Ashland's new age economy

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

 

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The Goddess Temple at Jackson Wellsprings was a gift from Asha Deliverance, who says, “They needed a temple, I make temples.”
// Photo by Jamie Lusch

Meanwhile, the partners in the Omah Foundation say they have closed a deal with the city of Ashland to provide high-definition video streaming to the city. Omah Foundation is an entrepreneurial Ashland-based startup that has a new technology for creating HD video channels. One of the partners operates a nonprofit that donates the technology to other nonprofits. The partners, who also have created their own spiritually inspired names, believe their technology will be in harmony with and help propel a growing worldwide spiritual renaissance. They also believe it will be the foundation of a very profitable Ashland-based company.

Ashland (population: 21,000) is best known for its summer Shakespeare Festival, and to a lesser extent as a small college town where students matriculate to Southern Oregon University. But behind all the wealth that flows into the community from the re-enactment of the Bard’s classics, another economy based upon spirituality, wellness and healing is gathering momentum, a classic business cluster effect.

From Jackson Wellsprings on the north end of town to Pacific Domes to the south, businesses have sprung up that serve a global customer base in search of a deeper meaning to life. Built to both serve a higher purpose and to turn a profit, spiritually aligned businesses in Ashland represent a very real and growing part of the town’s economy.

“Look around at what’s happening in the world today — constant warfare, a global economic crisis, environmental degradation on an unprecedented scale,” says Lehrburger. “Is it any wonder people are looking for something more meaningful? And if you have something to offer the community that is authentic … they are happy to pay for it.”



 

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0 #1 dr. of integrative healthGuest 2012-12-06 00:42:43
Asha:
have written you an e-mail.
after reading about you it is quite apparent that you have very little if any time to respond.
thinking seriously of relocating to ashland to practice.
will visit in jan to look around and feel if it is a good fit.
sounds like the area is certainly on the same eco friendly path that we are.
if you would be so kind as to let us know how to contact you with our visit info.
we would very much like to visit with you at your convenience for whatever you time you may be able to spare.
thank you
dr. phil and deborah goodman
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