Getting Smart With Our Smartphones: Living Mindfully in the Age of Social Media

with Vinita Joseph

November 2nd -Date postponed or cancelled

Date details +
  • £40.00 Full Price
  • £30.00 Early Bird
Room: Main meditation hall

Getting Smart With Our Smartphones

Living Mindfully in the Age of Social Media

One day workshop

Our relationship with our devices is both intimate and significant. Many of us spend more time with our screens than we do with our loved ones; it’s the first thing we engage with in the morning, and the last thing at night; we’ve become dependent on ‘likes’ on social media for confirmation of our self-worth; a harsh comment from a stranger online can upset us for days; we’re on call 24/7, answering work emails in bed and on Sundays. 

As practitioners of mindfulness we spend many precious hours developing the ability to sit with our minds just as they are, to tolerate a space in which nothing very much happens and training our minds to resist distractions and focus. Most activities on the internet pull us in the other direction – 'ooh look a squirrel on a bicycle!'

In this workshop, using the ground of sitting practice, we will engage with contemplations, journaling and discussion to help us look at our individual relationship to our devices.

Is it a good, bad or indifferent partner? Who has the upper-hand? How would we like the relationship to be? Can we engage with social media in a way that feels healthy and makes a positive contribution to the conversation? What do we do with our reactivity when we see inflammatory content?

In this workshop, you’ll develop bespoke techniques and strategies to help you manage this most challenging of relationships. It’s unlikely to end in a divorce, but there’s a strong possibility you’ll decide to spend less time together.

This workshop is aimed at those with some experience of meditation or mindfulness practice (see website for opportunities to learn how to meditate if you are new to this). There is a cap on numbers so, if interested, please consider the early-bird option.

Bring a journal and a pen and an open, playful mind. Feel free to bring your significant other smart-phone.


About the Facilitator

Dr Vinita Joseph is a former family lawyer who now works coaching academics and creatives to complete long projects.  As such, she has considerable experience helping people manage procrastination, distraction, time-wasting and dissatisfaction arising from internet use. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and has taught Creative Writing at undergraduate level for a number of years.

She is a long-standing meditation practitioner in the Shambhala Tradition.

The early bird registration fee of £30 is available until 19th October 2019 after which the fee will be £40.  A concessionary fee of £25 is available for those earning below £17,000.  Please contact [email protected] to apply for a concession.


Additional Information

Saturday: tea/coffee & registration 9:30am, start 10:00am. Finish 4:30pm

Lunch will not be provided.


Payment Terms and Conditions

Please register and pay in full on registration, to pay by card - please click through to PayPal where there is an option to pay by card without having a PayPal account. Cancellation up to 1 week before the programme will receive a full refund, after that there will be a £20 fee charged for cancellation up until the 1st November 2019 after which no refund is granted.