This course will offer an overview of the practice of meditation and many opportunities to experience various approaches. Each session will have presentation material, some gentle movement, and several different meditations. No prior experience is needed. Please wear comfortable clothing. Yoga blankets and blocks will be provided: please bring yoga mats.

Linda Morse ( has been a yoga and meditation practitioner most of her life, and has taught for the last fifteen years. She hopes her relaxed and enjoyable approach will be inspiring.

Growing Old Gratefully

Join this learning circle to explore and share with one another the beneficial events and circumstances throughout our lives for which we have reason to be grateful, to define the ways in which they have bettered us, and to take stock of our current situations and the resources with which we may realistically and positively face them.

Pat Harvey ( is a retired anthropologist, still in love with learning and doing; she is a realist, with much to be grateful for.

Gardening in the Mountains

Western North Carolina is a wonderful and challenging place for gardeners. This course features Buncombe County Master Gardeners and Extension Agent Linda Blue discussing garden topics including fall and winter gardening, backyard composting, soil amending, design on a slope, edible landscapes, native alternatives to exotics, container gardening, trees and shrubs, weeds, pests and diseases, and more.

Dancing on the Edge of the Abyss

“In a dark time the eye begins to see” (Theodore Roethke). Dying can be a time not only of darkness, but also of insight, transformation, and even humor. Hear what employees of CarePartners Hospice have learned from dying patients, how to live until you die, and how to make peace with dying. Participants will explore their own thoughts on mortality and what gives life meaning.

Cooking With Mars and Venus

Mars and Venus have been cooking together for over forty years and have attended cooking classes in various parts of the world. Via demonstrations and hands-on practice, learn all about food safety, basic knife skills, slicing/dicing/chopping, brining, etc. Menus will be different from the summer course; we will be making yeast breads, roasting, braising, and saucing. (Must be able to stand for 2-1/2 hours at a time and move about in tight quarters).

Asheville on the Cheap

We’ll seek out the best of Asheville’s offerings, using printed material, websites and the discoveries of fellow participants. The emphasis will be on free (and almost free) venues and great deals. All will be encouraged to share their tips on arts and crafts, music festivals, restaurants, day trips, museums, outdoor activities and everything else. Come help us uncover Asheville’s best-kept secrets!

Art of Facilitating

Ann KarsonHave you ever been frustrated during a group discussion? This course will identify ways to become effective discussion leaders with each participant taking a turn leading the group. Designed for learning circle facilitators, it also is for anyone wanting to be a better discussion leader and better class participant.

Reuter Center Singers

The Reuter Center Singers is the resident choral ensemble of OLLI. No audition is required, but singing a wide array of musical styles and public performance is on the agenda. Those enrolled in CFS courses pay a discounted music fee of $30 per term.

Chuck Taft ( is director for the Asheville Lyric Opera and Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre.

The Met at the Movies/Opera Speaks

The format of this course is the same as previous “Met at the Movies” courses but the repertoire differs. This fall we will review and discuss Gounod’s Faust, Handel’s Rodelinda, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Wagner’s Siegfried, Phillip Glass’ Satyagraha (the story of Ghandi), and American Contemporary Opera (TBD).

Intermediate Piano

This course is for students who have completed the Beginning and Continuing Piano courses. Any new student who would like to take this course must have the approval of the instructor before registering for this course. A keyboard, preferably one with eighty-eight keys, is required in order to take this course. Books that are used in this course may be purchased at SoliClassica at 1550 Hendersonville Road, 828-277-4111. Materials fee: $10 for new students that covers the cost of a three-ring binder of materials provided by the instructor.