About

Hi there dear friend,

Seven years ago I wrote down a dream I had. This dream was planted on the inside of me so strongly. A couple years after that, I thought the dream died and since then it has been reignited.

Early in 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic and quarantine, I decided to actively pursue the vision put on the inside of me – to create a place of refuge. Thus, Asulon Collective was born.

Asulon (us – oo – lon) is a Greek word meaning refuge, and this collective is centered around these key intentions:

1. That we can unite together to be a place of refuge to others in our everyday lives as we also experience refuge ourselves. That it is a movement for you and those you encounter on a daily basis to feel at home and encounter safety in relationship. (Read more here)

2. To create authentic momentum, inspire movement, compel to action, and share stories. (Read more here)

3. To invite you into a journey that is organically developing. I’d love for you not just to follow along, but to also consider pursuing your own big dreams alongside me. Collectively, taking one brave step at a time, supporting one another through the process, living with long-term vision and celebrating together along the way.

The ultimate dream is that one day this place of refuge will become a coffee shop, with coffee being the vehicle for genuine community and belonging, bringing all types of people and communities together.

For now, your friendly neighborhood coffee cart is available for catering pretty much any kind of event you can think of; bringing craft coffee directly to you! You can check out the craft coffee packages here and book here.

I want to welcome you to join me on this thrilling adventure; to dream big in the face of uncertainty, to hope in the face of despair, and to find refuge in the midst of distressing times… together.

With much love,

Emily

Meet the founder

Emily Austin

“I grew up in a small town on a hay farm outside of Gainesville, Florida, with my immediate and extended family all on the same property. Growing up there with my family so close and with so much open space to roam, it was where I first experienced a feeling of refuge. 

Years later, after college (Go Gators) and a year-long stint at a nonprofit coffee shop, I began a new life in Nashville, Tennessee working as a program coordinator with international students. I fell in love with the diverse community and culture of Nashville and I appreciated how a bigger city could still have a small town feeling. 

No matter where I’ve been, the common thread through each season of my life has been creating relationships, caring for others and connecting with people (often over a cup of coffee).  

My passion is to reflect the refuge I have found in my hometown, with friends, with family and ultimately in Christ and extend that to others through Asulon Collective. It is my hope to invite all people, no matter their story, to experience belonging, safety and love.   

When I’m not dreaming about the future of Asulon, you can often find me sharing a good meal while deep in conversation with friends or family, drinking coffee, listening to music, enjoying nature, reading, or playing with my dog, Misto.”

If you ever have any thoughts, questions, connections, resources, ideas, encouragement, or just want to chat, visit the contact page to start the conversation or email anytime at asuloncollective@gmail.com