Chop Wood Now Available Press Release


Sage Realities Announces Chop Wood Daily Mindfulness Challenge

Mobile game gives players a daily dose of Zen to help them relax!

TORONTO, ONTARIO, DECEMBER 9TH, 2016 – Sage Immersive Realities Inc. announces the release of their unique mobile application, Chop Wood Daily Mindfulness Challenge.

Inspired by a Zen proverb, Chop Wood is a minimalist wood-splitting activity that promotes simplicity, harmony, and relaxation. Set in a tranquil Japanese-style landscape, with ever-changing seasonal conditions, and a captivating original soundtrack, Chop Wood aspires to bring players “peace through play.”

While most meditation apps guide participants, Chop Wood locates the player within a visual poem where there is a simple, repetitive task, a rhythmic engagement, a peaceful context, uplifting music, and a satisfying action.

“Chop Wood is an experientially-based mindfulness practice that harnesses the power of gaming to engage rather than instruct,” said Ken Hudson, Founder of Sage Realities, and the game’s designer. “Our aim is to give the player some breathing space in their day and engage them in a thoughtful practice that lets them check in rather than zone out.”

The game features dynamic weather, that changes based on the player’s location, and is set in a beautiful seasonal landscape inspired by Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. The original soundtrack, composed by renowned Koto artist, Michiyo Yagi, also changes based on current local conditions.

Chop Wood is designed to promote balance by limiting the amount of gameplay to a daily quota. “Chop Wood seeks to enhance your life, not take it over,” said Hudson. “Our goal is to create a satisfying yet calming mobile gaming experience: A Tamagotchi for the Soul.”

Chop Wood Daily Mindfulness is now available for both iOS and Android. More information can be found at

About Sage Immersive Realities Inc.

Toronto-based Sage Immersive Realities Inc. creates interactive experiences that communicate, teach, heal, entertain, and inspire. We believe that game technologies can have a positive social impact, and we are dedicated to realizing that potential.

Chop Wood: Works for Pre-launch Jitters too!

This week we are getting ready to launch Chop Wood Daily Mindfulness Game. Launch our app, our vision, our passion to the world…after a year of effort. No matter how exciting this moment is, it’s also the kind of moment that freaks you out!

Last night was like that for me. The press release is about to go out, the test market ads aren’t responding as I anticipated, some business communication is going astray, and just to bring the moment to a fever pitch, a toddler meltdown during dinner. Following my own advice, I stepped out to take a break by going to the local coffee shop. Feeling completely frazzled I fumbled with my phone through social media. Not surprisingly, the news of the world on my feed didn’t help me relax one bit. I took a breath and realized this is the perfect time to play Chop Wood. I loaded up the game and started to play, half watching, half distracted by my own thoughts.

Then a remarkable thing happened: I started to feel grounded and relaxed. Having played it a bazillion times analytically trying to refine the experience, for the past few months I have relied on other people to give me feedback about how the game slows them down, helps them calm, breath, and ultimately feel more relaxed. It was my hypothesis, but now, in a moment of need, my chicken came home to roost.

That was the kind of breakthrough that I really needed, and it reminded me of why I created Chop Wood in the first place. The mobile space is filled with a range of digital distractions that end up taking us away from our emotions. I use those apps all the time, so it’s not a critique, just an observation. I created Chop Wood precisely to allow for an alternative, one that you could use to cultivate a positive habit, or, as in my case, reach for when you need to touch the ground. I was able to “transform my attention by quieting and focusing,” a process illustrated in Susan Kaiser Greenland’s new book Mindful Games.

There are still a few hurdles before our scheduled December 9th launch, and then multiple post-launch milestones. I’m sure that I will have other moments where I reach for my game to help me stay calm. I hope that you will also find value in this simple and fun approach to coming back to yourself.

Chop Wood Daily Mindfulness Game launches December 9th for Android and iOS mobile devices. 

Ken Hudson is the Founder of Sage Immersive Realities Inc., and he designed Chop Wood.