When is the last time you...
Were quiet enough to hear your own voice?
Connected authentically in real-time without networking or performing?
Had a waking-hour long break from email or social media? How about a whole day?
Our phones are our constant companions and, while they promise to solve problems and make our lives easier, their time-saving solutions come at a cost: our attention. At this one-day retreat, we’ll help you reclaim your time and attention so you can thrive in a wired world.
Award-winning Author Christina Crook (JOMO) and Psychotherapist and Community Organizer Christina Malecka (Unplug. Reconnect. Restore: Digital Mindfulness Retreats) are teaming up to bring you this one-day retreat at the beautiful and restorative WerkLab in Vancouver, BC for a phone-free day of education, meditation, self-discovery, community building and empowerment.
"Please, please give yourself the gift of this retreat. One day felt like an eternity when I signed up -- I was nervous about being with a small, intimate group for 8 hours. The experience absolutely shattered me in the best of ways. I felt comfortable, cared for and respected as soon as I entered the space. It was a fun, warm environment. Christina is knowledgeable, compassionate, funny, and so welcoming! Unplug for a day, enjoy yourself, and connect with others!” Amie Newman, past retreat participant
Coffee, tea and healthy snacks*
A day of empowerment and deep connection with self and others
Meditation and gentle movement
FOMO vs JOMO 101
Christina Crook’s book: The Joy of Missing Out
Christina Malecka’s DIY Guide to Digital Mindfulness at Home
And a tote bag to carry it all!
(*Bring a lunch or explore the neighborhood’s many restaurants within walking distance. This is a great opportunity to see what it’s like to venture into the world without your phone.)
Curious about the facilitators and what we have in store for you? Scroll down!
What is a Digital Mindfulness Retreat?
Great question! Rather than bringing you a day of simple “digital detox,” we are offering an immersive, empowering experience to help you to build a healthier relationship with technology and increase personal balance, harmony and resilience.
What’s the flow of the day?
Get curious about your relationship with your phone. Is it bringing you joy or is it draining your joy? Start the day building community, creating group agreements and getting to know each other. Give up your phone for 8 hours (you can do it!) and reflect on who or what you want to be more present for.
Explore the meaning of mindfulness and experience guided meditation and reflection. Screens keep us isolated and distracted. Mindfulness is the opposite of distraction. We’ll discuss the cultural roots of the modern mindfulness movement and embrace the perspective that Digital Mindfulness is not just about improving your life, but also looking up from your screens to be intentional about your relationships and how you can be of service to a greater good.
Get outside and awaken your senses. There’s nothing like spending time in nature and focusing on your 5-senses to move you into present moment awareness. We’ll spend time in Woodland Park slowing down and closely observing every plant and tree. Here’s your chance to lie on the grass and look up at the sky!
Deeply connect with other participants to understand the cost of constant connection and explore your emotional relationship with social media. Through group and one-on-one discussions, you will get real about the emotional needs you are seeking to meet through social media and make sure that you are also getting those needs met in real life. Learn about Sympathetic Joy and how it can help you to have a more embodied and less envious experience with social media. Rediscover the art of talking to strangers or get to know members of your team on a deeper level. Are you an introvert that prefers solitary reflection? We’ve got options for you too!
Learn concrete strategies and set intentions and goals to stay electronically connected on your own terms. Support each other to do the hard work of transforming your relationship with technology to one of intention and balance. Reclaim your time for joy, meaning, connection and purpose. Leave with action steps you can put to work for you immediately.
Meet the JOMO Digital Mindfulness Retreats Team
(Yes, we are both named Christina and we met via snail mail. It was destiny.)
As a Seattle-based psychotherapist (Amazon, anyone?), Christina has had a front-row seat to the emotional impact smartphones and social media have had on her clients, notably increased loneliness, anxiety, and alienation. Where weak social ties are plentiful, stronger ties grow harder to create and maintain. In 2017, inspired by the work of Sherry Turkle, Nicholas Carr and her own transformative experience with digital fasting, Christina launched Digital Mindfulness Retreats which emphasize meditation, present-moment experience, social connection, and self-reflection. A community organizer turned Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Christina brings over 25 years of experience with change-making, group facilitation, mindfulness training, and workshop development. She loves creating nurturing experiences for individuals and teams.
Christina Crook is the award-winning author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World and a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Through her writing and speaking, she reveals how key shifts in our thinking can enable us to draw closer to one another, taking up the good burdens of local work and responsibilities. She challenges the Western values of power, control, and success, revealing how wonder, trust, and discipline are central to the experience of being human and the keys to our joy. Her commentary on technology and our daily lives appear regularly in the media including the New York Times, Psychology Today, Women's Health, NPR, CBC, Time of India and Glamor Brasil. Most importantly, she is wife to Michael and mother to Madeleine, Thomas, and Caleb. They live in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood where they once shared their run amuck home with another family of five. That's a whole story on its own.