PauseLosGatos, May 25-28, 2017

001. The Idea

How do we learn something new? We might start by noticing how it feels to NOT know something: to be a beginner. Does it feel tight and hard? Are we afraid we can’t do it; that we’ll do it all wrong?

The next version of FileMaker is changing: so are we. Meet us in the redwoods, just 20min from San Jose, for a meditation retreat, tech conference, running clinic and art project. Try something new. Meditate with a Zen Koan. Go for a run. Learn some JavaScript. Lead a session.

Maybe you can't do it wrong?


002. Topics

This will be a smaller Pause (50-70 people) and we’ll all stay and eat meals together at The Presentation Center.

The technical sessions this time will have a theme: JavaScript, Web tech, and the new cURL and JSON features coming in FileMaker 16. This is new stuff to most of us, so the whole event is about getting good with being a beginner.

A complete schedule, detalied pricing, and info on how to get tickets will be coming online next.


003. Featured Speakers

JOHN TARRANT, author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros and founder of the Pacific Zen Institute. John will be leading morning meditation starting at 5:30am and closing talks after dinner each evening.

JONNY LEE, Chi Running Coach. Johnny will be leading trail runs each afternoon. ALL fitness and experience levels are welcome.

YOU. If you have JS or web tech you’d like to share--related to FileMaker or not--please get in touch (below)


004. Pricing

Yet to be finalized, but something around $600 to $700 will include the event along with all meals and lodging.


005. Accommodations

The Center is pretty remote and we’ll all eat together. Rooms are shared, dorm style, with a bathroom down the hall, though a few single rooms are available. Shared rooms are kind of weird, and kind of cool, but this place is gorgeous, so it will be worth it. We’ll respect the strict no smoking (only in your car, if you have one), and alcohol-only-in-your-room policy of the Center. Evening time will be quiet as morning sessions start early. This is not a place to come and party.


006. Questions

We’ll be posting accurate pricing and more details soon, along with a detailed schedule. But if you have questions in the meantime, or have a topic you’d like to speak on, please email or


"Look, you’ve got a fantastic enterprise application here, but you’ve got to build an ecosystem." - Steve Jobs