Cathy Cleary ~ Co-Founder of FEAST

Cathy Cleary and her husband, Reid Chapman, moved to West Asheville NC in 1995 and Cathy opened the West End Bakery Café in 2000, devoting her heart and soul to co-owning and operating this iconic establishment until she sold the business in 2015.

Pretty much everything Cathy does is associated with food. In 2009 she co-founded a non-profit called FEAST which now teaches gardening and cooking education to over 1500 kids in schools and afterschool programs in Asheville and Buncombe County. Her full time volunteer job is working with FEAST to envision and enable a community where kids eat vegetables every day regardless of income. In other volunteer work Cathy has served on boards of directors like Bountiful Cities, Slow Food Asheville, Carolina Ground, Haywood Road Market Co-op, and AB Tech Culinary Advisory Committee.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well where Cathy shares about the many benefits of FEAST and about the upcoming fundraiser, the 7th Annual Feasting for FEAST at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville on September 13, 2017!

Living Well with Cathy Cleary on AshevilleFM, September 11, 2017



Jack Igelman ~ Environmental Writer & Economic Teacher

Jack Igelman is a writer and teacher whose main interest is in conservation and environmental stories that focus on the people, places, and institutions involved with managing the regions precious natural resources. His articles have appeared in many publications and is a regular contributor to WNC Magazine and is the lead environmental reporter for Carolina Public Press. He also teaches college level economics, is a co-founder and co-owner of Second Gear in West Asheville, and is the president of the board of trustees of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway.

Enjoy this one-hour Living Well episode as Jack shares about the challenges of how we manage our precious natural resources in our region and efforts to create more green space in Asheville!

Living Well with Jack Igelman on AshevilleFM, September 4, 2017

Jordan Okrend ~ Singer/Songwriter

Jordan Okrend is an Asheville based singer/songwriter who released his first two EP’s, Unpredictable and Rising Up, between 2010 and 2012 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been performing extensively throughout the East Coast ever since.  Since settling in Asheville NC in 2016, Okrend has continued with his impressive musical journey. He was a winner in Asheville’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition and was also named as one of the top acts to see at MONDO, NYC .

The Jordan Okrend Experience is more than one thing. First, there is the signature sound, vintage pop imbued with an infectious funky jazz edge. There is also something else. Soulful music with socially conscious lyrics, that has all been but lost in today’s current pop climate.

Okrend’s new album, Dance By The Riverside is a buoyant meditation of the stresses of the modern world, with a distinctively funk and retro soul vibe. It may bring to mind classic soul artists like Stevie Wonder, but has a sound that firmly belongs in these times.

Enjoy this Living Well episode where Jordan shares about his life as a musician, his newest CD, and ways he wants to make a positive difference in people’s lives!

Living  Well with Jordan Okrend on AshevilleFM, August 28, 2017

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