LivingPulse Guides lead activities to help participants engage fully in the moment and feel more connected to the world.
Marta has been in Asheville for 11 years. She is presently the executive director and event coordinator for the Asheville Movement Collective. She has been teaching movement for over 30 years, using music and movements from around the world to help others find their own pulse. Marta loves to motivate people to find freedom in their bodies so they can dance to the spirit of the music.
“I was dancing in my father’s arms before I was walking. When I dance, I feel ageless. Through movement I have found my inner power. My light shines brightest on the dance floor.”
River, Artistic Director of Asheville Rhythm, draws upon his richly diverse experiences, to play across a remarkable span of musical genres and traditions, both obscure and mainstream. As a highly regarded studio musician, River has recorded on over 250 albums and film soundtracks. He has performed with such groups as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Paul Winter Consort, Chuck Berry, Sophie B. Hawkins, and Ziggy Marley and The Gipsy Kings.
Tom engages in many activities that help him connect to the pulse, such as running, juggling, painting, meditating, and playing music. He guides sound meditations and painting salons to help others find the connection.
Matthew Richmond has performed, composed, recorded, and taught in a variety of styles and settings, from rock, jazz, and world music bands to symphony orchestras, musical theater, and drum and bugle corps. He serves as a lecturer at University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Nancy’s path, both personally and professionally, resides in the sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga. She enjoys researching and exploring how these ancient wisdom traditions interconnect with current theories of quantum physics and is continuously awed by their parallels. Ayurveda, the ‘science of life,’ serves as a powerful, time-honored healing and rejuvenating modality that is rooted in bringing us back into equilibrium and synchronization with Nature. Through this reciprocal exchange we heal ourselves, and the universe simultaneously. Reality is relational.
Awakening awareness and finding stillness, silence, and expansiveness together through breath work, Yoga asana, deep relaxation, meditation, and dialogue, we tap into the pulse that courses through all and harmonizes all. Nancy’s passion as a LivingPulse guide is in creatively utilizing the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda to inspire merging with the oneness, for it is here that we thrive.