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MountainTrue and OM Sanctuary

MountainTrue and OM Sanctuary

By on Oct 29, 2016 in OM Sanctuary Blog | 0 comments

OM Sanctuary is highlighting MountainTrue an organization that has helped strengthen the holistic management of invasives in our forest. This blog post is dedicated to our ongoing partnership with MountainTrue. MountainTrue is a local organization in Asheville that, “envisions Western North Carolina with thriving communities that are connected to and help sustain a healthy natural environment.” Among the many amazing projects that MountainTrue undertakes, one of them that has affected OM Sanctuary directly is their help to remove invasive species’ from the Richmond Hill Park, and from our very own campus. In fact, MountainTrue facilitated one of our volunteer days where many local Ashevillians came to help identify and remove invasives from our property. Bob Gale, MountainTrue Ecologist and Public Land’s Director recently stated: “MountainTrue recognizes the value of the OM Sanctuary’s rich forest community, which occurs on its conservation easement within Asheville’s city limits. The fact that it is situated so closely to the City’s only forested tract, Richmond Hill Park, is significant. Portions of both tracts are threatened by infestations of non-native invasive plants, which can spread to each tract by wildlife movement and human activities. MountainTrue has been performing invasive control treatments with volunteers at the Park for several years and we have helped the Sanctuary with training in similar treatments. This ongoing work at both locations will reduce the back and forth movement of these invasive species. We look forward to future partnership with OM in restoring the forest’s impacted portions, ultimately enriching the Sanctuary’s healing focus on “Body, Mind, Spirit, and Nature.” —Bob Gale – MountainTrue Ecologist & Public Lands Director. Here are some photos of MountainTrue in action at OM Sanctuary!:...

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Love Your Work and it Becomes Play

Love Your Work and it Becomes Play

By on Oct 27, 2016 in OM Sanctuary Blog | 0 comments

While the carbon footprint project continues to develop and expand in scope, this week’s blog post is aimed at highlighting some of the hospitality and extra-curricular activities Evan has been able to experience as an intern at OM Sanctuary. Hey everyone, This past week has been very productive in terms of project development and networking including a follow-up visit with some of the amazing staff at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. As a land trust, their work continues to provides benefits both seen and unseen to the Appalachian region. This week I wanted to touch on some of the additional aspects of my internship experience including the hospitality staples of guest-services, policy, planning, and management. In addition to this, I have been able to participate in many of the daily holistic classes offered right here at OM Sanctuary. Together, these experiences have a produced quite a unique internship experience. While I am able to absorb a lot of guest services experience throughout the workweek, I tend to have my head buried in research and writing from Monday until Thursday. For this reason, Friday is my designated “hospitality day” where I focus on honing the skills necessary to be successful in the tourism industry. Working from the reception desk has afforded me the opportunity to interact with guests and facilitate communication between them and other staff members including housekeeping, kitchen staff, and management. There is a strong sense of satisfaction that comes with this type of work, for example: after referring an out-of-town guest to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, they returned the following day to thank me for making their stay even more memorable. Helping people connect to nature is part of what sustainable tourism is all about.. As an intern, I couldn’t ask for a better workplace climate. The ambiance here at OM Sanctuary is highly conducive towards relaxation and rejuvenation, and this same feeling can be observed in the yoga classes offered here throughout the week. Beginning in October, I have had the pleasure of attending these classes instructed by Sue Ann, the programs coordinator here at OM Sanctuary (formerly of the renowned Salt Spring Centre of Yoga), as well as Elle Jai, a local instructor who...

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“Helping Hands and Healing Lands”

“Helping Hands and Healing Lands”

By on Oct 4, 2016 in OM Sanctuary Blog | 0 comments

OM Sanctuary is excited to introduce our new Sustainability Intern, Evan Novell. He will be with us for six weeks from the University of South Florida, helping us further our Holistic Management Plan started in 2014 by intern Rachel Newcomb from William Smith College in Geneva, NY. In our quest to be better stewards for the planet, Evan will be helping to educate the public on the sustainable initiatives the organization has taken up to this point and how they lay the foundation for a more sustainable community in the future. Our intern’s roll will be to help determine the organization’s carbon footprint and the carbon offset supplied by the carbon sequestration potential provided by the conservation easement. This easement, which is held by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, was placed on OM Sanctuary’s 41 acres of urban forest on January 30, 2015. Below is the first of his blogs to allow our followers to keep up with his internship as it unfolds: Hello everyone, It’s great to be working with such a talented group of people and I would like to offer a little background on who I am and what my plans are while at OM Sanctuary. Until recently, the idea that wellness expands beyond the realm of physical and mental well-being is a concept that I had yet to embrace. Having been a guest at the OM Sanctuary in January of this year, I quickly realized that a complete picture of a healthy lifestyle required so much more than what I previously thought. OM Sanctuary’s definition for “holistic” is: body, mind, spirit and connection to nature. What I initially thought was going to be a relaxing weekend in the beautiful city of Asheville instead became an experience that would inevitably shape the future of my academic and professional life. When the time came to choose an internship in the tourism industry in order to fulfill the requirements for an M.A. in sustainability, I knew that the Oshun Mountain Sanctuary would be the first place I would apply to. Seven months later, and after several informative conversations with Executive Director, Jonathan Frappier, I can say that I am beyond fortunate to have been given the opportunity to...

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