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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

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 3, 2021
10:30am - 3:00pm

Cost: $55 includes $15 non-refundable deposit and noon meal.

Registration for this retreat is closed.

Deposits can be paid online at time of registration, by mailing a check made out to Siena Retreat Center, or by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 to pay with a credit card.  Deposits must be received to complete registration. 

Also in this series:
Thursday, September 30:  Well-Being and Self Compassion
Friday, October 1Breath and Mindfulness
Saturday, October 2:  Neuroscience and Well-Being

View a brief welcome and invitation from facilitator Anne Kertz Kernion here.

Brain Science and Spirituality Weekend Option: (Saturday and Sunday)
Cost of $195 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals.

Brain Science and Spirituality Extended Weekend Option: (Friday Evening, Saturday, and Sunday)
Cost of $275 includes $60 non-refundable deposit, accommodations, meals. (Please note this option does not include supper on Friday)

Brain Science and Spirituality Package: (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, plus meals, plus overnights)
Cost of $425 includes $60 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. She is the author of A Year of Spiritual Companionship (SkyLight Paths, 2016) and Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Mind, Body and Soul (Loyola Press, 2020). Anne enjoys biking and hiking. She and her husband Jack have three grown children and six grandchildren.


Partial scholarships are available for this program.

To arrange a scholarship, please contact Claire via email or by phone at (262) 898-2588.

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