Living Well Radio Show

Living Well is a weekly radio show on Asheville Free Media that features in-depth conversations about the many ways we can live well in our lives. My guests are Asheville locals from many walks of life who inspire others to live well.  I also regularly share my thoughts on Living Well as well as play inspiring music.

The inspiration for Living Well is to create a dialogue for shared exploration of how we can best be healthy, happy, and fulfilled in our lives.

Living Well airs live on Mondays from 11am-noonpm EST on 103.3FM in Asheville and streamed world-wide on AshevilleFM is a volunteer-based, grassroots community radio station whose goal is to add to and reflect the rich stew of arts, culture and community involvement that is Asheville.

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Dr. Katie Player ~ The Equilibrium Diet

Katie Player, PhD is an author, blogger, speaker, and health coach. She is a nutritional and spiritual pioneer and an expert in the economics of nutrition. Katie is the creator of the Equilibrium Diet and author of “Atheist to Enlightened in 90 Days: Featuring the Equilibrium Diet“. Her online & teleconference courses help people go beyond healthy to live the life of their dreams: body, mind and soul. Dr. Player researches diet, ancestral nutrition, and the subconscious mind.

Enjoy this one-hour episode where Katie shares her journey of restoring her health and her spiritual awakenings and realizations!

Living Well with Dr. Katie Player on AshevilleFM, July 31, 2017

DeWayne Barton ~ Founder of Hood Huggers International & Burton Street Peace Gardens

DeWayne is the founder and your tour guide for Hood Huggers International, that takes people on a journey through historic African American landmarks and neighborhoods of Asheville, and also shines a light on the work being done by local African American community groups and businesses. The Hood Huggers International team encompasses elders, grassroots leaders, and youth from the neighborhoods we work with, as well as volunteers from the community, local universities, and businesses.

Along with other local artists, DeWayne created the Burton Street Peace Gardens, a sanctuary for positive action, designed to create neighborhood food security, community cohesion, and a vibrant, sustainable local economy.

Enjoy this one-hour podcast where DeWayne shares the reasons for the work he is doing with a particular emphasis on empowering our communities and youth to create a sustainable future.   We were even treated to having a few youth from “My Community Matters” join us who were taking Hood tour with DeWayne.

Living Well with DeWayne Barton on AshevilleFM, July 24, 2017

Marie Davis ~ Friends of Rudolf Steiner

In her early 20’s, Marie studied many forms of alternative healing and became certified as a Meditation Instructor.  While supporting her clients using individualized diets, supplementation, lifestyle changes and alternative modalities, Marie became aware of the inherent relationship between mind, emotions, body, and health. She subsequently returned to graduate school to earn her Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University in Mental Health Counseling  and a graduate certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy with a Body Centered Concentration.  She then continued her training and became Certified as a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, a body centered approach to exploring the effects of limiting beliefs and trauma on our body, mind, and spirit.  She currently maintains a private practice in Asheville.

Marie has also been a student of Rudolf Steiner’s work for 20 years holding study groups, coordinating local training’s and working to apply the wealth of ideas that Steiner has provided for healthy human evolution.  She is part of a local group, called the Friends of Rudolf Steiner in Asheville, who’s mission is to bring Steiner’s practical spiritual insights to our local community.  They are hosting Gary Lamb, from upstate NY,  in September for a two-day workshop who will share his experience of working with Steiner’s approach to economics and it’s relevance to humanity at this time.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Marie shares about the life and vision of Rudolf Steiner that includes his vision for a just, free, and happy society!

Living Well with Marie Davis on AshevilleFM, July 10, 2017

Dulci Ellenberger ~ Singer/Songwriter

Every show with Dulci Ellenberger is sure to contain high-caliber musicianship, genuine, dedicated performance, and a truly unique experience you’ll want to revisit time and again. A highly trained vocalist with roots-inspired, high-energy and soulful originals, Dulci can be found singing and playing guitar regionally/nationally with powerhouse rock band, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and locally with Asheville favorites Sweet Claudette and The Moon and You.  Recently, various members of these projects combined to create an outfit for Dulci’s debut solo album: I Can Feel It (July ’15) called Big Sound Harbor. Each band has its own unique sound, ranging from folk to Motown and soul, with one common component: the star-power of Dulci.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Dulci shares about her life and music and even plays a wonderful tune from her debut solo album  in the AshevilleFM studios.

Living Well with Dulci Ellenberger on AshevilleFM, June 26, 2017

Dada Maheshvarananda ~ Yogic Monk, Author, Meditation Teacher & Activist

Dada Maheshvarananda is a yogic monk, activist, and meditation teacher. He is the author of After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action and Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World: Facilitating Trust, Communication and Spiritual Connection. He has given hundreds of seminars and workshops around the world on social activism and spiritual transformation.  When not traveling abroad, Dada stays at the Prana Institute, which recently celebrated 10 years since opening in Marshall, North Carolina.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well podcast with Dada who shares his wisdom for living well and how we can bring more peace and love in to our lives and the world!  His publicist, copy editor, and trusted assistant, Mirra Price, also joins the conversation to share her experience teaching on the Navajo Reservation.

Living Well with Dada Maheshvarananda on AshevilleFM, June 19, 2017


Lee Warren ~ Co-Founder of SOIL (School of Integrated Living)

Lee Warren has been homesteading, farming, and living in intentional community for more than 23 years.  She lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western NC. Lee is a founder of a Village Terraces CoHousing Neighborhood and Imani Farm, Executive Director of Organic Growers School, and a founding partner of the School of Integrated Living. Lee is also an herbalist, writer, teacher, food and racial justice activist, with an avid interest in rural wisdom, sustainable economics, and radical feminism.

Enjoy this special one-hour Living Well with Lee who shares her wisdom and insight about intentional communities and ways we can live a more integrated meaningful life with each other and nature.

Living Well with Lee Warren on AshevilleFM, June 12, 2017

Tristan Gutner ~ Clarity Catalyst & Coach

Tristan Gutner is a Clarity Catalyst and Coach. He supports purpose-driven change-makers, visionaries, and entrepreneurs to clarify their purpose, own their genius, and heal the world with their unique gifts.  Tristan uses his Awaken Method, a combination of left-brain strategies and intuitive capacities, to help his clients break through their fear, self-doubt, and feeling “not good enough”, so they can do what they know they came here to do.  Tristan works with change-makers all over the world who know that the time is NOW to make their massive contributions, and create a life they love. You can find Tristan at

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Tristan shares a wonderful process for loving ourselves and how we can obtain our dreams and greatest longings.

Living Well with Tristan Gutner on AshevilleFM, June 5, 2017

Jean Smith and Karen Boekshoten ~ Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Asheville Chapter








Jean Smith is the  owner of Moveable Feasts Food and Culture Tours), editor of  The Talismanic Potato, and a mother of two. She serves as the local Asheville lead for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a  non-partisan, grassroots, national organization that seeks to end gun violence through common sense gun legislation.  

Karen is an Asheville native a mother of two sons who joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America the day after Newtown because there is absolutely nothing normal about mass shootings, particularly in elementary schools.  She served as Asheville’s Group Lead for four years before passing the leadership torch but continues to volunteer with the organization.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Jean and Karen share how Moms is working hard to make the world a safer place for everyone!

Living Well with Jean Smith and Karen Boekshoten on AshevilleFM, May 22, 2017

Ryan Furstenberg & Melissa Hyman ~ The Moon and You

The Moon and You is a folk/soul band based in Asheville, NC that tours the Eastern US and Western Europe. At its core are married songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Ryan Furstenberg (banjo, guitar) and Melissa Hyman (cello). After honing their sound on the road for a few years, they released debut album A White Light That Sings in June 2016 to critical acclaim. They just celebrated their second full-length release, Endless Maria on March 19; a live string quartet and rock rhythm section brought the album to life onstage.

At once excitingly inventive and cozily familiar, The Moon & You continues to craft a compelling, acoustic Americana sound. The duo’s ever-evolving output encompasses a wide range of American roots music. Flavored by contributions from a rotating cast of super-talented friends, their onstage synergy and warmth invite audiences in, offering a peek into a strange and joyful universe of their own.

What a special treat to have Ryan and Melissa share their life and music on Living Well!

Living Well with Ryan Furstenberg & Melissa Hyman on AshevilleFM, May 15, 2017

Kristen D’Amato ~ Psychic Healer & Women’s Wellness Practitioner

Kristen D’Amato is a psychic healer and women’s wellness practitioner.  She works primarily with women, who are suffering from debilitating overwhelm and anxiety, chronic physical pain, or “feeling stuck” in their life.  She has created a revolutionary system of healing called the Wheel of Whole Body Healing that provides profound results for her clients.

In addition to seeing clients individually, both in person at her office in Asheville, NC and remotely via Skype, Kristen has a large online presence offering group healings to women around the globe.  Kristen’s first book, Food for the Light Body, is a plant-based and gluten-free cookbook to supports one’s health and healing journey.  She is currently working on her second book on The Wheel of Whole Body Healing.

What a great conversation with Kristen who shares about the inherent wisdom in the body and how we can tap in to it for healing and transformation!

Living Well with Kristen D’Amato on AshevilleFM, May 8, 2017