Shengri La Emergence Day Party April 4th


The original Shengri La island emerged on March 25th, 2007.  As it was originally intended, it served as a utopian base for our science, art, and fashion collaborators.  Shortly after the first island emerged, the other four were added: Shengri La Hope, Shengri La Peace, Shengri La Joy, and Shengri La Love. 

The past two years have seen a wide array of changes to Second Life, and to the activities and work we conduct in our regions in Second Life.  We’ve seen Windlight, sculptured prims, and the rise and fall of void sims as a business model. Despite all the changes we’ve seen, some things have remained the same in Shengri La. We continue to develop visually compelling, deeply immersive islands where our collaborators can work and engage.  We also stay true to our original covenant of providing kind sheltering wings and a safe haven for wanderers, some of whom stay with us as collaborators, others of whom are transient visitors.  Our programs have changed and expanded, and we are currently in the process of graduating our class of emerging avatar apparel designers, and developing new programs designed to move this important work forward.

In our current incarnation, we are an officially sanctioned Community Gateway, where we provide orientation to new residents with a corporate & enterprise focus.  Our research areas include examining how users become immersed in virtual worlds, how enterprise becomes virtual, and virtual world enterprise applications.

We are pleased to invite you to visit our islands.  Please come and experience the wonder and peace which is Shengri La, and to celebrate with us as we begin our third year of collaboration and exploration. 

You are invited to help us celebrate with the activities that best express our unique focus on virtual worlds:

7-8 am  Fairy Fashion Installation
10 am SLT Ode Butterfly Hunt
1-2 pm Kyle Beltran plays live 
3-3:30 pm, Founders Re-dedication
5-7 pm SLT Fairy Rave with Qee Nishi, DJane

+ 3 special art exhibits by the ever talented and prolix Callipygian Christensen

Details of our events follow:

7-8 am SLT Fairy Fashion Installation, featuring the work of emerging avatar apparel designer, Misteria Loon.  Misty’s gowns are ethereal and fragile and perfectly suited for the static display of fashion in the lovely woods of Shengri La.  We will show 8 of her gowns as well as a complete color run of her Flower gown.  Our volunteer models who have graciously offered their time to support Misty’s first show  reflect a range of body types and skin tones, which breaks from the usual  attenuated runway model look.  We would like to thank Jen Shikami of Seven’s Selections for donating wings to the fairy models, and Ellie BearCat, Georgianna Blackburn, Patricia Anne Daviau, Anarya Elderslie, Ahuva Heliosense, larae Magic, IndiaRose Muircastle, Sequoia Nightfire, Prissy Price, Chestnut Rau, Oura Scribe, Jaydie Sapeur, Neva Seljan, Elizabeth Tinsley for graciously donating their time for Misty’s Emergence Show.

10 am SLT An Ode butterfly Hunt – Shengri La is renowned as an estate with a regular monthly Ode hunt.  Ode jewelry collectors spread across our five islands in search of elusive jewelry-containing butterflies.  The Ode hunts are a wonderful way for new residents to learn to engage with the SecondLife interface.   Older residents make new friends and love to collect the fragile Ode jewelry created by master jeweler Random Calliope.

1-2 pm SLT  Kyle Beltran plays live on the Shengri La sim.  Kyle has been a visitor to Shengri La almost since the beginning. We are pleased to have his talent gracing our celebration.

3-3:30 pm SLT Founder Shenlei Flasheart (Shenlei Winkler in real life) will talk (very briefly) about why Shengri La was created and future directions.

5-7:00 pm SLT Fairy Rave with our longstanding DJ of choice, Qee Nishi.  Qee has been creating Trance sets for us  since December 2007, when we first ‘discovered’ her at Dance Island.  Qee will again play for us at a Fairy Rave, so plan your best fairy outfit and join us for two hours of the best Trance music on the grid.

During the day, all of our art galleries will be open to the viewing public. 

The Small Gallery will host a retrospective of Callipygian Christensen’s Shengri La images from the beginning to its current incarnation. 

Calli’s work will also be features in the Fashion Research Institute’s Information Center in Shengri La Hope, with a series of images from the renowned FRI Shengri La Spirit build in OpenSim (41,000+ prims of decadence).  

Last, Calli will reopen her main Gallery (The Main Gallery at Shengri La) with a fresh new exhibition of her latest photography throughout Second Life.

Please join us for one or all of these events.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Gypsy Moon Rave on Shengri La, October 25th


Please join us on Shengri La on Saturday, October 25th for a Gypsy Moon Rave.  DJane Qee Nishi will be laying down the sets for us  from 6-9 pm slt.  Dress is your finest interpretation of the season – Gypsy, lunar, gypsy moon and whatever you feel fits into the theme! 

Please visit Shengri La to pick up a landmark and the usual grab bag of Gypsy Moon goodies. Or, just follow this SLurl to the event. See you there!

Steampunk Rave in Shengri La!

We had a great time Saturday over the (American) holiday weekend! Lots of new faces, lots of old friends, and another cool 3D event in virtual worlds in the Fashion Research Institute’s Shengri La sims in Second Life.  We had DJane Qee Nishi laying down some totally fantastic Psy Trance that went on into the (for us East Coasters at least) wee hours of the morning.

A highlight of the evening was checking out all the awesome outfits, everything from High Victorian Steampunk to aliens from outerspace.  G2 Proto was streaming the event live to Snowcrash TV, and at one point he got so excited that I was sure his head was going to unscrew….you haven’t lived till you have watched a probe bop to the beat.  We won’t mention the incident of the baby junques being flung forth into the air (or were those spores?)

We had a nifty dance space, a huge particle bill, and we were joined by a great many of the openSim development community, some folks from the Microsoft effort, some of our IBM collaborators, and of course, the usual collection of Utopians all raving out. In the midst of our socializing and frolicking, a great idea was born: to hold a rave in OpenSim.  Our friends in the OSGrid immediately volunteered space, Qee seemed up for the idea, and by the time the evening was done, we had gelled the idea.

Our next rave will be in Shengri La in the first part of August, but our end of Summer Rave will definitely be in OpenSim.  We have some work to do to get ready for it, which ought to be exciting for all, and there will be some cool surprises along the way. Watch for details on this one, it promises to be enormous fun!

G2 Proto will have clips of the event available sometime later, so even if you couldn’t be there last night, you can see what you missed.  Plus, of course, snaps of some of the attendees…

Not an Avatar.  Remarkably cool.

OS Grid administrator Nebadon Izumi takes a break with friend Coke Supply

Goddess Harper Bereford ascends new heights

The colors! the colors!

Strawberry Fride braves time zones to strut her stuff

Her familiar was totally in keeping with the spirit of the thing

Life on Mars?

 Old Friends Catt Gable and Woodstock Burleigh

This Raver had a completely color coordinated look happening

Always remember your umbrella when you’re in the fires of hell

 Old friend Exrex Somme, AM Radio, and Rez

Chelsie Goodliffe turns it on

A cool Rave goer, G2 and master(?)

Grey is very haute.

G2 Proto is going to need some serious WD40

Rezz & I get jiggy

The unfortunate spore incident