Rationality Retreat in Cologne Area, Germany, Spring 2019




I am ex­cited to an­nounce that I am host­ing a ra­tio­nal­ity re­treat near Cologne, Ger­many this spring. This is an op­por­tu­nity for up to 20 peo­ple to meet up, share their thoughts and have a won­der­ful time to­gether.

Most im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion in brief, de­tails be­low:

  • Date: From 30.05.2019, ~17:00h to 02.06.2019, ~11:00h

  • Lo­ca­tion: Pri­vate house near Cologne, Germany

  • Cost: 25€ − 50€ (Food and ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cluded)

  • For­mat: Some­where be­tween an un­con­fer­ence and a group of friends just spend­ing a va­ca­tion together

  • Limited to 20 par­ti­ci­pants. Ap­ply here: https://​​goo.gl/​​forms/​​5fs4HLL9wAaTtDRh2


Thurs­day, May 30th (As­cen­sion, pub­lic holi­day in many coun­tries) - Sun­day, June 2nd


50€ full price, 25€ re­duced price. Meals, snacks, drinks and sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions are in­cluded in the ticket.


Any­one who wants to spend a few days in the com­pany of other as­piring ra­tio­nal­ists is wel­come.


The re­treat will be a par­ti­ci­pant-driven event for up to 20 peo­ple. It will be­gin with an open­ing ses­sion on Thurs­day af­ter­noon but be­yond that it is ul­ti­mately up to the par­ti­ci­pants to de­cide on how to use the time. What I imag­ine would work well is hav­ing two ded­i­cated time slots on Fri­day and Satur­day each for pre­sen­ta­tions /​ work­shops with the re­main­ing time be­ing free for un­struc­tured ac­tivi­ties such as so­cial­iz­ing, swim­ming, play­ing games etc. Depar­ture will be Sun­day af­ter break­fast.


My par­ents have gen­er­ously offered to let us use their house for the week­end. The house is in the coun­tryside, reach­able within 1 − 1.5 hours from Cologne cen­tral sta­tion or Cologne/​Bonn air­port with pub­lic tran­sit or half an hour by car from Cologne cen­tral sta­tion. Be­cause this is my par­ents’ pri­vate home I will not post the ex­act lo­ca­tion pub­li­cly.

My par­ents’ house has a large gar­den with a pool and a campfire site. It is lo­cated in the beau­tiful Ber­gisches Land with op­por­tu­ni­ties for hikes right out­side the door. Two cud­dly cats also live in the house.

Sleep­ing ac­com­mo­da­tions will be a mix of beds, mat­tresses, and air mat­tresses, with two to six peo­ple per room. We can also pitch a tent in the gar­den.


All food (ex­cept for the cat food) will be ve­gan. We will cook meals our­selves.


I’m Jo­hannes, also called Joe. I was a co-or­ga­nizer of the lo­cal EA group in Magde­burg for over a year and am now as­sist­ing for the sec­ond time to or­ga­nize the Euro­pean LessWrong Com­mu­nity Week­end. At the Com­mu­nity Week­end in 2017 there was a ses­sion on “What to do if you don’t live in a ra­tio­nal­ity hub” and I got the idea that or­ga­niz­ing a small re­treat is some­thing I could do mostly on my own and since the event lasts sev­eral days it’s worth it to travel a few hours.


As I am ex­pect­ing the num­ber of peo­ple in­ter­ested to be higher than the num­ber of available slots the slots will be al­lo­cated based on an ap­pli­ca­tion. Fill out the form here to ap­ply. Ap­pli­ca­tion will be open un­til March 3rd. I might sched­ule a short call with you. Con­fir­ma­tions will be sent out af­ter March 3rd, at the lat­est on March 31st.

Feel free to share with any­one who might be in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing. Any ques­tions? Leave them be­low or con­tact me at jo­han­nes­gaet­jen ⟨at⟩ gmail ⟨dot⟩ com.

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