Date

September 23, 2023

Location

Simpson Park

City

St. Louis, Missouri

Time

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Event Countdown

2023/09/23 09:00:00

About the Livin' Analog® Day Retreat

The Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat is the premier community event for taking a digital detox. An entirely phone free event, the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat includes activities, education, and resources that can help you use technology less and get back into the real world. By the end of the day, you will gain insights that empower you to put digital minimalism into practice, discover new hobbies to pursue, and develop relationships with other like-minded individuals who are rethinking how and how much they use technology.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

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Exhibitors

Giveaway Contributors

Media Sponsors

Phone Policy

Experience a Phone-free Day

The whole premise of the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat is to put your phone down for the day and find new hobbies, learn more about digital minimalism, and socialize.  We have established specific phone procedures to stay true to the concept of our event, which assure safety for everyone who attends.

Event Entry Procedures:

Arrive without your phone

You will be admitted into event after we confirm your phone is not with you

Specify your emergency contact

You will receive emergency contact paperwork you can complete in advance

Receive your punch card

This will include all the sessions available to you for your day pass level

How To Prepare For This Event:

Leave your phone behind

Our event does not include a designated area for storing your personal belongings during the day, and you are only able to enter this event without your phone. Please determine where you will store your phone in advance.

Make a checklist of items to bring

Items we recommend packing for this event include sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and an umbrella. If you plan on bringing your own lunch, please pack it in a brown bag; there will be no refrigeration or heating.

Know what to expect at check-in

As stated above, you will only be able to enter this event once we confirm you left your phone behind. Please confirm you understand our event procedures prior to arrival.

Emergency Contact Procedures:

In the event of an emergency, non-attendees and attendees will have the ability to communicate through an emergency contact phone monitored by our event volunteers.  The following protocols are taken if and when this occasion emerges:

Event volunteers will immediately locate attendee by alerting activity/education leaders from tent to tent or having emcee issue attendee alert (based on what is presently taking place).

Once attendee is located, event volunteers will update other event volunteers by walkie talkie.

Our new emergency contact number is (314) 941-0369. Non-attendees must call this number to reach attendee, and attendee will call from this number if they must reach non-attendee. This phone number does not receive SMS messages.

To learn more about our emergency procedures, review our Event Policies.

Sessions

General Session

Presented by: Olivia Orman

In this opening message for the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat, Olivia Orman demonstrates how a combination of digital minimalism education, finding new hobbies, and meeting like-minded people plays a large role in transforming how and how much we use technology.

About Olivia Orman

Olivia Orman is the Founder & CEO of Livin’ Analog. She is passionate about getting people offer their phone and back into the world.  When Olivia is away from her creative pursuits, you will find her exploring new places on a whim, constantly trying new activities, or reading almost any book.

Education

Against Multi-tasking: An Argument for Doing One Thing at a Time

Led by: David Amadio

Building on Shunryu Suzuki’s concept of ichigyo-zammai (“one-act concentration”), this session presents deep activity as a philosophical response to the phenomenon of multi-tasking. The single-minded way, difficult to achieve with a smartphone, involves the use of task-specific tools that allow for richer mental engagement and a greater sincerity of expression.

About David Amadio

David Amadio teaches Creative Writing and Composition at Lincoln University, America’s first degree-granting HBCU. His writing has appeared in Cleaver, Packingtown Review, Adaptation, Talking River, Nerve Cowboy, and the San Francisco Examiner. A TEDx speaker and author of the novel Rug Man, David lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

The (Analog) Process Behind Writing a Book

Led by: Joe Clote

Local book publisher Joe Clote presents analog approaches aspiring authors can take to achieve their goal of writing a book.  Whether aspiring authors find themselves in the ideation stage or stuck in writer’s block, this session explores the mechanics of taking this project from start to finish and how tech-free processes can help us achieve this aspiration.

About Joe Clote

Joe Clote is the owner of Publishing Concepts, LLC and has more than two decades of book publishing experience. Joe has developed and executed products and services in the software, insurance, art, and tourism industries. Additionally, he has produced trade shows throughout the United States and works with businesses of all sizes and types to grow their sales and customer reach.

Digital Minimalism Edutainment

Led by: Ralph Mason

Edutainment specialist Ralph Mason portrays smartphone usage from a new perspective through an entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking acoustic performance.  Demonstrating the numerous drawbacks our devices have created and the impact they have on us, audience members will depart this performance inspired to rethink what role technology can play in their lives.

About Ralph Mason

Ralph Mason serves as the Lead Presenter for The Positive Zone Corporation. For 25+ years, Mr. Mason has been a professional speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, edutainment specialist, and musician. His ability to adapt to any audience creates a personal, yet professional connection.

Activities

Guided Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy Walk

Led by: Jess Thenhaus

Unplug and unwind as you connect with nature and the ‘more than human world’ in this immersive sensory experience. This is not a strenuous hike in the woods, but rather a gentle, leisurely walk designed to allow time and stress to melt away as you sink comfortably into the peace of presence that nature can provide. In a safe and welcoming environment, you’ll be guided through a series of invitations that will allow you to tune into your surroundings and explore nature through your senses.

About Jess Thenhaus

Jess Thenhaus is an ANFT certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide, a Holistic Health Coach and the founder of Urban Forest Therapy. Jess is on a mission to help busy people in urban environments reduce stress and recover peace in the present moments by cultivating a mindful connection with nature in their own backyard and green spaces.

Open Kayaking

Powered by: Big Muddy Adventures

Attendees who preregister for open kayaking will have the opportunity to paddle around Simpson Lake during session slot of choice.  Limited spots for this session are available, so be sure to secure your spot while kayaks last!  An email to preregister will be sent shortly after your event signup is received.

Laughter Yoga

Led by: Valerie Clote

Laughter yoga is a fun, simple, and easy exercise available to all ages and all abilities.  No special clothing or equipment is needed.  It is intentional laughter while moving the body in play.  Deep breathing is interspersed between activities.  It strengthens the immune system, improves the respiratory, digestive, and cardiovascular systems, and increases happy hormones.

About Valerie Clote

Valerie Clote is a certified Laughter Yoga, a certified Hatha Yoga teacher, yoga nidra facilitator, and author of Happy Breathing.  She holds a degree in Geology.  Valerie experienced a profound personal transformation that shifted her entire direction of her life after encountering Laughter Yoga in 2011.  She is dedicated to sharing the practice with others.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Led by: Megan Margherio

Embark on a 45-minute journey of self discovery during this guided meditation experience, which offers a blissful escape from the constant digital chatter of modern life. During this session, you’ll reconnect with the present moment through gentle breathwork, meditation, and mindful movement. As you surrender the weight of screens and endless notifications, you’ll make space to rekindle your awareness of the world around you and nurture a profound sense of inner calm.

About Megan Margherio

Megan Margherio is a dedicated mindfulness teacher with a profound passion for holistic well-being. Since becoming certified as a mindfulness facilitator, Megan has continued to cultivate a deep understanding of the mind-body connection and knows first-hand how transformative it can be, especially when healing from past traumas. She empowers individuals to unlock the serenity within, fostering a more harmonious balance in their lives.

Schedule

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Registration

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Participate in general session

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM: Participate in session one

Concurrent Sessions: Open Kayaking   |   Guided Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy Walk   |   Against Multitasking: An Argument for Doing One Thing at a Time   |   The (Analog) Process Behind Writing a Book

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch break

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM: Option to Attend Digital Minimalism Discussion Panel

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: Participate in session two

Concurrent Sessions: Open Kayaking   |  Laughter Yoga   |  The (Analog) Process Behind Writing a Book   |   Mindfulness and Meditation

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: Participate in session three

Concurrent Sessions: Open Kayaking   |   Guided Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy Walk   |   Against Multitasking: An Argument for Doing One Thing at a Time   |  Laughter Yoga

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Participate in session four

Featured Session: Digital Minimalism Edutainment

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Closing message and prize giveaways

4:00 PM: Departure

Lunch:

There will be an hour-long lunch break from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  You have two options for lunch:

Order a sandwich lunch

Lunch will include one three-inch turkey or ham sandwich, bag of chips, whole fruit, and water or beverage. Prepaid lunch vouchers (processed as an online credit card payment) are $10; lunches purchased the day of are $15 (must be paid with cash or check).

Bring your own lunch

Note that there are no food appliances onsite (such as a refrigerator and microwave) and you will be responsible for monitoring your lunch.

NOTE: Sandwich lunch is NOT included with purchase of ticket.  If you’d like to order a sandwich lunch as the event approaches closer, this is an additional cost.  By purchasing a ticket to the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat, you agree that you have read, understand, and consent to our Event Policies.

For any questions regarding our food and beverage policy, please read our Event Policies.

Tickets

Limited Time Offer:

*Apply coupon FULLDAY15 at checkout to claim this offer.

NOTE: Boxed lunch is NOT included with purchase of ticket.  If you’d like to order a boxed lunch as the event approaches closer, this is an additional cost.

By purchasing a ticket to the Livin’ Analog Day Retreat, you agree that you have read, understand, and consent to our Event Policies.

Become a Sponsor

Available Sponsorships

Below is an overview of the sponsorship levels for this event and the top benefits for each level.  Download both forms to see pricing:

Event Sponsor

  • Vendor table
  • Inclusion of promo item in gift bag
  • Company banner on central event tent
  • Honorable mention in opening speech
  • Up to 3 extra day passes for company reps
  • Full-page display ad in event pamphlet

Gold Sponsor

  • Inclusion of promo item in gift bag
  • Honorable mention in opening speech
  • Up to 2 extra day passes for company reps
  • 1/2-page display ad in event pamphlet

Silver Sponsor

  • Shoutout during session break
  • 1 day pass for company rep
  • 1/4-page display ad in event pamphlet

Bronze Sponsor

  • Shoutout during session break
  • Company logo on event signage
  • Company logo in event pamphlet

Exhibitor Table

  • Vendor table
  • Company logo on event signage
  • Company logo in event pamphlet

Session Sponsor

  • Company logo on session title banner
  • Company logo on event signage
  • Company logo in event pamphlet

Download Sponsorship Form
Download Exhibitor Form

Ready to Become a Sponsor?

Upload your completed sponsorship form below.
We will send you an email if your sponsorship form does not come through.

Volunteer

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Depending on your availability and the level of assistance you’d like to contribute to the Livin’ Analog Day Retreat, the following volunteer opportunities are available.  Volunteer positions are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Set-up/Tear-down Volunteer

Receive a complimentary gift bag

Half-day Volunteer

Receive a complimentary half-day pass and gift bag

Full-day Volunteer

Receive a complimentary gift bag, meal, snacks, and additional surprise

Ready to Become a Volunteer?

Upload your completed volunteer form below.
We will send you an email if your volunteer form does not come through.

Accomodations

If you are traveling from out of town to attend the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat, Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest and Hampton Inn St. Louis Southwest are the nearest hotels to Simpson Park.  Attendees are responsible for booking room in advance to ensure availability.

Livin’ Analog® does NOT have a special room rate agreement with these hotels, so if you’d like to book accommodations at another property and coordinate your own transportation, that is certainly an option as well.

Hotel Information

Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Southwest

5 Lambert Drury Dr, Valley Park, MO 63088

(636) 861-8300

Hampton Inn St. Louis Southwest

9 Lambert Drury Dr, Valley Park, MO 63088

(636) 529-9020

Directions

Simpson Park

Located in St. Louis County, Simpson Park includes a 72-acre lake, trails, picnic sites, an athletic field, pavilion, and year-round restrooms.

To access Simpson Park, follow I-44 to MO-141 N in Meramec Township. Take exit 272 from I-44.  Continue on MO-141 N. Take St. Louis Ave to Marshall Rd in Valley Park.  See details about where to park below.

The Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat will primarily take place in the shaded area between the athletic field and parking lot and in the pavilion.

Where to Park

Several parking spaces are available in the Simpson Park parking lot.  The parking spaces are near the pavilion, which is where check-in/registration will take place.

Frequently Asked Questions

Many of us openly admit that we spend more time using technology than practicing hobbies and having attentive conversations.  And, while many of us see the value in putting down our phones to reconnect with our interests and those around us, very few of us actually follow through with this necessary digital detox.

The Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat is designed to offer an accessible way to go phone-free for the day and find analog replacements for the amount of time spent on your phone.  Our combination of activities, education, and connection provide the insights and resources needed to rethink how you use technology and start using your devices less.

While some of the activity sessions for the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat are more physically demanding than others, we also offer activity sessions that are accessible for any physical ability.  Reference our event schedule to see a full list of activity sessions taking place throughout the day.

The Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat includes evergreen activities and education that will interest kids, teens, and adults.  This event is, specifically, intended for anyone ages 10 and up.

There is a limited number of tickets being sold for the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat, so the only way to guarantee your spot is to purchase your tickets in advance.

Once you purchase a ticket and receive a confirmation email, you will periodically start receiving event updates.  Be sure to stay subscribed if you would like to receive more information about ordering a boxed lunch.

We really do want to see you at the Livin’ Analog® Day Retreat but can offer refunds.  To see our refund policy for this event, reference our Event Policies.

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