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Come to the first Digital Wellbeing Retreat- “NOT a Digital Detox: How to feel better without logging off”


Join me at a weekend retreat by the sea this coming May!

I’m really pleased to have been invited to design and run “NOT a Digital Detox: How to feel better without logging off”,  a chance to reflect on our online lives and our place in nature. It takes place at the wonderful Othona Community in West Dorset, UK over the weekend of Fri 11 May – Sun 13 May 2018.  £140 for two nights full board. Bursaries available. See the website for full information.

Othona House

I attended a retreat at Othona a couple of years ago and really enjoyed my stay there.  It’s friendly, secluded, and just a short walk from the sea.  It has a long tradition of being a contemplative space and is the perfect place to gather and think together about how to live with the digital today.  Find out more about Othona.

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Use stone for interior biophilic design TIP 3/7 Series 2

Big corporations are investing huge amounts in biophilic workplaces featuring natural materials like plants, stones, wood, and water. Look out for walls festooned with hanging planters, indoor waterfalls, and stony zen gardens. Companies aren’t doing this because it’s cosy, but because there’s increasing evidence that biophilic workplaces make employees happier and therefore more productive.

Take a leaf from their book, and think about how you could do the same in your own home or office.  You may even have biophilic items already. Look around your room. Are there any fossils, bought as a holiday memento and stashed away on a shelf? Any carved stone ornaments?  What do you have in the way of natural materials? Can they be re-organised in a more biophilic arrangement? Placed close to where you sit, so they can be idly picked up and examined now and again?

Biophilic arrangement on my windowsill

This is one of a series of tips I’m posting every Tuesday for the next few weeks, highlighting Christmas gifts and activities which promote digital wellbeing. There are gifts you can enjoy making yourself, as part of your own tech/nature practice, and gifts to buy for the geeky people in your life.

Check back on Tuesday for the next tip. To make sure you don’t miss out, join my mailing list.


Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital AgeBuying for geeky friends or family? Here’s the perfect fireside read:  Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: how to feel better without logging off.

Amazon’s growth on full display in greenhouse where exotic plants are raised for its Spheres – GeekWire

It’s no secret that Amazon knows how to grow a business, based on what the company has achieved over its almost 23-year history. But how does the tech gian

Source: Amazon’s growth on full display in greenhouse where exotic plants are raised for its Spheres – GeekWire