Spiritual Life and Practice

     —Divine Possibilities & Terrestrial Difficulties

Dates: every other Saturday for 8 meetings, TBA
Time: 10am—5pm
Location: Asheville, NC
Format: presentation, practice, contemplative exercise, and discussion

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Our world today is undoubtedly troubled. Insecurity is on the rise. If fear wins the day, our troubles will be greatly compounded. If we rise above fear—to create the world we wish for our grandchildren—then the future will be bright.

The pressures of daily life can easily preoccupy us in spite of our best intentions to do more and contribute to a better world. The overwhelmed simply seek to escape concern entirely, fleeing from the inner world of troubled thoughts and emotions to dance on the surface of being—avoiding stillness and silence, both of which are essential for the spiritual alignment and illumination that is the foundation of physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

In order to navigate the life of this world, stay sane and healthy, and be a force for good, a formidable set of life skills is needed. One needs first to understand and abide by sound metaphysical principles. However, to truly become the person you hope to be, your vision must be assimilated in the laboratory of a spiritual practice that is comprehensive in scope and customized for your individual needs, rather than simply going through the empty ritual motions that fail to polish the heart and transform the soul.

Join us for an experiential journey that just might launch you into an undiscovered dimension of your spiritual life so that you can realize true being as well as your unique offer to the world.


The Divine Reality and the sacred
Understanding principles and recognizing illusions
The role of form (religion) and the formless (spirituality)
Unpacking and reconciling the challenges of our times
Balancing spiritual rights with spiritual responsibilities
Recognizing the dangers on the path
Spiritual purpose and practice
The critical role of intention and attention in spiritual practice
Establishing your spiritual practice


Cost: $880 (or 8 payments of $120)

Space is limited. To reserve your place, a $120 deposit is required. Your deposit (non-refundable, except in dire circumstances) will be applied as your final payment for those paying in installments. Your next payment will be due on the day of the first meeting. You can also pay the deposit and your first payment now (=$240) or a single payment of $880 for the entire series (the best value option). Select your payment option below to proceed. A PayPal account is not needed to complete the transaction.

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Speaker Bio

Kourosh Kashani (aka “Ilyas”) was born in Tehran, Iran in 1971. His training in Traditional Islamic Healing and Medicine (www.hakimwellness.org) began at six years of age under the guidance of his father. His studies in meditation, yoga, qigong, and the martial arts began in 1990. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1994, a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD in 1999, and a certification in Chinese Herbology from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2006.

His training includes traditional and modern holistic therapies—Osteopathic Manual Medicine (CranioSacral, Lymphatic, Myofascial, Visceral, Strain-Counterstrain), Tuina, Zero Balancing, Qigong, Plant Spirit Medicine, and Reiki (Usui and Tibetan Raku-Kye).

In 2000, he founded the Circle of One, a 501c3 non-profit Center of Traditional Medicine (www.circleofone.org) serving people in need regardless of their financial or other circumstances.

As a lifelong student of sacred knowledge from both the eastern and western wisdom traditions—studying directly with several masters—Kourosh sees life through the lens of the sacred. His journey has equipped him with perspective and skills that offer holistic solutions to the personal, communal, and global challenges of our times. As a result, his work with individuals and groups invariably focuses on spiritual principles and practice.