Not a Digital Detox

with Jonathan Garner
Friday 8 November, 8pm to Sunday 10 November, 1pm

Everyone is welcome to this retreat and no prior experience of meditation is needed.


  • Guided meditation and contemplations
  • Interactive exercises
  • Time for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature

Despite the host of benefits that come with each wave of new digital technology we are often warned that being surrounded by smartphones, social media and 24 hour connectivity is bad for us. Additionally, whether in our personal lives or the workplace, we increasingly have no choice but to use these technologies to perform the most basic tasks which life demands.

But is this really such an issue? How bad could the effects truly be to our mental health, wellbeing, productivity and creativity? And considering the ubiquity of tech in our lives, short of going to live in the woods what can we really do about it?

In this engaging and interactive weekend you will discover the true impact an unhealthy relationship with technology has on our beings, and take away practical antidotes that you can immediately apply by using the most powerful piece of distruptive tech that exists—your own mind. You will also have time to reconnect with your personal goals and intentions, and learn how applying these methods can help.


The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.


Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

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Fee €230
Concession €185

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact
(2) you can avail of a concession only if you stay in the hostel or share a room in a cottage or the Care Centre with your friend/partner, or stay off site.

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email to to discuss flexible payment options or request assistance from our retreat fund.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area can be downloaded here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.
Online booking here
Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032
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Jonathan Garner
Jonathan Garner
Jonathan combines a background of creativity and a passion for digital technologies, working as an independent designer & developer for the past 8 years. During the last 5 he has also designed and delivered talks and workshops demystifying technology to companies at a leadership level all around the world including ING, VISA, IBM, RBS and KPMG. Jonathan has also practiced meditation in the Buddhist tradition for around 15 years, and is deeply curious and passionate about the interface between the human mind and the world around us. He founded Mind over Tech in 2018 in order to share this exploration in the hope that it can benefit others.