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The Lowesville Seminar

Monday, April 13, 2009, 6:41 AM

I want to touch on the upcoming seminar to be held in Lowesville, Virginia on April 24, 25, and 26. 

The conference center has told us that the final day to register is April 19th

The seminar is specifically designed to help you boost your personal preparations, better understand the problems we face, and enhance your bonds with the community.

Don’t wait to sign up! At least 40 people were turned away from the Rowe seminar this past February because there were no slots left by the time they tried to register.

What will you get if you come?

  • We will provide you with a “Crash Course Toolbox,” a set of intellectual and emotional tools that you can use to decode the news, find other like-minded people in your community, and rapidly assess where you and others are in the process. This toolbox will help you assess how best to present the information contained in the Crash Course to other people, so that you can choose a strategy to match your audience.
  • You will develop a clear sense of what to do next. We will complete a self-assessment to thoroughly examine our current status, create a prioritized list of things to do first, second, and third, and create a strategy for getting them done. Some people find themselves paralyzed by inaction. We will examine the psychological underpinnings of this response and find ways to liberate your energy.
  • You will meet other like-minded folks and learn from them about the steps they’ve taken and their reasons for taking them. You’ll have a chance to spend 48 blissful hours in a supportive community where you don’t have to worry about being judged for your thoughts or comments. What happens in Lowesville stays in Lowesville!
  • You will find out why there is tremendous cause for optimism. We will help you picture the better future that awaits you when you dare to make positive changes.

In addition to the main body of the seminar (described here), I will discuss and/or expand on these topics:

  • Energy prices and availability over the next few years (subject of a recent Martenson Report).
  • Inflation or deflation?
  • Warning signs that “the game has changed.”
  • Derivatives – what are they and what do they mean?

One final note: Although there may end up being other weekend seminars this year, none are currently planned. Lowesville will offer a concrete opportunity to spend time with Becca and me, mingle with some familiar names from the site, and formalize your sense of community with this dynamic and like-minded group of people.

Much has transpired across the globe since Rowe happened in February, and I am certain even more surprises are in store before the next seminar can be planned and offered.

Come join us, and find out how you can prepare yourself and remain positive and optimistic along the way!

[Click here for information on registering]

I sincerely hope to see you there.

Best,
Chris Martenson

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Chris,  I am registered and am bringing my wife and my university aged daughter also. I can't do this alone and wanted it  to be a family event.   

I thought if I attended alone and came home all ready to roll I would run into brick (family) wall if they were not on the same page.

Cheers

 

Derek

 

 

 

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Chris Martenson meet Bob Boyce

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Who is attending the seminar?

Okay besides, Dogs with his guitar, mandolin and me in tow... Who is attending the seminar?

Don't forget your camp chairs and musical instruments for the bonfire Saturday night.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Cat

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Hello all,

I've moved the budding conversation on hydrogen power to a separate thread here, in order to keep the Lowesville blog forum on its proper topic.

Jason

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Re: Who is attending the seminar?
cat233 wrote:

Okay besides, Dogs with his guitar, mandolin and me in tow... Who is attending the seminar?

Don't forget your camp chairs and musical instruments for the bonfire Saturday night.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Cat

I'll be there. As far as music - I'm a very good listener.

Any hop heads coming? My local brewpub just brought on a double IPA - I hope to bring a couple growlers's worth if they still have it then.

- Steve

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Chris Martenson meet Bob Boyce

I did not wanted to go into a debate regarding hydrogen, just to let people know about Bob Boyce.

Same thing that I do on other forums when I tell them about CM.

From there on it is anyone's decision if they want to know more or choose to ignore what CM or BB have to say.

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Re: Who is attending the seminar?
cat233 wrote:

Okay besides, Dogs with his guitar, mandolin and me in tow... Who is attending the seminar?

Don't forget your camp chairs and musical instruments for the bonfire Saturday night.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Cat

 

Cat...

Will be there.  Very interested in learning more about you and dogs and your investing techniques.

Numerous members of our greater family, including those on the family farm are asking where next to put their money after I told them to take their money out of the stock market last May (which most did).  This is before I learned of CM...now there asking what to do next.

Our goal is simple...the more correct decisions we make...the more we can assist our friends and neighbors as things progress.     

 

Nichoman

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Nichoman, 

Last count, eight of my trading cohorts will be in attendance, you can talk all the shop you want!

Cat

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Nichoman -

I like your goal.

Looking forward to meeting you at Lowesville.

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Quick comment: Seminars like this are specifically designed to capture a self-sorting cache of higher net worth individuals who can a) travel and b) afford a 'weekend retreat'-type seminar.

Producing materials that could replicate this user experience in an environment close to where working people work and live would reach a wider audience. I, for one, would be interested in organizing such an event; the question is what beyond presenting the CC would it cover - perhaps a full video documentary with paper materials documenting these seminars could be prepared to train such volunteer organizers?

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar
Derek-

I'm so glad to hear that you will be bringing your family to Lowesville.  Indeed, having the people
closest to you on board with ideas of the CC and any preparations you might choose to make is a great asset.  Chris and I have been on the same page regarding this material for 6 years and it is one of our greatest strengths as a married couple.  We know we are fortunate in this regard as well and feel grateful; many posts in the forums are on the subject of how to work with a reluctant partner. 


I know that one couple who came to Rowe experienced much greater unity after the seminar; the
reluctant partner underwent a shift of understanding and awareness and left being fully supportive of her partner's desire to prepare.  It was a beautiful transformation all the Rowe participants had the good fortune to witness.

If any of you can bring your reluctant partners to Lowesville, its possible is that similar shifts
in perspective might occur.

See you there!
~Becca

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar
Becca Martenson wrote:
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If any of you can bring your reluctant partners to Lowesville, its possible is that similar shifts in perspective might occur.

See you there! ~Becca

My wife would love to come, and mentioned it again just last night.  She's a "farm girl",  we have 5 kids (2 still in school) and they have activities going on here.  They need to come first.  So am representing them, plus over a dozen relatives who will be in full swing planting seed.  Remember, it will be late April.  Lots of long days. 

Our greater family is getting together at Easter and this is partly in preparation for this seminar. They/we have lots of questions. 

Example: We have a very significant and one of the largest Amish communities near the family farm(s).  How much to what they do in their daily activities applies to ideas at the Conference toward community?

 

Nichoman  

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Hello everyone! I just wanted to get on this thread and say I´m excited about the upcoming seminar and look forward to seeing you all there!

Mike

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

My wife and I would LOVE to come, but have scheduling conflicts. And I'd love to add my harmonica to Dogs' guitar and mandolin!

Perhaps someone in the southeastern or central PA area would want to explore hosting a weekend in our area? 

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Jerry -

Lancaster is at most 4 1/2 hours.  You could almost commute.

Just think, with a harmonica there - we could lay down a blistering Viola Lee Blues..............

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Mike, you're a CC junkie!

I'm envious that the course has been somewhat refocused and honed to be more action-oriented. Maybe you could post on the Rowe thread about it.

If you post on the Lowesville thread we won't be able to read it!!

 

SG

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

I would like to attend but work and logistics make it impossible.  However, the contents of the seminar sounds very interesting and I hope will be available at some later date on the site, especially as no more seminars are planned this year.

At least please make this material available to subscribers.  My family and I also suffer from a paralysis of inaction.

Thanks in advance,

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Nichoman-

 

Its wonderful that you will be representing your large family and  I hope we'll be able to answer all your questions.  The Amish communities are superb examples of sustainability, and my guess is that the upcoming changes will impact them in only a marginal way if at all.  Chris lived on an old-order Amish farm for stretches of time in his teen years (as a part of a traveling school where he was a student) and this had a real impact on him.  I invite you to take the opportunity and learn what you can from your neighbors regarding the ways they have achieved their sustainablity.

See you in Lowesville!

 

~Becca

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Dogs

I  would certainly travel for the opportunity to make music with you. It;'s one of the few things that might get me on the road. But mostly I'm moving toward the day when I sell my car and learn to get around in other ways. My wife travels widely with her work so it may be awhile before we're totaly carless.

But the weekend of Apr  24-26 is fully scheduled. I may not even make my mother's 92nd birthday on the 24th. She lives with my bro in Ft Wayne IN where I grew up.

Making music is one of the great joys of life! & the harmonica is the instrument of the future! Highly portable, you know. Try sticking a piano in your pocket!

 

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Dear all,

I posted this under the latest Martenson report but I wanted it to go here as well.  This is the exact same wording so you don't need to read this twice.

 If you are unsure about attending Lowesville or not - go.  I can't put into words just how valuable that experience will be.  I went to Rowe and it was incredible.  If I wasn't coincidentally in the midst of carrying out the exact advice in Chris' report I would be going as well.  What could I gain by going a second time?  Most importantly, the ability to better conduct my own presentations of Chris and Becca's material in my own community and take a leadership role to encourage those around me to prepare.

Here's my quick interpretation of why Rowe was so amazing.... 

Consider how this site works: people post something interesting on a forum, your read it, maybe you add your thoughts, or watch the discussion develop.  Works pretty well. 

Now imagine that some really dedicated people, including many people that never post on this site but are fully engaged with the website, will all be working in a "forum" live.  What does this mean? 

Lightning in a bottle. 

First off, Chris and Becca break the ice and start engaging people.  Now picture people responding - but this is live so here's how it will go on a particular topic:

...lots of people will have things to say...

...as they say them everyone in the room is considering how that person's thoughts relates to them...

...this sparks new thoughts throughout the room instantly...

...leading immediately to new discussion...

...if you could picture the interplay of thoughts amongst the participants it would look like lightning....

...and the energy between the participants builds throughout the weekend...

Chris and Becca joked about Rowe in a podcast that the event could have carried on without them...hard to believe but this is actually true.  Chris and Becca are the catalysts that facilitate the lightning...and Becca does her best to try and control it.

Why go?  To meet like minded people dealing with these issues in their own way - maybe even leading to some connections after the weekend.  But the single best reason to go is to understand what this material is all about and being able to use the Presentation DVD to conduct your own screenings in your own community.  As Chris has said (I'm paraphrasing):  "The next 20 years are going to be completely unlike the last 20 years but one thing is for certain: we are all are going to go through this together."

I see Chris has updated the post to say that April 19th to be the last day to sign up...please don't miss out.

Cheers,

James

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Re: The Lowesville Seminar

Registered last night.  Unfortunately the wife has to work and cannot come.  Look forward to meeting everyone and learning lots of new things.

 

Lucas

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