Activities at this “Switch off Saturday” will include
*And we are delighted to welcome the SODA BREAD BOX to digital detox for the first time who will introduce us to a whole new way of dancing!
Cost includes all classes and meals.
€75 for all day workshop
€30 for optional B&B including the late night Soda Bread Box
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0469074455/ 0877472147
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Why do a Digital Detox?
Here’s what some of our participants said:
‘I never realised just how addicted I was until this weekend, and now I don’t want my phone back – I was so peaceful without it!’
‘I really see now how intrusive it (smartphone) can be, but I feel so much more connected to myself after the weekend, I feel like I want to maintain this feeling – so I’ll definitely be using it less!’
So, how long has it been since you checked your smartphone?
There is no doubt about it, we are more connected that ever. Those little glowing blue screens in our hands allow us to receive and upload information faster than ever before.
Research has shown that smartphone usage releases the chemical dopamine into the brain, causing us to receive a tiny ‘hit’ every time we log on. This, according to research, functions similarly to taking drugs, and the more we do it, the more we crave it.
In no uncertain terms, we become addicted.
Like any other addiction, the symptoms and long term effects can be devastating for our well being. According to the Centre for Internet Addiction, internet addicts report higher levels of emotional depression, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and relationship problems. Exposure at a young age can lead to a lack of ability to emotionally regulate, according to Boston University.
Even moderate use, according to the Journal of Computers in Human Behaviour, can disrupt sleep patterns, lead to lowered intelligence over time, and a decrease in the ability to make long term memories!
Taking part in a Digital Detox, with a like minded group of people, makes it possible for us to come back to ourselves, and be more present to others. Our posture changes, we make more eye contact, we have better conversations, more restful sleep and a quieter, clearer mind with which to think about our lives, be creative, or even just day dream!
Our workshops are designed to:
1) Treat the symptoms of digital dependence.
2) Foster creative thinking and group learning.
3) Give you skills to maintain a healthier relationship with your device.
What exactly is involved?
Our workshops are held in the beautiful Dunderry Park, just 45 minutes from Dublin.
The day begins with a short talk on the benefits of digitally detoxing and some helpful tips on detoxing at home, before everyone puts their devices away for the day or weekend. We provide a landline for any emergency phone calls, but otherwise we discourage all digital technology for the weekend, so people can fully switch off!
We then enter into the activity portion of the day or weekend, all of which are designed to increase creativity, encourage human connection and provide you with the skills to detox when you’re back at home. There is plenty of time for reflection, relaxing, writing, nature walks and tea and chats.
On December 5th, we’ll have Storytelling Workshops, Mandalas, Yoga, Qi Gong, Gong Baths and Dark room dancing from Soda Bread Box.
However, on future detox’s we have a wide range of selected activities – including:
Yoga and Qi Gong
Baking and more!