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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CREATING WITH NATURE WITH FARROW & BALL

Inspired by nature and creating with nature in collaboration with Farrow & Ball. Hop over to Geoffrey and Grace to see more photos...Well, you all know that nature is a big inspiration to me. Spending time outdoors and playing amongst nature is one of the main things that helps me slow down and of course it improves my well-being too.

Farrow & Ball have just launched a new range of floral themed wallpapers, and I was really delighted to be set the challenge (a long with a handful of other bloggers) of bringing their new wallpaper designs to life using flowers and nature.

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SLOW LIVING FOR LIFE WINTER FAVOURITES

How to make time for some slow living moments in your day. Photo by @darlingbudsofme for #slowlivingforlife Winter Favourites

photo by Lisa @darlingbudsofme

It’s been a while since I shared any of the wonderful photographs that are captured using the hashtag #slowlivingforlife, so I thought I would pop in with some Winter favourites. Here are a selection of images that make me exhale and feel calm just by looking at them.

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SLOW LIVING FOR LIFE OCTOBER FAVOURITES

photo by @tete_de_linoth for #slowlivingforlife October Favourites

Photo courstey of @tete_de_linoth

Wow! There are over 4,700 photos in the ‘slow living for life’ gallery. Thank you so much for joining in.

Here are the images that I particularly loved this month. You can see all the other wonderful photos that are being shared in the gallery here.

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SLOW LIVING FOR LIFE SEPTEMBER FAVOURITES

photo by @veronikaGphotography for #slowlivingforlife September Favourites

photo courtesy of @veronikagphotography

It’s been about a month since Danielle from Hippie In Disguise and I started the new slow living hashtag ‘slow living for life’ and today I wanted to share my first selection of photographs from the gallery.

Thanks to all that have participated so far. Remember the hashtag has no monthly theme now. Anyone can join in and share a photo on Instagram, you just have to put the hashtag #slowlivingforlife in your caption. I’m really looking forward to seeing the gallery grow full of slow living inspiration.

Here are my favourites moments shared from September and there is a grid over on Instagram too.

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