After last Saturday’s KIA meeting I could not help but feel that it would be great to meet up again, possibly in a bigger group and for more than just one afternoon. It’s not easy for most of us to afford and find time for travels but I found the meeting so rewarding that I think we ought to do it again. I propose a short 2-3 days retreat in some self catering place like a hostel or a campsite, possibly in a remote location, out in nature.
I don’t really have a plan for it yet. I would imagine having a bonfire, walks out in woods or a sea shore, group ritual and maybe sharing of useful skills in an informal workshops etc. I would find difficult to chose dates or places at the moment but I want to share the idea with all of you so we have time to think it through together and choose something good for all interested. Location would be probably somewhere centrally with roughly similar distance for everyone, unless someone can offer free accommodation or know of some special place worth visiting for any reason.
Share your suggestions and ideas of what we could do and where we could go anytime you have one!
I think it would be great to do this…
Last Saturday few of us met up in London. It was a second unofficial KIA meeting in modern history of KIA, that is since I joined in 2008. I am sure there were some meetings happening before that but @Anton would know this better than me. The first meeting took place in November 2011 in Krakow and it involved @Lolita, @Anton, @Hippi, @Sparrowhawk and two other friends. Both those meeting were fantastic and I had a feeling of being between family and friends I know for along time.
We ( this being @Lolita, @Anton, @Spiral, @Tom @Trace with her friend and Michael from Free Illuminism) meet on the entrance to British Museum. It was all rather chaotic as there was 7 of us most of which never meet in real life before. After hugs, handshakes and introductions we headed for a pint. So it had happened that we ended up in ‘the Plough’ a pub frequently visited by Aleister Crowley in his days. We went upstairs, joined few tables and carried on talking on all sort of subjects including, Alchemy, Symbolism, Correspondences in Magick, our private life to name a few. Me and Anton brought with us KIA egregor doll, the Green Troll and Scarlet Troll women from my Troll Tribe. Trace brought with her Fredford and feathers from her hens that were given to KIA egregore doll. It felt great to sit and chat there for a first time and be able to recognize each other faces and feel we’re all friends. I had a real sense of bonding with everyone but sitting in between Michael and Anton I mostly managed to talk to them and a little bit to Trace.
After few pints we moved to Camden and shared lovely Lunch in a vegan buffet. @Tom and @Spiral suggested this and I have to admit it was a great idea! I loved red date tea as much as the food. (Thanks guys!) This time I chose seat next to Spiral and we had a great conversation with about our psychedelic experiences and also about mushrooms picking. It was very inspiring lunch. Michael had to leave us to catch flight back to Prague. We had one more pint in the World’s End- steam punk pub with an amazing interior after which we strolled in Regent’s Park until it got dark. We also stopped to climb a wooden climbing frame with nets hanging like a hammock. It was fun hanging in the air watching the sky and chatting to each other.
It was a fantastic day spent amongst kindred spirits. It only makes me wish we could do this more often.
Thanks to everybody for turning up and making it happen.
Buddha statue in the underground room of the vegan buffet in Camden.