28804
Meeting held in conference room downstairs


Women for Sobriety
“WFS is a self-help Program for women with problems of addiction. It is the first and only self-help Program for women only and its precepts take into account the very special problems women have in recovery – the need for feelings of self-value and self-worth, and the need to expatiate feelings of guilt and humiliation.”
Local Asheville meeting takes place on Thursdays at the YWCA from 6:30-8pm.

Twelve-Step Groups
Western North Carolina Alcoholics Anonymous
Western North Carolina Narcotics Anonymous 

Harm Reduction

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in North Carolina and throughout the American South. NCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource and policy development, coalition building, and direct services for people impacted by drug use, incarceration, sex work, overdose, gender, HIV and hepatitis and first responders.


The Steady Collective
"The Steady Collective is dedicated to promoting the wellness of people who use drugs through empowerment and respectful collaboration. Our goal is to improve overall community health by reducing the rate of drug overdose and the spread of infectious disease with education, advocacy, and direct services." 

Buprenorphine Education

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment (NAABT)

Facts about Buprenorphine (Suboxone) from SAMHSA
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families from SAMSHA
The State of Buprenorphine Treatment from SAMSHA
Dr. Jana Burson’s Blog