Stay motivated through these turbulent times with Slow Life Good Life: an online club hailing from a talented local community in the south-west of England.
In a matter of days, lives across the country have been turned upside down. The UK is now in a state of lockdown, which means only leaving the house for essential outings and practising social distancing when we do. It’s an unsettling, bizarre and lonely time – yet among the devastation caused by coronavirus, there are glimmers of hope.
One of these is Slow Life Good Life, an online club designed to ‘keep you motivated, well-fed and healthy and help you become more self-reliant during this turbulent time.’ The idea was conceived by a foodie-focused local community in Devon within a few hours of the Prime Minister’s first social distancing announcements earlier this month, with co-founders including River Cottage’s Steven Lamb, Do What You Love founder Beth Kempton and chef Gill Meller.
Members will have access to a whole host of virtual experiences led by chefs, gardeners, producers and wellbeing experts: gluten-free cooking with nutritionist Naomi Devlin, photography with Holly Treloar, barbecuing with chef James Whetlor, song writing with Neil Treloar, former manager of Catfish and the Bottlemen. You’ll whip up a store cupboard feast with former Borough Market demo chef Luke McKay, and learn tools for dealing with anxiety with self-help author Beth Kempton. Alongside all this, Slow Life Good Life will offer access to a virtual community of like-minded people – a way of maintaining social contact during this period of distancing and isolation.
Membership costs just £5 a month, and will go towards supporting small rural businesses in the South West who have been heavily hit by recent events.
‘I have never seen so much energy and enthusiasm and commitment to a project in such a short space of time as I have seen from the stellar contributors and founding members that have come together for this project,’ says Kempton. ‘Ultimately, we’re going to give you ideas about how to reimagine the kind of future you might have after all of this is over.’ Perhaps: a little slower, a little kinder, and with a greater appreciation for the small things.