Awakening Support Group

Trey has been hosting meet up groups surrounding Awakening since 2007.  This group is designed for spiritual seekers (Awakeners) who want to connect with others in the area traveling the same path. Each meeting consists of meditation, viewing short clips of influential spiritual teachers, and group discussion (optional). This is a very supportive atmosphere that nourishes the body, mind and spirit. Discussion often involves sharing from the heart, as well as the application of spiritual teachings in daily life. This meeting is open to everyone interested in discovering their true nature.

We invite you to come connect with fellow travelers, experience being fully present in a comfortable and non-judgmental atmosphere, and dive into your natural state of inner peace.

Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30.

Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism

2 Westwood Place, Asheville, NC

Donations of any amount are welcomed. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. 

Intention of the Group

"My aim has always been the same, which is to expose as many people as possible to the potential to awaken to what they truly are, but my approach has evolved over the years.  As a facilitator, I try not to act as a teacher, but I do offer support if it is requested.  I share my own experiences from my personal life, and how I have dealt with difficult situations using the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie and others.  I am very open to sharing my insights and realizations when they seem like they may help someone, which makes a lot of people think of me as a spiritual teacher.  Instead, I like to point out that we are all spiritual teachers in that we are perfect reflections of one another.  I am teaching myself through the lens of an apparent "other" and interpreted by an apparent "me" (to try to put it into words).  I get as much from a group meeting as anyone, maybe more." ~ Trey


"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 is helping other's 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