slow living virtual retreat
workshops & programming
Your retreat experience will include up to four workshop slots where you can meet our instructors and learn real skills to bring to your own home. Workshop selection for the live sessions will take place in October after ticket sales have closed. But remember – anyone who has purchased a VIP ticket or the recordings will have access to ALL of the workshops for a limited time after the retreat, to watch at your leisure!
LIVE PODCAST RECORDING
Sponsored by Holy Lamb Organics
Saturday, November 14th
Natalie Chanin is widely recognized as an icon in the world of sustainable fashion, and is founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin, a lifestyle company producing ethically and responsibly manufactured clothing and home goods. Alabama Chanin is known for being at the forefront of the slow fashion movement, including slow design, cultural preservation and zero-waste initiatives in their practices.
Natalie was born and raised in Florence, Alabama, where her company is based. Natalie has a degree in Environmental Design with a focus on industrial and craft-based textiles from North Carolina State University. Natalie strives to achieve complete sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process – from materials and processes to cultural sustainability in the form of preserving hand-sewing skills. Over the years, Alabama Chanin has organically expanded, and in addition to the Alabama Chanin collection, includes The School of Making, The Factory Store, and Building 14 Design + Manufacturing Services. In 2013, Chanin won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award competition that identifies and celebrates the greatest American designers working in the realm of sustainable fashion. Natalie continues to learn and to teach craft traditions, or “living arts,” using them to bridge generational, economic, and cultural gaps.
Diandra Marizet is a conscious curator, brand strategist + writer elevating intersectional sustainability through the lens of fashion, social impact + culture. With a background in fashion buying + social impact funding, Diandra now spearheads Business Development + Operations for Intersectional Environmentalist.
Alyson is an herbalist, writer, visual storyteller, and ecofeminist on a journey to live more simply and slowly in the Midwest. She homesteads with her husband, AJ and their two children. Alyson has found healing from rooting in earth’s rhythms and connecting with the land.
botanical face masks
herbs for skin: chai body scrub
Hi, my name is Militza. I’m the writer and teacher behind Little Green Dot—an educational space dedicated to natural skincare. And the author of a bestselling book, Natural Homemade Skincare.
To tell you more about me, I’ll tell you that I am passionate about skin. Sounds funny, but it’s such an incredible organ! I’m a trained herbalist specializing in the skin, certified aromatherapist for topical application of herbs, skincare formulator, and natural skincare educator.
And my mission is to teach the art and skill of using botanical skincare as a tool for skin health and total wellness. If you feel the call to learn about the skin and skincare – whether it’s for yourself, your family, or your community – I’m thrilled to be your teacher.
cheesemaking at home
Mallory has been passionate about cooking since she was a young girl. Learning from her mother and grandmother, she shows love through food and finds comfort in the kitchen. With experience in Michelin-star restaurants, running a kitchen at an esteemed guest ranch in Southern Wyoming and now owning her own catering business, she has gathered experience in a range of techniques and cuisines. With an education in Environmental Studies, she is passionate about eating locally and supporting sustainable agriculture. Mallory currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her boyfriend and three pets. She enjoys knitting, sewing, hiking and gardening when not in the kitchen.
10 Herbs to Grow in the Family Herb Garden
Farai Harreld is a Doula, Folk Herbalist, Urban homesteader, Writer, Caregiver and much more. Currently living and loving in Kaw and Osage land in Kansas, Her passions include folklore, empowering people to reclaim simple herbal medicine as their birthright as well as supporting caregivers in that liminal post partum time after childbirth.
nicky & dave schauder
growing food in small spaces
permaculture design 101
about nicky & dave
Nicky and Dave Schauder are passionate about helping families grow their own food. Together, they run Permaculture Gardens, a website filled with garden resources such as free webinars, educational blogs and “Grow-It-Yourself/GIY” – garden mentoring program to help families grow abundantly!
Permaculture Gardens has received the “Most Sustainable Brand” award at the Green Festivals and Nicky & Dave’s work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Permaculture Research Institute – Australia and Green America.org. Until recently, they also volunteered at their local Title 1 school and started a permaculture garden after-school program for the elementary kids there.
graze your greens: growing microgreens at home
I am a first generation Lady Farmer that is currently flipping my yard into an edible landscape/tiny farm. I did not grow up on a farm, nor do I have an agriculture degree, but I have been passionate about the food world for the past 11 years volunteering and managing farmer’s markets, serving on local food organization boards, working on farms, traveling abroad to study at micro-farms, managing CSA programs, and 2 years ago started my own farm business growing and selling microgreens at farmer’s markets and restaurants.
I’m a passionate lady farmer that believes in connecting people back to their plates, and building community around their food.
Other passions include: volunteering with my local conservation organization cleaning up my local river, and doing water quality sampling, whitewater kayaking, hiking, sewing and mending all the things (still learning), and soaking up all the time I have left with my 11 year old (rescue) Great Dane, Miss Lilah.
Find me on Instagram at @beardedbirdsfarm!
kip & angelique
of smarter by nature
increasing resilience through regenerative farming
about kip & angelique
Angelique Taylor and David “Kip” Ritchey are small-scale regenerative farmers and owners of Smarter by Nature LLC, as well as certified permaculture designers. Smarter by Nature LLC is a small-scale regenerative farming business that facilitates sustainable relationships between people and the natural environment by providing fresh food and education to the local community. They strive to provide access to affordable quality produce and opportunities for economic sustainability through education, as well as restore the natural environment especially to the underserved urban food desert communities. Using regenerative farming practices, Smarter by Nature grows seasonal annual vegetables, perennial plants, trees and herbs.
Follow their work on their website, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or their Patreon!
Sauerkraut for Strength: Vegetable Fermentation for Beginners
Rachel Armistead is co-owner of The Sweet Farm, a pasture-based family farm in Frederick, MD. She and her husband, Luke Flessner, raise pastured hogs, chickens, and grass-fed beef. Rachel has been fermenting foods and beverages, both personally and commercially, for more than a decade, and has taught thousands of people how to safely create healthy and delicious ferments at home. Follow The Sweet Farm on Facebook @TheSweetFarm or at thesweetfarm.com
hand stitches for mending
I’m the author of Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker’s Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes. I also run the Instagram account @mindful_mending, where I share inspiration from the sustainable fashion community as well as a peek into my own process. From 9 to 5, I’m a designer at Refinery29 where I create branding and illustration for editorial work.
Find me on Instagram @mindful_mending!
What’s in Your Closet: understanding sustainable fabrics, eco-fashion and greenwashing
After graduating from the NC State College of Textiles, I started my own slow fashion brand, Line + Tow which I ran for three years. I have recently moved away from business ownership to focus on my family and my mental health, however I still enjoy being able to participate in the slow fashion world through part time freelancing. I currently live in Roanoke VA with my husband, our dog, and our soon to be baby boy that we will be welcoming in December!
Find me on Instagram @graceebrian.
Anna Brones is a writer, artist, and producer. She is the author of several books including Fika the Art of the Swedish Coffee Break and Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way. She writes a monthly newsletter called Creative Fuel and is the founder and publisher of Comestible, a zine about food. She also works as a papercut artist, handcutting illustrations from single pieces of paper. Her illustrations are featured in the new edition of the iconic cookbook, The Joy of Cooking. She also regularly teaches creativity classes and workshops.
Rethinking Time Management
Katherine McClintic is a NYC-based choreographer, dancer, and business manager for entrepreneurs across the creative industry. Katherine has worked in the performing arts and business worlds in NYC for over a decade, and with her experience she equips her clients to get organized and aligned in their energy and time management to better tackle and implement big picture projects. Katherine has a lifelong curiosity for neuroscience and human behavior that started while growing up with her severely autistic brother. She and her husband, Caleb are intersectional environmentalists who’s slow living involves secondhand clothes, a plant-based life, and learning how to subvert the current systems of power. Katherine believes that everyone can dance and she desires to include everyone on the dance floor.
move and groove
Wanda Knapik practices Wu Ji Tai Chi and Qi Gong outside in nature every day. She combines the stationary aspects of Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Bagua walking technique and creates unique movement-meditation programs outdoors. She shares the ancient Chinese energy healing practices with students of all ages and physical abilities, in gardens and the woods, during all seasons. She also practices sound healing with gongs and designs organic edible landscapes (vegetables, herbs, fruit) www.MyLocalGarden.com. All of these practices help harmonize and balance the Qi energy in her life and the lives of her students and clients.