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Awakening in Nature Tours and Meditation Hikes

We have a number of tours devoted to appreciating the natural beauty and aliveness this Universe has to offer, while connecting with the same aliveness that animates our bodies. Whether we are gazing at the mountains, the sun, the moon, the stars, the forest, a waterfall, whether hiking in the woods or sitting on the mountain top, we start each tour by setting an intention to help ground us in the present moment. We provide some guidance on attaining a state of expanded awareness designed to connect us with the rich aliveness of the natural world all around. Our guided meditations are designed to create a sense of oneness with all that is, while Mother Nature provides a beautiful container for Self-exploration and Self-discovery.

Each tour concludes with a sharing circle for those who feel motivated to share their experience and some guidance for further Self-investigation. Each participant will leave feeling a deeper connection to all that is as well as tools to help them connect with inner peace in the midst of everyday life.

Price: $30 per person

When: Flexible

Please contact us to schedule your awakening journey into the beautiful mountains of WNC. [Be sure to ask about our discount for local residents.]

"Trey was very inspiring from the start of our interactions and adventure! He recommended some very helpful meditation techniques to use according to what we needed during our drive to the mountain. He took us to a beautiful mountain with a variety of nature elements and scenic spots. He assured us we could take our time at any of the stops and go at our own pace. During our hike and while overlooking the mountain he gave us meditative tid bits to help us to stay present, which was so awesome! Over all we had a very nice hike that was both meditative and informative. We would highly recommend it!" ~ Melissa D.

 

Meditation Hike and Stargazing Tour

Take an evening journey to the top of a mountain for an evening of meditation and contemplative stargazing. First, author and meditation guide, Trey Carland, will lead you through the forest around sunset, connecting with the felt sense of aliveness all around.

Once the light gives way to darkness, astronomer and author, Stephan Martin, will help expand our hearts and minds as we explore the constellations, reflect on our place in the Milky Way galaxy, and discuss the origin and nature of the magnificent universe that surrounds us.

Bring a note pad and pen, blanket, or chair for sitting on the ground and dress warmly. Refunds will be given if the event is cancelled due to weather.

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a social-distancing sensitive event, with people driving separately to the meeting site and then maintaining a safe distance from each other while feeling connected to each other and the universe.

Price: $25 per person

When: TBA

 

CBD Yoga Classes at the Hemp Farm

 

We are excited to announce two new CBD Yoga classes in the cozy greenhouse of Appalachian Standard hemp farm in Candler, NC. 

CBD Yoga for EveryBODY with Margaret Kirschner

Join Margaret Kirschner, Certified Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, for CBD Yoga for EveryBODY class . Participants will receive complimentary sample of Appalachian Standard’s non-GMO, hemp derived CBD, grown right there at the farm to help them relax and get grounded. More about the class:

Reach for health and wholeness with gentle yoga for real people with real bodies that have some limitations and lots of potential. This is yoga for people who want to move with less pain, feel both relaxed and clear and stay connected to themselves and others. Come home to yourself and begin to reconnect to your breath and your sensations. We move slowly, with curiosity rather than judgment. We connect to a felt sense in the body rather than in the head. The mindset is nudged toward compassionate attention to the natural wisdom of the body with an intention of training the nervous system back to resiliency. Many options are made available to allow you to control if, when, and how to move your own body, when to stop and when to move ahead into challenge. If you live with pain, experience sleep difficulties, are in recovery from addiction, have digestion discomfort, anxiety or depression, this class may offer help and hope.

Price: $15-$25 Sliding Scale*

Register Here (Please remember to bring your own mat)

When: TBA

 

CBD Vinyāsa Flow & Vegan Treats with Daniel Stonestreet

Join Daniel Stonestreet, yoga instructor and owner of Sun Raw Foods, for CBD Vinyāsa Flow (Level 1 & 2). Participants will receive complimentary sample of Appalachian Standard’s non-GMO, hemp derived CBD, grown right there at the farm to help them relax and get grounded. You will also enjoy pre and post class samples of Sun Raw Foods' vegan treats!  More about the class:
Daniel’s sensory intuition, kinetic energy and tender-hearted sensitivity guide his practice, suitable for all levels. His vinyasa sessions incorporate breathwork, flowy yoga sequences, positions and dynamic stretching along an artistic and poetic spectrum that always allows for spontaneity and invites inclusive participation. Daniel finds yoga to be the most engaging way to embody, channel and release physical, mental, spiritual and emotional energy, respond to pain, share community and create complete exhilaration.

Price: $15-$25 Sliding Scale*

Register Here (Please remember to bring your own mat)

When: TBA

* The sliding scale allows everyone to participate fully while determining their own ability to pay. This provides optimal accessibility for you while sustaining our ability to continue to offer this awesome experience.

 

Meditation Hike with Intuitive Nature Photography Tour


On this tour we will be using meditation to create a clear channel, as we learn how to listen to and learn from Nature's innate wisdom, using intuitive photography to capture the essence that unites the viewer with what's being viewed. Meditation guide, Trey Carland, will provide instructions on directing attention inward, while remaining aware of the world we inhabit, thereby creating a sense of oneness with all that is. 

Intuitive Nature Photographer and Teacher, Sophia Phillips, provides instructions on how to capture your surroundings in the present moment’s essence and beauty via your intuition and thru the lens of your digital camera or cell phone camera. Sophia’s Perspective… "When we spend time in Nature we become attuned to hear her voice, it's a language like no other. Once connected we gain clarity, support and peace. Drawing from the metaphors in Nature we gain poetic insight of the soul and bring the inherent wisdom of Nature into the mind and heart. Our lives become less fearful, richer and satisfying... even through the dark nights of the soul. We cease giving our power away...realizing that we had the answers all along.” See some of Sophia's work on Instagram and Facebook.

No previous meditation or photography experience required. Only an openness to explore the inner and outer dimensions of existence. The end result is an overall sense of connectedness and well-being, as well as some meaningful photographs to serve as a reminder that you and Nature are in fact one and the same.

Price: $60
When: Flexible

 

Vehicular Meditation and Sound Healing

If hiking isn't your thing, but you still like to enjoy the outdoor beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we offer scenic car rides. In these excursions, we will play some deeply healing audio tracks from some well-know sound healers in the area. We combine guided meditation techniques, forward motion, beautiful scenery and sound healing to bring about expansive states of awareness. Whether it be the deep bass tones of the didgeridoo or soothing singing bowls, you will experience the energetic healing of the sounds while gazing into the natural beauty of the mountains. It's like a sound healing while forest bathing on wheels!

Price: $20 per person

When: Flexible

 

Full Moon Rising Tour

Have you ever noticed how large the moon appears to be when it's near the horizon? It can appear to be many times larger at the horizon than when it's high overhead. Rather than bore you with the scientific explanation, why not just come enjoy seeing it rising above the Blue Ridge Mountains! Join us for a 2 hour journey to a mountain top and witness the beauty of the  moon floating slowly into view. These tours involve minimal hiking. We will find a suitable viewing spot and just bask in the moonlight. We meet an hour before moon rise time (click here for moon rise schedule) and journey to a perfect viewing spot. These tours are held within 1 day before and after the full moon each month.

Price: $20 per person

When: Flexible

 

Sunset Tour

If you haven't seen the sunset from a mountain top, then it's time to. Join us for a 2 hour journey to a mountain top to witness the colorful display of the sun sinking behind the Blue Ridge Mountains. Because the weather here is very unpredictable, we really don't know how spectacular the display will be until it happens. Even rainy days often clear off just in time to have a gorgeous sunset. We will meditate with the setting sun. We meet an hour before sunset (click here for sunset schedule) and journey to the perfect viewing spot.

Price: $20 per person

When: Flexible

Seasonal Offerings

 

CBD Yoga and Hemp Farm Tours (coming soon)
 

People everywhere are touting the health benefits of using CBD. Western NC has become a hotbed of CBD growers and processors and one has offered a very unique experience for CBD and yoga lovers. Come visit the hemp farm for a one hour tour where you will learn what goes into growing and processing this popular plant. Each participant will be given a complimentary dose of CBD, then be led through a one hour yoga and meditation practice in the greenhouse surrounded by hemp plants. Flowers, tinctures and other CBD-based items will be available for purchase.

 

Native and Medicinal Plant Hikes

Join us for a 2 hour exploration of the native and medicinal plants that grow in the mountains of WNC. Learn about the various plants and what they are used for, while sipping Ginseng infused tea. Depending on the season you will learn about Ginseng, Bloodroot, Cohosh and Goldenseal, just to name a few. Price includes a plant start and/or medicinal tincture.

Fall Color Tour

The Fall is a beautiful time to visit Western NC as the leaves transition from their rich green color, to yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Join us for a 2 hour journey into the mountains to see Mother Nature's beautiful display of colors. We will pick you up and take you on a scenic drive to a mountain trail near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hikes begin with setting an intention and some guidance on making the most of your time in nature, followed by a sharing circle. There is no shortage of scenic destinations for any skill level, so let us know if you have any special requests.

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