what is A-GAP’s mission statement:

we provide a reprieve for those seeking a technology free environment for contemplation & spiritual rejuvenation. our team is passionate about exploring tangible applications that guide individuals to limit technologies in order to develop their professional perspective & deepen their personal & spiritual life. we challenge you to hear the whisper of GOD through the silence we experience when we are free from technology.

what does A-GAP mean:

we intentionally create A-GAP in our lives with healthy technology habits in order to live with clarity, unity & simplicity.

A – adoration always

G – GOD inspired

A – act intentionally

P – purposefully placed

where is it located:

each A-GAP experience is at a unique location. we have different locations for each experience, along with different guest speakers.

what is the cost?

the first year of A-GAP all housing & meals are provided for FREE, until may of 2019.

starting in may of 2019, we will be charging a base price to help cover the cost of food & housing. pricing will vary based on the experience.  

A-GAP is a non-profit founded & supported by Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company.


who is the A-GAP experience for?

these particular events are specifically designed for young adults in their 20’s. if you would like to partner with A-GAP & create a weekend designed specifically for your group please email us at [email protected]. we would love to work with you!

what are the sessions?

the sessions are designed to facilitate discussion & growth about how technology has impacted ourselves & our relationship with others & God. we will talk about why we need to have healthy technology habits & how to implement them in order to live with clarity, unity & simplicity. we will also explore how to have lasting rest & renewal through practicing the Sabbath & fostering authentic community.

who is speaking?

we bring in different guest speakers who address the importance of healthy technology habits & how to practically implement them. our executive director will also provide content with practical tools for how to live with clarity, unity & simplicity.

what is silence & solitude?

jan johnson defines it perfectly, “silence & solitude is detaching ourselves from the demands of our culture & breaking the power of hurry. a space is created within us in which our character can grow & out of this growing, transforming spirit, we can begin responding to life rather than reacting to it. from our time apart we gain inner silence, which frees us from the world. it equips us to grow as the person God is forming us to be.”

what is engaging in community?

sharing in fellowship with peers, free from the constant distractions associated with technology. this shows us how to pursue authentic & intimate relationships, even after we leave the weekend experience.

what is exploring creation?

exploring creation is as simple as getting out in nature, enjoying the breeze on our face, the water splashing our skin & the grass beneath our feet. we do this through hiking, water activities & other outdoor opportunities. each experience will vary but may include nature walks, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, zip-lining, rock wall climbing, yoga, group games, archery & ropes course.

what is enhancing creativity?

enhancing creativity involves different elements encouraging you to expand your creative outlets. each experience will vary, but might include hand-writing, rock-stacking, coloring, drawing, creative writing, poetry, calligraphy, drawing, crochet, leather crafts, candle making, tie dying & music.

what is executing change?

executing change incorporates writing out a guide to a balanced life that practices self-discipline through healthy technology habits, which leads to a thoughtful & transparent vision for your life. this will expand our potential for living with clarity, unity & simplicity.

how many people will be there?

we provide a welcoming environment with an intimate group of 15-30 people. however, each experience varies in size & we do not guarantee our experiences will be capped at 30 people.

*if it is a larger overall group we will divide into smaller groups for discussion, in order to keep the intimate & authentic community.

what should I bring?

each experience has an individualized packing list depending on the location, activities & weather.

what is the "faith gathering"

our faith gathering is an OPTIONAL, Christ-focused opportunity for participants to dive deeper into what it means to create space to hear the Whisper of the GOD of the Bible in a culture driven by noise & distraction.

*there will be independent activities available for those who are not interested in participating.

what is your religious affiliation?

we are Christians based & acknowledge that Jesus is the catalyst for change in our lives. however, everyone is welcome to our A-GAP experiences, regardless of their beliefs. we strive to create a safe environment where people can openly discuss their beliefs & questions in love.

what resources do you recommend?


  • technology:
    • how to break up with your phone by: christine price
    • joy of missing out, finding balance in a wired world by: christina crook
    • 12 ways your phone is changing you by: tony reinke
    • irresistible: the rise of addictive technology & the business of keeping us hooked by: adam alter
    • screens & teens by: kathy koch
    • the tech-wise family by: andy crouch
  • sabbath:
    • keeping the sabbath wholly by:  marva dawn
    • 24/6:a prescription for a happier, healthier life: by matthew sleeth
    • subversive sabbath by: j. swoboda
    • abundant simplicity:discovering the unhurried rhythms of grace by: jan johnson
    • when the soul listens:finding rest & direction in contemplative prayer by: jan johnson
    • the Idea of the holy by: rudolf otto
  • habits:
    • the power of habit by: charles duhigg
    • margin: restoring emotional, physical, financial & time reserves to overloaded lives by: dr. richard swenson
    • make it happensurrender your fear, take the leap, live on purpose by: lara casey
    • cultivate: a grace filled guide to growing an intentional life by: lara casey


  • the better life podcast with kelsey van kirk
    • episode 33: technology boundaries for an intentional life with bethany baker
  • on the power of our minds with caroline leaf 

TED talks:

  • bailey parnell: is social media hurting your mental health
  • adam alter: why our screens make us less happy
  • laura vanderkam: how to gain control of your free time
  • ann makosinski: why i don’t use a smartphone
  • gayla westler: social media obesity & lonliness

what are alumni saying?

  • “going on the A-GAP experience allowed me to realize how often conversations with others get interrupted by technology. it was a relief to be able to captivate peoples’ full attention, & have deeper conversations without someone glancing at their phone. i don’t think we’ve realize how much the art of communication has been lost until the interruptions are taken away. this reprieve from technology has shown me that living in the moment & making time for your passions are things that are truly rewarding in life.” — lindsey ford
  • “i’ve never been to anything quite like this. we’ve done “detox” weekends & we have done personal development events, but never put the two together. amazing opportunity & I am so grateful to have been part of it!” — ron mcknight
  • “from coming to an A-GAP experience i watch so much less TV now & am more mindful of how much time I am spending scrolling through my phone. unless i am on-call for work, i sleep with my phone in another room.  lastly i try to make it a habit to call people instead of just checking in on social media.” — micah arfons
  • “i loved getting to have genuine connection with strangers & nature. i was able to be completely vulnerable for the first time in a long time & I felt more alive than I have in weeks being out in nature & on the water. i needed to have a technology break! this experience allowed me to feel more peace & rest because of being away from everything.” — anonymous

how can I help?

great question, thanks for asking!!

  • we would love for you to share A-GAP with any young adults in their 20’s, who might be interested in coming.
  • we are a new non-profit whose experiences are free or extremely discounted for our participants. we would greatly appreciate any monetary support, in helping us further our mission to reconnect people to God, others & themselves.


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