Five Ways to Wellbeing- Take Notice- Step away from the screen

School of Life



 Step Away From Your Screen


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

– Albert Einstein

The Guardian recently reported that 67% of Americans agreed with the statement: ‘I am constantly looking at screens these days’. This week we invite you to step away from your screen and re-connect with the outside world. Learn to forage in London; celebrate the wonders of the natural world, and discuss why we still need objects in a digital age.

On the blog, a reminder of the wonders of clouds, trees and streams.


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Why Humans Need Objects In A Digital Age
17 September, 18.40 – 21.00

The sudden and explosive growth of digital media has caused an abrupt change in how humans communicate. Join Tim Milne for an exploration of our human need for tactile interaction with physical objects, and what they mean for the future of our relationships with each other and the world around us.


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A Guide To Natural Navigation
4 October, 11.15 – 13.30

Tristan Gooley, author of a ‘Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs’ has dedicated two decades to using the signs in the world around him to steer his course through a wide variety of landscapes and situations. This tour will be a unique insight into how even the landscaped parks and greens of London are full of clues.


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How To Connect With Nature
6 October, 18.30 – 21.30

Connecting to nature is not simply a matter of getting some fresh air, rather, it is a matter of reconsidering our individuality and our wider human and ecological relationships. This class is designed to help us address to what extent nature matters to us and how we want to improve our relationship to it.


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Learn To Forage in London
11 October, 10.45 – 13.00

Foraging for your own food can give you a wonderful sense of independence and connection with your natural surroundings – even in the heart of London! Roger Philips, whose books have shaped a generation of foodies and nature lovers, will be showing us what we can find here in the city and inspiring us to head further afield.


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Living With Wonder In Uncertain Times
23 October, 18.40 – 21.00

The world is charged with wonders. Things we never knew were there can become visible if we only have the patience to see.  The leaves of autumn reveal colours that were always there but were hidden during the spring and summer months. This workshop will help participants find more space for wonder in their lives.


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15 Minutes

Our lives are so busy and frenetic; we are always forgetting to make time for what really matters. To make sure our priorities are in order, we’ve created a finely crafted glass timer to remind us to carve out 15 minutes a day for what truly counts. Even on the busiest day, it reminds us to step away from our screens.


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How To Connect With Nature

In How To Connect with Nature, Tristan Gooley strives to reawaken our senses to help us understand and deepen our personal experience of nature, and explains how forming an understanding of the natural world – its cycles, its conflicts and its relationships – can enrich our whole lives and our sense of wellbeing.


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Clouds, Trees, Streams
The Philosophers’ Mail

No one, probably, has ever much doubted that these things are nice. Clouds, trees and streams represent nature in its most gentle, tranquil guise. Their appeal is instinctive. But we take them for granted. They form a pleasant background to other things: out of the plane window, we catch sight of a sea of clouds.





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