Our Slow Living Guide
You don’t have to live large or fast to live beautifully. We share where to eat, sleep and play to embrace a slower, simpler and more sustainable life.
Urban gardens, the renewed popularity of old crafts like flower pressing and the comeback of vinyl records all have one thing in common – they all speak to our yearning for something that feels slower and more considered. The slow living movement is all about taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasures, whether that translates into spending a Sunday afternoon making preserves at home or knitting on the bus while on the way to work.
In addition to the personal advantages of adopting a slower approach to life, there are some environmental benefits as well. When we live with more intention, we use fewer resources and produce less waste, both of which are earth-friendly practices.
If you are looking to ease into the slow life, read on for our suggestions for savouring your moments, instead of counting them.
Eat: Enjoy farm style fine dining at Fermier, Pretoria
The move towards slow living is rooted in the slow food phenomenon that was initiated by Carlo Petrini during the 1980s in Italy. As an antidote to fast food, this approach favours mindful eating and using food as a starting point for conversation and connection.
Chef Adriaan Maree’s restaurant, Fermier, reflects the slow food ethos, with sustainability at the heart of all the dishes he creates for the restaurant’s menu. Maree’s dishes aim to close the gap between produce, farm and the final product. The menu changes according to the availability of produce and the rustic décor adds heart to the refined dishes.
Sleep: Calm the chaos with a stay at Cabine du Cap, Montagu
Located just outside Montagu in the Klein Karoo, Cabine du Cape takes you away from the sights and sounds of other people for a slow living break. The cabin is completely off the grid with solar powered amenities. Guests can expect pure cotton towels and gowns, heating and sheepskin slippers. The outdoor metal bath is perfect for unwinding while stargazing at night.
Play: Roll up your sleeves and plant a spekboom at the Great Labyrinth, Stellenbosch
The largest labyrinth in Africa, aptly named the Great Labyrinth, is currently being built in Stellenbosch and will be made entirely with spekboom, a plant known for its extreme efficiency at removing carbon from the air. The aim of the project is to remind us of the impact our carbon footprint is having on the planet.
There are 120 000 spekboom trees to be planted and the Great Labyrinth is looking for helpers. They are hosting volunteer days every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Get in touch and let them when you are ready to make your contribition.