Slow Down Week

Did you miss Slow Down Week? Me too... According to a clever flash anime cartoon over at Adbusters, January 14-20, 2007 was national break-the-pace week, a reminder that "slow living" is good. Better. Necessary? We think so.Slow Down Week


When I talk to people about the Margaux Project and the idea of "immersion travel" they often say, "Oh, you mean like slow travel?" Yes, partly that's what we're all about. As well as culturally authentic travel (or real travel), responsible travel (eco-tourism and sustainable practices), adventure travel and good old fashioned flaneur-ing.


Over at Slow Down Now, we get a good glimpse at why it makes sense to dedicate a week to recalibrating our internal clocks:


"It's a fact that too many of us are time poor. We are busy bees. Some people are so rushed (apologies for using that word) that there is no time for languid afternoons of tea and cake by the riverbank; no glass of wine in a quiet room. Even the siesta in Spain is under fierce attack."


S-l-o-w d-o-w-n-n-n-n... And there's no better way to start your very own slow motion week (after recovering from the frenetic barrage of images in the anime I mentioned above) then enjoying a proper wander around Slow Down Now, subtitled, "The almost serious antidote to workaholism." It seems that this enjoyable site is created and maintained by Christopher Richards though there's another credit, Brandon M. Green (author of the Lost Mashie Niblick story available in written format and abbreviated audio format), muddled up in there too.


There's no better place to start than the Slow Lifestyle Manifesto:


Multitasking is a moral weakness
"If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing slowly or not at all. We value focus and relaxed concentration. We value being here and now... Slowing down is a skill that must be learned. It's not for everyone. The Ancient Greeks understood that we work in order to have leisure. If it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for us."


Intrigued? Find more Slow Down Week websites to wander and enjoy a little virtual flaneurie.