Trey was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and still lives and works near Asheville.  In 2004, Trey was  diagnosed with Epilepsy after a series of seemingly divine revelations. At that point he started trying to make sense of a world that he thought he already knew.  His search began in the realm of neuroscience, biology, alternative healing practices, shamanism, physics, cosmology and everything in between.  Eventually the search led to spirituality, meditation, and non-duality.  He then realized that enlightenment and self-realization were ultimately what he had been trying to find all along. At that point the search narrowed and the main focus became Awakening.  His book "A Seeker's Guide to Inner Peace: Notes to Self," is a manifestation of that journey -- a journey he hopes everyone will take.

Trey is the founder of the Asheville Sangha online community, which was developed for people interested in non-duality, self-realization, meditation, enlightenment, etc.  He also facilitates Awakening Support Group meetings in the Asheville area, which feature the teachings of many prominent spiritual teachers.  Trey also offers one on one consultations for those interested in discovering their True Nature. You can reach him via email at treycarland@gmail.com, and follow his current writings through his on-going blog - http://compassion-blog.blogspot.com.


"Thank you for continuing to take a stand for your own awakening as well as the awakening of our community of seekers.  Keep it up - your work is a gift to the local community and to the universe." ~ Laurie M.

"Trey Carland embodies perfectly the quote, "still waters run deep." I happened upon Trey several years ago through his spiritual awakening group. From this experience, Trey appeared to me as a wise Sage. Trey is accepting and patient with people. His demeanor is calm and loving. For me, it was evident that the stillness of Trey's soul, is like a shimmering river that runs endlessly, with much depth. With celebration, I am blessed for having him as a friend. " ~ John K.

"Trey's group helps me get out of my muggle, day to day life. It's a safe, non-judgmental space to share your thoughts. Trey helps others find their spiritual path and see through their muggle egos that we all try and hold onto as our false identities." ~ Ashley K.

"Trey’s Awakening Support group offers peaceful and loving insight into our true nature, of who we really are in non-duality.  Trey provides a wonderful and quiet space to step out of our anxious over-active world and to sit together in stillness and also to share our journeys with each other." ~ Lori F.

"Nine years ago I was new to WNC and was blessed to find Trey's Awakening Group. Trey has such a passionate desire to learn and grow and to share his spiritual discoveries with others. I have been touched by his generosity and steadfast commitment to the path toward enlightenment." Sheila O.

Here is a lovely sentiment from Mary Pompeo's Blog:

"When I first moved to Asheville, I decided that if I was going to be a part of the spiritual community up here that I wanted to experience it as a member and not a teacher. I thought it would do my ego some good not to be the authority and I felt it was important for every teacher to spend time as a student, for perspective.

I searched for a group and the one that drew my attention was the Eckhart Tolle meditation group. The young man who led the group, Trey Carland, did so with pure absence of ego, more so than I had ever experienced outside of India. Each week, the way he conducted the discussions and led us to experience the material taught me even more than the material itself.

I have great respect for Trey Carland as a man, as a teacher, as a fellow seeker. I encourage you all to read his blogs and his book A Seakers Guide to Inner Peace, which you will find helpful no matter where you are on the path.

Trey sees life as the experiences which teach us and in the following peace we can see how his young daughter is teaching him how desire gets so fixed in our mind that we decide things must be a certain fixed way in order for us to find happiness." - Mary Pompeo