A Brief Photo Tour of WNC

Here are some photos taken in and around Western North Carolina...

Red barn that I see on my daily walk.

Red barn that I see on my daily walk.

Lots of amazing places to walk, jog, hike, bicycle, swim, mingle, shop, dine...there is always something wonderful to do.

These painted rocking chairs are all over Black Mountain, NC

These painted rocking chairs are all over Black Mountain, NC

I've only been in WNC for a little less than two weeks and I already feel as though I've lived here for years. It all feels so familiar and right. Who knows what will unfold in the coming weeks?

Sweet cat belonging to a neighbor that looks and behaves exactly like my cat Hamlet. 

Sweet cat belonging to a neighbor that looks and behaves exactly like my cat Hamlet. 

I left behind most of my possessions when I left Seattle, but one of the most painful parts of leaving there was having to leave our family cats, Moby and Hamlet behind. I miss them every day and trust that they are enjoying life with their new family.

Beads and Beyond - Asheville, NC

Beads and Beyond - Asheville, NC

Lots of vibrant art and color and energy in and around Asheville. The people I've met LOVE living here for lots of different reasons....the beauty, the weather, the people and mostly the consciousness here.

Some friends who live down the road. 

Some friends who live down the road. 

I'm enjoying the chickens, cows, birds, geese, crickets, butterflies (they're everywhere), wildflowers, lush green trees and delicious farm grown veggies and fruits of this part of the country!

One of my new favorite cafes - Black Mountain, NC

One of my new favorite cafes - Black Mountain, NC

There are so many charming and homey small towns all over North Carolina...I've fallen in love with all of them!  

Adorable little puppy who showed up on our front porch last week.  

Adorable little puppy who showed up on our front porch last week.  

I'm really enjoying life in the country with close access to everything I love about cities!

One of two small vegetable gardens at Lotus Lodge. 

One of two small vegetable gardens at Lotus Lodge. 

I feel blessed to have found such a beautiful place to land that resonates with my values to live communally. There is so much to learn! I look forward to immersing myself in this way of living and communing with other kindred spirits. 

Lotus Lodge, the shared community household where I'm now staying. Founded in 2004 by Gaya Erlandson and her partner, Raphael Peter, it was one of the first cooperative homes in the greater Asheville community.

Lotus Lodge, the shared community household where I'm now staying. Founded in 2004 by Gaya Erlandson and her partner, Raphael Peter, it was one of the first cooperative homes in the greater Asheville community.

Lotus Lodge is a 4400 square foot, two-story, 1915-vintage triplex. With a total of 9 bedrooms, 3 kitchens, 3 dining rooms and 4 bathrooms, each person shares their immediate space with just 1 or 2 others. There is also a library and a large group room downstairs for gatherings (we're going to be doing groups and having gatherings there soon). Gaya and Raphael published Spirit in the Smokies, a Magazine of New Paradigm Living for many years in the room where I'm currently staying. Great creative vibes there!

I'll be back soon with an interview with Gaya with lots more photos and info on community building...stay tuned!