The Slow Life

By / Photography By Scott Sporleder | March 01, 2015
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The fast life is all around us – fast food, fast farming, fast cars, fast money. But where are we all heading in such a hurry? If we take a moment to really look at our quality of life – the constant schedules, deadlines, and traffic jams, we would see that fast doesn’t necessarily mean better. On the contrary, fast living has negative impacts on the health of our bodies, our environment, and our communities.

What do we do about this unsustainable momentum? Can we simply slow down? For us, “slow” encompasses several layers of meaning that go beyond simply “sustainable.” These include not only sustainable agriculture, community building, renewable energy, reforestation, social justice, new economic models and resource conservation, but also the small and simple things we do. Whether it’s going for a bike ride, tending to a garden, or sitting down to a meal with family and friends, we can all do something to slow down.

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Slow living

At The Ecology Center, slowing down is also about realigning with the natural rhythm and getting back to an agrarian lifestyle that deepens the bond of community. Through hands-on workshops, such as edible gardening, break baking, cheese making, plant-based dyes, and more, we teach the community about how to live in connection to nature.

Blooming Flowers

This spring, we are bringing the spirit of slow living to local restaurants. Eat, drink, and learn with us at our Slow Ride Sessions, where you’ll enjoy complimentary beer samplings courtesy of New Belgium and learn about ways we can live slow, give back, and become more strongly connected to the earth, to our communities, and to ourselves.

A complete schedule of workshops and community events is available on our website,

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