Meditative Qi Gong and Tai Chi with Cris Coleman


NEW Classes with Cris Coleman coming up THIS WEEK!

Meditative Qi Gong and Tai Chi with Cris

Try out two free classes:

Tuesday, 3/13 at 5:15pm
Friday, 3/16 at 11am

Regular pricing begins 3/20 at Violet Owl Wellness

Sliding scale offering: $5-20 per class

In this class we will be exploring the Chen style silk reeling Qi Gong, Standing Meditation, as well as Chen style Tai Chi. Meditating on inner peace and relaxation, this light workout will focus on calming and combining the body, mind and Spirit. Qi Gong is a Chinese word that translates to "life energy cultivation" or "energy work". Standing meditation is good for making the mind strong, and Tai Chi is good for improving mood and getting rid of anxiety. This class is available for drop-in students and people of all levels of experience and includes am introduction into Taoist and Zen Philosophy.

About Cris Coleman:

Cris has been a spiritual investigator from his teens studying Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism.  He had his first spiritual realization during a satsang given by Micky Singer in Alachua Fl.  He has studied Tai Chi and meditation with Sifu Frank Poallilo of the Tao Institute (North Carolina) as well as Yoga with Yogi Nitin Gill of Rishi Yoga (Vermont). Cris is interested in the path of self inquiry as taught by Sri Ramana Maharishi as well as a great fan of the teacher Mooji. In his personal practice he is passionate about combining and simplifying his training into one path of Tao and Zen.



Let’s welcome spring together with another kids fairy yoga class!


We will be meditating, yoga-ing, and fairy wish-making with crystals! Move & balance with fairy wands. Play imaginative earth-centered fairy games to honor the lush beauty of Spring!

**Beginners to yoga welcome. This is a family-friendly event! Bring your fairy wings & wands, or borrow some!**


Individual $10 - 15 sliding scale

Family Rate $20 - 25 sliding scale


Sunday, March 18th

11am - 12pm


Yogic Journey Through the Chakras
with Kris Harris
March 18th 1-4pm

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Check in as we emerge into the spring of a beautiful year! Take your yoga further by walking through different aspects of your physical/emotional/mental/spiritual self, your inner world, and your life using the wisdom of the chakras. Find insight on any inner imbalances or misconceptions, and feel for the right actions for greater balance, truth, fullness, your greater abilities in areas of creativity, love, expression, intuition/insight, connection, and truly delving into your own heart, your own self. We'll start with a bit of light yoga to relax and open, and then delve in through discussion and short "looking within" exercises! Wear comfy clothes, and bring a notebook and pen!

$20 - 35 sliding scale offering
Limited space available ♥
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About Kris Harris:
Kris teaches various styles of yoga around Asheville, as well as healthy living from a yogic perspective, and more in depth explorations of the potential of yoga and meditation through the raja, bhakti, jnana, and and karma yoga paths. She enjoys the exploration of the subtle body and meditation through deeper inquiry, through sound and music (and the fun of different instruments!), and the play of all of yoga. Kris has a masters in public health and is a registered yoga teacher with formal training in vinyasa, yin, and yoga nidra. She also has a background in psychology, health, disaster response, and international conflict negotiation.


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Come join Samata, Kalidas & friends for a beautiful evening of kirtan, Bhakti, & chanting. 

Kalidas and Samata have been singing and sharing in the practice of Bhakti together since 2003. They have played countless kirtans and traveled together over the years. This is the beginning of a new and fun kirtan collaboration project. 

We look forward to singing with you at the Violet Owl on Friday, March 23. Doors open at 7 and kirtan starts at 7:30. 

Admission: sliding scale $10-15
Pre-register for March:

Street parking is free after 6 and there is also a parking garage nearby.


Upcoming dates!

Friday, March 23rd at 7:30pm

Friday, April 20th at 7:30pm

Sun Print Workshop with Miranda Wildman!


Sun Print Workshop with Asheville Artist, Miranda Wildman Art

In this 2 hour, drop-in style workshop with guest artist Miranda Wildman at Violet Owl Wellness we will explore the cyanotype (sun print) process and create 2 unique 5x7 paper art pieces honoring nature. 

~ The cost for the workshop is $15 in advance and $18 at the door and includes all materials. 

~ Join us for Sun Print Sunday on April 8th from 1pm to 3pm and get to know your community while playing with an age-old photographic process. 

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This is more than a movement class... a journey, an activation, a remembering.

We create sacred space and come together in community to open up our bodies for deep connection.

We take masculine linear movement and add our feminine roll, swirl and flow. Trusting our bodies to be our guide and lighting a fire inside.

Release, remember, and reclaim yourself through movement.

A practice combining intuition, circle, yoga and dance.

We move to open the channel that is our body.

To love ourselves.

To love each other.

Pricing: $15

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Hip Hop Yoga & Live Drums!

Upcoming dates: Friday 4/6

A FUN, energizing, all levels vinyasa yoga class with local yoga instructor Emma Jenkins, 500RYT, practiced to the hottest (and the most old school) hip hop beats out there! Come ready to get loose and flow hard to hip hop jams old and new, laid down for us by Asheville’s own, Jacob Coats, on LIVE DRUMS!! This class is sure to get your hearts open and hips hoppin,’ BYOB and positive vibez... Cause if ya don’t know, now ya know

*Singing & dancing both highly encouraged but not required in this class! 

Pricing: $10 - $20 sliding scale (pay what you want/where you value the class)

Time: 6 - 7pm

Sign up for April 6:

"Hah, sicker than your average (yoga class)" - The Notorious B.I.G.

Elemental CranioSacral Work 1:

Being in the Cranial Field with Brian Loftin

  Photo: Evoke Emotion Photography

Photo: Evoke Emotion Photography

ECSW 1: Being in the Cranial Field. Here is the introductory course in Brian Loftin's (LMBT #13797, NCBTMB provider # 858336) series of classes in Elemental CranioSacral Work, a method which rests firmly in biomechanical principles, while stepping beyond into the realms of holism, non-linear dynamics, and meditative use of heart and personal presence. This class provides 21 CE hours. The course costs $450, with an early bird rate of $400, if paid in full by February 22, 2018.

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21 CE (continuing ed credit hours) with NCBTMB #858336
Elemental CranioSacral Work (ECSW) reimagines CranioSacral Work from the inside-out. Nature and Nurture are blended, and examined, for their influences on the spirit and forms of human beings. Technique is taught and demonstrated, but the true emphasis is on Presence and Feeling, rather than Thinking and Doing. This is the foundation course in this method.

The focus of this course is personal preparation.

Students will practice and learn how self-cultivation and mindfulness are used as fulcrums for facilitating healing in others. We will also examine anatomy and physiology in some depth, learn the history of CranioSacral Work in it's many, and varying, manifestations, explore complimentary philosophical approaches o healing in general, study the 4 dimensional body (that's right!), learn effective healing hands-on techniques, and most importantly, we will learn by concepts, rather than by rote memorization or technical mimicry of demonstrations.

One has to feel in order to heal. 

On the final day of the course, students will break into small groups and apply what they have learned to develop their own unique and specialized hands-on contacts. They will demonstrate to the class and receive feedback and constructive dialogue. The intent of this method of learning is to foster a sense of ownership in the student, a sense that this work is truly organic and flows through them and around them. This type of work can, like the wind, stars, ocean, birds, lead them onward into the possibilities in the present moment, in the context of the world at-large, as well as that incredible reservoir of healing, which is within.

Much of the inspiration for this course is Brian's internalization and personal experience of the writings, concepts and, often enough, the work of the old osteopathic doctors who relied almost solely on the natural gifts of the body to heal, rather than by inducing fixes. The Feldenkrais Method and biodynamic approaches to Craniosacral Therapy have also played a large role in sculpting the contours of this work. Finally, Brian brings to bear his own experiences in bodywork, history traveling the world, explorations in the Classical piano repertoire, archery and forays into anthropology.

Course pricing: $450
Early Bird Discount: $400 (if paid in FULL by February 22, 2018)
Register with Brian Loftin via email:
Deposit: $200, remaining balance due 14 days before class start date
Prerequisites: >150hr Massage Program, or equivalent (Yoga teachers are very welcome!)
Dates: March 23 - 25, Times: TBD

To Register, please email Brian directly at

Bio: Brian Loftin is a licensed massage and bodywork therapist, in private practice in Asheville, NC. Having studied Piano at Georgia State University and in Salzburg, Austria, Brian decided to attend massage school at the Florida School of Massage, graduating in 2003. Immediately upon graduating, he began his studies in Visionary Craniosacral Work, with the Milne Institute in California, where he graduated in 2010. After assisting as a teacher in many classes through the MI, Brian began to study other modalities and methods; namely: Biodynamic Craniosacral Work with Giorgia Milne, Biodynamic Cardiovascular Therapy with Dr. Michael Shea, Active Dreamwork with Robert Moss, the Feldenkrais Method Teacher Training Program, Visceral Manipulation with the Barral Institute, and recently graduated from the Spirit of Learning 100 hour Teacher Training Program at the Body Therapy Institute. He and his wife Katie have lived and taught around the globe: California, Hawai’i, Australia, New Zealand, and now in Katie’s hometown of Asheville.

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Join us for The Imaginative Storm to Form Storytelling Workshop.

Your storytelling is your gift to the world. You create your stories with care, love, and dedication. Your stories begin with your imagination and springboard into story forms, unique as your fingerprints, distinct as your voice, pure as your word.

In this workshop, facilitated by James Navé and Dominique Warfield, you’ll explore the artistic opportunities that emerge when you create stories through the imaginative storm to the creative form.

During our time together, you will generate spontaneous stories prompted by movement and improvisational exercises. You’ll explore traditional story-poems like Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas recited as an Imaginative Storm to Form Storytelling prompt.

Exchange ideas with your storytelling peers. Expand your tribe. Have breakthroughs in your storytelling. Walk away excited about the stories you plan to tell.

Open to all levels, no experience required

Pricing: $65

Date: April 21, 2018

12:30-4:30 pm

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An afternoon of "Spring Cleaning" with Rebecca Holmes & Sara Mills! This event will encompass a restorative yoga class followed by a relaxing & supportive acupuncture treatment! Rebecca Holmes, RYT500 will be leading the yoga class and licensed acupunturist, Sara Mills with The Acupuncture Center of Asheville will be providing the acupunture treatments during savasana. All levels are welcome and no prior experience is necessary.

Space is limited, so please register ahead of time!

Pricing: $35 per person
Sunday, May 6th
3pm - 5pm