2010.10.16 01:00 - Rezdays, retreats and firehoses, oh my

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    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?
    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
    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
    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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