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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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

Dr. Cynthia Bergh ~ Chiropractor & Network Spinal Analysis

Dr. Cynthia Bergh brings personal experience and caring to her practice. Her role with clients is to help them know more about themselves from the inside, and to help them develop the ability to be more adaptable on their own. In her care they are able to navigate life’s changes more effectively. What happens on the table is pretty amazing, but what is more amazing is what happens when the clients are able to apply the work to themselves. She is a healer and facilitator.

Dr. Cindy cherishes people for who they are, and teaches them they can rely on their bodies for growth, and their body is a resource that’s always with them. Her goal is to help clients understand they are so much larger than their circumstances, and to realize they can live life from a new place of wisdom and oneness with their bodies. The integrated care provided at Le Coeur is empowering.

Dr. Cindy chose a career in chiropractic when she experienced a health crisis and traditional medicine left her feeling disconnected. The discovery of Network Spinal Analysis and the personal impact of it on her life was profound. “My stress levels dropped despite the intensity of the chiropractic program. Old unhealthy behaviors dropped away, and I began living more fully the healthy lifestyle aligned with my beliefs.” She graduated summa cum laude from New York Chiropractic College and continued her Network studies to become part 3 certified in 2004.

Enjoy this special Living Well with Dr. Cindy who reminds us of our innate intelligence that heals and how we can feel alive and connected in our bodies.

Living Well with Dr. Cynthia Bergh on AshevilleFM, April 24, 2017

Dr. Heather Ulrich ~ Clinical Psychologist & Assistant Professor of Psychology at UNCA

Dr. Heather Ulrich is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of North Carolina.  She specializes in infant mental health, attachment based disorders, toxic stress, trauma and relational neurobiology. Dr. Ulrich is also an Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of North Carolina Asheville . She utilizes brain based relationships in her professional and personal life including within her marriage of 18 years and in raising her two wonderful daughters.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well podcast where Dr. Ulrich shares how the brain is capable of learning new behaviors that support our happiness, feeling connected in the world, and help us raise our children well!

Living Well with Dr. Heather Ulrich on AshevilleFM, April 3, 2017

Tyler Garrison ~ Entrepreneur & Social/Environmental Activist

Tyler is a Father, entrepreneur, and environmental activist. He began his first company at 19 in the legal industry and quickly began setting records still unbroken. By 23 years old he had achieved what many may consider the American Dream having both financial and time freedom. However, he found this to be incomplete as he realized there was much broken and he felt void of real purpose. He gave away his company and all worldly things and traveled alone for 3 years on a walking pilgrimage of self discovery with a staff, pack, and faith. After nearly 20k miles of travel and uncountable stories and adventures he decided to settle down and rejoin society in Asheville NC.

Tyler started a very small company with $500 that he scraped together on the road with the ambitious goal of turning unwanted waste into a fun and thrifty shopping experience. He turned a pickup truck and 10×10 storage unit into a multi million dollar a year business now with three divisions. The Regeneration Station, Junk Recyclers, and Garage TRS are now staples in Asheville keeping things out of landfills and offering customers the most entertaining and thrifty shopping experience in WNC.

In addition to his businesses he is a full time philanthropist and activist being on the ground in Standing Rock, Sabal Trail, and many many other social and environmental causes.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Tyler shares how we, the People, can make a big difference in our community when it comes to conserving energy and protecting our environment.

Living Well with Tyler Garrison on AshevilleFM, March 27, 2016

Steffi Rausch ~ Lead Organizer for Asheville Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby

An unpaid citizen lobbyist fighting for climate change solutions in Congress,  Steffi is the Lead Organizer for the Asheville Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-partisan international organization that works to create the political will for climate solutions. They have a bipartisan solution called Carbon Fee & Dividend (CFD) that works to price carbon for its cost to society while returning the fee back to the people in the form of a monthly dividend check to offset the rising costs to consumers as well as fund the transition and grow the economy in the process.  In November 2017, Steffi published an excellent article for the Mountain Express that outlines the importance of CCL’s work.  You can also check out Asheville CCL Chapter on Facebook.

Enjoy this one-h0ur Living Well where Steffi discusses the many benefits for people and businesses of a CFD to reduce carbon- dioxide emissions!

Living Well with Steffi Rausch on AshevilleFM, March 20, 2017