He came late on opening night and the high-powered craft beer started very early, so perhaps I can be forgiven for forgetting to mention that the inagural Monastic Retreat (or, better termed, I am thinking, Workshop) also drew in Matt Fernandes.
Matt is a musician, rock blogger, news librarian, and all-purpose mensch. An open soul from San Jose, Matt's presence also strengthens a mysterious but pervasive overlap between the more radically creative elements of the 21st century St. Louis scene and California.
This STL/CA (and, often, L.A.) confluence will be one of many micro-topics explored as I unfold the secrets of the Retreat (or, really, Workshop - we were working, man! No retreat, baby, no surrender!).