Slow Living Retreat Workshops & Programming

The 2020 Virtual Retreat experience included workshops, panel discussions, and live podcast recordings with some of our favorite minds in sustainable living, fashion, farming, and more!

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Live podcast recording

Natalie chanin

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.

We were thrilled to interview Natalie for a live recording of The Good Dirt Podcast. Thank you to Holy Lamb Organics for sponsoring this event.

Panel Conversation

Seeking Slow Living

On Sunday, we heard from slow living enthusiasts Cynthia Main of @sunhousecraft, Alissa Hessler of @theurbanexodus and Christi Johnson of @christijay on their experiences as entrepreneurs and creatives living in rural areas. This panel was moderated by Sherri Powell of Yours Rurally.

Workshop Hosts

cyclical living

Alyson Morgan

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.

Follow along with Alyson on Instagram @alysonsimplygrows and visit her beautiful shop and blog here.

Visible Mending

Lily Fulop

Lily is the author of Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker’s Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes. She also runs the Instagram account @mindful_mending, where she share inspiration from the sustainable fashion community as well as a peek into my own process. From 9 to 5, Lily is a designer at Refinery29 where she creates branding and illustration for editorial work.

Find Lily on Instagram @mindful_mending!

sourdough & homemade cheese

Mallory Grimm

With experience in Michelin-star restaurants, running a kitchen at an esteemed guest ranch in Southern Wyoming and now owning her own catering business, Mallory is an expert chef! Mallory currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and enjoys knitting, sewing, hiking and gardening when not in the kitchen.

Follow Mallory on Instagram @hen_ofthewoods or visit her personal catering business at henwofthewoodstn.com.

Botanical Skincare

Militza Maury

Militza is 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. She is a trained herbalist specializing in the skin, certified aromatherapist for topical application of herbs, skincare formulator, and natural skincare educator.

Follow Militza on Instagram @thelittegreendot or visit her website here

Microgreens

Erica Shanks

Erica is a passionate lady farmer that believes in connecting people back to their plates, and building community around their food. She has served on local food organization boards, worked on farms, managed CSA programs, and 2 years ago started her own farm business growing and selling microgreens at farmer’s markets and restaurants in the Asheville, NC area.

Find Erica on Instagram at @beardedbirdsfarm!

Move and groove

Wanda Knapik

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) at MyLocalGarden.com

Growing Food in Small Spaces

Nicky & Dave Schauder

instagram.com/permaculture_garden/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!

Find Nicky & Dave on Instagram and Facebook or on their website for Permaculture Gardens.

Intersectional Environmentalism

Diandra Marizet

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.

Follow Diandra’s work on Instagram @diandramarizet and @intersectionalenvironmentalist.

Herbalism

Farai Harreld

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.

Follow Farai on Instagram @thehillbillyafrican or on Patreon.

Fermentation

Rachel Armistead

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

Time management

Katherine McClintic

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.

Find Katherine on Instagram, at katherinemcclintic.com, or at inboxdanceparty.com!

Regenerative Farming

Smarter By Nature

Angelique Taylor and David “Kip” Ritchey are small-scale regenerative farmers and owners of Smarter by Nature LLC. 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!

Cultivating Creativity

Anna Brones

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.

See more of her work on her website www.annabrones.com or on Instagram @annabrones.

Sustainable Fashion

Grace Brian

Grace Brian graduated from the Wilson College of Textiles in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion and Textile Design. Inspired by travels in Central America and a passion for sustainability, she started her own slow fashion brand, Line + Tow (which we now carry in the Lady Farmer Marketplace!). Line + Tow uses all recycled cotton and is produced ethically in Guatemala. Through her experiences & studies, she has become an expert in textile composition and sustainability.

Follow Grace on Instagram at @graceebrian.