Spring, and Marvels.



Spring brings new and fresh sensations  … emerging buds, plants, colors, smells and life.

Nature smells fresher, air feels lighter and light looks brighter.  Those changes now swirling around. I’m feeling it in my inner being and the exterior world too.

Speaking of changes … Lots happening at Bend of Ivy, and around us. Life bubbling […]

By |April 9th, 2019|All|0 Comments

Bend of Ivy’s Video Library

We often hear that photos of Bend of Ivy don’t reveal the true magic, the feel of the land. We’ve stepped into offering an experience of the land and place through a blend of exquisite drone video, video and photos.

Check out the videos on our Video Library Page, coming soon.  Experience the mountains, rivers, […]

By |October 9th, 2018|All|0 Comments

Fall & Change.


Fall is flowing with changing tempo. Nature seems to be preparing both slowly and quickly. Just like life. Change is a constant, in life and nature.


Fall is magical. A visual and sensory reminder of change, felt by humans and creatures.  The pinks of the joe-pye-weed are now brown, beacons of food for flittering monarch […]

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Asheville Conscious Capitalism: October Talk by Susan

Curious about Conscious Capitalism? Interested in elevating humanity through business? As we shift our consciousness with intention to do good, in life and business, we can help shift systems.

Learn more as Susan Walters Minker, co-owner and steward of Bend of Ivy Lodge, speaks at FemCity’s RISE Asheville October program, October 18 from 8am – […]

By |October 4th, 2018|All|0 Comments

Well-Being Wisdoms: 8 Resiliency Buildings Steps.

The body is wise. Learn to listen to its wisdoms, and well-being options and choices open up. Resiliency increases. And, listening to the body is a constant practice.

I started this blog months ago, and didn’t post it. I’m sharing it now, as life changes quickly. What I continue to learn keeps shaping my wisdoms, […]

By |October 30th, 2017|All|2 Comments

Well-Being: What Does It Mean to You?

Sometimes I feel like a traveler on an ever unfolding, awakening life journey. Oh… I am!
An ongoing curiosity for me on this life journey is around well-being, and what it means. The meaning changes as I change, and my awareness and context change.

What’s well-being mean to you?

Words can have different meanings for people, depending on individual meaning-making. […]

By |July 23rd, 2017|All|0 Comments

Savor Life: When Less Can Be More

Life continually shifts and unfolds in each moment. It changes. We change in each moment as our world and personal ecosystem change. How we respond to our changes makes a difference in the unfolding of our journeys.

Dig deep, what’s wanted in your unconscious and conscious? Hopefully remember, and learn or relearn to savor joys […]

By |July 6th, 2017|All|0 Comments

Conscious Capitalism “In Action”

Conscious Capitalism (Part 2) – Conscious Capitalism “In Action”
By Alan Minker

The quality of the harvest is only as good as the seeds you sow, the earth where you plant them, and the care provided to the crops.

The four principles of conscious capitalism must all be concurrently present to truly create a long-term healthy […]

By |July 3rd, 2017|All|1 Comment

Body Nudges Versus Mind Tugs.

I love to write. And, I have so many blog snippets started and not finished. I haven’t published many of my blog posts. Why not?

My swirling mind chatter usually stops me with:
my blog or story is not interesting or good enough …I should have more words/ content in my blogs … I don’t have time […]

By |June 26th, 2017|All|1 Comment

Sharing Joy with Whales

A magnificent Queen of the Ocean, a mother humpback whale, and her baby, recently blessed a group of us whale watching seekers. What a delightful pleasure!

Our group set off in two boats on a whale watching excursion in a remote bay off the coast of Mexico. Our expectations were low, as our guide had emphasized it was […]

By |February 28th, 2017|All|2 Comments