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

Happy New Year!

Now that the celebrations are over and you’re making plans for the year ahead, I’d like to invite you to 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.

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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Guest Lecture at James Cook University, Singapore. ‘Living well with nature in a wired world’ 18 May 2017

I’m excited to be invited as a Visiting Professor this May at James Cook University, Singapore. As part of my work there I will present a public lecture on Thursday, 7pm 18 May 2017. If you’re in Singapore then and would like to come along, please follow the link below to the University website.

Living well with nature in a wired world: an introduction to technobiophilia
Do you worry that wired life is taking you away from nature? You may be surprised to learn that you could be getting your daily dose of the natural world through your screensaver, or in virtual reality, or simply by ‘liking’ pictures of sunsets on Facebook. This talk explains the concept of biophilia, the deep genetic memory of our early evolution in the ancient wild, and introduces the concept of technobiophilia. Dr Thomas explains how our ancestral attraction to nature can soothe our connected lives and help us to feel better without logging off.

Short Talk ‘Technobiophilia: Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ 19 April 2017, Bournemouth.

I’ve been invited to give a short talk about my new book Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age at a meeting of the Dorset Humanists. This is the first in a series of talks by members and there are two of us on the programme – Chris Street, who will be talking about Poetic Naturalism, and myself.

7.30pm, Wednesday 19th April 2017 at The Greenhouse Hotel, Bournemouth. More information.

The event is open to everyone and you don’t have to share Humanist views to come along and join the conversation.