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The past few months, Kit and I have really embraced using our tech mindfully. You know, by having real, genuine conversations without our phones in our face – yeah, that kind! Our new thing is to phone stack at meals (when we forget to be mindful) and we put our phones down the second we get in bed. We are trying to implement a sunset hour for our tech, but haven’t gotten there yet, who has?! In comes the Camp Out Yonder Recap!
A couple weeks ago, Kit, myself, and our bestie, Lorian ventured to Camp Out Yonder for the weekend. Camp is a mindful, tech-free campout for adults, and this year it was hosted at Grizzly Creek Ranch in California. I guess we should back up a bit….
Rewind to July
I was at a networking event and Nellie, owner of Camp Out Yonder, was the speaker that night. Let’s just say it was fate that she not only spoke, but that I was able to meet her!
Anyways, Nellie is ALL about mindful-tech and I felt like she just understood the struggles of technology using us instead of using it what it was meant for and that’s it! She’s giving everyone some great tips and knowledge and I’m just in heaven. Then, there it was – she was giving away a ticket to camp to a lucky person…guess who that was?
Kit was able to come too for a great price and off we went! So here’s my Camp Out Yonder Recap!
3 Days with No Technology
3 Days in a teepee, on a cot, in a sleeping bag. No phones, just my camera (and a disposable one -remember those?), and great company! I’ll spare you the details, since you’ll be able to see the awesome photos, but it was amazing and event-filled:
- Great Food + Drinks
- Tie Dye
- Rock Climbing
- Nature Hikes
- Fun Facts
- Star Gazing
Minus the mosquitoes – I think I may be more of a glamper, but get me in a nice cabin and I’ll camp like this more often!
But seriously, it was super rad and I met new people and didn’t have to worry about them being on their phones 24/7. You had to actually REMEMBER things, because Safari and Siri weren’t going to help you. Best part, I walked away with a new community and some more great tips on mindful-tech that I cannot wait to share with you!
Here’s some more photos!
Your photos are gorgeous — looks like you had the perfect summer trip!
Tori || Victori Media
Thank you, Tori! It was awesome!
Camp Yonder seems like such an amazing experience (although like you I think I am more of a glamper…I like a bed and a warm shower please)! I should start implementing a no tech after sunset rule/in the evening.
No tech after sunset is so helpful! It can be hard, but even implementing it slowly into your routine – and you can really see the difference!
This looks like so much fun! When my fiance and I are together, we definitely try and keep phones away as much as possible, but for those that really struggle with it this would be such a cool thing to do!
Yes yes yes! It can be difficult when both of our jobs REVOLVE around social media and communication.
This looks like an absolute blast! My boyfriend and I are trying (OK, maybe not, but we need to try!) to be better about our tech. I actually got him an Apple Watch for his birthday because since I got one, I found that I was less likely to pick my phone up and scroll aimlessly – I could screen my notifications! And that has already made a significant difference. I know, we’re fighting technology with more technology 😉
I’ve debated getting the Apple watch! May be on my wish list, though!
It’s definitely difficult to get into the groove, but once you do, you will notice a HUGE difference!
Omg, how fun! That would be such a perfect “refresh and getaway”!
It was really fun! Such a unique experience!
This sounds like something I would LOVE to do. It sounds so refreshing to be able to get away from technology for a bit and just soak in life as it comes. What an adventure!
Definitely look into it! It is a great getaway!