BLAINESWORLD #826, Section 12A (NC)

(1) Bele Chere takes over downtown Asheville this coming July 27-29. It’s a music and arts festival that some 350,000 people attend each year. I went once, and it was OK . . . but I’m not a big fan of crowds or heat, so I think I’ll take a pass this year. If you’ll be going, you can find out more by clicking:

(2) Chuck Beattie–aka Dr. Blues–plays a set at Nona Mia, 1050 Haywood Road in West Asheville on Sunday.

(3) LA CAGE AUX FOLLES concludes its run at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville.  7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday.

Note: I saw the above show a few weeks ago. It’s great!

(4) BIG RIVER; THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FIN. Through August 11 at Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville. Check website for dates and times:

Note: This should be a winner, especially because Josh Stein (a Mars Hill college student/SART performer) is one of the stars.

(5) Improvisation Theory with Jeff Thompson

Healing creativity flows from a whole-hearted embrace of parts of ourselves that had been rejected as unacceptable. Mindfulness and improvisation are two different means of accomplishing this embrace. Through body awareness exercises, visualization, and improv games, we will explore the principles of improvisation and how those guidelines can also be applied to life in general.Mondays 3-5 pm
Thursdays 6:30-8:30
Fridays 3-5 pm
at the Sacred Embodiment Center
41 Carolina Lane$10 per class per personAbout Jeff Thompson:In addition to teaching Improv Therapy classes, Jeff is also passionate about providing coaching and therapy on an individual basis to people who want to access greater wholeness, spontaneity, and joy in their lives. He is available by Skype counseling (anywhere in the world!), and he also has a real life office in Asheville, NC.Jeff has a Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and is licensed as a Professional Counseling Associate in the state of North Carolina, and has done more therapist and personal growth trainings than you can shake a stick at (Gestalt, hypnosis, Hakomi, NLP, EMDR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Feldenkrais, etc…). But there’s this other side to what Jeff does/who he is that makes his approach special. While he’s been studying all the modalities mentioned in the last paragraph, his other passion running alongside that has always been performance. He worked for three years as a touring singer/songwriter, has sung for numerous jazz bands, acted in countless plays, and has taken tons of trainings and workshops in vocal, musical, and theatrical improvisation. For Jeff, the two fields have always been just two sides of the same coin! So, He’s been working to develop what Jeff calls improv therapy. Essentially, what Jeff is offering is a course in really FUN healing. Each class segment is organized around a particular theme, a theme that is explored through body centered meditations, hypnosis-style visualizations, interpersonal exercises, and games taken from theatrical and vocal improv traditions.watsupjeff@gmail.comDirections and Parking info: a complete list of Events at the Sacred Embodiment Center:

(6)  Sunday Celebrations Now  in Black Mountain!

Are you looking for a spiritual community where you are accepted for your beliefs and encouraged to evolve from your highest potential?

We promote a spiritual way of life that honors all paths of spirituality.

We openly accept people of all races, religions, sexual orientations and socio – economic backgrounds.

Learn spiritual tools for everyday living that can transform your life and recreate your journey in a new and different way!

Meet at the White Horse Black Mountain

on Sundays at 11 am for

Healing Crystal Bowls and more…

105 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711

All are welcome!

For details visit our website at, email or call 828.216.6438.

Rev. Heidi M. Peck

Center for Spiritual Living Foothills



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