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Retreatant Reflections pt 3

Retreatant Reflections pt 3

By on Nov 26, 2016 in OM Sanctuary Blog | 0 comments

We recently sent out a guest feedback request and we were overwhelmed with amazing reviews. Thank you everyone that responded! Published studies show that keeping a gratitude journal or openly expressing what you are grateful for can help improve your emotional and physical wellbeing! During this season of giving thanks, please accept our sincere expression of immense gratitude to all of our retreatants, past and future. Below are some of your favorite things that we heard from you about your time spent at OM Sanctuary. May we continue to inspire healthy lifestyle practices through holistic education and a connection to nature. “The OM Sanctuary provides a retreat environment to refresh and renew your mind, body and soul.” -Christine Pearson, Kennesaw, GA. “It’s a peaceful place to regain your sense.” -Neil Caudle, Pittsboro, NC. “The resort provided a quiet and private sanctuary.” -Elizabeth Hooker, Charlotte, NC. “When we visited your site, neither myself nor my husband Jacques had any idea this was to be our final trip together. He passed away June 18th. We both loved our visit and our quiet talks during breakfast with your executive director. We were already coping with illness but your beautiful accommodations created a final romantic memory for us. Thank you so much!” -Denise Korn, Atlanta, GA. “OM Sanctuary provided a delightful place for my friends and I to reconnect, re-energize, and recover from the school year.” -Anna Discenzo, Cleveland, OH. “The cabin I stayed in was so peaceful – no clocks and no tvs. Just a beautiful room surrounded by beautiful nature.” -Paige Jordan, Kannapolis, NC. “We had a wonderful four days staying, relaxing, and renewing at OM. We left with more energy, excitement, and wonderful memories than we could have hoped for.” -Joe Green, Washington, D.C. “When I entered my second floor room overlooking the garden, I felt a sense of calm begin to permeate my body. I came to OM Sanctuary tired and stressed. I loved the big windows, the fireplace in the room and the walking paths. I also enjoyed talking to the staff about life.” -Brenda Hunter, Ph.D., Chapel Hill, NC. “I loved the overall atmosphere at OM Sanctuary. Best part was being able to walk through the gardens...

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Celebrating Conservation at OMS

Celebrating Conservation at OMS

By on Oct 15, 2016 in OM Sanctuary Blog | 0 comments

OM Sanctuary is happy to announce continued stewardship of 42 acres of local growth forest! Last year, with the help of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, we officially put the majority of the 54 acre OM Sanctuary property into conservation easement, which protects this area from development in perpetuity. Additionally, the conservation offsets the organization’s carbon footprint. The easement, which overlooks the French Broad River, protects a healthy wooded area containing cove forest, oak forest and low mountain pine forest, with mixed hardwoods. The easement also contains pools in the river floodplain that provide habitat for wildlife and endangered species such as salamanders, other amphibians, and reptiles. This type of conservation of the natural growth forest at OM Sanctuary helps to protect the tributary streams of the French Broad River Watershed from pollution as well. Here at OM Sanctuary, it is a part of our mission to offer education that reflects a connection to mind, body, and spirit, as well as to nature. In alignment with this ideal, we offer a 1 mile trail into this protected acreage so that retreatants can explore this area and see the beauty that nature has to offer. By hiking in our easement, retreatants can experience firsthand the different types of trees and wildlife that the conservation serves to protect. This kind of personal experience is step one on the path to becoming a personal environmental steward. This is just one of many ways in which OM Sanctuary offers holistic education, helping individuals bring these values into their own lives. “Natural places are essential for human health,” says Shelli Stanback, OM Sanctuary Founder and President. “Once forested areas have been lost to development, they are gone forever. We must preserve them now for our sake, and for the sake of the future generations. With few urban open spaces remaining near Asheville, protecting the forest with a conservation easement was the clear, sustainable choice.” [Quote taken from Conservation Easement Press Release]. Sources and Citations: 1.To read the original OM Sanctuary press release about our Conservation Easement click here. 2. To learn more about the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, please click here. 3. To check out the article featuring our Conservation Easement in The Asheville...

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