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What IS so Special or Different about Asheville?

  • Apr 27, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Lotus Lodge Community & Learning Center

Many people have moved to Asheville and report loving it here. While certainly the mild climate, mountains and beauty of nature are important, what else draws us, on a deeper level?

I've lived here since mid 1993 (OMG, has it really been that long?) and seen a LOT of change. It’s been only in the last 15 years that Asheville has become the cool, artsy, progressive and alternative-rich destination point we enjoy today. And I have noticed a distinct pattern in what happens to many who relocate here.

Most of the people I've asked said they came here to live life somehow differently from before - in a way that expresses more of what they really care about; to be more in alignment with their heart, passion, values and/or soul purpose. Interestingly, many of those same people then proceeded to do virtually the same kinds of things they did before and experienced rough waters. Those more trusting and open to change (or became so) would be blessed with surprising opportunities. For those who stay, it seems to take about 2 years to settle in and certainly shift happens for all!

Assuming you are a transplant, what did you hope to experience? What has been your experience? What have you noticed about other transplants? If you are a native, how has your life changed and what are your thoughts about all of this? 

Please join us for what likely will be another lively discussion! Also bring food to share and whatever beverage you'd like beyond hot tea. 


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  • Susan M.

    I loved it! It was great meeting all the people and the discussion was very engaging and stimulating. I am still thinking about some of the ideas that were discussed. Gaya did a great job of facilitating, which made the discussion go smoothly. Thanks Gaya!!!

    April 28, 2014

  • robert s.

    Great connections and topic

    April 28, 2014

  • robert s.

    asheville is the calling of our soul. its the quirky place of higher connection. great meetup and real connections.

    April 27, 2014

  • Irena W.

    Sorry, I can't make it. I was struck by a car in the Westgate parking lot yesterday as I was walking to get to my car. Spent afternoon in E.R. Through the miracle of Arnica, some of my bruising has subsided, but I am going to take it easy. I'm grateful that I'm alive as it could've been much worse. Hope I can catch up at the next meeting. Have a great day!

    April 27, 2014

  • CJ O.

    Super excited about this one. There are so many awesome projects, I'm excited to see how they can work together and find shared purpose!

    April 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    great topic!

    April 14, 2014

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