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Do you have a hard time believing your friends when they tell you how talented you are? Is it difficult for you to accept compliments? Have you found yourself shrinking back from your dreams and playing it safe, just in case?

When we are terrified of our potential, we can feel brittle, exhausted, sluggish, trapped. Our "bright shadow", unexplored, becomes an anchor we drag behind us with every step.

This full-moon day will be given to the sacred-time experience of movement, meditation, art-making, and myth-telling, so that together we can experience what it feels like to step into our power with confidence and release our bright shadow into the world. 

Come,  dive deep into your own bright shadow and stretch with your whole body into the embodied feeling of sovereignty. 

This world needs your power

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Space is limited. Registration is first-come, first-serve. 

Retreat includes: yoga, all art supplies, herbal infusions, elixirs, and other treats, and a full organic, local lunch. 


Feedback from past retreats...

"Amazing, genuine, talented facilitators. Very dynamic and diverse programming. It exceeded my expectations! Powerful, extraordinarily so."

"This was pretty magical and life-changing for one workshop! The most powerful part was the sharing of stories. Lissa and Maeve worked so well together, and everything flowed beautifully. And the ending circle was beyond amazing—a jewel to savor and take into my life." 

"This retreat was like a brief but deeply felt therapy session and a boost to my personal growth. This open-hearted sharing allowed me to open, heal, cleanse, and even shake off some “stuff” I’ve been struggling with but challenged to identify. Also—amazing food! Thank you and much gratitude! "


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to Jul 31

Sweet Relief

~ THIS GROUP IS NOW CLOSED.~  Email us at innerlightasheville@gmail.com if you would like to be informed when we reopen it!

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One time per year, Lissa teams up with pleasure coach Briana Anderson to offer this extraordinary experience.  Participants have called it

Ridiculously fun!
Juicy, supportive, amazing. I see a shift in my thinking and my life.
So sacred and delicious.
Pure magic.
Do it! Taking this class will change your life.

We will meet for two hours every Tuesday evening, throughout the month of July.

Expect al fresco painting in botanical gardens. Expect laughter until your belly hurts.

Expect fragrant, steaming footbaths and rose petals on your skin.

Expect to meet a part of yourself you have feared, and expect to discover how powerful she is.

Expect to crack through the shell of old stories that have held you stagnant, and find bright new ways forward. 

                                       ~Space is limited.~ 


This is an intimate experience and we limit participation to ensure safe space.  We will contact you upon registration for an interview to ensure that you are a great fit for this group and that it is a great fit for you! 

Registration includes: all art supplies, herbal infusions and treats, guided meditations and coursework to take home, and your own set of Feminine Pleasure Deck oracle cards.

Pricing:  $200 through June 15th; $290 thereafter

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to Feb 25

**SOLD OUT** Sacred Hibernation: First Annual Inner Light Retreat

If this retreat calls to you, please email us to be placed on the waiting list.

Dive deep into the spacious, slow, restful ease of hibernation.


The ability to hibernate for a time---to do NOTHING--to wrap oneself in a blanket of slow, spacious ease--is, we believe, the most deeply healing gift any of us could offer ourselves.

This restorative weekend retreat will coax you into the liminal space of dreamy hibernation with morning yoga classes, somatic meditation, expressive arts rituals, herbal footbath salon, sacred circle dancing, gourmet catered vegetarian meals, dreamwork,  and most importantly: deep, spacious, silent, slow time to connect with your own sacred interiority.


We will be holding this space for a full weekend in the mountains above the French Broad River,  near historic Marshall, NC, in the beautiful geodesic domes of the Prama Institute. 


The early bird price for this weekend retreat, inclusive of lodging, three fresh, gourmet vegetarian meals per day, yoga classes, meditation, dreamwork and somatic movement rituals, and herbal 5-senses salon, is $299. 

After December 15th, the price goes up to $399.

Payment plans are available! Reserve your spot for $50, then pay $100 January 15th and $149 February 15th.

This will be an intimate gathering. Limited spaces available; pre-registration required.


This retreat  is dedicated to your deep rejuvenation. Come join us for midwinter naps, sweet winter wandering through Prama's beautiful wild grounds, and endless mugs of hot tea. Come, take sacred rest.

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to Feb 5

6 Week Guided Meditation Course



Are you wanting to develop your own home meditation practice?

This course is for you if:

> You've never practiced meditation and want to learn about the basics of Mindfulness-Based Meditation in a step-by-step process.

You are already familiar with meditation and want to deepen your understanding while cultivating a daily home based meditation practice with an online sangha (community).

Maeve is offering a 6 week in-depth guided online meditation course beginning January 1st for the New Year.  The course will provide weekly guided mindfulness-based meditations paired with useful information on Mindfulness-Based Meditation and weekly integration exercises that include writing, movement and art making.  Maeve has extensive background in teaching yoga and meditation, holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a License Professional Counselor Associate.  Her heart is deeply connected to Somatic and Expressive Arts Therapy, which she has been offering individually and in groups for the last few years. Maeve is inspired by the therapeutic magic that occurs during the synthesis of meditation, somatic therapy and art making.  Students have reported experiencing fundamental shifts in their life as a result of developing a consistent home meditation practice including, empowerment, clarity, resilience, contentment, and compassion.  Maeve is  dedicated to offering accessible courses that offer effective guidance for individuals to discover their innate wisdom and their ability to develop a home practice.

What you can look forward to:

  • Developing your personalized home meditation practice.
  • Learn in depth information and skills for Mindfulness Based Meditation.
  • Enjoy being on this journey with an online community.
  • Optional writing, movement and art making exercises will be offered each week for reflection and processing.
  • Have access to Maeve's audio guided meditations and informational videos for as long as you want.  They are yours to keep and continue practicing with!
  • During the course you will have email access with Maeve to consult and process with on your 6-week meditation journey.
  • 40+ days of consecutive meditation practice to allow the practice to settle in as a new, beneficial habit.

Register Today: Early Bird Special - $55 until 12/15 --- $82 after 12/15

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Potential Benefits of Mindfulness Based Meditation:

-Anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability may decrease with a consistent meditation practice.

-Reducing pain and the emotional reaction to it.

-Improving working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds.  Enhance mental and physical stamina and resilience.

-Enhancing Emotional Intelligence.

-Reducing addictive and self-destructive behavior.

-Increasing grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention.

-Improving immune system functioning, increasing cellular regeneration, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risk of hypertension. 


Early Bird Special: $55 before 12/15

After 12/15: $72

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The Oracle Card Extravaganza

When did you last feel the divine wind blow across your skin?

We are all part of the web of the sacred, and if we give ourselves the gift of slowing down enough to touch that inner sweetness, we are capable of deep wisdom and profound grace.

This slow Sunday retreat includes yoga class, al fresco organic lunch, delicious elixirs, and a guided, meditative, artistic creation experience from which you will emerge with your very own 60-card oracle deck, a touchstone for your own divine wisdom.

Limited to the first 15 participants.

$99 fee includes all art materials, yoga, al fresco lunch, drinks, and a full 60-card, professionally printed, high-gloss oracle deck. We will meet at a beautiful organic farm in Leicester, NC to step out of time for the day.

Facilitated by Briana Anderson, MA in Spiritual Psychology and creator of the Feminine Pleasure Oracle Deck, and Lissa Carter, MA, LPCA, Expressive Arts Certificate

Yoga class taught by Maeve Hendrix, MA, LPCA, RYT, Expressive Arts Certificate


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Permaculture and the Psyche~~Six-Week Series


This 6-week group explores the natural world as teacher. We will meet outdoors as the weather allows, and apply the tried-and-tested ecological principles of permaculture design to the thorny struggles that we face daily: Where did all my time go? When do I get to live my wild and important dreams? How do I discover and serve my purpose in this world? Why do I feel exhausted and worn thin instead of juicy and delighted? Who is my tribe? What can I do to engage in life in a way that honors my full potential?

Co-facilitated by Anastasios Pantelopulos of Forest Light Counseling.

Anastasios brings his expertise in wilderness therapy, gestalt therapy, and rites of passage to this group. Every good permaculture design starts with observation, and Stas will teach us skills for witnessing ourselves through the wisdom of the natural world, the information coded in the body, and the power of ritual.

Co-facilitated by Lissa Carter of Inner Light Counseling Collective.

Lissa's experience as a certified permaculture designer, herbalist, farmer, and wilderness skills fanatic has always colored her approach to counseling. She firmly believes that we are natural beings, and therefore grow deeply healthy as we learn our place within nature.

This six-week gathering will dive deep into the fertile area where ecology and psychology overlap. We will build skill in observing ourselves, understanding our patterns, and transforming the behaviors that lead to suffering by applying permaculture principles to life design. All sessions will include outdoor activities as weather allows.  Tea, herbal delicacies, and art supplies will be provided. 

$200 for 6-week session

My experience in permaculture of the psyche was so exquisitely rich. I participated in this course during a time of great transition and unrest in my life and it enabled me to walk away grounded, while at the same time lighter and refreshed. The depth of knowledge that Lissa Carter possesses is inspiring. She shares so fully without overwhelming her audience. And the embodiment of her craft is evident. She takes complex mental concepts and weaves them into simple everyday practices. She makes the exploration of self an absolute joy. She creatively transmutes darkness into light. I felt so completely held and honored during these classes. This woman is a true genius of healing love.
— Briana Anderson, MA
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Who takes care of mama?

Join us at Homegrown Babies for an evening of tea, laughter, and conversation about the realities of motherhood. We did not stop being people when we became mothers! Learn skills and tools for delighting in your life and your body again. When you prioritize yourself, your whole family benefits. Free, all welcome. Hosted by Inner Light Counseling and Coach Briana.

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Tea and Talk for Therapists

Join us for this sweet Saturday evening show-and-tell for grown-ups! We'll share tea, talk about the rigors and joys of practicing therapy, and take turns doing small demonstrations of our counseling/coaching style so that we can build a first-hand experience of our local referral base. Open to all counselors, therapists, coaches, and practitioners of the healing arts. Let's build community and lift each other up! $5 donation requested to cover use of the space; no one turned away. 

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Open House!

We are delighted to introduce ourselves to the community! Come sip tea, nibble delicacies, and join in a brief Expressive Arts practice. Bring friends and family and enjoy a sweet evening of sacred space and connection.

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to Mar 30

Sound Bath and Restorative Yoga

Treat yourself to a weekly sound immersion during the month of March! Skillfully designed by Justin Anderson (trained sound healer) and Maeve Hendrix (RYT, LPCA) who will lead guided meditation exercises to play with awareness and attune the subtle body.  

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to May 9

Self-Care for Caregivers~~On hiatus until July

Tuesdays at 7-8:30pm
Sliding Scale $10-$15

If you are an activist, caregiver, or therapist; if you suffer from burnout or compassion fatigue; if you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders day to day, perhaps it is time to replenish your energy and joy! In this Expressive Arts group we will engage in movement, art-making, co-counseling, poetry, guided meditation, and laughter. We will learn how to utilize mindfulness, embodiment, and somatic awareness to infuse even the most difficult moments with meaning. All welcome. No experience necessary. Tea and art supplies provided. 

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