Phil Ferguson

Phil Ferguson is the leader of The Wandering Swordsmen, an organization dedicated to the facilitation and growth of padded full contact combat sports, also known as boffing. He started training in boffer swordplay in 2006, started the Asheville team and community in 2011, and has been teaching professionally since February … Read More

Alexandra Tait

Alexandra Tait is the owner and lead instructor for Artemis Archery Asheville. She is a USA Archery Level two pro instructor and a lifelong archer. Alexandra teaches traditional archery classes, themed events, and lessons to everyone,  specializing in women and children. She also hosts “Artemis Adventures” Adventure Day Camp for 8-12 … Read More

Sara Callaway

Sara Callaway loves a good conversation about things that matter.  Her twin passions are culture and nature. She has a degree in anthropology and is a Kamana trained naturalist with a decade-long work history as an organic farmer.   In the last 5 years, she’s been teaching adults in the … Read More

Rachel Shopper

Rachel Shopper is a naturalist, outdoor educator, and poet. Growing up, she spent much of her time in the forest, finding solace and inspiration in wild places. Rachel’s curiosity about the various practices across cultures for healing, harmonious connection, and self-discovery have led her to explore many pathways that lead … Read More

Becky Beyer

Becky Beyer is a wild food enthusiast, burgeoning Appalachian Ethnobotanist, and farmer from Barnardsville, NC. She spends her days showing folks wild foods, working on her M.A. in Appalachian Studies and illustrating the plant world around her. She teaches spoon carving, bioregional nutrition, and all things Appalachian folk ways. Want … Read More

Steve Torma

For over thirty years, Steve Torma has gently guided our culture toward cooperation and regeneration. He is the former President of Earthaven Ecovillage, where he continues to live his passion for community and sustainability. He co-founded The REAL Center in 2007 and was on a core faculty member for The … Read More

Bill Parravano

Bill is “The Knee Pain Guru” and “The Best in the World at Eliminating Knee Pain without Drugs, Shots or Surgery.” He has over 25 years of martial art and body work experience understanding movement and tensions patterns that lead to physical pain. Bill believes the nervous system holds the … Read More

Jacqueline Maloney

Jacqueline Maloney is an artist and phytophile of Barnardsville, North Carolina.  Through drawing and painting, she explores the exquisite forms of the plant and animal world, and of her own wild dreamworld, seeking the place where her human body connects and may be at peace with the world around her. … Read More

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