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Christina Crook is the award-winning author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, which has made her leading voice on human flourishing in the digital age. 

Through her speaking and writing, 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 writes about the value of focus, making space to create, and the meaning we find in more limited connections. 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.

JOMO and Digital Mindfulness Retreats™️ announce collaboration for new events

Christina Crook


I’m thrilled to announce my collaboration with Christina Malecka, founder of Digital Mindfulness Retreats.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Joshua Rollins
Phone: (614) 361-0292
Emailjosh@wejumpwithyou.com

 

JOMO and Digital Mindfulness Retreats™️ announce collaboration for new events

First JOMO + Digital Mindfulness Retreat set for August 10 in Vancouver


Two popular digital wellness experts are combining forces to help others break free from the digital albatross of screens and in the process, find a joy-centered life. 

Filling the gap that popular digital detox camp, Camp Grounded, left in the market, JOMO founder and authorChristina Crook and Digital Mindfulness Retreats™️ founder Christina Malecka, both members of the newly formed Digital Wellness Collective, have formed a strategic collaboration to bring digital wellness retreats to bleary-eyed, busy people who crave inspired living more than push notifications and pixels.

Crook and Malecka are bringing their respective brands together to create JOMO + Digital Mindfulness Retreats, a series of events designed to help digitally weary attendees learn to have a healthier relationship with technology, nurture themselves through deep meditation, break free from compulsive digital use, and set intentions to prioritize joy and satisfaction.

“When I read Christina Crook’s book The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance In A Wired World, I underlined almost every word, saying aloud to myself, ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’” Malecka said.  At that point, I was pretty sure that Christina was my Digital Mindfulness soul mate. Her passion for supporting people to be more present in their lives and relationships inspired me to write her a letter (snail mail, naturally) proposing we work together, and the rest is history."

Their first retreat is scheduled for August 10 at Werklab in Vancouver.

“Unplugging from technology is an opportunity for individuals to rest, restore, and reconnect to themselves and the natural world,” Crook said. "I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Digital Mindfulness Retreats to offer ongoing opportunities for individuals, couples and teams to experience the joy of missing out.”

While smart devices promise to make our lives easier, their time-saving solutions come at a cost: our attention. Through this new retreat, Crook and Malecka will help attendees learn to reclaim time and attention so they can thrive in a wired world. 

"It’s easy to forget that in the course of human history, smartphones, social media and other elements of digitized culture are brand new and we are still adjusting to this 'new normal,’” Malecka said. "All of us need a moment to step back, take a breath and re-center our relationships with ourselves and other humans. JOMO + Digital Mindfulness Retreats offer people the opportunity to set their screens and distractions aside in order to tap into their sources of joy and meaning while learning how to make the shift from being controlled by technology to engaging with it on their own terms.”

Cost for the August 10 retreat is $199 before if registered before July 1 and $249 after.

In addition to the inaugural JOMO + Digital Mindfulness Retreats collaboration in Vancouver, the new partners will also host a four-day retreat at Cortes Island from October 17-20, and a seven-day retreat in Mexico from March 28-April 4, 2020. 

For more information on the event, visit digitalminfdulnessretreats.com.


Meet the JOMO + Digital Mindfulness Retreats™️ Team

Christina Malecka

As a Seattle-based psychotherapist, 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

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.

What Jean Vanier Taught Me

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Jean Vanier died this week.

His book, Becoming Human has shaped my life and work more than any other.

“As soon as we start selecting and judging people instead of welcoming them as they are... we are reducing life, not fostering it. When we reveal to people our belief in them, their hidden beauty rises to the surface where it may more clearly be seen by all,” wrote Jean.

Jean Vanier founded L’arche, an international federation of communities for people with mental and physical developmental disabilities and those who assist them. He did this in the belief that:

“Weakness carries within it a secret power. The cry and the trust that flow from weakness can open up hearts. The one who is weaker can call forth powers of love in the one who is stronger.”

He believed that through our vulnerabilities, being courageous enough to express our needs, we could create true community — relationships and spaces where people felt safe, loved and accepted exactly as they are.

Vanier cautioned against our obsession with efficiency. He warned that by choosing to rely exclusively on modern conveniences rather than on people - our neighbours, families and coworkers - we unknowingly cut the threads of community. We stop weaving relationship.

Jean Vanier challenged me to see the good of need and the way it causes us to reach out our arms to love.

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Let us be the ones who notice

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Let us be the ones who notice. Let's not check out for another single day. Let's live embodied, in person, in the flesh, in real life.⁣

The next time you have an urge to post something online, share it instead with a friend or family member directly. Call and tell them your story.⁣

📷: @patrickschn3idr

In Real Life

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Have you ever followed someone online and thought to yourself: that person’s super cool, I wish I knew them in real life?⁣

I'm kind of a master at turning online contacts into real life friends. In fact, that’s how Sarah Vermunt of @careergasm and I first met for a coffee in the lobby of a bank. Yes, it was as dreamy as it sounds.⁣

The web is an incredible tool and making contact online can lead to beautiful, incarnate relationships if we’re willing to step out of our comfort zones.⁣

Something I really love about Sarah is her commitment to pursuing what feels good — she’s built an entire business around it. Sarah leans into the life-giving. She’s also refreshingly honest that things don’t feel good all of the time.⁣

Here’s a snap of her and me at the recent launch for her new book, Career Rookie. We’re pretty damn happy to be friends.⁣

I even got to endorse her book. Now, that FELT GOOD.⁣

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Today I encourage you to invite someone you’ve interacted with online to connect in real life. Your long lost BFF could be just a coffee date away.⁣