Of course it was. How often do you get to hang out with 150 +/- fellow lighting designers, many of whom are the best in the business, where everyone is completely willing to share the secrets to their success.
The sessions were very helpful and the keynote address was one of the best presentations on lighting I've seen. I'm sure everyone that attended left better for their participation. I'm sorry you weren't able to make it as well, maybe you'll join us in Atlanta next year.