It’s easier than ever these days to surrender to unbounded time shackled to screens that capture our attention and put our senses to sleep. But there’s another sort of surrender — the one that invites us to reclaim our power over where we put our attention. It helps us rediscover our built-in capacity to soften life’s sharp edges and revives reverence and gratitude for what we can see, hear, taste, touch, and love. Instead of putting us to sleep, it wakes us from slumber, bringing consciousness and mindfulness to what we’ve become unconscious of and mindless about.
The Mindful Unplug blossomed from a seed of an idea that a handful of longtime Ranch enthusiasts dreamed up in late 2015. “Let’s fashion a Feathered Pipe mindfulness and sensory enlivenment program from scratch.” The concept was simple: unplugging in a sacred, nature-drenched, enchanted setting is an opportunity for a healthy reset of our stressed, digitally-deluged lives.
Each summer we uncover new reasons and strategies for taking a conscious pause from the confines of our devices. We relish the whimsy of the Ranch, and one another, to experience the delights of our interior and exterior landscapes without filters. We weave a calming balance of scheduled activities into stretches of unstructured time for you to settle into your natural rhythm. Nourishing and resilience-enhancing practices woven into the week’s choreography include: accessible-to-everyone yoga, user-friendly meditation, nature strolls, mindful sight and sound sensory enlivenment, investigation of how wisdom traditions apply to real life today, and cultivation of the vital life skill of restorative, conscious relaxation.
Who are your guides fro the week?
— Joining us for the first time at The Mindful Unplug is Liza Kindred, the founder of Mindful Technology, an agency that helps companies to build technology that values humans more than machines. An entrepreneur, author, minister, meditator, and all-around effervescent force of nature, Liza’s offering spotlights not just the value and wisdom of periodically unplugging, but offers practical, hands-on-hearts-open techniques for plugging back in mindfully. Liza is skilled at sharing practices and encouraging inquiry focused on reclaiming agency over technology in ways that align with our individual values.
— Longtime Ranch friend Matthew Marsolek of Drum Brothers is returning to The Unplug in 2020 to share his popular participatory sound, rhythm awareness, and voice practices, including an introduction to West African hand drumming. Simple, guided exercises to open and free the voice will be a prelude to a song circle, featuring chants and songs gathered from Matthew’s travels abroad and studies in World Music.
— Mindful Unplug emcee Anne Jablonski of Yoga Set Free will serve as your daily yoga, mindful movement and accessible meditation practice guide. Anne’s mission is to return you home with skills to plug back in consciously so you can step back into the world of noise and technology equipped to nourish and safeguard your own health — and apply your consciousness for good of all.
— Our sensory awareness guide, renowned photographer Zane Williams, returns to The Mindful Unplug to encourage exploration into “forest bathing” (also known as shinrin-yoku) and to assist us in experiencing the vast sensory gifts that the Ranch environs offer. Over the course of our week, we’ll move toward feeling and experiencing nature less as a separate entity “out there,” and more as an overarching fabric in our everyday lives.
Ready to RSVP ‘Yes’ to Unplugging?
Is this your summer to surrender to The Mindful Unplug Experience? If so, we’ll meet you with open arms and willing hearts.