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  • Ponderers Cafe

     It has to be experienced. No words work in trying to describe what happens here. 

    Robin K. on Aug 17, 2017.

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     Obviously, I had quite a big personal "awakening" this evening. I am still navigating it. Thanks to all who attended 

    Keldwyn on Aug 10, 2017.

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     When you say experiences are connected, you are still maintaining the separation of egos as your separate experience and my separate experience being connected. This isn't correct. In the condition of being empty of ego, your existence is my experience. The existence of everything is my experience. So, there is no separating your existence from my experience. You are me and I am you. Self and other don't exist independently. The Beatles had it right. You are me and I am you and we are all together. Would you give up ego to experience that directly? 

    James on Jul 12, 2017.

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     ok 

    paul k. on Jun 29, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Delightful ! 

    Norma W. on Jun 22, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     A blessing. 

    Ray G. on Jun 22, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     What's not to love about Ponderers! 

    Cynthia S. on Apr 19, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Wonderful .... a meeting I seldom miss 

    Bryant P. on Apr 19, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Great 

    Jim D. on Mar 22, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     meaningful 

    Rona on Feb 17, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Very respectful and thoughtful group. 

    Barbara on Feb 15, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Excellent 

    Barbara U. on Feb 1, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I am enjoying all of you fun guys and gals. 

    Richard G D. on Jan 15, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Interesting and thought provoking discussions 

    Maurice F. on Jan 10, 2017.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     A wonderful evening with terrific, warm, thoughtful, intelligent people 

    Helene Jacobs N. on Dec 16, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     good people 

    Brandon J. Van E. on Nov 15, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     A most rewarding time of sharing. I much appreciated the time together. 

    mark on Aug 25, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Great… Really enjoyed meeting everybody! Looking forward to the next one. 

    Bonnie S. on Aug 4, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     great ... 

    catherine B. on Jul 19, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I love how this group changes my viewpoint in many ways, reinforces it in other ways and always gives me new things to ponder. Most of all, this group gives a me sense of belonging (part of the fabric of thinking people) and that is very important. 

    Rhonda M. on Jul 15, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I will return 

    Nina A. on May 27, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     My first time attending. Looking forward to coming back. 

    Anne d. on May 27, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Engaging 

    Maya L. on May 17, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Terrific 

    Bob G. on Apr 20, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     bagus sakali 

    John K on Apr 13, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     It's rare that there is a place where people gather to listen to each other. It's amazing what one can learn by keeping the ears, mind and heart focused. A great place to get to know others...and yourself! 

    Bruce N. on Mar 11, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I did not really know Asheville until I began pondering with the pros. The honesty, courage, integrity and friendship in this group is unparalleled . Discussion topics are sometimes easy. Other times very challenging. And often when you expect easy it becomes challenging. The facilitator has a propensity for reaching beneath the obvious when formatting the discussion. Time spent in Ponderer's Cafe is a feast for the mind and a balloon ride for the Spirit. 

    Lindsay Houston 0. on Feb 12, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     It feeds me! 

    Suzanne H. on Jan 26, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Always thought-provoking. 

    Priscilla on Jan 19, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     great locale 

    Roy on Jan 14, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     a great group, which made me feel welcomed as a newcomer 

    Todd S. on Jan 10, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     This group feeds my mind and my soul. Thank you 

    Rebecca H. on Jan 8, 2016.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Great! 

    Val B. on Dec 9, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     A great find. One of the things I came to Asheville for. 

    Art C on Aug 19, 2015.

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     I'll be back. 'Context picky', but as time and interest allows, I'll be about. I hope next time to be able to attend the 'after party' (such as occurs). It'd be like watching the internet show after an episode of B. Mahers' HBO program, if one knows that. Speaking of the internet....*L* It is amazing to me how it has infiltrated our lives, and to the extent we've embraced it. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly.... It'd be interesting to have the discussion continue for a longer time, as we (IMHO) barely scratched the surface of the subject. And then there's the subject of "well, what's next, beyond the internet?" What do we hope for, what might we fear, and where could it go? Bigger questions for another day, perhaps... A preponderance to ponder, if you will. ;) 

    Jerry H. on Jun 10, 2015.

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     i like the round table format 

    Catherine on Jun 3, 2015.

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     I love the diverse group and we all are attracted to this type of social stimulation no matter how different others view the same topic 

    Tim T. on Apr 30, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I absolutely love it! What a great bunch of folks! Thank you all for your insights. Can't wait to do it again. 

    Ryn on Mar 31, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     A very Enjoyable Evening with very thoughtful Conversations! 

    Kathleen S. on Mar 17, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Its just right for me I think. No vitriol, no crusading, just polite exchange of ideas and feelings. 

    Frank P. on Mar 11, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     It is the best! 

    Susan M. on Feb 24, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Good session. Nice to see new faces and make new friends. Might visit Tuesday group more often. 

    Stephen J. on Feb 3, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     So great to start the year with the 4 agreements! 

    Dr J. on Jan 14, 2015.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Good group. 

    Bob J. on Dec 11, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I'm new to the gang, I do enjoy it 

    David G. on Nov 24, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Enjoyed the structure and format. Felt it really provides a safe non hierarchical space for all to openly share. 

    Norio Xoximei K. on Nov 13, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Fabulous Group!!! 

    Elizabeth T. on Nov 13, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Had a great time thank you Bob ,let's do it again. 

    ed on Nov 13, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Good to be back. 

    Don S. on Nov 13, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Very engaging, diverse, thoughtful, respectful, stimulating, soulful, and well facilitated. 

    Gloria H on Oct 25, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Nice people, capably moderated, some interesting discussions but there is often a quasi-spirareligious overtone which occasionally leads to somewhat bland/groupthinky discussions. (IMHO). 

    Marty on Oct 12, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Always good. 

    Ellie R. on Sep 11, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     One of the best Meet-ups 

    Susan M. on Aug 28, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Exceptional all the way around! 

    Ruby K. on Aug 6, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Excellent 

    Carole L. on Jun 13, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     stimulating and lively 

    Anne B. on May 29, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Great vehicle for connection. 

    Will S. on May 13, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     thoughtful conversation about the state of affairs in America 

    Betsy R. on Apr 25, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Enlightening... 

    Lance K. on Apr 3, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Thanks Somra 

    Ann on Mar 12, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     If you are interested in attending a meeting with Doug Bennett next Wed., Mar 12 please contact me at [masked] and I will send you the information. I believe he has a great deal to say about the underlying Quantum field that 'connects' our mental/emotional/intention with the physical world (as in healing and synchronicity). He has a scientific background and a spiritual orientation, has published a book or two on the subject, and is a local member of this community. Also contact me if you are interested in participating in a Jungian meetup to begin shortly and explore the work of this great thinker and healer. 

    david on Mar 6, 2014.

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     Great pondering tonight! 

    Tammy on Feb 11, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Great discussion and wrap up tonight with tremendous insights given. 

    Bill P. on Feb 6, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I'm glad I joined 

    Mark B. on Jan 30, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Interesting...and enjoyable 

    Lori on Jan 21, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Great place to listen to other perspectives…….. 

    Noelle U. on Jan 9, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Well led! 

    Carolyn D. on Jan 8, 2014.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Fabulous!!! 

    Joy B. on Dec 23, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     i like it and meeting people who are caring and sharing 

    robert s. on Dec 15, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Enjoyable,friendly crowd of varied opinions. 

    Gina A. on Sep 26, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     wonderful not to crowded It was great. 

    Christina V. on Sep 26, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I loved this meet-up. The sharing was respectful, fun and insightful. It was a great mix of people who were interested in learning and exploring different topics. I felt very much at home. Thank you! 

    Donna on Sep 19, 2013.

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     very good. if we/you continue sharing in this way them we all benefit, sometimes without even realizing it. 

    alonzo c. on Aug 22, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     You all are lovely and amazing! I am infused with contemplation,love,respect and enthusiasm for all of you and for life. I will miss you next Thursday,as I'll be communing with the Ocean for 10 days! I'll bring you all a jar of ocean water(per Bob's request) for your enjoyment next time.To life! Micah 

    Micah Jean M. on Aug 22, 2013.

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     I am enjoying the diversity of people, opinions, etc. And always the opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones 

    susan on Aug 15, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     I so enjoy connecting with this great group of people.......interesting, educated, experienced, and fun-lovin! 

    Susanna on Aug 4, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Thank you for the opportunity for intelligent conversation. Well moderated, very thoughtful discussion. Courteous regard for the thoughts and words of other participants. Thank you for including me. I hope to visit again. Steven 

    Steven M. on Jul 25, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     What a great group, and stimulating respectful, insightful sharing. The group after the group was also interesting. thanks Bob for facilitation this group! 

    Keldwyn on Jul 11, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     If you haven't tried it you are truly missing the experience of a lifetime...or an evening. Either way joy abounds! 

    Bruce N. on Apr 19, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Very good 

    Majo M. on Apr 19, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Avery interesting group and I plan to become more involved 

    Karl K. on Apr 18, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     More than I expected!! 

    Betsye L. on Apr 17, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Wonderful. Thoughtful questions and answers. People are open with sharing their theories and beliefs: The atmosphere is casual, inviting, and supportive. 

    Michele on Mar 22, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Nice people....look forward to attending on Tues. or Thursday evening. 

    Donna Blank H. on Mar 17, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     For me , it is either: conformation for what I believe, -- or--another point of view. ASHV, for me, is a radically different kind of place to live, than I am accustomed to. Great contrast, for me! Paula Murray 

    paula m. on Mar 7, 2013.

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     Only been to two, each of which seemed to end too soon. What about some kind of 'second tier' gathering someplace nearby for after, who's ever interested. 

    Ronald H. on Jan 25, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Good 

    Frank C on Jan 14, 2013.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     This is the best discussion group that I have been to and I've been to three others. I like the way that we went around the circle first and then allowed people to take turns to speak afterwards. Everyone was very respectful of each other. 

    Ilene L. on Dec 7, 2012.

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     Love it, as always!! Very thoughtful and insightful conversations. 

    Marsha C. on Nov 28, 2012.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Enjoyable 

    Eve R. on Oct 26, 2012.

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     wonderful 

    Erica W. on Oct 4, 2012.

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     I think it is a really good idea and I'm looking forward to getting to know the rest of my fellow Ponderers better. Everyone has a great story and is very welcoming and accepting. My one wish is that the group be more about learning than about teaching. I came to Ponderers' Cafe during a very difficult time in my life. Most often, those who are seekers get to that point because of a personal event that changes their worldview. But during difficult time, what most people want it to feel "heard", not to listen. In other words, sometimes the group feels like it devolves into a basic support group instead of a Socratic dialogue about the questions that define our basic understanding of the true, of morality, of dignity, of direction, of knowledge, of spirit. Everyone deserves to be heard and appreciated, but I would really like to have more question-driven sessions where people ask what is truly in their heart and get possible answers from fellow seekers. 

    Katie C. on Sep 28, 2012.

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     This was my first meetup with Ponderer's Cafe, and I really enjoyed it. 

    Marcia M. on Sep 19, 2012.

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     This was my first time and it was very enjoyable--I'd recommend this Meetup to anyone who likes discussion of meaningful topics. 

    Katie B. on Aug 1, 2012.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Other possible topics of discussion(pondering) might be: What is exercise really, and what does it mean to be "In The Zone". I am an expert at that. What does music, art, literature, theater mean to me? 

    Floyd B. on Jun 27, 2012.

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     Love it! 

    Bruce B. on Jun 13, 2012.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Great! Thanks, Maggie! 

    Lila W. on Jun 13, 2012.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     Fantastic! 

    Patti on Jun 6, 2012.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     This was my first meetup. Exceeded my expectations. 

    Bob L. on May 30, 2012.

  • Ponderers Cafe

     What a lovely group of people. 

    Rob on Apr 18, 2012.

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     I like the concept. I like the respect for differing perspectives. The ones I've met so far are VERY cool people!!! 

    Bradley on Oct 19, 2011.

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     great minds 

    Becky on Jan 31, 2011.

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     This is such a wonderful group. You get to hear different perspectives & authentic feelings on topics. Facilitate wonderfully by Maggie! 

    Miss J. on Jan 10, 2011.

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