Unplug. Reconnect. Restore. A Digital Mindfulness Retreat

Event Highlights

  • From the moment you arrive at The Whidbey Institute you will be welcomed and supported!
  • We begin our time together by giving up our phones (and other devices) for 48 hours and reflecting on who and what we we want to be more present for in our lives.
  • The weekend is filled with mindfulness practice and meditation, yoga, nature-inspired adventures, time alone and time spent getting to know other retreat participants.
  • One of the best parts of the weekend are the group meals, where we reclaim the art of conversation and turn strangers into friends.
  • There is plenty of structure and support, and a good balance of group time and alone time.
  • You will leave refreshed, inspired, and with a concrete plan to have a more mindful relationship with technology.
  • There are opportunities for yoga, hiking on 104 acres of trails, and a labyrinth to walk.
  • Participants rave about the gourmet plant-based meals at The Whidbey Institute.
  • This is a truly special weekend full of warmth, connection and deep self reflection.



10:00- 11:00 -Arrival And Check In

11:00 - 1:00 - Opening Circle And Turn Over Digital Devices


*Group Agreements

*Tap into Your 5 Senses

1:00 – 2:30 - Lunch Together

2:30 – 4:00 - Workshop


*Why digital mindfulness? How do Smartphones and Constant Connectivity Impact You and the People that You Love?

*Alternatives to Digital Immersion - Setting You Up for Success

*Self Compassion and Sympathetic Joy: Antidotes to Social Media Envy and Comparison

4:00 - 6:00 - Free time for hiking, personal reflection or rest

*Christina Will Be Available For Optional Individual Digital Mindfulness Coaching Sessions During This Time. Cost: $130 Per Hour Pro-Rated

6:00 - 7:00 - Dinner Together

7:00 – Bedtime

*Free time for personal reflection, rest or building community with other participants. Games and art supplies will be available.


8:00 – 9:00 - Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 - Time To Yourself To Rest, Journal or Hike

10:00 – 12:00 - Workshop


*Group Reflection and Discussion

*Waking Up: What are You Noticing?

*Gratitude Practice

12:00 – 1:00 - Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 - Free time for hiking, personal reflection or rest

*Christina Will Be Available For Optional Individual Digital Mindfulness Coaching Sessions During This Time. Cost: $130 Per Hour Pro-Rated

2:00 – 3:00 - Yoga with Laura Toussaint

3:00 – 6:00 - WORKSHOP


*Social Media and Emotional Health

*Reclaiming Your Time: What Really Matters to You?

*Concrete Strategies for Reducing Screen Time

6:00 – 7:00 - Dinner Together

7:00 – 8:00 - WORKSHOP

*Reclaiming Your Time: Goal-Setting

8:00 – Bedtime

*Free time for personal reflection, rest or building community with other participants. Games and art supplies will be available!


8:00 – 10:00 - Breakfast and Free Time

10:00 – Noon - WORKSHOP


*Commitments Moving Forward And Digital Device Return

*Closing Circle

Noon – 1:00 - Lunch Together

1:00 - Depart

About This Event

When is the last time you…

Were quiet enough to hear your own voice?
Connected authentically with yourself and others in real-time without networking or performing?
Felt deeply rested and inspired?
Got even one waking-hour long break from digital media or electronic communication? 

Join me at the magical Whidbey Institute near Seattle for a weekend of digital detox, deep self care, yoga and mindfulness to...

Learn how mindfulness is the opposite of distraction - and the key to a healthier relationship with technology

Connect with nature in the breathtaking beauty of the Whidbey woods and Salish Sea

Enjoy being held in community with opportunities to connect authentically with others

Get Quiet Time for yourself for reflection and meditation

Prioritize and center what brings you true joy and satisfaction

Break Free from the social media hamster wheel and reclaim that time for what
really matters to you 

Set Intentions and goals to stay electronically connected on your own terms and unchain yourself from digital compulsion and over-use

Christina is such a welcoming, positive force. She has a way of making everyone feel welcome and included. I loved the group activities around self-care and social media usage and am grateful for the structure of the weekend. Everything from the cabins to the space to the food to the facilitation felt nurturing and restorative.

Venue Highlights

Deep in the woods of Whidbey Island near Seattle, WA the Whidbey Institute offers spaces and experiences that inspire, as well as partnering with a vibrant network of program leaders working in the areas of generative leadership, ecosystem vitality, community resilience, and more. Our 108-acre woodland campus, integrated gardens and forest ecosystem, four mile public-access trail network, and comfortable facilities invite nature connection and serve an engaged community. The land is home to a woodland sanctuary, a labyrinth, two residential-style homes, locally designed and built cabins, and more. Meals are lovingly prepared by a professional chef, using fresh, organic, grown-on-site ingredients whenever possible." The Whidbey Institute has a deep commitment to Community Equity and social justice.


Cabins are simple but charming with one or two single beds, woodland views, great heating and comfy bedding. Bathrooms are shared, but very nice, with plenty of privacy.


  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Meals at the Whidbey Institute are lovingly prepared by Chef Christyn Johnson and her skilled team, using local, fresh, organic, and grown-on-site produce whenever possible. Christyn’s team is always willing and able to accommodate special dietary requests, and meals often include an abundance of gluten-free, low-sugar, and vegan options.

Meals are one of the things that keep people coming back—in fact, the feedback we receive most often relates to the delicious, abundant, and nourishing food that Chef Christyn and her team provide time after time!


The Whidbey Institute is located about 2-hours from Sea-Tac International Airport and the trip includes a ferry ride on Puget Sound. For more information on transportation, got to (contact info blocked)#traveling-by-car or email Christina: (contact info blocked)

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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