During the final days of the Summer Course build-up we asked one of our American friends, Christina, to share her experience on the technical team with us. So here is here report, along with some pictures of the last days before the course, including the “International Family Meeting” with Lama Ole Nydahl and Caty Hartung in a seminar house down at the lake.
Sneaking into the technical team meeting Friday night, I heard Sven, the build-up coordinator, lay out the plan for the summer course build up. He said the point was to make sure that every person was having fun, and developed a connection with the place and friends from all around the world. I had expected to hear details of how to build a tent floor and other “technical” information, but it made perfect sense after he said it. Building friendships and connections is exactly what the build-up weekends are all about. Nonetheless, the massive meditation, dining, kitchen and welcome area tents were all put up as well.
Saturday brought more friends from around the world. There was a buzz of excitement and tangible joy all around. In line with trying to ensure that everyone had fun, around noon we loaded up the yellow truck with a cooler full of ice cream. There was a Czech guitarist and dancers from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and Lithuania to bring a musical ice cream break to the almost 200 joyful volunteers.
Connections between friends were strengthened through an after-lunch swim in the picturesque Alpsee. Saturday night there was a lecture with Buddhist teachers Karolina from the Czech Republic, Ken from Finland and Matt from Australia. Karolina gave a short talk first about meditation. When the boys joined for a question and answer panel my cheeks hurt from smiling so much and my abs hurt from laughing. We continued the celebration in the Baucafe, where we used the excuse of friends’ birthdays to dance and connect the whole night.
Sunday the EC calmed, friendships were cemented with hugs and wishes to work and meditate together again soon. A few brave ones continued building the floors. Exhausted and joyful – the EC had another successful Summer Course build-up weekend.