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Welcome to the Slow Life.

We believe that fostering rich relationships, engaging the senses, and being a protagonist in our own story makes for a more contented life.

This space is designed to be a resource for creating your own experiences and bring Alchemy home with you - to apply the tools of slow living in a way the works best for you.

You’ll find opportunities to connect in real life, materials for creating rituals, inspiration and recipes and local resources.

Creative Director, Alchemy, LLC

Creative Director, Alchemy, LLC


A Few Words in Support of Slow

A Few Words in Support of Slow

The Slow Living concept is a lifestyle choice that puts the emphasis on relationships:

  • to people

  • to food & drink

  • to our environment. It’s a vision for a life in balance between our obligations and choosing leisure. None of these concepts are new - if fact, in the past they were better understood.

Remember when appliances were pitched as time-saving devices? People didn’t think, ‘Yay! That gives me more time to work”. Remember there is a time when people literally died trying to advocate for a forty-hour work week.

These days it’s almost a contest to see who is busiest and most ragged and worn out.

LIFEHACK

A long (long, long) time ago, I graduated with a degree in Leisure. Even in the early 1990s the evidence was conclusive that reclaiming the luxury of leisure makes for happier people - and that stress based illnesses were on the rise (and preventable). The real cure for the busy-ess of the modern era is place value on leisure, then slow down enough to appreciate it.

Want to be more contented? Slow Down. Do leisure. Unplug.

5 Scientifically Proven Benefits To Unplugging

Here are some of my favorite quotes in support of a slower life:

For fast-acting relief try slowing down.

- Lily Tomlin

In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. 

- Pico Iyer

The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.

- Sakyong Mipham

Almost everything will work better if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you .

- Anne Lamott

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.

- Brene Brown

Put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.

- Said every flight attendant eve

ON BEING - and the safety of self care

Plant Power: Yarrow

Plant Power: Yarrow

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