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ARTISTS (see also Women’s Art Space)


v Diane English (a.k.a The Great Cosmic Happy Ass)
Based on her retail and metaphysical experience and her deranged sense of humor, she has created a line of… “Greeting Cards for the Spiritually Challenged”. Ranging from the deeply affirmative to irresistably irreverently funny, Diane’s cards are proven best sellers and will bring deep laughter and tears to you - and your friends, loved ones and customers. See her work at
Belinda Dunn Do you know your life purpose? Are you standing at a crossroads? Do you need insight into a key relationship? Is something holding you back from success and happiness, but you don’t know what it is? Astrology can answer these questions and much more. For over 35 years, Belinda has shared the ancient arts of astrology, natural health, energy medicine and yoga with thousands of people. As a teenager, Belinda experienced a spontaneous spiritual awakening that completely changed her life path, taking her from a conservative, traditional upbringing to the world of yoga. Moving to Asheville in 1989, Belinda and her husband published the first metaphysical newspaper in WNC. This gave her the opportunity to begin writing “What’s UP,” her popular cosmic trends update, currently available as a free email newsletter. As mother of five, and grandmother to four, Belinda brings a wealth of life experience to your session. To this day, Belinda’s highly intuitive, accurate, down-to-earth and inspiring consultations are sent to clients around the globe. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, she is available in person and by phone.

828-215-2101 cell

888-215-8595 toll free

v Joan Medlicott is best known for her series of novels taking place in Western North Carolina…the first being The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love. Her latest novel, A Blue and Grey Christmas, is in bookstores now. This is a heartwarming story about three generations of women who find their way past old hurts and losses to understanding, forgiveness and love. One reviewer called the novel “superb”. “It is high drama,” she writes, “as it tells the story of these women’s lives.”

Celia Miles

Journey to StennessCelia Miles

Celia Miles, Appalachian by birth and by choice, has published in a variety of genres (even in the true confessions market) and since retiring as a college English instructor, has written and/or edited nine books:sweet romances set locally and based on herbs and grist mills; Appalachian/historical fiction dealing with a childhood in the 1940s and a woman surviving the chaos of the mid-1800s; collections of short stories set in the south and abroad; anthologies (co-editor: poet Nancy Dillingham) of Western North Carolina women writing about Christmas and clothes. Her latest novel, set primarily in Orkney, shows a woman’s journey to learn about her husband’s past on the Scottish island where she learns less about him than about herself-Journey to Stenness.


Lavinia Plonka
Asheville Movement Center
Where Healing, Learning and Movement Meet

Director Lavinia Plonka is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, a nationally renowned somatic educator and author of What Are You Afraid Of? A Body/Mind Guide to Courageous Living. Her 35 years of experience in the movement arts informs the curriculum at Asheville Movement Center, where classes in Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Nia, as well as special workshops in related subjects are continuously offered. Lavinia also helps people in private sessions, addressing a range of challenges from stroke recovery and MS to artists wanting to improve creativity and performance. Visit or call 828-275-4838


Acupuncture Center Of Asheville
Chinese Herbalist
Acupuncturist Qi Gong Therapist


Philip Ricker is a graduate of The American College of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM and a Diplomat of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Bei Jing, China and the Hei Long Jiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China. Among his numerous teachers are the world renowned herbalist Dr. Huang Bing Shan and the internationally recognized expert on head trauma and spinal cord injuries, biomedical research engineer Dr. Y. King Liu. He received his Oriental Medical degree from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine where he studied with Drs. Michael and Nancy Zeng. He has been a long time student of the healing art known as Qi Gong. Ricker has studied extensively in China and the United States for the past 27 years and is currently a student of fifth generation Qi Gong master, Dr. T. K. Shih.

He has taught Qi Gong for the past 20 years and is a qualified Qi Gong therapist. He maintains a daily practice of Tai Qi Quan and Qi Gong.

Phil Ricker is the second licensee in North Carolina. He is a past president of the Acupuncture Association of North Carolina and was a charter member of the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. He was a member of the small group of acupuncturists who worked to gain the legal status of acupuncture in the state. He was first licensed in New Mexico in 1985. In his 25 years of practice he has performed over 50,000 acupuncture treatments on all types of people with almost every conceivable complaint of all ages from infants to centenarians. He has been the owner/director of The Acupuncture Center of Asheville for the last 22 years.

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Kelle Olwyler In 1999, Kelle Olwyler, President and Founder of Kel Bergan Consulting, an international management consulting company specializing in high performance technologies, noticed that smaller companies have little access to the training and tools that would make business work better for them. She decided to do something about it.


In 2004, she began providing services to small businesses in the critical arena of strategic goal implementation, at friendly prices, and in 2008 Strategy Planning Partners was born.

Now, smaller businesses can access training and tools that will support them in making the best implementation decisions and actions with the most far-reaching impact.

Visit Kelle’s website at

v Jane Falter Career Resources


Are you looking for a new job or career? One that uses your talents and skills and is more meaningful and doesn’t feel like work?

Jane Falter understands the toll working in a wrong environment can take on a person—she’s been there. And like many others, Jane was laid off in mid-life after a long career in human resources.

Now as a career coach and certified resume writer, Jane helps individuals get the job or career they want or keep the job they have.

For more information, check out her web site www. Sign up for her free monthly newsletter and receive one of her free e-booklets.















Secure Backup Online Services

Carlton Whatley Consulting

Carlton Whatley has over 20 years experience in the computer industry and he has served thousands of satisfied local clients since establishing his computer and technology consulting business in Asheville in 1996. Carlton also plays an active part in the community, he works with several non-profit organizations, and has volunteered time and expertise for various causes over the years.  Carlton’s goal is peak computer performance and the peace of mind that comes from knowing your data is safe, which is why he offers the following services :

Secure Backup Online Services provides a securely encrypted, business class data backup system that is managed and monitored so that nothing is left to chance. In the event of any type of data loss – including hard drive failure, virus or malware infestation, theft or damage - your lost data comes back, every time. Call 888 776 1698 for a free evaluation of your backup needs or visit our website

Carlton Whatley Consulting provides expert technical assistance including troubleshooting and repair for networks, business and home computing systems and more. Carlton also offers a proactive maintenance service – because without regular maintenance, computers (like passenger aircraft) tend to crash!  Visit our website or call 888 776 1698 to discuss your computing needs.

We also have a our free newsletter – visit our websites to sign up for free tips and computer news!


Kristine Madera

Certified Clinical Hypnotist & Hypno-Coach


Are you getting in the way of your own success?

MindWise Clinical Hypnosis and Hypno-Coaching helps you get out of your own way so you can live your life by design—rather than default. Whether your goal is to lose weight, release anxiety/negative thinking, gain support for health issues/surgery preparation, or craft the next stage of your life, the subconscious mind controls the patterns that block or facilitate positive change. Reshaping your subconscious mindset can speed you toward the life you desire. I specialize in teaching you how your subconscious mind works so you can break through resistance and transform all areas of your life-not just what you come to see me for.

Clinical hypnosis is a safe, proven method of rapid change and my clients are fully awake and aware throughout. If there are patterns or habits in your life that have you stuck, then this may be the best option for you. Hypno-Coaching combines the best of motivational coaching for personal and professional excellence with the dynamic, subconscious transformation of hypnosis. If you want to build a new life or lifestyle, manage a transition like divorce or retirement, pursue a personal/business vision or find the purpose of your life, then Hypno-Coaching may be the best option for you. Unsure? Call me at 828-699-3356 to talk about how we can combine the two styles in a customized plan for you.

Why wait? See the Seven Questions for Transformation at to start designing your life today!

Call 828-699-3356 or email To see current specials and sign up for our free newsletter, visit

North Carolina School for Advanced Body Work North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork -
A School of Clinical Massage Therapy.
Help People be pain-free - NCSAB will provide you with the most advanced Clinical Massage Therapy training in the country.You will learn how to manage and resolve significant pain, posture, movement and dysfunction issues for which many people have not yet found relief.



The NCSAB teaching staff has 60 years combined experience in the massage and bodywork profession both in practice and instruction.
Do you want to be on the leading edge of the massage therapy profession and be part of an elite group of bodywork professionals?

If so, my staff and I are extremely dedicated to providing you with highly advanced skills that will serve you well in becoming an integral part of the healthcare industry. For a lot of students their massage therapy education is, with no exaggeration, a life changing experience.

Maximum of 14 Students per Class for superior learning - We offer Day or Evening Classes with Full or Part time schedules.
Come Visit us today!

v Peggy Millin



Want to dive into the creative well?
Need guidance on your writing project?
At a time of transition on life’s creative journey?
Participate in a writing class, workshop, and/or retreat to develop your writing voice, nurture your inner life, and transform your outer world. Author Valerie Leff calls the classes “juicy and rich, nurturing both the intellect and the spirit.”

Peggy Tabor Millin, MA
ClarityWorks, Inc.
“inspire your writing, enrich your life”
View our services and calendar at


Kelly Jones Kelly S. Jones
offers two unique yet integrated services to assist individuals heal, balance and create a life they want and one they enjoy living.



With Feng Shui Kelly can read, interpret and correct the energetic imbalances of any space for the purpose of accelerating, altering or supporting your life experiences both personally and professionally. She provides a comprehensive and custom analysis for existing spaces as well as those in any stage of development or renovation. Services are available on-site, long-distance and now in the office! Alternatively, you may enjoy her interactive Do-It-Yourself Feng Shui Workshops in her downtown Asheville office at 60 Biltmore Avenue. These provide tremendous insight for homeowners, business owners, architects, realtors and interior designers alike. Learn more about these services and Kelly at

Soul Readings work with a much larger part of you. Hearing the voice of your soul allows you direct access and knowledge of the deeper aspects of who you are for the purpose of growth, transformation and insight. It is like getting a direct download of wisdom from You to you. A conscious and clear channel, Kelly assists you in having a direct experience of the energy and perspective of your pure Self. All sessions are digitally recorded for your future listening and are available in person, on the phone and videoconference. Learn more at

Kelly S. Jones, LLC
60 Biltmore Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
O: 828-281-0888 C: 919-200-8686





At White Oak, we help our clients “live life on purpose.” Our clients want advisors who are trustworthy and knowledgeable in their decisions. We practice values-based financial planning, an investment and planning concept that is not just about the numbers — it’s about helping you make smart financial decisions based on what’s important to you.

Our ideal clients? Optimistic, happy people who care passionately about realizing their life goals, are receptive to professional relationships, and are willing to delegate investment management to us.

White Oak Financial Management, Inc.
1270 Hendersonville Rd., Suite 4
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
An SEC Registered Investment Advisor
SEC number: 801-68194 IARD/CRD number: 142615







Boyd is principle and founder of Phillips Financial Group, a firm specializing in retirement funding, life insurance planning and estate conservation. Boyd’s specialties include problems faced by families and businesses transferring assets from one generation to the next. Prior to forming Phillips Financial Group in 2002, he was a manager for a local tree farm.

Boyd is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Endowment Fund for the McDowell County Public Schools. He is a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. MDRT is the Premier Association of Financial Professionals, an international, independent association of more than 35,000 members, or less than 1 percent, of the world’s most successful life insurance and financial services professionals from 476 companies in 76 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. Boyd was elected in 2006 to the Agents Advisory Council of New York Life, where he served a two year term, holds the Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow designation, and he is a Presidents Council agent with New York Life Insurance Company.

Territory: Licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, and New York.

Job Description: Retirement Funding, Estate Conservation, Business Succession Planning and Wealth Transfer Planning


  • Finding, building and maintaining client relationships
  • Meeting with clients, client advisors and referral sources
  • Providing creative answers to complex insurance and financial situations
  • Follow up with clients via annual reviews, quarterly reports and informational workshops
  • High touch client service, over-the-top staff service, and face to face client meetings

Personal background:

Boyd grew up in the North Cove community of McDowell County. He graduated from McDowell High School in 1989. He went on to Forsyth Community College, and then North Carolina State University. Boyd enjoys skiing, golf, and camping with his family. He married the love of his life in 1992, and they have four children. Their home is in North Cove.

Phillips Financial Group is not owned or operated by New York Life Insurance Company or its affiliates.

Lorri Gifford Are you curious about your love life,
career or current path in life?








Lorri Gifford has been reading Tarot Cards since 1986. At age twenty she was the youngest member invited into the Psychic Center of Rochester N.Y. In 2000, she moved to the West Coast to continue her studies and become a Nationally Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. For over four years she worked at The Chopra Center for Well-being and served as their Spa Director and one of their Lead Educators. In 2009 she was guided to move to Asheville, NC. The logical side of her wanted to argue but her intuitive side urged her to “trust”. She took a deep breath, left California and feels completely at home here in the mountains.

Along with reading Tarot cards, Lorri teaches meditation and workshops for developing and deepening one’s intuition. She believes that continuing to work on her own path is essential to being a Spiritual Advisor and Certified Life Coach.

Visit or call 619-602-8981.

Asheville Senior Move Managers
Owner and manager, Jo Bell








Moving is stressful, even under the best of circumstances. And when you’re downsizing at the same time, the job can seem overwhelming. ASMM provides professional assistance to make your move or that of your loved ones a positive experience.

We offer the following services:

  • Sorting household items
  • Helping you recognize “must keeps” from “can goes”
  • Packing and unpacking to set up your new home
  • Making moving arrangements
  • Overseeing moving day
  • Housecleaning after the move

Jo Bell, a 30-year resident of Asheville, has a post-graduate degree in Gerontology from UNC-Asheville and experience as a Director of Social Work and Activities in long-term care.

Moongate Institute for Personal Development
Scott Hines








When I was working with executives in international corporations the objective was to create leadership behaviors that provided an atmosphere of trust, partnership and creativity. When things went well a participative productive culture developed and people were highly satisfied with their day-to-day work life. Of course that was rewarding, however the personal stories touched me more. Like, “I have been angry with my aunt for years, and I called her last night and we cleared the air” and “I’m getting along a lot better with my son; you have helped me put things into perspective and I’ve been more patient with him.” It is results like these that inspire me to do what I do.

“Scott’s approach is gentle, clear, and deeply intuitive, but also based in years of experiencecoaching people in rectifying their deepest issues.

I developed a process called Essent Praxis and I have learned to apply it wherever human beings meet life: primary partnerships, health and well being, family, finances, career and that catch all, personal development. It’s structured and it is intuitive; it’s about personal identity, belief, values, patterns, behaviors, fears and desires. It’s about human beings meeting life with all of their individual characteristics and qualities intact, recognized, honored and appreciated. Yet, getting different results than before where it is really important. It’s about relationships and you have relationships with everything around you.

“He illuminated points directly, with humor when appropriate, and without ever makingme feel wrong or bad, he assisted me inshifting my position and in understandingdeeper truths about myself.”

Your life is too important to evaluate Moongate Institute on the basis of a few written words, so explore my website, email me or give me a call. Let’s see what’s possible for you. 919.602.1957










My decision to become a real estate broker came from a dream… what could be better than to match people with their idea of the perfect property? I enjoy being with people and helping them make their dreams come true. I am the owner and creator of Southern Life Realty and I look forward to working with folks wanting to buy or sell homes, land, farms and commercial real estate. Feel free to call me or email me personally, or call the office for one of our agents, Ben or Jane.

828-680-1048 office 828-273-9755 cell

v Handwoven Webs
Julie Parker








Julie Parker is one of the two founders of WNC WOMAN. The magazine is an outgrowth of her web design business, Handwoven Webs, and her love of working with words and pictures. Her websites, known for their ‘elegant simplicity’, are created with the hand of a writer, the eye of an artist, and the soul of a poet… 828-225-6993;

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