Being turned off: the joy of time without electricity

A photo of  text saying 'My big Do" - using the Do Lecture logo 'Do' which has keys coming off both lettersWhen this is first posted, you can read this and I won’t be able to. I’ll be in a field. In Wales. With no WiFi, phone signal or electricity. And probably lots of rain. Now I know for some this would be the third circle of hell, but actually, I can’t wait.

I’m going to the Do Lectures – which I am fantastically excited about. On our pre publicity we have a clear ‘no electricity/no WiFi warning’.


I tend to go off a couple of times a year to places with no electricity anyway when I go to my tribal camps so instead of filling me with horror, it fills me with a sense of release. (I’m off to Gaia and Dance Camp North this year, fingers crossed).

Rather than focus on my hippy tendencies, I wanted to reflect on why giving myself a technical break now and then is so important. Everyday, pretty much, I spend some time on my phone, computer or iPad  (yes, I have the ‘set’).

Some days it seems that I spend the whole day on these devices – emailing, writing, posting to sites, reading stuff, researching, creating materials, using them in presentations and so on.

They can become incredibly addictive – is there any reason for checking Facebook before I go to bed? Should Twitter be the first thing I attend to in the morning?

Time away from all this is time to break those chains. Time to look at people instead of screens. Time to make real rather than virtual connections. It means I can write notes on paper with a pen. I can check the time on a watch that is simply that – a watch – and doesn’t have 15 other functions to distract me.

For me, time away from screens means I remember what’s important, not just what’s on my ‘to do’ list. It’s a chance to stare at fires whilst wrapped up in jumpers and simply to breathe. It’s a space to get refreshed and recharged.

At home, we have a mini version – no computer hour – a space for an hour a day when no one can use their computers and so can actually talk to each other.

I’d be really interested in finding out how others cope. No electricity – like it or lump it? Do let me know…

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