Preparation and Planning

If  You’re Flying

  • There are two airports near me. Arriving at Ashville Regional Airport in North Carolina would require an absolutely gorgeous 2 hour drive, much of which is through the Cherokee National Forest.
  • There’s also Tri-Cities Airport which would be an approximate 30 minute drive from Blountville, TN. Airline carriers here are limited and typically require a connecting flight from a larger airport.
  • Please take into consideration that flights can be delayed and schedule accordingly, perhaps arriving the day before if necessary.
  • Both airports have rental cars available. While taxi cabs, Uber and the like are officially available, they can be hard to come by. I wouldn’t count on anything other than a rental car. (This is not a highly populated area and there are not always drivers available. If you do connect with an Uber driver, in my experience, some don’t like the long drives to more rural areas. If you find one to bring you to my location, you may not be able to find one to bring you back to your hotel, or your next destination.)

If  You’re Driving

  • GPS is largely helpful, but it is not 100% dependable. Also it sometimes cuts off temporarily in mountainous areas, as can cell phone service at times. It’s a good idea to take screen shots of the driving instructions before you begin, that way if service is disrupted, you’ll be able to continue on your way until it’s restored.
  • Please don’t hesitate to call me if you need help with directions.
  • Some of Tennessee’s back roads are like roller coasters, so please drive carefully and be safe.

What to Bring

  • Food and drink for lunch, snacks for breaks, and breakfast if you’d like to arrive early. (Water and ice are available.) Please bring a drinking cup/bottle with a lid/cap.
  • Feel free to arrive up to 30 minutes before the workshop begins if you’d like to get settled in, roam the grounds or perhaps have your breakfast.
  • Refrigerator, freezer, toaster oven and microwave are available.
  • Please do NOT bring HOT drinks such as coffee, hot chocolate/cocoa, tea, etc. (I also ask that you do not make them on site. This seemingly odd request has to do with our sense of smell as it relates to our vibration, and impacts everyone around us.) Iced coffee or iced tea are fine, however, please avoid, or at least limit, caffeine.
  • Be sure to pick up anything you may need before you arrive to avoid having to leave the premises during the course of the day. Grocery stores, markets, fast food and I-HOP (open 24 hours) are between 20 to 30 minutes away.
  • We will have 3 breaks throughout the day; in the morning, lunchtime, and again in the afternoon.

What toWear

  • Dress comfortably. You’ll probably dress according to morning temperatures depending on the season, but you may want to bring a change of clothes. It’s not unusual for the temperature to fluctuate by 20 to 30 degrees or more from morning to early evening.
  • The workshop itself will be indoors, but we can also move to an outdoor deck for a portion of the class if you’d prefer.
  • Please wear, or bring along, flat closed toe shoes, sneakers or boots in case you’d like to roam the grounds.

What to Avoid

  • Please avoid, or at least limit, caffeine, soda, candy, sugar (unless health issues dictate otherwise) the night before, and throughout the day of the workshop.
  • Please avoid wearing perfume, cologne, oils, fragranced body lotion, fragranced powder, or smoke in an enclosed area (such as a car) before class. 
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
  • Please avoid inviting guests to visit before, during or after the workshop including family or friends (unless they’re registered to participate in the workshop itself), and please do not bring children or pets.
  • Please avoid the workshop entirely if you are sick, or even feel you’re getting sick, and reschedule instead.
  • Laptops, tablets and/or recording devices, etc. are not permitted.
  • We will be “unplugging” for the day. Cell phones are not permitted during the class itself.
  • If at all possible, please avoid making cell phone calls or texting during breaks (with the exception of checking messages if necessary for emergencies.) Please let anyone who is used to daily contact with you know ahead of time that you will not be available for the day. This time is for you.

Do your best to get enough sleep the night before class, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you.