Drawing on the insights of the slow movement, adaptive reuse, and regenerative agriculture, we build and nourish locally rooted places that offer a deeper, more conscious form of hospitality. Our Places offer not a “pit stop” away from the hectic pace of daily life but a continuous journey of reconnection, of learning to live in harmony with nature, our shared human heritage, our community and ourselves.
Slow has been quietly unfolding since the creation in 2016 of La Granja Ibiza. The transformation of a dormant agricultural plot into a working farmstead devoted to discourse around food set the stage for a new kind of hospitality concept. We began to assemble a community of designers, farmers, writers, artists, artisans and architects whose work engages with slowness toward a resetting of values.
Through hybrid and temporal projects, we explore new fields of inquiry and compelling collaborations that aim to positively impact the places we inhabit. Ongoing projects include a bakery in Berlin, a beach restaurant on Portugal’s Caparica Coast and a series of thematic retreats around the world.
Milan Kundera“Consider this utterly commonplace situation: a man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down. Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time. In existential mathematics, that experience takes the form of two basic equations: the degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.”
To be slow is not merely to decrease the pace of life. It’s about taking the time to reconsider our actions and think more deeply and responsibly about how we live. We want to nourish ourselves on what Thoreau called “the tonic of wildness,” and live evermore in the moment so that we can inhabit an existence that is “more elastic, more starry, more immortal.” Or in the words of Rachel Carson, the mother of the green movement: “One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’”
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