We believe...
that there is a real hunger among women everywhere to finally give themselves permission to be the fully powerful and amazing beings that they are, and that Time for Our Power! is part of a larger transformation that is happening in this country and around the world. Women all over are waking up to their power!

We believe that there is no force more powerful than a woman who believes in herself, follows her passion and brings her unique gifts to the world. In doing so not only does she benefit, but so do all those around her - her family, friends, community, and ultimately the world.

We also believe that humankind's existence on this planet has never been in such jeopardy. The perils are clear: environmental degradation, global warming, war, nuclear proliferation, widespread human rights abuses. Women are uniquely positioned to spark a much needed revolution in human consciousness. The world is in critical need of feminine energy and perspective, and it has never been more important for us to claim and own our power to bring about change.

Its time!


Creating a Different Future: Changing the World Through Community

Experience and learn about developing a collective vision that propels us into the future and inspires and energizes us toward creative action. Learn to create an atmosphere of openness, allowing respectful dialogue about controversial issues and supporting each other even if we disagree. Understand how differences strengthen us and help us create a movement for change.

Linda Stout, director of Spirit in Action, has been a grassroots organizer and activist for three decades. A thirteenth-generation Quaker born to a tenant-farming family, Linda founded a successful grassroots organization in 1984 in a conservative region of North Carolina. The Piedmont Peace Project worked successfully to forge extraordinary alliances across race and class lines and won major public policy changes. The project also won the National Grassroots Peace Award.

Linda's own awards include a Public Policy Fellowship from Harvard University, Honorary Doctorate for Allegheny College, and the Freedom Fighter Award of the Equal Rights Congress. She is the author of Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing, published by Beacon Press.

Spirit in Action (www.spiritinaction.net) is a non-profit organization that supports, sustains, and connects those who are passionate about justice, peace, love, equality, creativity and sustainability to work collectively for deep and lasting social change and for the protection of the planet.

Calling All Woman: How to Be Juicy and Sexy at Any Age

This gathering is a call for women to fully awaken their uniquely female sensual and sexual energies. The Inner Goddess will be invoked by the sharing of stories in council, as well as through specific meditations, breaths and soundings. We will explore how passionate imagery can help awaken and spiritualize the flesh. We will also address how to cherish our bodies with good nutrition, vitamins, herbs and hormonal (bio-identical) balancing. Join in experiencing the joy inherent in deeper body and erotic awareness as we celebrate the timeless radiance of the Divine Feminine.

Jaquelyn McCandless, MD is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and began pursuing alternative brain, anti-aging, and hormonal health in 1985, focusing her psychiatric practice on relationship/sexual therapy. She is co-author of Flesh and Spirit:The Mystery of Intimate Relationship (Bramble Books, 1998) with her husband of 32 year, Dr. Jack Zimmerman, with whom she conducts and trains facilitators in relationship intensives. Jaquelyn is also the author of Children with Starving Brains, a Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder (Bramble Books, 2003). She introduced an immune/mood modulator for autism in 2005, and with Jack now researches this drug for HIV+ in Africa.


The transformation from poverty to prosperity happens from the inside out. No matter what our history or circumstance, we all have the ability to create abundant, powerful, healthy and happy lives. This workshop will show you how to create abundance in every area by consciously using Spiritual Law. Take charge of your life through your thoughts, words, feelings and actions.

Barbara Waterhouse is a Science of Mind Minister at the Center for Creative Living in Asheville. She says, "One of my greatest passions is to reach out and touch the hearts and lives of people who are seeking to find a better way of living. I hold myself up as a woman of power who has overcome significant obstacles to create a full and meaningful life. And with confidence, I tell all who care to know that they can do the same for themselves. My life is about sharing with everyone I meet that the ability to be successful and joyously happy dwells within us."

Sensational You: Power of Movement

Our senses connect us to our inner and outer world, and movement connects us to our senses. We will joyfully explore the relationship between the two as a way of becoming more alert, alive and aware. When we let our bodies flow, our sensational selves will glow!

Shelli Suzanne Stanback is an Inspirational Movement Practitioner living in Asheville, NC. She holds a BA degree in Integrative Movement from Goddard College, began in 1996 studying the power of the hand-drum for women with Layne Redmond, graduated in 2000 from a 3-year Art of Healing Program, is a licensed Brown Belt Nia instructor and has extensive certifications and training in the Healing and Expressive Arts. Shelli has offered Body-Mind-Energetics classes, playshops, and integrative therapy for over 20 years. Through inspirational techniques she empowers women to discover the "joy" of being physical, mental, emotional, and spiritually alive!

Holistic and Natural Approaches for PMS, Depression, Breast Cancer and Menopause.

Is your life rudely disrupted each month by premenstrual mood swings and bloating? Are you shifting into menopause and wondering whether all those hot flashes are contributing to global warming, why your body is changing shape, and whether hormone replacement is worth all the risks we hear about? This session will attempt to answer your questions regarding female health issues such as PMS, depression, weight gain, cardiovascular risk, and osteoporosis, as well as steer you in a more informed direction regarding HRT and risk of breast cancer.

Mary James, ND is a 1985 graduate of the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where she worked in private practice for several years. For the past 14 years, Dr. James has worked as the Senior Health Educational Specialist at Genova Diagnostics (formerly Great Smokies Lab), with a focus on endocrinology and women's health. A contributing author to the Textbook of Functional Medicine, she also served as editor for its accompanying teacher's manual. Dr. James is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Alternative Medicine Review.

Creating Everyday Miracles In Your Life and Work!

Most of us are so used to achieving, "doing," and working hard that we don't realize that all of our effort often produces the opposite of what we desire. Denise will show you how the very act of taking the time to focus on the things that bring you joy opens up a space where you can achieve all that you want! And achieve it with balance and with ease.

You'll learn how to cause miracles in your personal and work life everyday by making the distinctions of Intention and Attraction work for you! You'll leave this program inspired to take actions that will bring you more peace, more fulfillment, and even greater success.

Denise Hedges is a passionate speaker and results-oriented Personal and Business Coach. She works with busy professional women and small business owners who want to be more successful and fulfilled in their careers, while having more time, balance, and joy in their personal lives. Denise has helped thousands of women, nationally and internationally, create the lives they want through keynote presentations and customized workshops, as well as individual and group coaching.

As a Marketing Consultant and Business Development Coach, she specializes in helping professional service providers - from accountants to acupuncturists - move past their fear and doubt about sales and marketing, so they can attract more clients, and make more money! Her audio programs, decide ~ believe ~ dream and The Power of Attraction, together with the BreakThrough Mentorship Program(c) provide ongoing inspiration and success strategies for professionals and business owners. For more information, check out her website at www.businessbreakthroughinstitute.com.

Break Out of Old Mindsets with BOOM Thinking™

Feeling stuck in life? Work? Love? But still know that somehow this cant be as good as it gets? You dont have to settle for the status quo in your life. There is a path out of the rut! Cheri will present her four-step BOOM Thinking process to identify and then begin to obliterate the beliefs that sabotage your potential. You will learn to ...

B: Put on the Brakes.
O: Observe what is happening.
O: Obliterate the mindsets that no longer serve you.
M: Make a new, more productive Mindset.

Fun and simple, the process packs a powerful punch. Audiences leave with tools for turning their negative thoughts around, resulting in a life that they've wanted to have.

Cheri Britton

For 20 years now Cheri Britton has been working to help individuals and organizations make a positive difference. Beginning in public health, and then moving into the business world, she has witnessed the power - and destructive potential - of beliefs. She has committed herself to meeting the challenges of pessimism head-on and to help individuals and organizations break free from their limiting beliefs.

As a professional speaker, consultant, coach and trainer, Cheri speaks to and coaches business owners, executives, managers, employees, and entrepreneurs. She helps people transform by changing their negative, harmful thoughts to ones that are positive, uplifting, and inspirational.

In 1997 Cheri launched her own consulting business, Whetstone Consultations, to work with state-funded and nonprofit organizations. Her speaking career began in 2000 which led to the birth in 2004 of BOOM Thinking, a speaking and consulting firm that ignites and empowers leaders and organizations to Break Out of Old Mindsets. Her book BOOM Thinking™ is due out in 2008.

Cheri lives in Asheville and her website is www.boomthinking.com.

Gutsy Women!

Your body's center is the site of your soul power, your connection to Source Energy. Come learn a dynamic series of power-centering yoga moves - The Gutsy Women's Workout. You'll ignite the source of your passion, creativity, confidence, intuition, and sense of purpose. Eat a light lunch and come dressed to move.

Lisa Sarasohn is author of The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure (New World Library, 2006). Dr. Christiane Northrup says: "To create health, you have to trust your gut. And to trust your gut, you've got to reclaim the wisdom of your belly. The Woman's Belly Book shows you how." A seasoned yoga and bodywork therapist, Lisa has presented transformational workshops at Love Your Body, Omega Institute, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Her articles have appeared in Yoga Journal, SageWoman, Personal Transformation, and Radiance. For more information, visit www.loveyourbelly.com.

Empowerment through Awareness and Self-Defense

This workshop empowers participants by providing knowledge and techniques to deter assault. This is not Martial Arts; basic concepts and skills are provided to help develop self-protection strategies, skills that you can continue to build upon. Come prepared to learn that you have the ability - and the equipment - to defend yourself. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Judith Alvarado grew up in New York City where she learned practical lessons in street smarts. In 1994, while pursuing Women Studies in Taos, NM, her life was deeply impacted by the violent rape and murder of her best friend. With this tragic event as the catalyst, Judith began a one-year training program through the Taos Women's Self Defense Project, a nonprofit, multi-cultural community based volunteer organization serving women of Northern New Mexico. An active and notable advocate of women in the WNC area, Judith serves as the executive director of Reach, the domestic violence agency in Hayesville, NC.

What Men Need to Know to Live Successfully with an Empowered Woman - But Are Afraid to Ask

In this experiential workshop, a circle of men will share their intimate experiences living with a woman on the path of full empowerment. Questions include: How can a man support his partner's empowerment even though it rocks his boat? How can a man deal with his woman's vulnerability at the same time the Divine Feminine is coming through her? What is the erotic harvest in a mutually empowered intimate relationship? What happens to a man's inner feminine as his woman becomes more empowered?

Jack Zimmerman, PhD, originally trained in mathematics, had already shifted his focus to education by 1973, when he met his wife Jaquelyn McCandless. His roles as teacher, secondary school headmaster and an initiator of the "council process" of communication (The Way of Council, Bramble Books, 1996) all led Jack to join Jaquelyn in creating the council-based relationship practices described in their 1998 book, Flesh and Spirit: The Mystery of Intimate Relationship. Since 1975 they've conducted relationship intensives for couples devoted to mutual empowerment, pruning patriarchal patterns and seeing relationship as a path of awakening. Jack has also played leadership roles in the evolution of The Ojai Foundation.

H Hanson, CPA. "H" Hanson has been uncovering spiritual principles, applying them in his life and actively sharing them with others for over 30 years. He has recently published 2 articles in Pure Inspiration Magazine covering the subjects of creating your own reality and conscious parenting. He is currently working on an article about loving relationships and spiritual growth. In addition to being a father of four grown children, he is a performing singer-songwriter and a practicing CPA. "H" lives with his wife Maureen in the mountains of Western North Carolina. His website is www.hhanson.com.

Moving Beyond Our Differences To Appreciate Diversity

How we treat others is a reflection of who we are. It can bring us together or keep us apart. Our behaviors and habits are learned and many of them can be unlearned. This "unlearning" is an ongoing process that challenges the preconceived notions, assumptions, myths, and stereotypes that keep us all separate.

Join us in a purposeful journey of change and inclusion where we welcome everyone "into the circle". This transformational journey will help you to create an environment that recognizes and appreciates diversity in your relationships, your workplace, and your community. Experience the personal growth and freedom that comes from acknowledging our own perceptions and embracing the gifts that we all have to offer this world.

Jacquelyn Hallum

Jacquelyn Hallum, MBA, MHA will be your guide on this journey. She is the director of Health Careers and Diversity Education at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC). Jacquelyn has over thirty years of experience in healthcare administration, workforce diversity, and multicultural education. She is a social justice advocate, trainer and teacher facilitating personal and professional growth opportunities for a wide variety of organizations. She serves on several boards and has most recently been appointed to the Asheville City Schools' Board of Education.

Earth Spirit, Earth Action

Come listen, learn and ask questions as╩two of╩the leading-edge activists in the environmental/sustainability movement╩join forces to convey the most practical steps each of us can take to help╩heal the Earth.╩ These two powerful women have dedicated their lives to awakening individuals╩to╩the responsibility each of us has to╩help the planet recover from╩decades of abuse and destruction.╩╩╩

This is a rare and welcomed opportunity to interact and learn from╩two of the most honored and respected╩names╩in earth activism.╩


Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern Earth-based spirituality. She is well-known as a global justice activist and organizer, whose work and writings have inspired many to action. She is the author or coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing, and the award-winning Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising. Her latest is Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. Her books have been translated into numerous languages and are often found in college curriculums.

Starhawk consulted on and contributed to the popular trio of films known as the Women's Spirituality series, directed by Donna Read for the National Film Board of Canada: Goddess Remembered, The Burning Times, and Full Circle. Starhawk and Read recently formed their own film company, Belili Productions (www.belili.org). Their first release is Signs Out of Time (2004), a documentary on the life of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, a scholar who made major discoveries about the Goddess cultures of Old Europe. Her website is www.starhawk.org.

Julia Butterfly Hill

Julia Butterfly Hill is known for climbing a 1,000 year-old redwood tree in 1997 when she was 23 years old, and remaining there without touching the ground for two years, as part of a successful effort to call worldwide attention to the destruction of California's ancient redwoods. Since then, she has addressed the U.N., lobbied Congress, and continued to stand on the front lines of environmental and social justice issues all over the world. She is the author of The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods and One Makes the Difference: Inspiring Actions That Change Our World.

The Inner Journey Meditation
Offered by Epona Ridge before and after the workshops

The Inner Journey is designed to offer a sacred moment in time, a personal journey to your inner wisdom through the experiential work with the Labyrinth and the vibrationally healing sounds of the crystal singing bowls and Native American flutes.

This experiential meditation will be offered periodically throughout the weekend in The Travel Link Room which is located off the Atrium in the Haywood Park Hotel. Sign up sheets with times will be located just outside the room.

Barbara Alexander

Barbara Alexander is the Founder and Director of Epona Ridge, a Sanctuary Retreat for the inner journey to balance, inspiration and personal joy. Barbara is a facilitator and trainer of Somatic Experiential Learning inspired by Horses and has spent years studying human motivation, the wisdom of the horse through the Epona Approach(TM), and the effects of the mind-body connection in personal wellness. She designs, creates and facilitates retreats and workshops at her center in Asheville, North Carolina focused on the inner journey to joy. Barbara is also a certified Reiki Master. Her website is www.EponaRidge.com