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PlayAsBeing Wiki > Chat Logs > 2010 > 10 > 2010.10.16 01:00 - Rezdays, retreats and firehoses, oh my

*Wol Euler was guardian and commenter for this session. I sat alone for a while, and thinking this would continue I started working on the retreat reports wiki page.*

Aztlan Foss: hi Wol

Several minutes went by, while Aztlan waited patiently.

Wol Euler: hello aztlan

Wol Euler: sorry, I had anohter window open

Aztlan Foss: it's ok, I just like to peak in here to see if there are people discussing something

Wol Euler smiles.

Wol Euler: we gather four times a day, every six hours, but people do sometimes come by randomly to sit

Wol Euler: have you been here before? I think I remember your name

Aztlan Foss: yeah I've been here a few times, randmly

Wol Euler: so you know about the wiki, and that we record and publish what happens here?

--BELL--

Aztlan Foss: yeah

Aztlan Foss: you know Eden?

Wol Euler: mmhmm

Aztlan Foss: she brought me where a while back

Aztlan Foss: I got to chat with her today, it was nice.

Wol Euler: aaaah :)

Crossed wires.

Aztlan Foss: so you were just sitting here?

Wol Euler: oh, you just had your fourth rezday! congratulations

Aztlan Foss: that was today?

Wol Euler: no, on hte nineth

Wol Euler: a week ago

Aztlan Foss: oh! wow I totally missed it

Wol Euler: many happy returns

Aztlan Foss: :-P

Aztlan Foss: well thanks for the congrats

Wol Euler smiles.

Aztlan Foss: last year I payed more attention it, threw a big party and everything

Wol Euler nods

Aztlan Foss: sorry my keyboard is skipping letters

Wol Euler: np

Uncrossing.

Wol Euler: to answer your question, yes, I was just sitting :)

Wol Euler: I'm guardian for this session (as we call it)

Wol Euler: I ensure that the cushions are fluffed up and that visitors are greeted

Aztlan Foss: :-)

Wol Euler: and I was writing a report on a RL retreat that just finished, in a browser window

Aztlan Foss: RL retreat about what?

Wol Euler: meditation and discussion, about our practices and the ideas that arise

Wol Euler: I'll give you a notecard with some info about us, and the link to our wiki

Aztlan Foss: ok

Wol Euler: to be honest, the wiki is becoming hard to use well. There is so much information in it, that it's hard to find any of it :)

Aztlan Foss: at least it's somewhere

Wol Euler: it's like trying to take a drink of water from a fire-hose.

Aztlan Foss: hehehehe

Aztlan Foss: it's incredible how much information will go unnoticed

Wol Euler nods.

Aztlan Foss: when I was a kid I looked forward to knowing about everything

Wol Euler grins.

Wol Euler: well, you can -- for certain values of "knowing" and of "everything" :)

Aztlan Foss: II guess we all did, but man was I making the wrongest assumption about what knowing stuff is

Wol Euler: right

How and why I started at Play as Being.

Aztlan Foss: what got you attending here?

Wol Euler: a friend found her way here and suggested that I try it.

Wol Euler: I'd been meditating in RL for a while, but scatteredly and with declining involvement, and I wanted to restart my practice

Wol Euler: the practices and the attitude here felt appropriate

Wol Euler: very open, non-judgemental, people disagree without condemning

Wol Euler: which is much less common than one might wish.

Wol Euler: the point of the retreat is to intensify and deepen our understanding of what we are doing, of the terms we use

Wol Euler: (pretty much like any RL retreating actually)

Aztlan Foss: cool where did you guys meet?

Wol Euler: it varies. The group has met in California, New Jersey, Malta, Halifax, and now in Germany at a farm in hte country

Wol Euler: I organized it actually.

Wol Euler: we try to meet in different regions so that people have a chance to attend without too much travelling

Aztlan Foss: big group!

Wol Euler: there are roughly 70 of us, 23 have attended retreats.

Wol Euler: so about 1 in 3 takes part in RL too

A new perspective on retreat attendance.

Aztlan Foss: how many showed up at your retreat

Wol Euler: six at this one, including myself. That's about the mean average

Wol Euler: the maximum has been 12

--BELL--

Aztlan Foss: that's impressive, most sims have trouble getting people to click a TP button in SL

Wol Euler smiles.

Wol Euler: it's something of a self-selecting group, perhaps. But then all SL groups are, so I guess that isn't really an answer.

Aztlan Foss: I'm thinking it's more of an idea that already exists outside SL and this is just a way of getting those people together

Wol Euler nods.

Wol Euler: people come here expecting to be active, to take part themselves. Perhaps that is the difference

Wol Euler: other groups are perhaps more passive, people expect the group to *bring* them entertainment

Aztlan Foss: that's a very insightful distinction

Wol Euler smiles.

Wol Euler: well, I was primed to have it :)

Wol Euler: we were talking about this aspect of the group during pauses at the retreat

Wol Euler: though actually we were asking why *only* 1 in 3 come to RL retreats!

Wol Euler: perhaps we expect too much :))))

Aztlan Foss: yeah I'm personallly amazed the ratio is that high

Wol Euler: that's good data. Thank you

The hour strikes.

Aztlan Foss: well it's late here so I should head to sleep

Wol Euler smiles.

Aztlan Foss: thanks for the chat!

Wol Euler: yw

Aztlan Foss: almost 2am :-P

Wol Euler: we meet here at 1am 7am 1pm 7pm

Wol Euler: come back any time

Wol Euler: any of those times :)

Aztlan Foss: awesome great thanks!

Aztlan Foss: good night

Wol Euler: goodnight

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