Happy Holidays!

Peace on Earth

The holiday season is a time to gather with loved ones, exchange gifts, indulge in sweets, and acknowledge our blessings.  At the Mediation Center we reflect on the many themes of the holiday season, one of our favorites is the hope for “Peace on Earth”.  As mediators, we are passionate about creating peace where there was once conflict.  We also recognize that one doesn’t have to be Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, or Martin Luther King Jr. to create peace on earth.  We know that each and every one of us plays a part in creating a peaceful community and world.

In 4000 BC, Lao Tzu wrote the following:

If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in nations.
If there is to be peace in nations, there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in cities, there must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.
If there is peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.

Imagine how the world would be if there was peace in everyone’s heart.  We would use our words to heal, not hurt. We  ould forgive instead of hate. We would give more than we take. We would see the goodness in all and in everything.

Creating peace in our hearts does not have to be difficult.  For each person creating peace may be different.  It may mean sitting quietly, praying, meditating, being with family, spending time in nature, or just becoming aware of our  surroundings.  For each person finding peace is an individual reflection of self serenity.

This holiday season, we ask you to reflect on the idea of having a peaceful heart. We would love to hear from you about what you do to create peace in your hearts. We will share your responses in our next newsletter. Please email your “pathways to peace” to Christy at christyb@mediatewnc.org.

This holiday season and always, we at the Mediation Center wish you deep peace in your heart, your homes, and your communities.  May the New Year be filled with abundant blessings for you and your loved ones.  We thank you for your support.


The Mediation Center Staff 

The Mediation Center Staff saying Thank You to all our supporters in 2011

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 The Mediation Center was excited to run not one but TWO beverage booths at this year’s Moogfest music festival in Asheville on Halloween weekend. This was an outstanding fundraiser for the center where we raised much needed funds for our operations across 4 counties by having fun with volunteers, mingling with festival goers, and serving drinks to fans from across the country and the world!



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We’re Expanding our Reach!

Executive Directors and Board Presidents of(from left to right) The Dispute Settlement Center, The Mediation Center, and The Center for Dialogue.

We are excited to announce that as of October 1st, 2011,  the Mediation Center has joined forces with The Center for Dialogue in Brevard and the Dispute Settlement Center in Hendersonville to become one entity. This means that the Mediation Center now has three different locations all providing the same quality services to clients in each of Buncombe, Henderson, Polk and Transylvania Counties!

Click Here to read our recent press release and to learn more about this development.

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Family Visitation Volunteer Training

Looking for a rewarding and beneficial volunteer experience? Why not be a Volunteer Visit Monitor with the Family Visitation Program?!

The next Family Visitation Volunteer Training is scheduled for October 25, 26, and 27th, from 6:00-8:30pm at the Mediation Center Offices. To sign up or with questions, call or e-mail Jessie Rosenberg at 828-251-6089 x20 or jessier@mediatebuncombe.orgby October 17th.

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Sign Up Now!

Facilitation Training

August 19th, 2011 at The Mediation Center

$100 per person — lunch included

To Register, click here

Or, for more information contact Allison Cannon 828-251-6089, ext. 13

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Buncombe County Location

40 N. French Broad Ave., Suite B
Asheville, NC 28801


fax: 828-232-5140

Henderson County Location

101 South Grove St.
Hendersonville, NC 28792


fax: 828-697-8528

Transylvania County Location

137 North Broad St., Suite 1
Brevard, NC 28712


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