Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Protecting the World's Oldest Mountains

Upcoming Events and Guided Group Hikes

Hikes are FREE to SAHC Members; $10.00 non-members, unless otherwise noted. (Hikes on public lands are free for all participants; see individual hike descriptions.) Registration is required. For directions, additional information, or registration, please contact Cheryl Fowler at or call 828.253.0095 ext. 209.


"Healing Our Backs with Yoga" TM with Lillah, the Back Whisperer
One Center Yoga in Asheville, NC
Date: August 22 – 24

Join local master yoga instructor Lillah Schwartz for ‘A layperson’s guide to back pain relief.’

A national expert in yoga’s structural benefits, Lillah offers this signature course to assist people with back, neck or shoulder conditions, helping them tap into yoga’s healing, strengthening power to find relief.

Trained in the Iyengar method of yoga, with a science background and a clear understanding of anatomy and kinesiology, Lillah is a yogini with over 30 years of experience. She offers back care classes throughout the year, but this August and September she will offer a special workshop — "Healing Our Backs with Yoga".

The "Healing Our Backs with Yoga" trainings are designed to help the layperson understand how to relieve their own back pain. Participants will receive guidance on which poses are specific to their body and back pain needs. They will learn how to perfom the poses correctly so they gain the best results possible from practice at home. "When you know the right stretches to do for your particular condition, then you can make progress and start healing," says Lillah.

To make this a win-win-win workshop, Lillah will also "give back" a portion of proceeds to the community! This event will be co-sponsored by WNC Woman magazine and Ashevillage Institute, with 22% of proceeds donated to SAHC to support our conservation work. For more information or to register, visit

Big Love Festival
Pack Square Park in Asheville, NC
Date: August 24
1 - 8 pm
Cost: Free for everyone!

SAHC is THE non-profit for the BIG LOVE festival in Asheville this year!
Join us in celebrating arts, music, local businesses, and all things Asheville at this family-friendly event. Festivities will spread across Pack Square Park — from the courthouse steps to the Vance monument.

Big Love celebrates the vibrancy of unchained and independent Asheville. This festival is sponsored and made possible by local and independent businesses, crafters, artists, restaurants, breweries & non profits. The mission of the festival is to support independently-owned businesses in the community and to celebrate their vital economic, social and cultural role in our vibrant local economy.

Enjoy local beer, food, entertainment and music on two stages, fun family activities and the BEST local arts and crafts from the area! Click here to check out the music lineup for the festival.

SAHC will recieve proceeds from wristband sales at Big Love!

We still need a few volunteers to help with wristband sales. If you're able to fill in for a volunteer shift, please contact Cheryl Fowler at or 828.253.0095 ext 209.

"The Many Moods of McCartney"
All4Asheville Benefit Concert

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
U S Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

Date: September 27

The Many Moods of McCartney will present the classical music of Sir Paul McCartney along with several of his classic pop tunes that have been a part of the soundscape of all of our lives.  The Asheville Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned Oscar and Grammy winning artists will perform together in this gala concert on September 27th.

Performances by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and artists Roger Kellaway,  Peter Beets, Little Anthony, Bobby Caldwell,  Franke Previte, Lisa Sherman, Yongmei Hu, Samantha Landrum, and Emily West.

This spectacular concert will benefit ALL4ASHEVILLE, four of the causes Asheville cares most about — the arts, food relief, conserving our environment, and our youth and education. Proceeds will help support MANNA Food Bank, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Asheville City Schools Foundation and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra!

Click here for more information about the event, including the music, artists, and local charities benefitting from the concert. Tickets are on sale now!

Get the Alan Aldridge Limited EditionThe Beatles Illustrated Collective Set Now!

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the 45rpm record, the Beatles 50th anniversary (and British Invasion), and Alan Aldridge’s 45th anniversary of his “Beatles Illustrated Lyrics Book,” Reviver Records and BDG/RED have released a custom 7” box housing an 18-month calendar with unreleased Alan Aldridge Beatles images and a CD EP.

Various artists will be singing their own interpretations of Beatle classics, including 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Little Anthony of the Imperials singing the McCartney hit “World Without Love"; Rapper’s Delight featuring Wonder Mike and Master Gee, original members of the Sugarhill Gang, have remade the Paul McCartney song “Mrs. Vandebilt”; Living Colour cover "Back In The U.S.S.R"; Caroline Pennell does "Come and Get It"; and Tackhead featuring Bernard Fowler do a version of "I'm Looking Through You."

Click here for more info or to purchase yours now.

The “Beatles Illustrated Collective Set," produced by Robert Johnson, benefits The Women and Cancer Fund.

For questions, directions and registration for hikes or events, contact
Cheryl Fowler, or 828-253-0095 ex. 209

Hike Key Note: We are introducing a new hike key to better explain the difficulty of hikes. Hikes will be rated 1-10 (greater than 10 for extremely difficult hikes). A rating of 5 is considered moderate, 10 difficult, and 1 extremely easy. We come up with this number by plugging in the hike elevation change and mileage to this formula: (0.002 x elevation gain (ft.)) + Round trip distance (miles) = Difficulty rating (1-10).

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Upcoming events

August 22 - 24
Healing Our Backs w/ Yoga TM
with Lillah, the Back Whisperer
One Center Yoga, Asheville

August 24
Big Love Festival
Asheville, NC

September 27
Many Moods of McCartney Benefit Concert, Asheville

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