CONFESSIONS OF A LIFE SLOW LIVED: SELF-COMPASSION

Confessions of a life slow lived... In reality, we live pretty slowly and simply and yet I am still feeling overwhelmed by life at the moment and that seems like a contradiction. I always want to be really frank about my slow living experiences and never want to paint a picture that everything is mellow and easy all the time - when it’s not. Could self-compassion hold the answers to this part of the slow living journey?

I have been feeling a little stuck for a while… stuck creatively, stuck with work stuff, stuck with our house renovations. It’s been a struggle to find the energy to move anything forward and build any momentum – I appear to have hit a bit of a wall.  

In reality, we live pretty slowly and simply and yet I am still feeling overwhelmed by life at the moment and that seems like a contradiction. It’s possible that I might have a vulnerability hangover tomorrow by sharing what I am finding difficult, but I always want to be really frank about my slow living experiences and never want to paint a picture that everything is mellow and easy all the time – when it’s not.

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SLOW LIVING RETREAT PART TWO: GATHER AND TEND

A couple of weeks ago on a foggy autumn morning Emma and I made our way deep into the Sussex countryside with a basket full of pumpkins and a boot full of the most beautiful flowers for our first slow living day retreat, Gather and Tend. Time to slow down and sink into your day, surrounded by nature. With space to follow your creativity and a chance to connect and restore; through yoga, meditation a mindful walk-shop, floral arranging and still live vignette creation. It’s one of my favourite things to be able to gather round with a lovely bunch of folk and sit and eat glorious food in a beautiful setting – it feels like a really special way to mark an occasion.

When Emma and I spoke about organising the Gather and Tend retreat at Tilton House, we were both sure we wanted to be able to eat outside in the beautiful courtyard. We were so lucky with the weather and it was a real treat to be able to dine outdoors at the beginning of October. If you missed Part One of the slow living retreat you can catch up here, but before you do, have a closer look at this glorious table and find out what we got up to in the afternoon sessions.

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SLOW LIVING RETREAT PART ONE: GATHER AND TEND

A couple of weeks ago on a foggy autumn morning Emma and I made our way deep into the Sussex countryside with a basket full of pumpkins and a boot full of the most beautiful flowers for our first slow living day retreat, Gather and Tend. Time to slow down and sink into your day, surrounded by nature. With space to follow your creativity and a chance to connect and restore; through yoga, meditation a mindful walk-shop, floral arranging and still live vignette creation. 

A couple of weeks ago on a foggy autumn morning Emma from A Quiet Style and I made our way deep into the Sussex countryside with a basket full of pumpkins and a boot full of the most beautiful flowers for our first ever slow living day retreat, Gather and Tend.

On our arrival at Tilton House we crunched our way across the gravel to be met by lit candles and the steam from a freshly boiled kettle.

All was quiet… all was calm…   we gave ourselves time to drink in our beautiful surroundings and made some herbal tea whilst we set up for the day ahead.

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GATHER AND TEND: AUTUMN SLOW LIVING DAY RETREAT

Gather and Tend: Autumn Slow Living Day Retreat offers you space to slow down and find some quiet through creativity and nature.  With floral-styling, photography, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, you will leave with a wealth of new skills carrying a deeper sense of calm. Grounded by nature, the retreat will help you reconnect to yourself and your body.Gather and Tend | October 4th | Tilton House

Some of you may have seen on social networks that I have been planning a day retreat with Emma Harris from A Quite Style. I am really excited to be able to finally share with you some details about the day retreat which will be taking place this autumn.

Gather and Tend‘ offers you space to slow down and find some quiet through creativity and nature. Time to breathe deeply, time to relax, time to soak in your surroundings and enjoy the present moment.

With floral-styling, photography, yoga, meditation and mindfulness, you will leave with a wealth of new skills carrying a deeper sense of calm.

Grounded by nature, the day retreat will help you reconnect to yourself and your body.

The day retreat will be taking place on October the 4th 9.30am – 4.30pm at the incredible Tilton House. Steeped in Bloomsbury history the Georgian farmhouse has a wonderfully rich creative heritage. Surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside of the South Downs National Park, it really is the perfect place to gather and tend to your soul.

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