Ashland's new age economy

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Articles - September 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

 

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Dr. Gerry Lehrburger says his vision of a “sustainable, integrated, wellness-enhancing community” at Jackson Wellsprings is evolving as planned. The vast sacred garden created this year is one of the cornerstones of his demonstration community.
// Photo by Jamie Lusch

This flourishing community of New Age entrepreneurs isn’t just a loose collection of tarot card readers, yoga instructors and crystal sellers. Businesses whose owners say they are “spiritually aligned” run the gamut from makers of alternative dwellings to computer services, bike shops, restaurants, construction companies, spas and creative services firms.

These are people who may identify themselves as Buddhists, worshippers of the divine feminine (goddess worshipers), pagans, followers of some ancient Celtic or East Indian religious tradition, or simply as being in touch or tune with a cosmic unifying spirit. Their commercial objective may be to turn a profit, but their practices and products are designed to be in harmony with the universe.

In almost any other location, these spiritually aligned businesses might be considered on the fringe of the commercial spectrum. But in Ashland, they fit right in.

“My next-door neighbor is the publisher of the DailyOM” says Ashland Mayor John Stromberg, referring to an online publication devoted to spiritual news, advice and opinion. “We just don’t think anything about it. Those things are just kind of accepted as the norm around here.”



 

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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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