Charles Eisenstein
Charles Eisenstein

Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of human culture and identity. He is the author of several books, most recently Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible. His background includes a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Yale, a decade in Taiwan as a translator, and stints as a college instructor, a yoga teacher, and a construction worker. He currently writes and speaks full-time. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and four children.

We live in a time of crisis. The environment, energy, health care, money, politics, education… none of our systems are working very well any more, and more and more people understand that the way we are doing things is unsustainable. Normal is falling apart. But endings are often also beginnings. What are these crises transitioning us into? What might the new normal look like? In this program, Charles Eisenstein describes the deep, invisible stories that underlie the crisis of our time, and the new stories upon which we are already beginning to build a different kind of civilization. A new (and ancient) consciousness is emerging, but our institutions – money, medicine, government, and more – are still grounded in the old. This program will illuminate how we can participate in a revolution in human beingness, that includes a different relationship to Earth, a different experience of self, and a different conception of life purpose than what is normal today.
Cortina Caldwell
Cortina Caldwell
Cortina Caldwell is a native and resident lover of the Appalachian Mountains.  After an intense journey of self-discovery across the Southeast, she answered the call to return home in 2011. Since 2011, Cortina has been sharing her love for authentic connections, visioning from the heart and change-making through Visit & Venture. The birth of Visit & Venture led to her work with the HandMade in America, Southeastern Wise Women Herbal Conference, Sirens on the Mountain Music Festival, Appalachian State University, Asheville Area Arts Council, Leadership Asheville, LEAF Community Arts, Western Carolina University, Mycelium, Authentic Communities Summit and others.  Cortina has been trained by leaders in the fields of hospitality, event management, leadership, communications, facilitation, coaching and design.  Cortina brings passion and intuition to her work.(http://www.mycelium.is)
Are you working 20, 40, 60+ hours per week?  What system are you using to identify when your work is in alignment with your purpose? Is there more that you want to be doing? In this workshop, we will explore questions of the heart that will guide the articulation of your personal values, beliefs and visions for the work you do in the world.  Whether you have a current business, the spark of a business idea, work for someone else or unemployed – the work of connecting your time/energy with the yearnings of the soul is for you.
Daniella Miller
Daniella Miller
A heartless Sabbath breeds extinction. Ritual becomes the mundane and the mundane ritual. The heart has become time, the beat that keeps the moment, eternal patience. Collective has become private so we may relate in the unknown, deeply connected to one another in the ethereal minds of  non-existence, the conscious body world, the void. Worlds become manifest through fantasy, and exponentially trust, deeply harnessing the self within the self, to express the known truth. At peace under the skin, relaxed, we are who we say we are.

It is the giving and receiving of prayers that generate the isolation of intention, moments to remember give power to the force that creates dust. Ephemeral blessings bring through the humor of love, deep-seeded in unconditional acceptance. Meditation, concentration, trance, focus, force, power, essential gifts to the self, Freedom in expression of desire has taught the world to be vulnerable to the absolute.

  Adornments and objects used in sacred ritual, talismans , fetishes, and heirlooms. Devotion, dedication, and passion give respect to the one who wears it.  It all comes into the vibrancy of the collector, the appreciation of the  possession, a “thing” of a unique character,  born from this place of heart within someone else.

Ritual, the possession of freedom incarnate thru the body. Sensations and divine interaction. Gratifying the appearance of fantasy, working limitless in reality. The archetypes of our internal landscaped universe giving way to ocular wetness. Remembering, healing and the discovery, the trigger of awareness through balance and disharmony.

We invoke the necessity of pure experience through objects that trigger memory, sight, feel, sense, extensions of our expression, connections of the heart and the devotion of intention manifest through the hands and the natural worlds gifts that surround us… wood, shell, feather, skin, hair, stone, fire, the blade… The collector resides embodied in the fragments of creation.

Participants will bring items from their special collections, alters, or findings and learn how to put them together in a loving and intentional process to make them into personal adornment or magical gifts for loved ones. (See Daniella’s artist’s statement to learn why she does this for a living, and the relevance & importance of ritual in our lives and adornments.)
David Krantz
David Krantz
David Krantz is a lifelong music and audio geek who has always wondered why we each like the sounds that we like. As part of his on-going quest to discover this, he produces music as Futexture, teaches Ableton Live, calibrates synthesizers at Moog Music, and heads the audio division of R&D at The Apeiron Center for Human Potential. He and his wife live in Asheville, NC and enjoy singing to their two cats.
How does music and sound interact with the mind, body, and spirit? Learn about how ancient techniques and spiritual practices are being combined with science and modern technology to help treat a variety of psychophysiological conditions, reduce stress, increase well-being, and empower self expression. Part biophysics lesson, part group discussion, and part interactive workshop, come learn how your body interacts with the sonic environment, discuss what music means to you, and let loose with some silly sounds.
Anthony Thogmartin
Anthony Thogmartin
Producer behind EarthCry and a singer, composer, guitar player, and producer in the band Papadosio, Anthony lives and breathes a musical life. Yet much of his musical inspiration comes from the natural world: beautiful hikes, human interaction, and pure experience rather than theory and institution. Eager to share what he has learned in this unique life, Anthony hopes to be able to inspire others around him into various forms of expression so they can perhaps experience the liberating and healing benefits that an artistic lifestyle can yield.
Before computers and software, before samplers and drum machines, even before club DJs and turntablism, there was first the realm of the modular synthesizer. The origins of electronic music are more lifelike and organic than one might think. Like singing electricity, these delightful devices are making a resurgence as musicians realize that most of the samples used in modern electronic music were first created, then sampled from analog devices. Uniting age-old techniques with today’s tech, young creatives are exploring never before heard sonic territory as what was once considered a dead technique is being used in brand new ways. Join Anthony as he takes you on an audible journey from decades past up to the amazing and tantalizing present day!
Joshua Spiceland
Joshua Spiceland
Spiceland lives and works in Asheville. He teaches a drawing class with 11-13 year old students. The exploration of visual theory is very dear to his heart.
Explore artistic method and the science of seeing. Participants will re-visit the fundamentals of design and expand their awareness of form and visual phenomenon. Insight should be achieved for all levels of experience in this drawing session.
Michael Numinous of Buchi Kombucha
Michael Numinous of Buchi Kombucha

Michael Numinous at your service. My work is weaving narratives and sharing ideas which inspire people towards regenerative social change. I am an optimist, artist and activist. I believe there is a place for people like me in the world — dreamers with revolutionary ideals who have found projects and brands in alignment with their vision of the future. My work with Buchi has shown me how triple bottom line commerce can help heal human culture by being an engine which brings these visions within view. I’m excited to share more about kombucha brewing and the higher dimensions of Buchi with you.

In this workshop, we begin to tap into and explore what it means to engage in conscious commerce while honoring a sacred oath to each other, our community and the earth that sustains us. We embody a shared belief that business can be a force for good in the world.  We’ve crafted Buchi to be a platform for some of our values: community centered commerce, fermented foods, and partnerships with other like-minded businesses and social profit (aka “non-profit”) organizations. Throughout our organization, we are imagining and co-creating the world we want to live in.  A future where our grandkids can look back and be proud of what we’ve built. We hope you join us as we share our experience in cultivating the culture.