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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Chris Joyell ~ Asheville Design Center

Chris Joyell is the Director of the Asheville Design Center, a program of Mountain True, is the region’s oldest and largest environmental nonprofit that engages Western North Carolina in creative community based design to promote healthy, thriving and equitable communities. ADC was founded in 2007, and Chris became their first Director in 2009. He is an attorney and has lived in Asheville for 13 years.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Chris shares the process for engaging communities to build healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.  In the  shares about the approved, but yet to be built, Smith-Mill Creek Greenway that will connect West Asheville neighborhoods with the River Arts District, downtown Asheville, and miles of existing greenway in the Asheville area.

Living Well with Chris Joyell on AshevilleFM, November 27, 2017

Laurie Berry Clifford ~ “Operating Instructions for Human Beings: 10 things nobody ever told you”

Laurie Berry Clifford describes herself as a mystic, mother, nondual wisdom teacher, mentor, writer, hypnotherapist, singer-songwriter, retreat leader, speaker, publisher, leader of the Life Together team at Jubilee! Community Church, and member of OM Sanctuary Collective.  She received her certification as a clinical hypnotherapist in 2004 with the intention of practicing traditional hypnotherapy. Building upon her experience and training, however, she soon moved into a transformative, grace-filled understanding she calls Deep Wisdom Listening. She says that for her it’s like sitting in a bubble of all-encompassing love in which nothing else exists.

Laurie just released her new book, “Operating Instructions For Human Beings: Ten Things Nobody Ever Told You.” that invites you to access the innermost part of ourselves where our own Deep Wisdom resides.  She writes that “imperfection is built into the human for good reason.  The point of living your human life is not to be perfect or even to be nice.  It is to need your divine Source so much that you are motivated to look for it first.  To search beyond your human nature, so messy and always changing.  To look for Something steady that does not change.  Something that calls you Home.”

Enjoy this one-hour Living as Laurie shares about the true nature of our feelings, the power of the subconscious and what it feels to be awake and alive!

Living Well with Laurie Berry Clifford on AshevilleFM, November 20, 2017


Joseph Pearson ~ Artist

Joseph Anthony Pearson was born in South Mississippi  in 1946.

He graduated Jackson State University (college) in 1969 with the B.S. degree in art Education. After a year of teaching in the Mississippi public school system Ihe left Mississippi for new York city to attend the Art Students league of NY. He was awarded a full scholarship his second year there. He trained there for 5 years and afterward joined the army as an illustrator.  After 3 years in the Army He went back to Mississippi and began work at Stennis Space Center as an Illustrator.  While at Stennis he got married and had a daughter and now has 11 year old granddaughter.

Joseph’s been a practicing professional artist for more than 30 years.  His awards include two Pollock-Krasner grants as well a grant from the Artist Fellowship of NY and many others. Pearson’s work has been widely shown in numerous national and international competitions and museum shows throughout the country. As a self-proclaimed social realist, his passion for people and the human condition is strongly evidenced in his portraits and figure paintings.

Joseph and his second wife moved to Asheville, (her birth place) in June 2015.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well as Joseph shares the inspiration for his art and his mission to use art as a tool for meaningful conversation between us!

Living Well with Joseph Anthony Pearson on AshevilleFM, November 13, 2017

Dr. David Bate & Elli Schmeltekopf ~ Hold Me Tight Workshops

A Family Physician for more than 30 years, David has always sought the underlying causes of illness; a quest that’s led him to study of alternative healing systems such as Polarity Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Castellino Training in Resolving Prenatal and Birth Trauma.  David believes that healing—always becoming more fully alive, more loving, more authentically ourselves—is available to everyone.  His intention in his work and life is to help each person find his or her own unique path to greater health.

A licensed therapist in private practice since 2005, Elli studied Somatic Experiencing (SE), a body based approach to healing trauma for seven years, both assisting and coordinating trainings. She too completed Castellino’s revolutionary three-year training working with pre- and perinatal influences. Studying Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples model brought into focus for Elli the necessity of having a felt sense of safety in one’s primary relationship as a foundation for healing trauma and that healing occurs in connection.

Having now completed more than thirty Hold Me Tight®  workshops across North and South Carolina, David and Elli affirm their commitment to supporting couples deepen into a loving and secure relationship through these weekend workshops. Inspired by the courage, commitment and change of participants, their purpose for doing this work is to enable couples to have the kind of relationship they intend for each other: loving, healing and growing through time.  Their personal experience supports Dr. Sue Johnson’s finding that fulfilling and satisfying love is attainable and sustainable.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well with David and Elli who share about the powerful and transformation possible for couples within Emotionally Focused Therapy, that helps couples create a secure and loving relationship.

Living Well with Dr. David Bate and Elli Schmeltekopf on AshevilleFM, November 6, 2017

Tyler Garrison ~ Community Roots

Tyler is a father, entrepreneur, and environmental activist.  He is one of the founders and leaders of the non-profit, Community Roots, a grassroots  non-profit, based in Asheville, that is dedicated to helping communities protect the planet and dismantle corporate rule.  They are working toward passing an actual ordinance, Climate Bill of Rights for Asheville. that would give local control to our local government to determine the what and how of energy use.  Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Tyler shares how Community Roots is working toward empowering citizens to protect our water, air and soil from corporate and governmental pollution and waste!

Living Well with Tyler Garrison on AshevilleFM, October 30, 2017

Eric Wolf ~ Narrative Therapy

Eric Wolf is a licensed, clinical, social worker who specializes in helping Tweens and their parents at Black Mountain Narrative Therapy. He enjoys conversations with a wide variety of people about their lived, storied experience. Using a form of therapy called Narrative Therapy, these conversations help folks examine their lives, make new discoveries, and remember their ethical guideposts.  Eric is enthusiastic about hearing people remember truths about themselves, the world, and their discoveries.

Eric is the host of the Art of Storytelling Podcast with 123 hours of online content. He is the winner of the 2009 National Oracle Award for Service to storytelling from the National Storytelling Association.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Eric shares how we can use narrative therapy to change our lives for the better and the success he’s experienced using the approach with children!

Living Well with Eric Wolf on AshevilleFM, October 23, 2017

Dr. Daniel Foor ~ Ancestral & Family Healing

Daniel Foor, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology who leads ancestral and family healing intensives throughout the United States since 2005.  He is the author of Ancestral Medicine: Rituals for Personal and Family Healing. He is an initiate in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and different indigenous paths, including the older ways of his European ancestors. He and his wife live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Daniel shares the power and healing available when we cultivate a sacred relationship with our ancestors.

Living Well with Dr. Daniel Foor on AshevilleFM, October 16, 2017

Jeffrey Scott, LPC ~ Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

Jeff is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of NC and GA. His clinical focus has been on adolescent treatment, specifically using prolonged wilderness experiences as a primary intervention.  He currently works for Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, a program that focuses on assisting at-risk youth.  Jeff is a lifelong advocate and lover of wilderness. He firmly believes in immersive wilderness experiences as essential for human development.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Jeff shares his wisdom of the inherent power to connect with nature and to immerse yourself in the wild!

Living Well with Jeffrey Scott on AshevilleFM, October 9, 2017

Renee Owen & Ange Moore ~ 2nd Annual "More than Mindfulness" Conference

As executive director of Rainbow Community School (RCS), Renee Owen has witnessed the miracle of an education that embeds secular spiritual practices in children’s daily lives – something RCS has been doing throughout its rich 40 year history. Rainbow Community School, located in West Asheville, was founded by international leaders in the Sufi movement, including Aostre Johnson (author, Educating from the Heart) and other educational and child development experts, with the belief that an education based on love lays a foundation for thriving humans and a healthy world.  Renee is also co-founder and CEO of Rainbow Institute, the new holistic adult education organization dedicated to training teachers, parents, and professionals on how to include mindfulness and other secular spiritual practices into their classrooms, workplaces, and lives.  She is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University Teachers College, and her research is on secular spirituality in education and spiritual development from childhood through adulthood.

Angela Moore is wildly passionate about community and empowerment. And there’s nothing they feel more passionate about than empowering children with the tools to find meaning and wonder in their world every single day. Angela believes in the power of theater and dance as tools for social justice and personal transformation. Here at Rainbow they’ve shared their love of applied theater through a “Theater of the Oppressed” elective with our Omega students. As a story-teller, Angela has also dived into creating social media narratives that highlight Rainbow’s unique position as a national leader in holistic education.  Angela is so grateful to work within such an inclusive, mindful, and compassionate community. They are inspired everyday by the administration’s and teachers’ heart-centered approach to education, community building, and social change.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Renee and Ange share about the value of mindfulness and spirituality in education and their upcoming “More than Mindfulness” Conference happening October 6th and 7th at Rainbow Community School.

Living Well with Renee Owen and Ange Moore on AshevilleFM, September 25, 2017

Nicole Delcogliano ~ Organic Growers School

Nicole is the Organic Growers School Farmer Programs Coordinator. She and her husband Gaelan began their farm Green Toe Ground, a diversified organic farm in Celo, NC in 2001. They’ve grown the farm over the years, and now manage 16 acres of diversified organic and biodynamic produce and livestock, train farm apprentices each year, and raise their two girls. Originally from NY, she has farmed and worked in education in NC for the last 20 years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from State University at New Paltz in New York, and is pursuing  a Masters in Sustainability from the Center for Appalachian Studies in Boone, NC.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Nicole shares the value of local farming and the year-long OGS Farm Beginnings Program that helps new and prospective farmers build a profitable farm business.

Living Well with Nicole Delcogliano on AshevilleFM, September 18, 2017