Slow food, slow education, even slow travel: after decades with speed as king, 2016 is seeing the benefits of slow living come to the fore. Born thirty years ago with the emergence of the slow food concept, the “slow movement” has been taking hold everywhere, from your refrigerator to your cosmetics. Welcome to a world that takes its time.
Everything started with the Slow Food organization founded thirty years ago in Bra, Italy, by Italian Carlo Petrini. Since then, this international organization has welcomed more than 100,000 “slow foodies” to its membership ‒ including producers, chefs, academics, you and me, et al. ‒ all of whom are disseminating the slow food concept throughout 150 countries via 1,500 local branches. The principle: Promoting food that’s good for us and for all those producing it, encouraging consumers to be aware of what they eat, and fighting against fast food culture. All in all, food that’s good, wholesome and fair. The organization has even published its own worldwide catalog of food biodiversity. That’s quite an undertaking!
Whether by bicycle, on roller skates, on horseback… slow tourism is primarily about promoting a state of mind where your experience outweighs your sightseeing hit rate. Recently, the concept of sustainable tourism has also come into play. It’s about savoring the view without grabbing your tablet, or holding onto an impression rather than to thousands of photos, and about respecting people and environments. The stories and tips on this site will help you find out more about the slow tourism philosophy.
Are the big brands smothering you with yet more creams? Why not take a slow cosmetics approach? That’s just what Julien Kaibeck did when he founded the Slow Cosmetics association. Natural, cheaper, even home-made, opt for beauty products that are more responsible, and have simpler formulations, or even do it yourself – taking the time to craft your perfect cosmetics. In fact, this site encourages you, first and foremost, to make time for yourself. Now, that really is a slow mindset…
Devoted to aromatherapy, this app is a cool, guilt-free little health and fitness guide that takes the time to tell you about the health-giving plants and essential oils you can use to take care of minor mishaps and other day-to-day discomforts. Its pages are accessible on or offline. The app covers 140 oils and 200 symptoms, and you can even store your most ‘popular’ niggles as favorites (hay fever, for instance)! Here’s to health the natural, slow way.
>> Download the iOS app (free)
For this app, the authors of Slow Food selected the very best of Italian wines, featuring 3,000 vintages and 400 winegrowers. Discover these wines and their producers during your travels around Italy, whether real or virtual. Drink sensibly, of course, as you explore beyond the well-worn trails of the ubiquitous Chianti.
>> Download the iOS app ($0.99)
This app from well-known teacher Jyl Auxter offers a mellow, gentle version of yoga. This is a slow yoga that takes the time to break down postures for you, while encouraging you to be patient in achieving them. All in all, her message is that only regular practice, at your own pace, can enhance your wellbeing. It’s a world away from some of the new and fairly extreme yoga practices that make you suffer to achieve results fast.
>> Download the iOS app ($19.99)
Guru of the slow mindset, the Canadian writer and journalist Carl Honoré has already published several books encouraging us to live more calmly in a world bent on speed and quick solutions. In his book, The Slow Fix (published by HarperOne, and by Marabout in France as Lenteur mode d’emploi ), this slow pioneer discusses his method, explaining that there is a good slow, a healthy slow, which consists of, quite simply, taking your time. It’s a fun and feisty manifesto to help all of us ease up – and think.
“Slow life? First and foremost, it’s about making a non-aggression pact – with yourself.”