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.
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.
This retreat also, it seems, mirrors the current zeitgeist! Some time after we had completed our planning, the New York Times ran a piece about the West Coast Esalen Community taking a similar approach. I’ve visited Esalen several times and always loved it, but it did occasionally come over as fairly anti-technology. However, it now has a new approach and is working directly with Silicon Valley to address the challenges of the digital life. The winds are changing, friends!
Please note that you will not be asked to leave your kit at home because this isn’t a detox. It’s more like a balancing.
I’d be very grateful if you would share this announcement with your friends and colleagues to help spread the word.
Check out these photos of Othona and read on for the Catalogue entry.
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Last week I shared seven tips on practical ways to balance your digital life with nature, then I asked you share your own tips. Here are some of the best. Do keep them coming! Please tag them #digitalwellbeing
- @johnjohnston follows on Twitter for small daily exercises to help you find stillness in life – digital and otherwise.
- @CarolynHMiller, profiled in Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age, recommends keeping a digital journal of your natural life — that’s something she’s been doing in a journal of her life with her donkeys.
- Gordon Joly says he enjoys walkways with plants, like the High Line in New York City and the Promenade Plantée in Paris (see image). They are fab spaces, he says – thoughtful, open, and calming in a big city.
- Not exactly tips, but can be read as such, Rachel Sparks has kindly allowed me to share the following notes which were inspired by ecotherapist Adrian Harris:
- Taken up a mindful activity whilst walking from thing to thing in London… I defo have a smartphone checking addiction and do the stupid thing of scrolling/responding/posting on social media whilst walking…to help manage this compulsion which leads to tension and complete lack of presence in the moment (and vice versa) I’ve started looking for the different shades of green that I can see… It’s like ‘I Spy’ for the colour green.
- I’ve noticed that even in the most built up areas I can spy trees between metal and glass giants/grass thrusting out of untrodden paths / and moss in the tiny damp gaps.Seeing the different shades of green has a few benefits…
> I’m looking up and around and not at my screen so I’ll be less likely to be a fb meme of people falling on their face whilst texting.
> I’m walking upright with a more loose and flexible posture so experience a sense opening in my heart and mind
> It’s a reminder to breathe and centre which lessens anxious feelings, therefore thoughts
> I can appreciate that London as grim and grey as it can be has life springing out of it all over the place. It’s Autumn now so I’ll be starting a game of I Spy green, orange, yellow and red
- And on Instagram, wanderer and artist @bytetime simply advised us to ‘Hug a tree’.
Do you have any tips to add? Post them in your stream of choice tagged #digitalwellbeing. Thank you!
This week I’ve shared seven tips on practical ways to balance your digital life with nature. Now it’s your turn. Please respond and share your tip tagged #digitalwellbeing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, my blog, or wherever works for you. I’ll collate them into a list. Looking forward to your ideas!
Check out my book Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: How to feel better without logging off. Paperback and Kindle.