By Laurie Vaquer
Those who know me know that I travel a lot, although I enjoy having a base, a home, here in Buenos Aires.
I travel, I study and I work at the same time, it’s a bit strange but quite feasible. Since April 2017, date of my arrival in Argentina, I’ve built a lifestyle adapted to my wanderlust. In practice, this means that I work on different projects on the Internet and that I can continue to work on these projects wherever I am. In practice, it means that I travel, without it being a vacation! I continue working, while visiting the surroundings in my spare time. This lifestyle is rather trendy in recent years. We are called “digital nomads” or “location independent”. I appreciate the freedom to travel more than when I had a more conventional job.
Having a base point definitely has benefits, like having a routine and friends living in the same city. The MIC, as I mentioned in this article, is part of what links me to Buenos Aires and that I find with great pleasure every time. On the other hand, when I’m not in Buenos Aires, BabelPsi also gives me the opportunity to participate in multifamily meetings over the Internet, in French or in English, and it’s a great way for me to keep this good habit, despite the distance!
I am not the only one enjoying the benefits of the Multi over the Internet. Vincent, for example, was on an internship in Buenos Aires in 2016 and he regularly attended the MIC. On his return to Europe, the online Multi allowed him to keep a continuity on the reflections he had started in Buenos Aires: “After being immersed in the multi in Argentina, it would have been very difficult for me to return to Europe and no longer participate in any multi. At this level, the multi by internet allowed me to keep a link with this part of me that I discovered in Argentina. “
The online Multi is very much like the MIC in the sense that it is a group that connects at the same time to share reflections and life experiences, with respect and without judgment. Participants can participate via webcam and microphone if they wish, or only listen.
When we simply listen to each other, it can remind us of experiences and bring out emotions. Everyone is free to bounce back and share their thoughts.
The online Multi in French was created in 2012 by Graciela Bar, founder of BabelPsi. Today, there is also an online Multi in English; it is hosted by Shirley Matthews, an active member of BabelPsi in Buenos Aires.
The possibility of participating in the Multi via the Internet when one is not present in Buenos Aires is a highlight of these meetings and it also allows to accompany migrations, as in the case of Vincent. A second strong advantage of this tool is the ability to invite one or more family members to participate and even friends.
Indeed, inviting someone is a way to share a special moment with a loved one, but also to reflect on the relationship we have with others. For example, we sometimes have different reactions and ways of communicating that vary from person to person. Doing work on yourself can highlight interdependencies with the people around us and the Multi is a privileged space for that.
The online Multi in French are held every Thursday at 15h (Argentinian time). The Multi in English takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 16h (Argentinian time). For practical information or registration, please contact Graciela email@example.com (Multi in French) and Shirley firstname.lastname@example.org (Multi in English).