Find out where I moved to….! HINT: It’s a healing place

If you’ve been following my travels and adventures around the world for the last 15+ years, then you know I’ve been to a lot of places! I lived in Thailand for 6 years, traveled all over SE Asia, explored Central and South America for almost a year and most recently, lived in Tel Aviv Israel for the last 2 years. So where do you think I would have moved to next…and how/why did I choose it?

First I have to say that I am sorry for not updating my blog in such a long time! I was super busy in 2015, working at new detox retreats, traveling for work, and being blessed with many new coaching & Iridology clients over Skype. Did I mention that I also left Israel, got married, moved to a new country AND found a house?! Yep, we were beyond busy. And, truth be told, I’m really not a fan of announcing things until they’re a done deal. Luckily, my husband is the same way on this one. We cherish our privacy in making important life decisions, and wanted to stay focused on what was best for us, not getting distracted by other people’s goals or opinions.

More time in nature is cleansing for the soul

More time in nature is cleansing for the soul

Where we ended up

Drumroll please….ok here it is: we are now living near Asheville, NC in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, USA. We have divinely clean well water to drink, fresh mountain air to breathe and are surrounded by mountains, trees and creeks. It’s the most quiet and peaceful place you can imagine.

The best part is that we plan to have cabins and invite people (like you!) here to do detox programs & retreats. Yes, a real chance to unwind, de-stress and get back to basics with 100% organic smoothies, juices and food. Literally, this is the place to feed your soul. We are so excited and have a lot of work to do, but finally I can offer the best detox and fasting programs that I know work with a focus on spiritual growth and health too.

For the summer of 2016, we may just be open for “glamping” …that’s “glamorous camping” in case you didn’t know! Imagine sleeping in a tent right on the edge of a mountain creek with the sounds of water and birds, and open campfires at night under the stars to discuss healing and health topics, or just to play music and get back to living in the moment. We are waiting for you!

We're about 20 miles outside of Asheville in the mountains, real country living!

We’re about 20 miles outside of Asheville in the mountains, real country living!

Why we chose North Carolina

Lots of people want to know – what’s so special about North Carolina?? It all goes back to 16 years ago when I thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, yep…just like the movie A Walk in the Woods. Except I actually finished the whole 2168-mile trail, but that’s another story! Anyway the trail goes through North Carolina and Tennessee through the Great Smoky Mountains, a beautiful area of lush green mountains and wilderness. While on the trail I had heard about the nearby town of Asheville and what a cool place it was. In fact, a lot of people got off the trail to visit Asheville and wound up staying there for good! I didn’t want to stop hiking so I never visited the town, but it stayed with me as a place I would like to check out someday…

Secret pocket of natural beauty - Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina

Secret pocket of natural beauty – Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina

Fast forward 15 years later and I was living in Tel Aviv with my partner. We decided that we wanted to leave Israel for a few years and started thinking about where to go. Out first thoughts were to stay in the Mediterranean region since we both love the climate and the food (mmm…pomegranates and fresh oranges!). We considered Cyprus and even Spain or Portugal; however things seemed to be getting more tense in Europe with migrants, instability, etc and we decided that maybe now is not the best time to move there.

We've got gorgeous fresh local organic fruit and veggies galore in Asheville

We’ve got gorgeous fresh local organic fruit and veggies galore in Asheville

From there, we did the whole “well, where else can we go?” and it just organically, magically and serendipitously fell into place. We had already traveled a lot, in SE Asia, Central America and even South America…and we were pretty sure we knew what we wanted and what we didn’t want. We were ready to grow our own food so we needed clean farmable land and a good source of water. We wanted to be in nature, in the peace and tranquility of mountains and trees. We wanted to be in a safe place where I could feel comfortable walking or hiking alone. We wanted to be closer to my parents, who live in USA and are in good health but are getting older and may need my help more in the next several years. We wanted good internet since we both work online. And we wanted a nice vibe of a place with some type of interesting art and music scene, good farmer’s markets and nice people.

Fresh local (and organic) food - that's my kind of place!

Fresh local (and organic) food – that’s my kind of place!

After scratching our heads for awhile over that long list, I finally said, “Hey I know this place in North Carolina that I always wanted to check out. Why don’t we go there, rent a house for a month and have a look around?” So that’s what we did. Found a place on airbnb and after 2 weeks in Asheville, we both said YES, we really love it here. From there we started looking at property, and as they say, the rest is history.

How can you know it’s right?

Because it feels right. I’ve followed my instincts my whole life, and they haven’t steered me wrong yet. That’s pretty much how I live. I’ve never been one to talk about doing things; I just do them. And I’m not afraid of trying or making a mistake. How will you ever know what you want if you never get out there and give something new a try?

We wanted nice people and good vibes and a chance to live in nature

We wanted nice people and good vibes and a chance to live in nature

You have to take chances in life if you want to really live. I thought about how I wanted to feel in my next home, and I kept that vision strong. Suddenly the idea of Asheville, NC came to my mind and it felt right. Going there confirmed the feeling. Most people think we are pretty crazy for making such a dramatic move, but it seemed perfectly natural and logical to us.

The Law of Attraction really works if you stay focused on what you want (not on what you don’t want). I even got a book deal just from using the Law of Attraction!

What’s better about North Carolina

I get a lot of emails from people who want to move to Thailand, Ecuador or even Costa Rica, and they ask me questions like “how do you compare this country to that one?” or “where should I move?” These are really impossible questions for me to answer because what’s best for me is probably not what’s most important to you (and that’s perfectly ok!). Thailand was an amazing experience and I cherish the 6 years that I lived there. Having walks on the beach and access to tropical fruits was a dream. Eventually I wanted more challenge with my work and I was also seeking a more balanced life (since my whole life was work!). That led me to my (now) husband and moving to Israel which, in my opinion, is one of the most amazing places on earth. To float in the Dead Sea or to wander through the ancient streets of Jerusalem…it’s just pure magic. We lived 300m from the sea in Tel Aviv and I loved having weekends off, like a normal person finally!

We eventually decided that we were craving more time in nature, and a chance to grow our own food. Even though we had access to a weekly CSA delivery in Tel Aviv, it just wasn’t enough. We wanted to know exactly what was in the soil and we wanted the very best water for our vegetables too.

We have a different Tailgate market (aka farmer's market) every day of the week!

We have a different Tailgate market (aka farmer’s market) every day of the week!

The only solution was to move to a place where we could grow our own. In the meantime, we wanted to be able to buy directly from the farmers. Asheville is literally buzzing with farm-to-table restaurants and there is a different organic farmer’s market every day of the week. I was very impressed to see raw goat’s milk for sale, raw sauerkraut and fresh organic wheatgrass shots in addition to the most amazing organic grapes you will ever taste in your life, truly. Quality of food is a huge priority for us and it was at the top of our list in deciding where to go. Next to that, we wanted to be around genuinely nice people, and we definitely found that in Asheville. It’s a sheer pleasure to meet people who are friendly and actually seem happy!

Our neighbors :)

Our neighbors :)

We knew we needed a place with good water and we wanted to be able to afford to buy some land too, not a small lot. Again, Asheville ticked all those things for us. And it still has an urban music scene and enough culture to feed our creative souls. I can own land in NC (unlike Thailand); it’s safe to walk around alone as a woman (unlike Ecuador) and the roads are excellent and it’s a safe area to live (unlike Costa Rica). Not to say that you can’t be happy, healthy and successful living in any of those other places, but North Carolina has more of what we need for where we’re at. Since life is impermanent, all of this can and will change!

By the way, did you know that Obama wants to move to Asheville? We had no idea! It would have never been the reason for us to consider this place as a home, but his interest in the area has definitely put Western North Carolina on the map. Now the New York Times, Washington Post and lots of other national newspapers are writing article on Asheville as the newest, coolest place to visit. Interesting!

We're really excited to explore the area - there are a lot of hidden gems (including us!!)

We’re really excited to explore the area – there are a lot of hidden gems (including us!!)

This is truly a healing place. It’s in my vision to have juice fasting, water fasting and spiritual fasting here for the right guests who are interested in genuine healing. I’ll be offering Iridology, Crystal Healing, workshops and detox retreats in addition to fermentation classes, raw food cooking classes and clean food eating. Stay tuned!

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Jennifer Thompson has been working with raw food, juices, smoothies and detox for over two decades to help people heal. Today, she shares her expertise worldwide, offering lectures, workshops, training and one-on-one consultations at various health and detox retreat centers. She provides Iridology Readings & Health Coaching via Skype and Phone to clients and continues to educate, motivate and inspire others on their journey of healing. When she’s not working, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains, power-walking along the sea or globe-trotting to a new and exotic health destination.
25 replies
  1. Isha
    Isha says:

    Hello Ms.Jennifer!!

    Hope you are in the pink of your health….I am great!I hope you are sailing in the same boat!
    Even this post is amazing!!
    I write this message to congratulate you for your wedding….
    May your love last forever!
    May you never leave each other in hard times..!
    Congratulations for your marriage….

    And yes,thanks for the frabjous post!

    WITH REGARDS,
    ISHA (I AM BACK AGAIN)

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  2. Cici aka Chelsea
    Cici aka Chelsea says:

    I’m so excited about this! Congratulations Jennifer on all you have created and done. I didn’t realize until today you had done the Appalachia trail. I’m so inspired and grateful to follow you. I’m not at my Rawgoddess Baja anymore in MX but have relocated my Rawprincess work back to Portland, OR. I had invited you there a year or two ago. Can’t wait to see what your center will be and mine too. I’ve been working to relocate and in a clinic setting long hours. I hope to eke out the time to share more again. Thank you for your Light and Poise!

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  3. Melissa Weston
    Melissa Weston says:

    Hello I just found your blog and I’ve been happily absorbing all the wonderful information. I saw this post on your homepage and immediately knew that forest. Just wanted to say welcome to Asheville, happy to have you here.

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  4. phyllis Richardson
    phyllis Richardson says:

    Greetings Jennifer! Wow am I happy to have come upon your site while up in the middle of the night surfing for yet another article on improving one’s health naturally. Briefly, I am interested in meeting with you for Iridology & possibly health coaching. I read your information about accomplishing this via email or Skype, but would like to know if/when you might be hosting a workshop in Asheville. I live in Atlanta & am anticipating attending your first event. Would you kindly notify me about any workshop you plan to host. Looking forward to meeting you.

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    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Phyllis,

      I’m happy to read your message and look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your health journey! We’re almost neighbors! :) Indeed, we will be offering things in Asheville soon! At the moment just getting our roots in but please stay tuned… The best way to get updates is to join my mailing list; that way you are sure to find out what’s happening. I hope to meet you soon!

      My best,

      Jennifer

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  5. Gwenda McDougall
    Gwenda McDougall says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    You had me at Tel Aviv…but now Asheville sounds like the place to be for everything organic, etc.
    I’ll look forward to reading more about this new journey you are on, with a sparkling new husband no less! Probably about 6 years since I last saw you when I was on my first detox in Koh Samui and you probably won’t remember me. But, I’ll ‘pop over’ to Asheville one day from Oz and stay for a detox program. I’ll look forward to reading future posts with updates. Warmest wishes to you Jen.
    Gwenda (the aussie artist)

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    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Gwenda!

      Yes I remember you!!! I hope you are doing well and in the best of health! So happy to connect with you again here, and yes for sure – please do stop by as I think you would find some inspiration in the beauty of the mountains in NC! I look forward to connecting again for sure!!

      My best,

      To your health,

      Jennifer

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  6. Anita
    Anita says:

    So so happy for you Jennifer and congratulations to starting a new chapter with your partner/husband! :D) Look forward to visiting you on my next trip to the US!!

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  7. Holly Whitin
    Holly Whitin says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    wonderful to hear your news. Good luck. I am still mostly in Switz/Germany but would love to be aware of your programs (I just signed up for your newsletter). I bought a super-duper juicer last weekend and am having lots of fun with it. Latest discovery: celeriac root + apple.
    I remember so fondly our retreat at Ein Gedi and am glad to hear your happy news. Holly

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    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Dear Holly,

      Great to hear from you and thanks for your note! I would be so happy to cross paths again someday..yes, Ein Gedi was a magical time with an amazing group of ladies!!

      My best,

      To your health,

      Jennifer

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  8. Liz Bird
    Liz Bird says:

    Congratulations on your wedding Jen and beloved partner. All the best for the new life back in the USA. Lots of love , from the Australian desert….Liz and David

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  9. Sabina
    Sabina says:

    Hi
    I am currently living in Israel and am looking to spend some time elsewhere
    Is Asheville a nice place for a holiday??
    Thanks for sharing all your personal information on the differnt countries you lived in!!!
    Sabina

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    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Sabina!

      I think Asheville is a great place to visit but maybe I’m biased 😉 however it’s going to be COLD in the winter compared to Israel! You might want to plan your visit for spring or summer. October is gorgeous thanks to the fall colors in the leaves. You will really need a car to get around if you stay outside of Asheville itself. There are a lot of more affordable airbnb options if you expand your search up to 20 miles out of the city. And even some good campgrounds if you have a tent and sleeping bag. Good luck!!

      To your health,

      Jennifer

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  10. Cathie
    Cathie says:

    I can’t believe the coincidence of this! We will be moving from Malaysia to North Carolina later this year so I may be one of your first customers!! So excited to hear about all the organic food available there – so difficult to find it here in Malaysia! Good luck with your new venture – it all sounds amazing – and look forward to maybe meeting you in Asheville one of these days!!

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  11. River Hyla
    River Hyla says:

    Ah Jennifer I am so excited for you both!!!! And congratulations on everything!!! New home, great intentions, marriage!!!! Yay!!!! I look forward to coming out and visiting/detoxing on your space and it will be great to meet you in person! Your vision sounds very similar to mine, and I have always wanted to check out Asheville!!! Well, hugs and blessi
    ngs on your new voyage! River

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    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi River!

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Yes, we are feeling blessed and saying “Thank You” several times every day! You should definitely check out the area on one of your next trips! Wishing you an AMAZING year ahead!

      My best,
      Jennifer

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  12. Michael
    Michael says:

    Congratulations, and welcome back home.

    Awesome area of the country to live in. Liz and I have been talking for years about a road trip through the Blue Ridge mountains and down in your area.

    Sending lots of love and peace

    Michael

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  13. Jason
    Jason says:

    Welcome back, and what a great place to be. I am one of the people who first read about you when I was preparing for my own AT thru hike. Way back when. I read your first blog about your AT adventure and I learned a lot. Since then I’ve checked in every once in awhile (I hiked it in 2005) and it’s been great seeing what you do. I wish you guys the best as you get started down there.

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    • Jennifer Thompson
      Jennifer Thompson says:

      Hi Jason,

      Sweet, I love the AT connection :))) Man, I am so glad I did that trail when I was young(er)!! I don’t know if I would be up to it again (famous last words haha).

      My best,
      Jennifer aka WonderGimp GAME00

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