Movies & Meaning

Storytelling • Healing • Art • Justice

This April 26-28, 2018, at the lovely Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina, we will gather and hear from special guests Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color PurpleBrian McLaren, author and theologian; and Gareth Higgins, film critic and Irish peace activist. We’ll screen seven movies, hear seven stories, and participate in seven activities proven to nurture community, restore hope, and build a bridge to the kind of world so many of us seek. We’ll do it in the setting of one of the most beautiful and creative small cities in the world, in a lovely theatre, surrounded by fantastic restaurants, places to stay, and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll make new friends, see astonishing big screen art, and pick up fuel for the journey of living more whole in uncertain times. 

The Movies and Meaning Experience is based Asheville, North Carolina. More information on the 2019 event will be announced soon.


OM Sanctuary is proud to be an Opening Night Sponsor of Movies and Meaning and our Exclusive Lodging Sponsor. If you're coming to Asheville for the festival, OM Sanctuary is offering Buy 2 Nights, Get 1 Free when staying three nights or more. Call 828.252.7313 and mention promo code "Movies and Meaning."

OM Sanctuary is a nonprofit, holistic, educational retreat center only 2 miles from the heart of Asheville on 54 forested acres. Its mission is to inspire healthy lifestyle practices through holistic education and connection to nature. Visit OM Sanctuary for a Personalized Rest & Renewal Retreat and other program offerings. Come hike the nature trail, sit near the waterfall in the Serenity Garden, take an inward journey walking the labyrinth, reserve a massage or other treatment, detox in the sauna, and participate in a holistic class, offered daily. Create your “Sanctuary Within” and be embraced by beauty and the natural environment. 

You don't have to rent a car to get the most out of this event.

There are many hotel and motel options within walking distance from Diana Wortham Theatre, and loads of restaurant options downtown. Local accommodation options start at just $32 per night.

Hostels Downtown

Sweet Peas Hostel
23 Rankin Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 285-8488
$32.00 - $105.00
0.2 miles // 5-minute walk to Diana Wortham

Hotels Downtown

Aloft Asheville Downtown
51 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 232-2838
$247.00 - $329.00 per night
482 ft. // 2-minute walk to Diana Wortham

Marriott  - AC Hotels
10 Broadway Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 258-2522
$228.00 - $260.00 per night
0.1 miles // 3-minute walk to Diana Wortham

Downtown Inn & Suites
120 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-9661
$103.00-$200 per night
0. 4 miles // 8-minute walk to Diana Wortham

Four Points By Sheraton
22 Woodfin Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-1851
$150.00 - $209.00 per night
0.4 miles // 8-minute walk to Diana Wortham

Hotel Indigo
151 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 239-0239
$131.32 - $345.45 per night
0.5 miles // 12-min walk to Diana Wortham

Near the Airport:

Super 8 Asheville Airport
183 Underwood Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
(828) 708-7542
$69.99 - $85.99 per night
15.6 miles // 22-minute drive to Diana Wortham (not conducive to walking nor central restaurants)

To Fly to Asheville:

You may fly directly into Asheville Regional Airport, but be sure to check  Charlotte Douglas International Airport (2 hours from Asheville) or the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (1 1/2 hours from Asheville) for less expensive options.

Interested in a mountain retreat?

Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Montreat Conference Center has served as a place of spiritual retreat for over 120 years. Each year the conference center hosts dozens of programmed events, hundreds of retreats and conferences, and hosts thousands who seek renewal and rest. We welcome visitors of all races, faiths, and orientation. All are welcome here. Find out more at To book lodging, please call 800.572.2257 and ask to book a room or lodge.


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