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Join the Earth Day Celebration at OM Sanctuary, a non-profit holistic retreat and education center located 2 miles from downtown Asheville! Enjoy three forest based presentations, live music, slack-lining, Appalachian Medicine Chai Chat, face-painting, Qi Gong, Chair Massage, rock painting, Prayer Rock Circle Ceremony, AppalaChai!, Raffle prizes and more!
Earth Day Celebration Schedule
12:00- Registration and outdoor activities
Slack-lining with Jesse Goldman, Chai Tea from AppalaChai, Chair Massage, Music by Madelyn Ilana, Face painting and more!
12:30-1:15- Forest Bathing Introduction with Mary Liske
Learn the history and health benefits of disconnecting from daily distractions while connecting with nature. Mindfully experiencing nature through the senses is wonderful in reducing stress and connecting on a cellular and spiritual level with the environment. Benefits include lowering the stress hormone cortisol, strengthening the immune system and improving mood and cognition. Immerse and explore the interconnected web of life in the OM Sanctuary’s 42-acre conservation forest and allow creativity, wonder and healing to take place in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
1:30-2:15- Appalachian Medicine Chai Chat with Warren Wilson students Hannah Gibbons and Dakota Wagner
The Appalachian region is well known for its’ history and abundance of medicinal plants. During this session Warren Wilson students Dakota Wagner, native plant enthusiast, and Hannah Gibbons, self-taught herbalist, will discuss how to incorporate native medicine into your daily routine.
2:40-3:40- Mindful Forestry with Dr. Dave Ellum
Dr. Dave Ellum, Dean of Land Resources and Professor of Ecological Forestry will present on Mindful Forestry. What are the ethical and philosophical underpinnings of responsible forest stewardship? Can nature be imitated through thoughtful management? Dr. Ellum’s presentation will share perspectives on these and other important questions through the lens of Ecological Forestry.

3:50-4:45- Guided Mindful Forestry on the Tranquility Trail

The talk will be followed by a hike through OM Sanctuary’s 42-acre nature preserve where Dr. Ellum will talk about the natural history of the region and point out species and landscape features that tell the unique story of the land.
4:30-5:30-Qi Gong in the Garden with Brian Relph
4:45-5:30- Prayer Rock Circle Ceremony with Rene Cataño
*Schedule subject to change
If you are interested in volunteering at the Earth Day Celebration, please contact Mary Liske at wellnesscoordinator@omsanctuary.org