January 2021

31Jan9:30 AM12:30 PMHow Technology Shapes Us -- ONLINEHarms, Solutions, and the Role of Mindfulness9:30 AM - 12:30 PM Online Teacher(s): Matthew Brensilver, PhD; Randy Fernando No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Date & Time: Sunday, January 31, 2021; 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Sliding Scale: $25-$108. Code MB1H21.

Please Note: This retreat is offered online only. We invite you to try this creative form of practice as we take care of one another and respond skillfully to COVID-19.

While the value of technology is indisputable, too often it is misaligned with wisdom, compassion, and human flourishing. As meditators, we know attention is a precious resource, and our minds are continually shaped by our actions and interactions.

We may train ourselves in meditation for 15, 30, or 60 minutes a day. But the rest of time, our technology is training us. As corporations hijack our attention and glue us to our screens, they often stimulate greed, hatred and delusion, harming us and our collective society.

During this half-day of practice and reflection, Spirit Rock teacher Matthew Brensilver will be joined by Randy Fernando, Co-Founder of the Center for Humane Technology, which was featured in The Social Dilemma, a documentary watched by an estimated 100 million people globally. Together, they will explore how we can investigate technology’s effects on our minds and society, and how to navigate its effects wisely.

All are welcome! No one will be turned away for lack of funds as space allows. For more information, please email Registration@spiritrock.org.


  • Matthew Brensilver, PhD

    Matthew Brensilver, PhD

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  • Randy Fernando

    Randy Fernando

    Randima (Randy) Fernando is a Co-Founder and Executive Director at the Center for Humane Technology, which is dedicated to realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. For 7 years he was Executive Director at Mindful Schools, a nonprofit that has brought mindfulness training to millions of children and tens of thousands of educators worldwide. Prior to that, Randy ran several award-winning projects over 7 years at NVIDIA, including authoring three books on advanced 3D graphics. He has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner for many years. He has taught a daylong Spirit Rock with Matthew Brensilver: “Technology as an Existential Threat to Mindfulness”.

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