I got home a couple of days ago and have been more or less trying to catch up on sleep, washing, blogging and uploading photos to Photobucket since (with some spending time with the family in there too ).
As Jax said, it was really good to be able to not only put faces to names (indeed, I’d seen photos of at least half of the people there before so I knew what they looked like) but also to really interact and get a good feel for these people. Chatting gives one some ideas, talking on the phone or Skype does too, but its not the same as being able to talk, hug, and soundly thwack each other with a shinai.
It gave me a good idea of what ideas and dreams others have for the future of the Jedi order, the training was of secondary benefit to me compared with this and the social interaction. Things that could have been improved were the location, which was pretty but not conductive to the planned activities and the organisation of the workshops. I also appreciated being able to get an idea of what other people were doing in terms of their training and their service to others.
I’d certainly like to go to a gathering again (though it may take another couple of years to save up enough).
P.S. Photos may be found on my Photobucket account