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So Many Supporters to Thank


Thank you for the most AMAZING Benefit Concert for the Maddens and Source for Well Being held on October 10, 2013 at the White Horse in Black Mountain.

We had over 300 attendees, more than 200 silent auction donors, 54 on line donors, 18 corporate sponsors, 16 local restaurants, 12 musicians & performers, 3 local churches and a bank, and an incredible Benefit Team and group of volunteers that made this event Outstanding.

The support and steadfastness of our community is a gift.

Whitney & Blake Madden, and the Source Team


Marina Raye has over 13 recordings to her name; she was born in Africa, now calls Black Mt her home – she has been hailed the feminine voice of the flute – (native American, male) . Her work is played at Source, I know because I have had her music played during one of my sessions with Whitney, and is used by many healing practioners in their work…

Richard Shulman has recorded over 23 CDs – he is mostly known for his compositions for jazz quartet; he has also composed a wonderful piece for voice and orchestra called Camelot ReVisited, which has been performed several times here in Asheville-

Sarah Moor hails from Indiana, where she was principal cellist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as having played with the Austin, Texas Symphony. Now a native of Asheville, she reaches cello, plays in the world fusion peace band Shantavaani, with Matthew, and has created a techno cello piece she would like to open the second half of the night with, after our intermission….

Matthew Cox also of Shantavaani, is one of the few tabla players in town. He will be playing a local made ceramic drum tonight, as well as some other drums – he and I toured together last summer on a 6-week coast to coast poetry music tour-

Bob Hinkle is more known as the laid back co owner and master of ceremonies of the beloved WHBM listening room – What you may not know about him is that he is a native of Asheville, and lived in NY for over 40 years where he worked with the J Geils BAnd, Harry Chapin, The Band, Etta James, and Kenny Rogers to name a few… He will be dishing the dirt on Friday night, on this very stage, scenes from behind the scene, as it were, tonight he is going to bang on some big bowls for us…

Joshua Messick is a welcome transplant to Asheville from Texas, where he won State Champion on the hammered dulcimer. He is 28 years old, is both a composer on the dulcimer as well as one of the best hammered dulcimer players I have ever had the pleasure to meet –

Jimmy Landry, local singer songwriter, just celebrated his 5th birthday bash doing what he loves to do most on his birthday, which is play music – and he did it last Friday night here at WHBM- we are fortunate to have him on this stage – he has played at such prestigious galas as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has played with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Crosby and Richie Havens, to name a few…

Daniel Barber is the leader of the Jubilee Community Church world beat band, where he plays piano and drums, he has recently launched into teaching adults how to reconnect to music – a great service to many people who feel they would like to explore that side of themselves

BJ Leiderman is the composer of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell me, Car Talk, Market Place, and All Things Considered. He lived in NY for years where he was copywriter and creative director for clients such as Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Chanel. He will be playing at Jerry Reed’s Perelandra Studio this month, check out his website if you would like to know more about that…

Majo John has a Ph.D in Psychology, and has given it up to focus on a book which he is currently thinking about writing, as well as actually writing poetry….

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to our Sponsors!

  • Ale House
  • American Speedy Printing
  • Bi-Lo
  • Black Mountain Coin
  • Black Mountain Quilts
  • Dr. Mark Kleive, DDS
  • Fresh Wood Fired Pizza
  • Precision Graphics
  • SoulKu
  • Sunshine Pharmacy
  • Super Electro


  • Foothill Farms
  • Blue Ridge Biscuit Company
  • FRESH Wood Fired Pizza
  • Que Cera
  • Dobra
  • Dynamite Coffee
  • Morning Glory
  • The Ale House
  • Marcus from Red Radish
  • Todd’s sandwich shop 
  • Beacon in Swannanoa 
  • The Mill Pizza 
  • The Spice Shop
  • Dark City Deli
  • Black Mountain Bistro
  • Chow Time provided pizzas
  • Ingles
  • Lucky Bamboo



American Speedy Printing


black mountain quilts
Black Mountain Quilts
Black Mountain Coins
Black Mountain Coin
Sunshine Pharmacy



Precision Graphics


Fresh Wood Fired Pizza

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The Healing Power of Gratitude

gratitudeDid you know that the simple practice of giving thanks can improve both your physical and mental health? Research in the field of Positive Psychology points to a wide range of benefits. A daily gratitude practice has been shown to strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attacks, improve the quality of sleep, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, people who practice gratitude are more optimistic about the future, experience more joy, feel more connected to others and enjoy more positive personal relationships. They are also less emotionally reactive, and better able to deal with challenges that arise without becoming overwhelmed.

Gratitude is a proven antidote to stress. If you could ward off some of your holiday stress by implementing this one daily routine, why not begin right now? It’s free. It takes only 5-10 minutes a day. You can do it anywhere, at any time. You can practice gratitude standing up, lying down, in your car, on your bike, in the produce aisle, or sitting at your computer. It requires no extra equipment, no special training, no advanced degree.

Some people enjoy having a partner in gratitude, not unlike an exercise buddy, to help keep them on track. Some people keep a daily gratitude journal. Some use visual cues, like a traffic light or an image on one of their screens, as a reminder to give thanks. Some subscribe to and sign up for the Gratitude Word of the Day to be delivered to their email each morning. Some use a Mindfulness Bell app on their phone. The bell chimes randomly during the day as a reminder to return to the present moment, and be grateful.

To create a gratitude practice, all you need to do is count your blessings. “I am grateful for (fill in the blank).” Do this every day, morning and night, and you create what I call a gratitude sandwich. Try this for a week and see what happens. Bracket your day with grateful thoughts, but find new things to be grateful for every day (no repeats). Before you get out of bed, think of three things you are grateful about. Before you go to sleep, think of three different things.

See where this is going? Day by day, you will build a sense of abundance. You will retrain your brain to focus on the positive. And when we put our attention on what we have, rather than what we lack, we experience the joy of truly abundant living.

In gratitude,

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10 Benefits of Yoga

By Danielle Rottenberg, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Bodyworker


1. Prevents Pains & Aches
As yoga improves flexibility and strength it also helps in preventing back pains and joint pains that often occur from long periods of sitting or driving. A daily yoga practice (even just 20 minutes a day) can help to relieve spinal tightness and contracted muscles in hamstrings and hip flexors. So do a little bit of yoga everyday to help keep the aches and pains away!

2. Mental Peace
Yoga’s overall emphasis on breathing and other balancing asanas help in harmonizing both sides of the brain. This also helps with decision making and having more clarity to complete our daily tasks. By practicing yoga, you can find a state of balance between your thinking brain and your creative brain. Sounds like a great way to achieve some peace!

 3. Strength
As you can imagine by doing plank poses, downward facing dogs, standing and balancing poses, we are aquiring strength in various muscles. But do you realize that with adding twists, breath work, inversions and forward folds you are strengthing your immune system, nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system and reproductive system. Not bad eh?

4. Good Circulation
A combination of breathing techniques and yoga poses can improve proper blood circulation in your body. With an increase in blood circulation you will feel more energized, experience more mental clarity, have healthier organs and glowing skin.

5. Improves Balance
As we age, we can begin to experience poor posture and with that, our balance suffers. Without improving our core strength through yoga and other types of exercises we are more susceptible to falls, fractures and poor back health. Yoga can help you regain this lost balance and core control.

6. Stress Reduction
Yoga helps in relieving stress. When you practice yoga after a hectic day, you will notice that all (or most) of your stress will melt away. So after a long day at the office de-stress with yoga. Better yet, start your day with yoga and watch the stress just bounce off of you as if you have superman or superwoman powers.

7. Energy
Yoga asanas, breath work or (pranayama) are just a few examples of how to activate and balance your energy pathways. By using these tools you can gain the vitality and power you need to maximize your potential. Who wouldn’t want that?

8. Living with Greater Awareness
The mind is constantly involved in activity – thoughts of the past or worrying about the future. These thoughts leave you unable to be present, to truly be in the moment, yoga  can help! By simply being aware of this wayward mind, we can help reduce stress or worry by bringing consciousness to the breath.  Yoga, meditation and pranayama help create that awareness and bring the mind back to the present moment, because really being present is the greatest gift we can have.

9. Yoga Will Help You Lose Weight

Well you may not burn thousands of calories in a yoga class but what yoga does do is change your mind: It changes the way you approach life, your body image, and eating. Yoga brings you a sense of consciousness that allows you to become more aware of what you are eating and how you are eating.

10. Healing
The power of Yoga to heal ailments and cure diseases is becoming more and more an integral part of mainstream medical practice and treatment methods.  Even Western Medicine is beginning to see the power that yoga can have on those experiencing dis-ease. This ability of Yoga to heal also promotes longevity from the inside, out.



Thanks to YOU We’re #1

best of 2013We are honored to be named the “Best Alternative Healing Center” in Western North Carolina by you lovely voters in this year’s Mountain Xpress contest.  In the past five years, Source has won First Place in the category a total of four times, and came in second the other year.

Our wonderful supporters also recognized our practitioners:

  • Whitney Madden tied for first place as Best Acupuncturist and tied third place for Best Herbal Healer
  • Diane Douglas won second place for Best Therapist (Physical)
  • Dr. Renee Graziano won third place for Best Chiropractor

Source was founded 11 years ago by Whitney Madden; her vision has manifested itself into what has become a wonderfully rich resource for the community, an alternative healing center consisting of talented practitioners offering diverse integrative care services to help the community. It is so gratifying to know the community supports that vision.

The entire team at Source is dedicated and committed to providing quality care to our clients, and we are immensely grateful for the opportunity to serve you.

Thanks to you, Source for Well-Being is here to stay!