The 5 day retreat was an attempt to initiate a get together with out arguments, defenses and reasoning. I have been doing one or two days dialouge which wasn't very effective to deal with the obsessive reasoning mind that one is used to. It is difficult to discard the knowledge, the assumptions, the crutches that supported ones existence till date.
Education has made us in to reasoning beings unable to hold doubts/ to be open/ to feel comfortable with uncertainty.
Modernity is turning all experiences in to reasoning oriented. Body, senses, feelings, emotion are all being replaced by mind and pseudo science. Aesthetic experience which was of the body, sense and emotion is being turned in to mind activity. Intellectualisation of beauty has turned art in to a mental activity.