About Slow Living


On June 1-3, 2011, more than 250 professionals and engaged citizens from New England and beyond gathered in Brattleboro for the first Strolling of the Heifers Slow Living Summit: an intensive exploration of ways to build healthy, thriving local economies while encouraging, mentoring and supporting a new generation of activists, entrepreneurs and engaged citizens.

Plans are already underway for the 2012 Slow Living Summit — mark your calendar for May 30 – June 1 — again in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

Please explore this site to learn more about Slow Living and how you can be part of this movement:


This simple phrase expresses the fundamental paradigm shift that is underway in this age. “Slow” encodes the transformative change from faster and cheaper to slower and better—where quality, community and the future matter. It’s about slowing down and becoming more mindful of our basic connection with land, place and people, taking the long view that builds a healthy, fulfilling way of life for the generations to come. It is about common good taking precedence over private gain.

Slow Living builds economies and puts people to work by focusing on the socially-responsible and sustainable enterprises and community relationships that will matter in the future, rather than on the environmentally and socially destructive practices of the past. It grows from the strengths, people, resources and history of the region. It is about basing life on the wellbeing of nature and community, where wealth and money can recirculate locally, combining with innovation and entrepreneurship, to create jobs.