Education Center in Asheville NC

Blue Ridge Mountains

Green Stewardship & Educational Initiatives


Pink blooming lotus on top of a bed of water lily

“Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” -E.O. Wilson

We Have Saved a Forest!

Together we share a global risk of loosing our forest and natural habitat.  OM Sanctuary has placed a (permanent rescue) conservation easement on 42 acres of urban forest. Why?  It is know that native habitat is becoming scarce and forest mono-cultures are the new takeover, placing many of the native flora and fauna on the extinction list. More adults and children are also suffering in both health and from what is called, Nature Deficit Disorder. 

Educational centers like OM Sanctuary provide a platform for educators and for the public to experience health attained by being in natural surroundings. Public health is connected to the health of the planetary environment.

Your donation will help support an organization that cares about a whole system approach to wellness and sustainable living.

OM Sanctuary has been engaged with sustainable stewardship projects since the purchase of the property. As caretakers of a beautiful property, OM Sanctuary recognizes the importance of restoring the native plants for the health of all the living things in the region. Education programs focus on holistic solutions, education, and practices that can enhance the resilience of our ecosystem for the sake of people and the planet. Engaging in forest mediation, yoga, walking, ceremony and more, in the woods, offers a way to calm the nervous system, mind and recharge the soul.

The invasives had done a take over making parts almost uninhabitable. Together, we make a continued difference. Every year with our volunteers, donors and eco-friendly non-profits partners, we are returning our forest back to a balanced beauty.

WHY JOIN US? The more that join together, the more we all become part of the future SOLUTION for preserving life and health. Your donation will help in the continued ecological restoration efforts, get us the educational signage needed and will help our team maintain the safety of the trails. 

Om Sanctuary Contemplation Garden

Ecosystem Restoration Timeline: 

  • 2011: OM Sanctuary donated the Pearson Bridge property to RiverLink during the initial Richmond Hill purchase. At the purchase both parties set aside a 20-foot strip for the future City Greenway passage. OM Sanctuary retained river side access on the French Broad River for programs and continued restoration.
  • Winding river with a tree covered bank2012: OM Sanctuary participated in a Hospitality Greening Assessment with the Waste Reduction Partners on February 3 & 22, 2012 of the facility to understand its carbon footprint. The Hospitality Greening Assessment received on April 4, 2012 has been guiding the implementation of the organization’s ongoing energy efficiency changes.
  • 2014: In partnership with the Nature Conservancy, the first stage of the campus holistic Grounds Management Plan  for OM Sanctuary was implemented.
  • 2015: To further our commitment, a Deed of Conservation Easement on April 13, 2015 was placed on the 42 acres of undeveloped woodland forest with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy as our partner.Forrest Canopy
  • 2016: A Forest Stewardship Plan for the OM Sanctuary forest was adopted on August 30, 2016.
  • 2016: MountainTrue and OM Sanctuary partnered to begin an ongoing invasive removal with volunteers for OM Sanctuary’s 42 acre forest.
  • 2017: A Forest Carbon Sequestration Evaluation was prepared by the EcoForesters of Asheville for the OM Sanctuary forest on April 17, 2017.
  • 2018: On April 6, 2018 a phase I, Prescribed Burn took place in the OM Sanctuary woodland acreage. The burn was lead by Nature Conservancy in partnership with Asheville Fire Department training crew.
  • 2019: Beginning in March, OM Sanctuary will be accelerating the invasive plant removal. The treatments will consist of a combination of applied herbiary removal with goats, cut stumps, low-impact foliar treatments, and forestry mulching operations.
  • 2020: Restoration work continues and OM Sanctuary entered into partnership with Muddy Sneakers. Together we have created a way for 5th graders to spend a day doing their science curriculum in a real forest environment.


We ask that you please consider your gift today.


Our partners:

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The Nature Conservancy

Mountain True Team

The team at Mountain True