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Digital Distraction: Technology, Our Brains, and Spiritual Practices

“Attention implies...withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others.”

- William James

This retreat has been cancelled and will be postponed until next year.

Brain and Spirituality programming has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 30th, through Sunday, October 3rd, 2021.

Our smartphones and computers are wonders, but they bring some not-so-wonderful consequences (like reduced focus, concentration, and memory) to our brains, bodies, and spiritual lives. We will explore the ramifications of tech use and overuse, and how several spiritual practices have been shown to help thwart these deleterious effects.

Helpful strategies to limit the pitfalls of online use, and suggested activities to nurture our journeys, will be offered.

Time for discussion will be provided, along with breathwork and meditation experiences.

Sunday, October 18; 10:30am—3:00pm
Cost of $55 includes $10 non-refundable deposit and noon meal.
If you need financial assistance to allow you to attend this program, contact (262) 898-2590.

Siena Retreat Center has a variety of safety measures to keep you safe during the pandemic. Click here to view.  The Oak meeting room is set up for social distancing.



This is part of Brain Science and Spirituality programming.
Click to view a brief welcome and invitation from facilitator Anne Kertz Kernion.

Brain Science and Spirituality Weekend Option: (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost of $185 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Extended Weekend Option: (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Cost of $275 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Package: (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus meals, plus overnights)
Cost of $425 includes $55 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Anne Kertz Kernion leads retreats and program relating to neuroscience, positive psychology, and spirituality. She holds a BS in Environmental Engineering, an MA in Theology from Duquesne University, a Certificate in the Science of Happiness from the University of California—Berkeley, and is currently a graduate student in Positive Psychology at the University of Missouri. Anne is also a yoga instructor and the owner/artist of “Cards by Anne.” Anne has taught college-level science, ethics, and world religions. Her book A Year of Spiritual Companionship was published by SkyLight Paths in 2016.  Her next book, Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul, will be published by Loyola Press in October, 2020.  Anne enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.