In alignment with our wellness philosophy, Givens Estates focuses on the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, intellectual, and avocational needs and interests of residents. Our programming services reflect the wellness philosophy of life while encouraging residents to choose their own level of involvement in the community. Many residents share their talents and expertise with the community by volunteering to lead an interest group or teach a class.

Beyond the campus, residents find many opportunities to explore the greater Asheville area. With its rich cultural, historic, and natural offerings, Asheville never disappoints!


Interest groups are created and led by residents. If you would like to start an interest group, just contact our Programming office and they can help you get started!
  • Day trips to local attractions
  • Overnight excursions
  • Lunch and supper outings
  • Continuing educational lectures
  • Musical and theater performances
  • Swing band
  • Dulcimer group
  • Hiking
  • Gardening
  • Bocce
  • Croquet
  • Cards and games
  • Bridge and table games
  • Book clubs
  • Model rail roaders
  • Wood carvers
  • Wood workers
  • Watercolor painting, art, and pottery classes
  • Knitting and sewing
  • Religious services and Bible study
  • Shopping and errand trips to malls, grocery stores, banks, post office, etc.
  • A variety of resident-led interest groups and much more!

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