Rick Archer is quite the networker. He was connecting people throughout the conference. It started long before the conference but began in person in the San Francisco airport where a group of us gathered and carpooled to San Jose. We came from the Canadian west coast, Amsterdam, the US midwest, the east coast, and the south. The next day was dominated by the panel discussion, shot in 2 parts of about 5 hours total. (that will be on-line when it’s ready) We were there about 9 hours plus some of us for setup the day before. I also got to see California parking lots er… highways.
The panel @ Sofia University in Palo Alto, less Canela Michelle Meyers* who arrived later. This is a composite picture.
From the left:
Laurie Moore*, Susanne Marie*, Mariana Caplan*, Dana Sawyer*, Francis Bennett*, Craig Holliday (speaking)*, Kristin Kirk*, Rick Archer (moderator), Clare Blanchflower*, myself*, Chuck Hillig*, David Ellzey, Kiran*, Jeffery Martin (host).
*prior BATGAP interviewee
A small group of us after the panel, including speakers and audience. This picture includes all 4 of the BATGAP interviewees from Rick’s trip to the Vancouver area in September: Kiran, Canela (lower center), myself and Clare.
Meeting other panel members set the stage for the rest of the conference, with many of us going to each others talks and enjoying meals and extended discussions together.
The Dolce Hayes mansion in San Jose, the setting for the conference. It was typically in the 80’sF there, cooling in the evening. There was about 800 attendees, over 100 speakers, and a host of volunteers and staff. They sold out 2 hotels and more. I spent a lot of time in discussions on the patio to the left.
The following morning was Rick Archer’s talk. He was introduced by Deepak Chopra, then basically read his talk, motoring quickly though a large number of slides. As agreed, he talked into the changeover time but still had to cut some material out.
The room was still transitioning when my talk began. Rick Archer introduced me. While I also had to keep up a good pace to cover the material, I spoke unrehearsed and allowed it to arise as it did. After my talk, I allowed 5 minutes for questions. But as my talk ended at the lunch break, we could go a bit longer. Rick had asked people to stay after my talk for his questions, so he joined me up front.
When lunchtime rolled around, we got a 5 minute warning on the mics. I was surprised to discover when I looked at the recording afterwards that I’d answered questions for about 25 minutes.
As my main obligations were done, I could now enjoy the rest of the conference. It was a diverse bunch of people and speakers with up to 8 concurrent tracks going on much of the time.
That afternoon I went to Kristin Kirk’s, Canela’s, and Susanne Marie’s talks. For dinner, an on-line friend picked me up and we went to a brew pub in Sunnyvale. In the later evening, I went to the poster session and met Sam Geppi, the jyotishi.
Saturday included talks by Francis Bennett, Aisha Salem, and Bernardo Kastrup. Bernardo was then joined by Rick in a panel with Chris Fields.
After lunch, I went to a small group healing with Kristin Kirk. She had had a new opening she was still processing but yowser – She was indeed working on all levels at once. I’m used to working on this or that level so having all the lights come on at once was remarkable. I took a little time out after for quiet discussion.
That night, there was a live outdoor gypsy-rock band and fire dancers. That (literally) lead into a big dance in the main hall until the bewitching hour.
Sunday included Pamela Wilson, a hilarious but pointed interview with Robert Thurman (will be on BAT), and an extended group discussion and story telling. It was quite the adventure.
While I don’t normally post news like this, it has been an eventful time and there have been a lot of requests. A video of the talk and the panel will follow over time.