From film screenings and live musical performances to workshops, talks and exhibitions, we curate a year-round cultural program devoted to the cultivation of arts, crops and inner gardens. At our seasonally open Places, we host open houses every Friday.
Open House La Granja
We kick off the season at the farm with our first Open House. The community is invited to La Granja for an evening of food, drink and music as the sun sets over the farm’s fertile tiered acres in the flush of spring. Visitors can get a first taste of the year’s first Farmer’s Table, a set menu including a starter from our gardens followed by a beautiful salad with freshly harvested grains, seeds, legumes and flowers, a selection of preserves and ferments and a main course of choice with two seasonal side dishes to share and a raw or vegan dessert.
Casa Noble kicks off its salon series with a multidisciplinary gathering around food, performance and ideas. Our year-round program of thematically curated cultural salons features poetry readings and intimate live musical performances accompanied by guided discussions on diverse topics, from sustainable urban development to Portuguese artistic traditions to social topics of import to the community.
We welcome the community for a day of discovery under the guidance of master farmer Andy Szymanowicz, an expert in biodynamic agriculture and lacto-fermentation. With the help of his team of nature-loving farmers, Andy will guide us through La Granja’s garden plots, sharing recent developments, discoveries and the season’s most promising crops.
Learn how composting, mulching and a high-tech, sustainable approach to water management have returned vital nutrients to the farm, how eating produce from small farms can benefit your mind and body and how you can bring all of these learnings into your own life, home and personal garden plot. Get involved in a project aimed at reactivating abandoned agricultural lands across the island.
Creative Spree Boat Tour
Join us for a boat tour along the Spree River in the Rummelsburg area of Lichtenberg, where the vast complexes and factories of a past industrial age have been rediscovered by a new generation. Creative figures of the neighborhood include Funkhaus, an ambitious riverside music and performance complex housed in the former East Berlin broadcasting headquarters, and Studio Tomás Saraceno, a two-building former chemical factory facility that the Argentinian artist transformed into a fantastical studio for his interactive architectural installations and sculptures exploring clean energy and the habitats of spiders.
Further down the river are the studios of celebrated local artists Anselm Reyle, Jorinde Voigt and Alicja Kwade. Marina Marina architect Arno Brandlhuber is also building his own new headquarters nearby. Designated a development area in 1992, the roughly 320-acre Rummelsburg Bay site is being planned in accordance with an “urban landscape” concept drawn up by architects Klaus Theo Brenner and Karl Thomanek.
Open House Simple
We welcome the community to the official opening of Simple, the first step in Slow’s transformation of a scenic stretch of beach just outside the favela-like fishing village of Cova de Vapor on the relaxed northern end of Portugal’s surf-friendly Caparica Coast. Set between the ocean and the dunes, Simple a laid-back beach restaurant just 20 minutes outside of central Lisbon.
Offering views to the open ocean and across the mouth of the River Tagus to Cascais, Simple sits within a raw-wood beach house in deep sepia and earth tones designed by Annabell Kutucu.
Meco Farm Dinner
Join us on the Arrábida Coast 45 for a seated dinner and guided farm talk at the 82-hectare clifftop herdade overlooking a wild stretch of surfable Portuguese coastline that we are transforming into a working biodynamic farmstead. Together with master farmer Andy Szymanowicz, we will share our experience of regenerating the land and some of our plans for the future over a farm-grown feast.
The land sits within the Arrábida Natural Park, a protected area covering more than 10,000 hectares about 45 minutes down the coast from Lisbon. A region of astounding bio- and geodiversity, Arrábida encompasses diverse microclimates, vegetation, animal habitats, and unique geomorphic rock formations that tell a story stretching back millions of years.
Dinner on the Spree
Chef Frederik Bille Brahe previews his plans for the Marina Marina kitchen over a specially curated dinner at the Slow offices. Frederik helped transform the Danish culinary scene with his laid-back, arts-inflected, contemporary vision, opening Apollo Kantine & Bar in 2017 in the historic art space Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Nyhavn and, a year later, Kafeteria in the National Gallery of Denmark, which he designed in collaboration with the artist Danh Vō.
Most recently, Frederik teamed up with Slow to create Sofi bakery in Berlin’s Mitte district. His places are different, but they have a few things in common: very good, unfussy food, a lived-in feel for aesthetics and a vibrant, good-humored social mix where artists, matriarchs, club kids and diplomats might all feel equally at ease.
Tomato Harvest & Farm Picnic
To mark the tomato harvest, we’re hosting a picnic at the Meco Beach farm, accompanied by live music and discussion. The gathering kicks off a rotating program of community-supported farming, arts and knowledge exchange that aims to restore conscious appreciation for the natural world, creating a model for a regenerative society.
Jason Kriegler Exhibition
Tulum Treehouse welcomes our new exhibiting artist, Merida-based textile painter Jason Kriegler. Drawing influence from traditional textile design, Jason incorporates abstraction to create contemporary works that blur the lines between painting and textile art. His pared-down paper embroidery paintings suggest organic, biological forms but can also be experienced purely as abstracted combinations of shapes, line and texture.
Despite their simplicity, they have a captivating quality that reveals the complexity of hand embroidering onto paper, enlivened by a sense of depth that only seems to grow with continued examination. The exhibition runs for six months.
Sofi Baking Workshop
Join the Sofi team as they uncover the wisdom of breadmaking. Beginning with grains sourced from some of the best small organic farmers in Northern Europe, Sofi’s bakers will demonstrate how to recover and preserve their true flavors, from the wild, piquant flavors of Emmer to squishy champagne rye.
Conversation with a View hosted by Daniel Pinchbeck
From the jungle-facing roof terrace of the Treehouse, we continue our conversation series hosted by acclaimed writer Daniel Pinchbeck on the new regenerative paradigm and the impact of rapid development on the indigenous communities and natural ecosystems of Tulum and other developing destinations.
Daniel has written extensively about ecology, shamanism, psychedelics and indigenous prophecy in his books, which include Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism, 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, Notes from the Edge Times and most recently, How Soon is Now? The dialogue, in which we will also discuss actionable steps we can take individually and as a community to offset the harmful effects of rapid development, will be followed by a live performance.
A sensorial week of music and scent celebrates our collaboration with Xinú, a Mexico City perfumery founded by Ignacio Cadena, Verónica Peña and influential designer Héctor Esrawe, who has created a site-specific sensorial installation bridging the entrance of Tulum Treehouse to the front garden and the new boutique, Xinú’s fourth site in Mexico.
Drawing inspiration from the aromatic biodiversity of the Americas, Xinú is curating botanicals across Tulum Treehouse, from unique food and drink menus to skincare and bathing products. We will celebrate this collaboration with a night of music from Hernan Suarez and Avi Schneider, followed by our resident Jaime Fiorito.
Gather in the Treehouse kitchen to uncover Mayan cooking techniques. Learn to grind corn, the heart and soul of Mexican food culture, ith a stone mill and prepare it using techniques going back to pre-Hispanic times.
Mayan Clay with Emilio Espadas
16:00 - 19:00
Emilio Espadas of Uayma, a member of one of the last Mayan potter families in the Yucatán, shares his process as we continue our discourse on the indigenous craft and artisanal traditions of the Yucatán.
Uxii in Residence
Tulum Treehouse artist-in-residence Uxii is a self-taught ceramicist living in Mérida. Her ceramic work explores the composition, use and origin of prehispanic Mayan clay vessels. We invite our residents to investigate new cultural dialogues and possibilities for traditional knowledge preservation.
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