Natural Living & Education Center in Asheville NC

Blue Ridge Mountains

Solstice Retreat – A Return to Our Natural Rhythms

Date(s) - 06/16/2014 - 06/22/2014
7:30 pm - 5:30 pm

OM Sanctuary

Accommodations – Cottages, cabins, dorms, luxury and garden view suites

All overnight guests receive 15% off any of the APF weekend passes

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OM Sanctuary’s Solstice passes are available for purchase below.

OM Sanctuary, a beautiful 54-acre property providing ample outdoor space to reflect and return to your natural rhythms. Join the Solstice Retreat program classes and activities by registering for the Solstice Elite Week Pass or a Solstice Day Pass


OM Sanctuary is offering a 7 day Solstice Retreat. The week long solstice programs are designed to lighten up your body​, ​mind, ​spirit​ & ​natural connections​ ​through transformational activities and workshops led by Asheville Percussion Festival (APF) residential artists and OM Sanctuary faculty. The Solstice Retreat schedule compliments the APF schedule with the last day of the Asheville Percussion Festival will take place on Sunday at OM Sanctuary with a full day of celebratory events and performances. Fun for the whole family! See the OM Sanctuary’s class descriptions and schedule below for the collaborative details and exciting programs.

7 Day Solstice Retreat Schedule Solstice Sunday Schedule

7 Day Solstice Retreat Week Passes (Monday through Sunday) $105 – Solstice Week Elite Pass

  • Elite Pass holders receive the full week (Monday through Saturday) of Solstice activities and classes held at OM Sanctuary.
  • An all inclusive complimentary pass to Sunday activities, classes and events.
  • Plus 15% off any of the APF weekend passes, individual class passes or any of the weekend concerts.

$25 – Solstice Day Pass

  • Day Pass holders (commuters) access to activities and classes for the date purchased (Monday through Saturday).
  • Plus 15% off any of the APF weekend passes, individual class passes or any of the weekend concerts.

All Solstice Elite and Day Retreat passes include access to OM Sanctuary’s:

  • Solstice activities including classes led by Asheville Percussion Festival Artists and OM Sanctuary Faculty
  • Peaceful 54 acres, natural 40 acres of woodland trails, Serenity Garden and waterfall
  • Contemplative destinations and meditation rooms
  • Sauna and steam shower

* Sunday Pass is complimentary to OMS Elite, APF VIP pass holders, APF Weekend pass holders or available for individual ($25) or family ($35) purchase at the This All Day Grand Finale at OM Sanctuary offers OM Sanctuary Solstice and the Asheville Percussion Festival participants a coming together in celebration!

Accommodations booked & charged separately (breakfast included)

Accommodation Rates

Lunch and Dinners are purchased separately  (available Monday  through Saturday evening) Sunday lunch is available for purchase through a local food truck.

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Sample Viewing of the Residential OM Sanctuary Solstice and APF Artists and Workshop Leaders

Asheville-Percussion-Festival-2013_Jesse-Kitt_Nacho-Arimany_Casey-DriessenNacho Arimany (Flamenco & World Percussion). Ethnic percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, has played and toured with mayny of Spain’s most notable flamenco artists. His rich musical career began at the age of six as a classical piano student and singer. In his teens, he discovered the world of African percussion and immersed himself in Arab and Afro-Cuban percussion, txalaparta, and flamenco rhythms. Eventually, Arimany joined the company Iberica de Danza on their tour through China and Thailand, marking his formal entrance into the world of flamenco. From there, he became one of Spain’s most sought-after percussionists.


MarlaMarlaMarlaMarla Leigh is a Los Angeles based professional Percussionist, Flautist, Composer and Educator, who specializes in the ancient Mediterranean frame drum. As an signature artist of Cooperman Drum Company, she is a well-recognized teacher and performer in the world of frame drumming, and has created a unique approach both in playing and in teaching this instrument. In addition to the frame drum, Marla also plays Indian Tabla, Kanjira, African Dgembe, Djun Djun, Brekete, Middle Eastern Riq, Dunbeck, and a hybrid world percussion set. Marla carries the gift of being an inspiring, energetic and patient teacher, and she offers drumming workshops and retreats in the USA, Canada and Mexico. Marla has taught drumming clinics at events such as Tambouri Mundi festival in Germany, North American Frame Drum Association (NAFDA), conventions in New Jersey, Los Angeles and Vermont, California Institute of the Arts, and at the California PAS Day of Percussion. She has also lead drumming retreats at Esalen Institute, Kalani, and Harbin Hot Springs, to name a few.In 2008, Marla designed her own Signature Series frame drum model, “The Marla Tar”, with the Cooperman Drum Company and is currenty working on a new model.; This drum has now been sold in USA, Canada, London, Japan, Korea and Australia! Marla also released a Hand Drum Instructional DVD, “Time Zone”, with percussionist Ken Shorley, and is currently working on finishing her second DVD, “The Radiant Drummer”.


Naghmeh imageNaghmeh Farahmand,while learning the rhythmic patterns of Persian traditional music she began playing the more melodic santoor under the guidance of Faramarz Payvar and Pashang Kamkar. Besides this traditional education, Naghmeh learned Sufi and Kurdish rhythms on the daf – an instrument she found both powerful and spiritual – with masters Bijan Kamkar and Masoud Habibi. Skilled on a variety of other traditional instruments, Naghmeh has been passing on these skills as a teacher for over 15 years. Farahmand has played with many well-known Iranian ensembles and has performed widely at important festivals and throughout Europe. She was honoured to perform with Hassan Nahid, Iranian master of the ney and with Hengameh Akhavan, legendary singer of traditional music. Naghmeh also founded Sharghi, a percussion ensemble, which performed for Iran’s national television, recorded numerous pieces and performed live for over a decade. Since moving to Canada in 2010, Farahmand has started working with a variety of music genres – Arabian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Indian and Jazz. Besides her published book, Helheleh, which includes some pieces for daf, Naghmeh is looking forward to releasing her new percussion album, Drums&Dreams. Chi Walk – Sunday, June 22 from 9:30 to 10:45a at OM Sanctuary Description: Centering your self in movement, chi walking is a mindful practice base on the principle of tai chi with Katherine Dreyer (Co founder of Chi Walk , Chi Running and Chi Living) cw book high res   Cancellation Policy: OM Sanctuary reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If OM Sanctuary cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Refund Policy: If you cancel your registration eight (8) or more days before your program begins, you will receive a full refund, less a $35 processing fee. If you cancel your registration less than eight (8) days before your program begins, you will receive a nonrefundable credit, less a $35 processing fee, toward future OM Sanctuary programs or overnight stays. Credit may be applied to any OM Sanctuary program or overnight stay for up to one year following the date of issue.