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The Art of Slow Living

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

We facilitate, collaborate on and curate experiences in our studio and out in the community that encourage living more from intent and less from habit.

We are a resource for opportunities to connect in real life, materials for creating rituals, inspiration, recipes and support.


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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

Impermanence + Acceptance (some lessons from a henna experience)

Impermanence + Acceptance (some lessons from a henna experience)

Plant Power: Yarrow

Plant Power: Yarrow

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