Connect with the land and your natural instincts. Know where your food comes from. Gain hands-on experience. Take steps towards a more sustainable life. Get dirty at our homestead. You will walk away with a deepened understanding of how to sustain yourself, what it takes to grow food, and the work necessary to have (and preserve) a bountiful harvest — all while building your real-life skills for a healthier life.

Location: Asheville, NC
Spring Option: April 4-8, 2016
Fall Option: September 2016 (exact dates coming soon)
Schedule: 10am – 5pm each day, with an evening presentation by Charles Eisenstein.
Fee: Includes program tuition and materials. Food and lodging are separate — details below.


This comprehensive workshop is an introductory overview of the basic skills you’ll need to create a resilient life. Dig deep into what it takes to build and maintain a vibrant homestead. Learn from Asheville’s top teachers, gardeners, fermenters, healers, and botanists how to create a thriving, regenerative ecosystem, community, and home. In this workshop you will learn about homesteading, gardening, foraging, fermenting, food preservation, and herbal medicine making skills. If you are an aspiring urban homesteader, naturalist, activist, health professional, or hungry student, you will gain life-long wisdom in this week-long immersion. In a world focused on sustainability, we ask, why not go one step further >> resilient living.

“After a week at Ashevillage’s Resilient Living workshop, I am a changed person. I didn’t expect to have such a joyful, tearful, heartwarming mind and soul shift. Every teacher’s passion made their subject matter feel profound — so much so, that every compost worm, foraged medicinal weed, and bacteria-filled speck of dirt had a voice too — and they spoke volumes. Ashevillage planted within me the seeds I so desperately needed to help me become a proactive citizen of the world and a mindful friend to the earth.” ~ Gracie, RLW Participant

Hands-on learning, site projects & educational workshops 

  • Gardening 101: Garden planning, harvesting, cover cropping, seed starting & saving
  • Mushroom Inoculation: growing shiitakes and oyster mushrooms
  • Food Preservation: Canning, pickling, & preserving the harvest
  • Homesteading: Educational tour, primitive practices & skills
  • Soil 101: Soil building, composting, & self made worm bins
  • Herbal Medicine Making: Tinctures, Teas and Syrups
  • Fermentation: Kraut, kombucha, mead & more
  • Wild Edibles: Foraging walk & wild tea party
  • Educational Tours: Permaculture sites


Arrival & Departure: The program begins Monday and ends on Friday with a community soiree of local, nourishing fare, friends, and family. Plan to arrive Sunday and depart the following Saturday or stay a few extra days and explore the Asheville area.

Daily schedule: Each morning, from 10am-1pm, you will have a three-hour class led by Ashevillage Sanctuary’s garden & site manager. Then you will have roughly 90-minutes for lunch where you can explore Asheville’s vast organic, local, farm-to-table food scene, or bring a lunch with you. In the afternoons, from 2:30-5:00pm, you will be learning with one of Asheville’s top teachers. All topics and techniques that you will be learning throughout the week are listed above.


Charles Eisenstein Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His viral short films and essays online have established him as a genre-defying social philosopher and countercultural intellectual. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and spent the next ten years as a Chinese–English translator. The author of The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is PossibleSacred Economics and, Ascent of Humanity, he currently lives in Asheville, NC.

“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.” ~ Charles Eisenstein


Kate HanfordKate Hanford is a farmer and a local foods advocate. Passionate about contributing to thriving food systems, she focuses on creating ecologically and financially viable farm systems. Kate was the Marketing & Production Manager at Growing Power, an international urban farming training center where she led sales, mushroom cultivation workshops, year-round vegetable production, and maintenance of the large-scale vermicompost, compost and aquaponics systems. As Production Manager at an herb farm, Kate tended perennial gardens and co-created a medicinal, value-added herbal product line. She also directed the popular West Asheville Tailgate Market for two years, and was Site & Garden Manager to Ashevillage.

“Kate’s love, passion, and knowledge for the garden was contagious and inspired all of us to learn more.” ~ Lara

Natalie BogwalkerNatalie Bogwalker is the founder and director of Wild Abundance, the Living Skills School, and the Firefly Gathering, all based in and around Asheville, NC. Natalie teaches and shares tools and skills that are essential for living harmoniously within the natural systems of the earth. She also teaches with Wild Intelligence, the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Maps Meet, Earthskills Rendezvous, and has presented at universities. Natalie practices and shares skills she considers vital to humanity’s future, while living in a lovely, growing homestead nestled deep in the Southern Appalachians. She spends her time harvesting in the wild, building, gardening, planting, putting up food, growing, teaching, and scheming about how to introduce more people to earth-based living, all while worshiping the beauty around her.

“I don’t know how one woman could know so much, do so much, and have such a fabulous laugh, all at the same time. She inspires me!” ~ Ellen

Quinn AsteakQuinn Asteak is the program manager for the Food As Medicine Workshop Series. She is a sustainable farming enthusiast who is passionate about helping people develop deeper understandings of where their food comes from and how to use it as medicine. Quinn was director of operations and programming at North Brooklyn Farms, an urban farm that transforms vacant lots into productive green spaces to feed, educate, and connect urban dwellers with nature. She also worked with Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture where she ran public programs, gave tours, facilitated corporate events, and taught nutritional cooking classes. Quinn is a certified health coach and motivational presenter, who brings her multiple passions into one place and path through Ashevillage.

“I loved how much good energy, knowledge, and experience Quinn brought to our whole group experience. She’s such an attentive teacher and host!” ~ Timothy

Luke CannonLuke Cannon, more than a botanist, is a long time pursuer and teacher of the magic and medicine of plants. His passions to study and understand the ecological intricacies of the natural world have led him throughout the Americas and across the globe. An avid naturalist Luke draws from a diverse pool of knowledge, combining his natural history studies with his life experience in organic farming, natural building, permaculture, nature based mentoring, and rural homesteading.  During the last decade, Luke has instructed several wilderness awareness programs, led walks for the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, and taught at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine,  and the Appalachian School Of Holistic Herbalism. Luke currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina, studying Appalachian ecology, and teaching ethnobotany and birding classes.

“Luke reminds me of a nature spirit. Either a plant, a tree, or maybe a forest elf? His wisdom runs deep and listening to him talk about the plants is like poetry…Nature’s Rumi.” ~ Sarah

Asia SulerAsia Suler, is a writer, teacher, herbalist, and energy healer who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC. Asia holds a B.A in English, Anthropology, and Native American studies from Vassar College and a Reiki Masters degree. She began her journey into healing and plant-based medicine after early years of chronic pain. She began her formal study of herbs with Juliet Blankespoor at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and has continued to study, seek, listen, and learn since. Asia teaches at gatherings across the country and is blessed to work intimately with people and plants, spirit and stones. She is the creator and concoctress of One Willow Apothecaries, a small Appalachian-grown business that offers handmade, heartfelt magic and medicine.

“Of the 50, or so teachers we had over the season, Asia was one of the most beloved by our students. They got so much out of our time with her!” ~ Stacey Murphy, Director, Urban Farm School

Marc WilliamsMarc Williams is an ethnobotanist who has studied the people-plant connection intensively while employing botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College. Marc also holds a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He is the Executive Director of Plants and Healers International, and on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. Marc has taught hundreds of classes about the marvelous world of plants, people, and their interface. In the last few years, Marc has worked with over 50 organizations, as well as with Botany Everyday, an online botany course.

“Marc is that perfect blend of knowledge, practice, insight, enthusiasm, and presence that makes for an inspired teacher. His dedication to sharing about the plant world touches me deeply and I will continue to study and go on walks with him — each time I learn more and realize I know less.” ~ Matthew


Lodging and food is not included in the fee. Please be in touch directly with Quinn Asteak about Asheville’s wonderful lodging and food offerings. Email


Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. There are only 12 spots, and we expect to fill. The sooner you register, the more you save, and the more certain you will be to have a seat in the workshop.

Fall Workshop: Exact dates in September 2016 to be announced soon.

  • Registration Info and Early Bird Discounts coming soon.
  • Fee: $995

Locals discount: If you are local (have lived in Buncombe or a neighboring county for more than six months), email and she will give you the 10% discount code. #ashevillelocal #communitydeal #fermentasheville #localwildfood

Please note: The fee includes tuition, field trips, and all materials. Transportation, meals, and lodging are not included. If you are seeking financial assistance for your attendance, please visit our Participant Fundraising resource page for tips.


Our Spring Workshop was an awesome success! Registration for the Fall Workshop will begin soon, please check back!

Registration is first come, first served. To register, follow these steps. You must include your name, email, phone number, and memo “RLW” with your payment.

1. Reserve your spot. Your place in the program will not be reserved until payment is complete. Please select the fee date from the Tuition section above. Write your check for the full amount to “Ashevillage Sanctuary LLC,” and with the information above send to: Ashevillage Sanctuary, Attn: Quinn Asteak, 80 Buchanan Ave, Asheville, NC 28801.

2. To pay online. If you prefer to pay with a credit card online, a 2.8% service fee will be added.

3. Payment plan option. If you prefer, you may pay in two installments. This option includes a $45 processing fee. Your final payment will be due one month prior to the start of the workshop. Email Quinn, Program Manager, for details at

4. All payments are non-refundable. All deposits, payments, and payment installments are 100% non-refundable. If you must cancel, you may offer your seat to someone of your choosing, as long as you inform us with their name and contact info in advance. If Ashevillage cancels your program for any reason whatsoever, 100% of your fee will be returned to you.

5. Confirmation. Quinn will confirm the receipt of your payment upon its arrival. If you would like to contact her before you send your payment for any reason whatsoever, please email her at


Quinn Asteak
Program Manager