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.

December Events in Shengri La

We have a full calendar of events in or related to our activities in Second Life. 

Kicking it all off, our Emerging Avatar Apparel Designers are participating in the Peace on Earth grid-wide treasure hunt, now through December 31st.  Our designers have all created gifts especially for the hunt, and their work can be found by following the links included in the PoE globes.  Please visit the Shengri La Welcome Area to pick up information about the hunt, to find the Fashion Research Institute’s globe, and to learn more about our activities in Second Life.

Starting December 5th, we will host a special Candy Cane hunt benefiting CRY America.  100 candy canes, each stuffed with fashion, will be hidden on the Shengri La sims.  Candy canes are priced at $25L, all proceeds to benefit CRY America.  Some of the fashion items include gowns from the old Prim & Proper line, jewelry sets, boots, shoes, handbags and much more. 

On Saturday, December 6th from noon to 2 pm slt, Ahuva Heliosense will be hosting a party benefiting CRY America.  FRI is pleased to provide clothing and accessories in support of this activity and we hope that our colleagues and friends will all join us at the Crown and Pearl.


Saturday, December 13th from 6-pm slt, we will hold one of our raves, the Snowflake Rave, on Shengri La.  DJane Qee Nishi will be DJing, dress will be your best interpretation of winter (or snow, or ice, you get to decide). 


December 17th, we will hold not one, but two Ode butterfly hunts.  The Ode hunts are as ever, free to all, and are held from 7 am slt till the butterflies are gone; and from 5 pm slt till the butterflies are gone.  Please note that we close the sims one hour prior to the hunts’ posted start times to allow the butterfly handler to release the butterflies.  If you are present on the sims when we close them, you will be asked to leave the sims so she can perform her work in peace.  Thank you for respecting this request.


On Saturday, December 20th, we will hold a formal ball, Winter’s Majesty, with music provided by Benton Wunderlich.  Chestnut Rau has graciously opened her dance floor in Shengri La Love for this event.  Once again, this is a benefit on behalf of CRY America.  Dress is majestically up to honor the holiday season, and we will have a special outfit for the ladies, designed especially for this event. 

Throughout the season, we invite you all to visit, skate on the several skating areas, ride our free horses, or drive our free carriages.  We have both buckboards and pure white formal carriages with matching white horses, perfectly romantic and perfectly elegant.

We will also have the holiday market in the Welcome Area of Shengri La.  Please visit us to find all your holiday decorating needs fulfilled, and donate to CRY by purchasing any of the lovely items you will find under the trees.

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!

Pirate Rave Redux


DJane Qee nishi Raves On!

DJane Qee Nishi Raves On!

A little late, but better than never…images from the Piratical Rave!  Note the truly fantastic tall ships provided by Lia Woodget of the Blackspot Shipyard.  The cannons even fire, which Ravers proceeded to enjoy at great length throughout the evening.  Particle bill as ever, was up, awesome costumes and great conversation, and a truly fantastic set laid down by DJane Qee Nishi.  Thanks to all who came, see you soon!
Ravers Rave On in Shengri La Joy

Ravers Rave On in Shengri La Joy

Flaming Piratical Skulls O' Death!

Flaming Piratical Skulls O Death

Michele Hyacinth, Shengri La Curator

Michele Hyacinth, Shengri La Curator

Cute lil Raver

Cute lil Raver

Awesome Hair...and interesting use of the House of Worth bodice!

Awesome Hair...and interesting use of the House of Worth bodice!

Harper looking Lovely as Ever

Harper looking Lovely as Ever

Various and sundry Ravers

Various and sundry Ravers With quite fab outfits


Ahuva Heliosense raving in her new purchases

Ahuva Heliosense raving in her new purchases

Another interesting costume

Another interesting costume

Tara5 Oh, Catt Gable, and Woodie Burleigh striking a pose

Tara5 Oh, Catt Gable, and Woodie Burleigh striking a pose

The very Awesome Ships provided by Lia Woodget for the Rave

The very Awesome Ships provided by Lia Woodget for the Rave

Full moon over Shengri La Joy and the Tall Ships of Lia Woodget

Full moon over Shengri La Joy and the Tall Ships of Lia Woodget

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


OpenSim Supporters from IBM and Microsoft Rave On in Shengri La

If you couldn’t make it last night, you missed a great large-scale immersive 3D event in virtual worlds in the Fashion Research Institute’s Shengri La sims in Second Life.  Over and above the fact it was another one of our typically cool, visually compelling rave parties with a fantastic music stream laid down by DJane Qee Nishi, what made last night particularly interesting was that we had OpenSim supporters and developers from both my technology partner, IBM, and from Microsoft and its partners. 

Not unlike pounding the first stake in the transnational American railroad system, this casual social gathering stands as a critical point in the evolution of the open source OpenSim development movement. 

Of course, for those of us who were there, we enjoyed the excellent tracks laid down by Qee, the fantastic outfits so many attendees put together, the witty repartee and occasional innuendo without being deeply impressed with the historical significance of the event.  The usual IBM partiers were joined last night by developers and OpenSim supporters from Microsoft and one of Microsoft’s partners, G-Squared.  G2 Proto (Kyle Gomboy – as mentioned in Tish Chute’s article on her UgoTrade blog) was kind enough to stream the event, live, from Shengri La to Snowcrash TV.  Kyle 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…

DJane Qee Nishi is UP!

Garythegoat Raving in Style



G2 Proto Looks Shocked
(But check out those wings!)

Chestnut & Zha Ravin’ in the Air

Calli’s New Wings

Script Wizard Dale & Harper

Blank Cleanslate, IBM OpenSim Island Manager

Various Ravers~!

A Greener Solution

Utopians Midrave: Rez, Chestnut, Calli, Zha, and Me

Go, Jess!

Awesome Rave Outfit!

Minions or Baby Junques? You Decide!

Ravers Raving on

Scientist Troy McLuhan Performs WaveLength Experiments

Michelle Has Great Wings

Frequent Raver Kate Nicholas and RobinG from G-Squared Rave on!

 A Nice Array of Wings

Rose Queen in a Prim & Proper Frock

Woo Hoo! Blue!

Ravers Eva Bellambi and Kate Nicholas

Another Fashionably Attired Raver

Raving Hip Hopper!

A Very Cool Outfit

A great time was had by all. Here’s to a bright future for OpenSim, and the day we hold our first rave in our IBM-hosted OpenSim.  Get your Avatars ready, cause it’s coming, just a matter of time.

Hope you can join us next time, when we host the SteamPunk Rave in Shengri La!