For the Love of Slowing Down : Vlog 69 A Visit to the Westholme Tea Company

by Melissa West on May 29, 2017

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Slowing Down : Vlog 69


We live in a fast-paced culture where we rush to have it all, consume it all and experience it all. Speed it like a drug and we are all addicted. I have recently uncovered an as yet undiscovered corner of YouTube to me called BookTube and I can feel the urgency to catch up on watching more videos and reading all the books that I have missed in my favourite genres from poetry to historical fiction to historical fantasy fiction and the booktubers are willing to deliver them to me at a rapid rate!

The symptoms of living this too fast, sped up life is that we are tired all the time. We go through the motions of getting through our to-do list, heck even our bucket list without even really enjoying what we want to do. We are rushing through life instead of enjoying it.

There is even speed yoga. I am no different than anybody else, drawn in with fascination to the speed yoga videos, videos that show yoga at high speed. I’m sure there is something in my brain when I watch a video like that, some chemical that is released from my brain that makes me feel like I did the yoga myself. It is seductive.

The slow web movement recognizes that the constant notifications and feedback from our electronic devices, the pressure to respond instantly, the information overload incapacitates us and creates an unhealthy feedback loop that lowers our efficiency creativity and productivity. In fact one of the first things that we do when you become a member of our community is give you some concrete and useful tools to deal with this overload and ultimately shutting down that happens from technology overwhelm.

There is actually a slow tea movement. I’m not sure if any of you can remember the nostalgic afternoon tea? I remember my mom and her friends sitting down for a leisurely cup of afternoon tea. These were not paper cups of tea with a plastic lid, picked up from your local coffee shop, grabbed on the go. For afternoon tea, you would actually stop what you were doing, sit down and enjoy a cup of tea with conversation.

Today we are visiting one of our favourite places to slow down. Tea Farm in Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.

In May 2003, Margit and Victor left Vancouver for the Cowichan Valley, over the last 14 years they have turned a cattle and horse farm into something completely different. It has been a practice in patience and moving slowly. First they removed invasive blackberry vines and planted lavender plants. They began to growing hay and food for the Duncan Farmers Market. In the early days they built a clay studio for Margit’s pottery.

It wasn’t until seven years later, in 2010 that they decided to make tea the entire focus of their farm. It takes five years for tea plants to mature. This was a long-term experiment. The definition of a slow-movement.
Visit Margit and Victor and Westholme Tea Farm online here:

http://www.teafarm.ca/

A few photos from my visit

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