We have a wonderful array of vendors for the 2016 event. Check them out below! Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the most up to date announcements.
The Littlest Birds is a family owned natural baby and children’s boutique located in the heart of vibrant downtown West Asheville. The store was originally opened in March of 2007 with the hopes of providing a local outlet for natural parenting resources. In August of 2011 Lyndsi and Justin Devito acquired the store from the original owners with the idea of building on this solid foundation.
Lyndsi and Justin are firm believers in natural childrearing from pregnancy into adulthood. The Littlest Birds is now a reflection of their own personal journey from novice to seasoned conscious parents. More importantly The Littlest Birds offers a resource, free of judgment, for all parents to come and facilitate their ongoing journeys in parenthood. Justin and Lyndsi can often be found in the store with their children Waylon, who is 8, Orin, who is 4, and Nicolina, almost 2. If you are ever in Asheville, come by and see us.
Beth Halliday of Sew Zen is a mother of two young children as well as a special education teacher. She loves spending time with her family and participating in all things crafty! As a small business owner she creates fun, practical and eco-friendly products for mamas, babies, kids, and individuals with special needs.
Yvette Odell has been teaching Kindermusik since 1994 and in 1998 she became director/owner of her studio in Holland, MI. In 2008 she relocated to North Carolina to be closer to her extended family. For 13 years she earned the status of Maestro in the top 5% of Kindermusik studios world wide and in 2010 was recognized as the top growth studio world wide. Yvette has a master’s degree in music education from Wichita State University In Kansas and her bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Maryland College (now named McDaniel College). Her continuing education involves child development, sensory integreation work and communication skills. She is frequently asked to present at conferences on topics such as child development, parenting, music and learning, sensory integration and homeschooling. She has private flute students, is involved her her church’s music ministry by playing the flute and singing with the choir. Yvette has been teaching music to young children since 1980 and is happy to be bringing her warm and friendly style of teaching to Western North Carolina!
The Doula Association of the Mountain Area (DAMA) is a non-profit membership organization for professional doulas in Asheville, NC and the surrounding area. Formed in 2003, DAMA provides support, marketing, continuing education, leadership opportunities and community for trained and certified birth and postpartum doulas.
DAMA’s Mission is to promote the role of doulas during birth and the postpartum period, serve as a referral source for professionally trained doulas, uphold professional standards of doula practice, and provide education and peer support to its members.
Kristy Hollingsworth of Ice Baby Custom Designs makes homemade baby wraps from 100% cotton osnaburg material. They are safe up to 40lbs and can be custom ordered in your patterns and colors, or you can choose from our pre-made selection. All wraps and ring slings are under $100 so they are affordable to everyone.
The i play. store offers hundreds of natural baby products from i play. and green sprouts. The store features feeding, toys, baby care items, nursery items, clothing, winterwear, rainwear, and swim and sunwear for children up to 4 years.
Featuring daily deals, rotating bargain bins, weekly sleep solutions classes, monthly samples sales, and much more, the i play. store has something new to offer with each visit!
The Asheville based company, i play., Inc., is a family owned business and has been creating natural baby products for other families for over 30 years. Under i play., Inc., the i play. line of products protects babies on the outside, while green sprouts promotes babies’ wellness from the inside.
An Asheville local, Memory Alwood of Rhythm Threads, handmakes Waldorf inspired dolls from all natural materials. She also sells kits so that the many crafty mama’s of this town can make their own dolls for their sweet babies. Additionally, she is a dyer of fabric, and sewer of clothing for both women and children, as well as training pants and pull-ups for toddlers. Have a wrap style baby carrier that needs shortening/hemming and/or the re-centering of middle marker tags? Memory will be offering these services at the Expo so bring your wrap and stop by to say hello!
Bonny Bath is an organic bodycare business aspiring to inspire, educate and share the Love with All. All of Heidi Vasone‘s products are handcrafted, made with Young Living essential oils, Celtic Sea Salt, raw, organic and unrefined ingredients, using only glass containers. We believe in keeping it simple, asking what did our ancestors use? Our products are gentle and powerful to help restore optimal health to you and the planet! Created for you in small batches, with Love & Joy.
Dr. Derek Kasten of One Love Chiropractic is a certified pediatric and prenatal chiropractor specializing in family wellness. Also specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders and chronic conditions such as ADHD sensory integration disorder, autism, Asperger’s, anxiety, depression, ear infections, constipation, and bedwetting. Dr. Kasten is also a featured speaker for the Expo, so stay tuned for details!
New Dawn Midwifery is a Midwifery practice that combines traditional midwifery care with the training and expertise of Certified Nurse-Midwives. They’ve welcoming babies into the Western North Carolina mountains for over 15 years. Births may be in your home, the utmost in comfort and convenience, or at Mission Hospital with access to the latest in obstetrical services.
Fiddlehead Eco-Friendly Cleaning unfolded in 2014. It was created by Asheville native Abby Lee & 12-year Asheville resident & Warren Wilson College graduate S Walker Pettigrew. We are parents, pet owners & home maintainers just like you, and we understand it can be difficult to keep a clean, organized, healthy home when life is busy and your family is growing. Let us help you with that! Abby brings 12 years of professional cleaning experience to the table, and has been a trusted and helpful member of many Asheville families & homes.
Fiddlehead believes: that our lives can & should be enhanced by maintaining clean, calming, non-toxic & refreshing environments. We are committed to helping your families & businesses by providing that service; in the benefits of natural products and essential oils. Fiddlehead respects your home, and your privacy. We are committed to harmonious, professional relationships with our clients.
Kari Richmond has been playing and teaching music since she was 8 years old; her first piano student was her younger sister. She continued to play and teach throughout school years, focusing more heavily on teaching after graduation from East Tennessee State University in 1997. In May 2006, Kari successfully completed the Music Together Teaching Workshop, and she founded Asheville Area Music Together later that year. In May 2009, Kari was awarded Music Together Certification Level I by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ.
Kari is a dynamic and engaging teacher who creates a warm, fun classroom environment. She loves teaching and continues to learn from her small students and their parents! In addition to Music Together, Kari teaches piano and percussion lessons to students of all ages. Married for 15 years to percussionist Matthew Richmond, she is mom to a musical 9 year old son and a 4 year old daughter.
Mari Martinez‘s practice as Down to Earth Yoga has its foundations in the love of movement, acrobatics, and dance she discovered as a child. While the joy in movement was a powerful motivator, Mari was led to yoga as a practice through the injuries she sustained in her back, ankles, wrists, and knees and the rehabilitive therapies she practiced to heal herself. She is drawn to an alignment-based and therapeutic style of Hatha yoga due to the intention and deep focus on the body’s movements. More recently, Mari’s yoga practice has supported her through her pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum recovery. Her practice continues to be a source of healing and a way to center herself as the mama of a sweet and active toddler.
Mari has been teaching others to support their flexibility, strength and to work toward their physical goals through group classes and private lessons since 2008. She finds inspiration in dance, Pilates, and physical therapy, and integrate these inspirations into her teaching to discover new ways of sharing yoga with her students. At the core of Mari’s teaching practice, she seeks to empower others to find their path towards health and wellness and to create a sacred and safe space for her prenatal and post natal yoga classes and private lessons to inspire deep healing, reflection and community.
As an independent facilitator of Love and Logic, Beth Hockman teaches both parents and educators how to use this dynamic approach to create responsible, thoughtful young people. She has been teaching Love and Logic for 8 years and finds it incredibly rewarding. She loves providing families and educators with Love and Logic’s easy-to-learn techniques that provide immediate changes. She also uses Love and Logic in her parent coaching business.
Beth has been in the experiential education field for over 20 years. She has a B.S. in Social Psychology. And a M.S. in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University. Beth has worked for various adventure education programs including 18 years with Outward Bound in both the U.S. and Africa. She is one of the founders of Asheville TAASC, a youth based non-profit that combines the power of wilderness leadership and service learning into value forming experiences for young people. She uses her experience and philosophical understanding of the experiential education field to write curriculum and consult for various organizations. She believes in educating the whole person.
Beth is a mom to twin girls and loves hiking, climbing, and paddling in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her family.
Heather Spangler is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and herbalist, nationally certified and licensed in the State of North Carolina. She received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville. During my four years at Daoist Traditions, she had the privilege of studying Classical Chinese medicine with Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and only aspires to the breadth and depth of his knowledge in this lifetime. She also had the honor of studying with Five Spirits author Lorie Dechar, L.Ac, who further enriches her understanding and authentic practice of this wise medicine. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she studied both Religion and English, and in this way was first introduced to Eastern thought marking the beginning of Heather’s journey with Chinese medicine. As Jeffrey Yuen has said, “Chinese medicine is Chinese philosophy applied.”
Heather works with women, at all stages of life — supporting conception (whether IVF or otherwise), during pregnancy and post-partum. She also works with children and men.
Margaret Kirschner is a Yoga Therapist (500 hour level) specializing in trauma-sensitive therapeutic yoga for pregnant women. She offers Prenatal Yoga classes and spiritual birth doula services to women in the Asheville, NC area. She believes that every birth is a sacred event and feels deeply honored to accompany families along the journey of pregnancy, birth and parenting. Creator of Om Baby Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, she inspires teachers to guide Mothers using language and intuitive sequencing to bring women back home to their body. The emphasis is on nourishing themselves, imprinting that movement and emotional memory onto the developing baby. Margaret offers Partner Prenatal Yoga for couples designed to energize the emotional and physical connection to the hormones of love in preparation for birth and bonding. She meets with women and their partners privately to share her top tips for labor.
Jemia Moser is a teacher and child-care provider in West Asheville of Little Makers Preschool, a small, home-based preschool for children ages 2-5 years. The school has a dynamic curriculum that is tailored to the ever-changing needs of the children at the school. Jemia loves teaching preschool and is devoted to meeting the needs of the children in her care (and their families!).
Jemia grew up with a big family in the Wisconsin countryside and has been here in Asheville since November 2011. She loves gardening, music, and cooking, and is passionate about teaching children.
Earth Fare’s vision is to be the most trusted organic and natural food market in the country – a place where healthy decisions are easy, people have confidence in the food they buy and everyone feels welcome.
Center for Holistic Medicine’s mission is to put the care back in healthcare. For them this means offering not just effective, alternative therapies but also an alternative way of practicing medicine. They can help you heal naturally with treatments that are individually tailored to balance your system and improve function so that the effects last even after the course of treatment is over. Everyone at the center has been practicing for over ten years and have found that fewer, higher quality sessions are most effective so they spend a lot of time with each person, providing you with the focused attention and care that you are seeking. As the famous Dr. Francis Peabody said in his final lecture, “The secret in the care of the patient is to care for the patient.”
Justina Prenatt cared for families as a direct-entry midwife and family support activist for over 15 years and now combines that experience in her family therapy practice. Justina offers counseling for individuals, couples, and families to support them during the childbearing and child-rearing years, assisting with needs around pregnancy, birth, postpartum, parenting, improving relationships, and miscarriage and infant loss, as well as more generalized needs such as working with depression, anxiety, and improving self-esteem.
Jade Ryan Baker of Walnut Creative has been a freelance graphic designer for 12+ years, three of which have been in lovely Asheville, NC. She specializes in small business branding and promotion and her portfolio ranges from logos and stationary packages to award winning annual reports and national publication advertising. Jade has done a fantastic job of co-designing a majority of the WNC Natural Parenting Expo’s advertising!
Local business woman Mari Fox started Shecology over 4 years ago when she left corporate America to pursue her dream of starting a natural cleaning products business. The irony of most natural cleaners being liquid (99% water) packaged in plastic, iffy on cleaning power, and expensive was the impetus for starting Shecology and she set out to do better. After investigating and testing just about every natural ingredient used for laundry / cleaning she invented and patented her own soap nut based laundry product: Mother’s Little Helper Laundry Pill. 100% plant-based laundry detergent that cleans, softens, and removes odors from clothes AND cloth diapers. Hypo-allergenic and gentle on sensitive skin and baby’s bum.
Gentle, individualized adjustments during pregnancy goes beyond pain relief to aid in a more comfortable labor. Aligning the pelvic structures assists the baby to be in the best possible position for birth, thereby decreasing labor time and discomfort.
The Little Gym is a super fun child development program that promotes early development and provides a strong foundation for exercising, critical thinking skills and life skills like working together and encouraging others. We offer classes in gymnastics, sports skills, dance and karate for ages 4 months to 12 years.
Lucu (pronounced Lew-Chew) is an up-and-coming clothing line for breastfeeding mothers, proud to be debuting a mini “capsule” collection at the WNC Natural Parenting Expo. This inspiring lifestyle brand is a collaboration between Asheville resident Lauren Sowers and San Francisco resident Sara Dasilva.
Tired of the standard offerings for frumpy maternity and fussy nursing wear? Lauren (a yoga instructor passionate about the breastfeeding relationship) began with crayon in the margins of her daughter’s coloring books. She had an idea for interchangeable pieces to support a nursing mother in style and comfort. After exhausting her sewing skills to make the first round of samples an expandable reality, Lauren searched for a technical designer to develop and refine the concept. She came across Sara, a seamstress and pattern maker by trade, who also held a certificate as a pre and post-natal nutrition counselor. Coincidentally, Sara had also just completed a stint as Design Manager for a long standing nursing and maternity brand, but was now branching out on her own as a freelance technical designer. After Lauren and Sara realized their common interests and complimentary skill sets, Lucu was founded in early 2014 with a dual mission:
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Celebrating its 5th year, Asheville Community Yoga provides affordable & accessible mind/body practices to the greater Asheville area. As a 501c3 nonprofit, we aim to remove the obstacles that stand between you and your highest possible well-being. Founded upon the practice of Selfless Service, we offer over 70 donation-based classes weekly as well as special interest workshops and series classes. We believe that yoga’s profound physical and mental benefits should be accessible to all! Empowerment is health and vitality, balance is building community, and yoga is freedom through service.
With teachers from a variety of cultural backgrounds (teaching for FREE!!!), whose’ ages range from 23-65 years old, our talented instructors reflect the diverse populations we serve. Their personal journeys, education and special interests create a mosaic of class-offerings. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner, or trying yoga for the very first time, Asheville Community Yoga has a class to fit your schedule and your budget. Our doors are open seven days a week, with weekday classes running from 6am through 8pm. Daily classes include restorative yoga, beginner basics, meditation, vinyasa flow and hot yoga. Our weekly line-up also infuses classes that are gender-specific, yoga for children and seniors, therapeutic back-care, prenatal yoga & tai chi. Similar subjects and more in-depth experiences are provided through weekend workshops & immersion programs, such as restorative yoga & acupuncture, Qigong for chronic illness, yoga for PTSD and much more.
Asheville Community Yoga is funded through student donations and generous support from local businesses, individuals and organizations. This allows people to attend without any financial commitments, avoiding costly studio memberships. For those able to support the studio’s mission, we suggest a $5-$15 donation. Students interested in deepening their practice through workshops or enrolling in our teacher training have access to & scholarships, affordable tuition, and payment plans.
Azalea Mountain School provides a full Waldorf curriculum in Asheville, NC. Our unique program features an experiential and Arts-based education led by fully trained and experienced Waldorf teachers. We currently offer an early childhood program and first grade through fourth. AMS seeks to inspire the whole child — head, hands and heart.
One Heart Child and Family Services is a group of three independently licensed and practicing clinicians with a combined 40 years experience providing mental health services to a wide array of children, adolescents and families. Each of our practitioners has an extensive professional history and training background that enables them to provide both high quality psychological assessment and treatment for a wide array of relational and psychological problems as well as specialized therapeutic services and training.
The main focus of One Heart Child and Family Services is providing an individualized plan of treatment that meets your family’s needs and that is based on the latest research in child development and psychological assessment and treatment. Our therapists offer several specialized services including attachment focused therapy, animal assisted therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy.
Emily Jernigan Has been weaving baskets and learning the Art of Basketry for ten years now. She took her first basketry class with Chuck and Peggy Patrick at the Rivercane Rendezvous and fell in love with the process right away. Her teachers through the years have included Emma Jackson Garret, Nancy basket, Laura Roscoe, April Stone Dahl and many more.
Emily has a love for the natural world and all the basket material you can find in it. She is always experimenting with new and different natural basketry materials wherever she goes. Among her favorites are Black Ash, White Oak, Rivercane and Palm Fronds. Not only has Emily provided us with most of the baskets for the Expo’s Silent Auction, but she will also have a table with other natural crafts she makes.
Forest Floor Wilderness Programs was founded in 2011 with goal of providing the Asheville area with nature-connection mentoring programs designed to re-connect youth and adults with the natural world, while also serving as a hub around which nature-based community can form.
Hike it Baby is a national mama (and dad!) group dedicated to getting families on trails with their newborns. We started in Portland, OR in 2013 and have since spread throughout the country through members sharing it with their friends. We believe that if every family hiked with their baby from birth, the world would be a better place. The woods provide natural stimulation that nothing can replace, so we help families get out there safely and regularly. The Asheville Branch just recently started up! Connect with us on Facebook here.