Asheville Sangha

Supporting Non-Duality and Awakening in Asheville and Beyond

Trey Carland
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  • Candler, NC
  • United States

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Trey has been actively on a spiritual journey since 2005. After several awakening experiences, he became passionate about sharing these insights with the world. "This has to be shared," was the thought that came after one such experience. So, he began blogging about his journey and eventually turned those blogs into two books. His first book, A Seeker's Guide to Inner Peace: Notes to Self, was published in December of 2011, and his second book, Finding Peace Everywhere: How Presence, Surrender and Inquiry Changed My Life, was published in January of 2021.

In 2007 Trey began hosting weekly group meetings dedicated to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle, who was one of his earliest influences on the spiritual path. This group meeting, which is now called the Awakening Support Group, continues to this day and is being hosted weekly on Zoom. Also in 2007, Trey co-founded the Asheville Sangha online community to help bring together like-minded individuals from Asheville and beyond.

In 2018 Trey began offering meditation hikes in the mountains of Western North Carolina as a way to help others find peace. Combining meditation with walking in Nature is a powerful combination that enables people to become fully present and can foster a sense of oneness with all that is. He created Zen Mountain Tours in 2019 and started partnering with like-minded people to offer a wider variety of tours. In 2020 he began offering Awakening in Nature Tours through Airbnb Experiences as a way to invite those visiting the Asheville area to connect with Nature in presence. You can also find Zen Mountain Tours on Facebook.

In addition to his group meetings, writing and hiking tours, Trey also started a podcast called Question the Orthodox, where he has posted interviews with some spiritual teachers as well as some of his own guided meditations. Trey has also been working on a film project that he hopes will turn into a mini-series on waking up.

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Favorite Quote(s)
"The beginning of freedom is the realization that you are not “the thinker.” The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. You then begin to realize that there is a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all of the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken."
- Eckhart Tolle

"I discovered that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that. I found that suffering is optional. I found a joy within me that has never disappeared, not for a single moment. That joy is in everyone, always."
- Byron Katie

Life's Invitation

"It would appear that Life is always inviting us out of the dream of identification with the separate self. Each event is an invitation to wake up and recognize that we are Life itself. This is "my" invitation to "you" -- find out, using your own direct experience, what you truly are, prior to second hand information." ~ Trey

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There Was a Time…

Posted on January 12, 2021 at 8:51pm 0 Comments

On the day of the takeover of the Capitol, I stopped to chat with my neighbor, who filled me in on what was happening. He asked me to say a prayer for our country, which I later did. It went a little something like this, “May we all find the peace that we seek and share that peace with the world.” Today, while reflecting on the recent events at the Capitol and the drama that continues to ensue, the impulse to write arose and here is the result:

There Was a…



Posted on November 16, 2020 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

When asked to summarize his teachings in one word, Ramana Maharshi said, “Attention.” That struck home in a deeper way the most recent time I heard it. I thought he would have said, “Silence,” because that what his preferred method of teaching. But his answer makes perfect sense. His teachings on Self-inquiry are all about directing attention from the world of thoughts and objects to the source of attention. Attention has been described as focused Awareness and is the “tool” (if we can call…


Dealing with Anxiety

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 2:03pm 0 Comments

I had a nice conversation with a friend of mine who reached out for some support regarding feelings of anxiety that had become a recurring theme. It's a common feeling we've all felt at one time or another and possibly a feeling that is being triggered more frequently by all of the things going on in the world. My friend seemed to benefit from the words I shared so I thought it might be helpful to put them out there for public consumption. Though this conversation dealt specifically with…


Am I in the Body, or is it in Me?

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

We have been taught since we were old enough to learn that we are the body. But once you’ve had a glimpse of your True Nature as Awareness, that belief begins to get undermined. With subsequent realizations, non-dual moments, awakening experiences, etc., when there is a dis-identification with the body, the belief upon which the whole story of “you” was built begins to weaken. It can be unsettling when the “you” you thought you were begins to appear more like a figment of imagination. I’ve…


Are you the Doer?

Posted on April 14, 2020 at 1:23am 0 Comments

Do you think you're the doer of things? If not, then read no further. If so, I invite you to ask a few questions and do some further investigation. First, let’s look at the possible options for what is doing the doing. Is it the mind? Is it the body? Or is it something else? Conventional thinking may lead us to believe that the mind is governing the body, so let’s investigate that first. Begin paying close attention to what…

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At 3:27pm on January 29, 2009, Katy Fischer said…
Thank you, Trey, for creating this site. I'd been hoping something would appear that carries a greater depth of thought and gives me an opportunity to know some of the people in this community. Asheville is a place I've dreamed of living for years...and now being surpasses my expectations.
At 9:18am on January 31, 2009, Angela said…
Hi Trey, Ok I'm just finding my way around this website, it will be very interesting to
read and send comments on different spiritual aspects one is working on and applying
to their daily lives, for now need to upload my photo, have the CD, recent difficulty
with pc hardware revamped means needs to find alternate way to do so, Will do so
soon, enjoyed first seeing your photo, good photo of you, Peace, Angela
At 4:51pm on February 1, 2009, Julia Borg said…
Hey Trey,
Many thanks for creating this great networking space. It's great to have a place to post happenings and see what's new. Love flowing to all. Julia
At 10:39am on February 4, 2009, Linda L Arata said…
I missed my 1st meeting and it was because of the ice in my driveway.
Do we meet this Thursday or next?
I really missed seeing everyone, how many did you have?
At 6:25pm on February 4, 2009, Moe Bruce said…
thank you Trey for the welcome and the set up of this xxx
At 12:00pm on February 13, 2009, Laurel said…
Hi Trey,
Thanks for the welcome. I'd like to attend the Byron Katie event. She is amazing. I have also found another teacher I think you'd appreciate. Her name is Eliza Mada Dalian, based in Vancouver,BC. Check her out on the web. I ordered her book and find it equally as challenging as Katie's stuff. Peace and love.
At 6:17pm on August 1, 2009, Cullen Anderson said…
Trey, thanks so much for starting this site. Gosh, we've added several out of town folks the past few days because of the events offered. Chapel Hill, Silver Spring MD, and am expecting a lady from Florida to join as well. COOL! Sorry I haven't been out to your group for awhile. I have a transportation problem for the time being. But that will change. Namaste.
At 9:42pm on September 10, 2009, Julie Adams said…
Trey ...

Love & Thanks for your invite to the Awakening Practices ... !! Wasn't able to make it this time, but will keep it on my calendar for next time/s ... Namaste :)
At 7:01pm on December 24, 2009, Katie Davis said…
Thank you, Trey, for the welcoming post and invitation. It is delightful to discover you here. I enjoyed the slideshow. All Love ~ Katie
At 4:19pm on January 3, 2010, Cat Matlock said…
Hi, Trey, my friend. Great work you're doing. I'm really looking forward to participating in some practices and to Adyashanti's workshop in April. Already bought my ticket! Hope to see you soon. Blessings to you and Shelby for a beautiful and richly inspired New Year!
Namaste. Om shanti om...

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