SLOW DESIGN & CULTURE IMMERSIONS
Mallorca & Menorca
Slow Design & Culture Immersions bring the concepts of sustainability and authentic lifestyle into focus, steeping participants in first hand experiences of local, ethical enterprises and their daily activities. Hosted by a roster of inspiring, independent entrepreneurs, designers, artisans, and makers – real time processes and solutions are witnessed and participated in first hand, providing the beginnings of lived practices visitors can elaborate upon in their own businesses, industries, and lives.
HOW IT WORKS
Mallorca and Menorca are Balearic jewels, diversely populated islands and cultural microcosms in which smaller, sustainable design and production models can be experienced closely, held by layers of history and breathtaking landscapes. Participants get familiar with the origins of design and materials, even taking part in the preservation of cultural heritage.
Small cohorts enjoy cozy, five day stays at historic fincas, hosted by immersions director, Nicole Gulotta. Activities take place at studios, shops, farms, and sites throughout the islands, as well as on site with visiting mentors and pros. All content and experiences are expertly and personally curated, as well as lodging, meals, transport, and leisure.
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US
This immersion is intended for professionals and teams, sustainable travelers, and conscious, contemporary investors seeking to deepen their understanding of sustainable, slow living and enterprise.
Designers, advertising and marketing executives, sales teams, tech innovators, entrepreneurs, angel investors, and creative souls who wish to contribute to the change in the world of fashion, decor, furniture, architecture, permaculture, sustainable tourism, advertising, investing, hospitality, and business overall are welcome.
Small cohorts are an essential element to these very personal immersions – first hand experience and seeds of ongoing relationships are born while learning and collaborating.
What does conscious, slow design and culture mean?
Both conscious and slow are terms interchangeable with “sustainable” in the current zeitgeist. These ubiquitous, important current concepts can and are being applied to fashion, agriculture, animal husbandry, energy, food, urban engineering, architecture, forest and land management, the politics of labor, economics and all their varied sub- sectors. They call for heightened attention to all aspects of human activity on the planet, asking us to engage in responsible capitalism, to work towards equity and inclusion, to safeguard ecosystems.
On September 20, 2022, The New York Times Summit on Sustainability hosted Al Gore among it’s speakers. He declared a veritable sustainability revolution in the making.
Small business, independent creatives, & sustainability
The business world has long been about going big, scaling, maximizing, etc….
NTS stands for working on what really matters, and growing a project, product line, or company to the size required to live both well and responsibly, that’s it.
Small, local enterprises are at the core of this movement towards slow design and responsible business, taking the opportunity to act in a more considered way with people, product, and ethos. With less market to cater to, independent makers, designers, farmers, chefs, hotels, developers, etc., are more able to focus on what is close to hand, making decisions and commitments closer to the hip, often staying truer to their visions. They are more nimble with process – consuming less materials and energy, managing less supply chain, creating less waste, and setting an overall softer pace of consumerism. Overall sustainability is more easily achieved.
Scalability can come in the form of a web or network of responsible businesses delivering goods to their communities, rather than the mass producers we are accustomed to.
The cherry on the cake is the personal satisfaction and creative freedom which seems easier to come by for indie enterprises, creating soulful reverberations and a baseline of fulfillment for themselves and their customers.
Host & Facilitator
“My tree-hugging nature drew me into the deep end of the world’s heritage hand-made sector in 2009, when I founded Nomadic Thread Society. As a lifelong entrepreneur and global citizen, my classroom had always been the world of shops and showrooms, ateliers and makers, markets and manufacturers in every city, town, and country I’ve been lucky to explore. It’s given me an anthropological angle on creativity, opportunity, and enterprise. What do people seek, want, make, do, wear? How do they express themselves? What materials are available? How is the work done? “
Nicole’s studies in Art History at NYU planted a deep aesthetic appreciation, and set her on a humanistic trajectory early on. 25 years as a NYC- based fashion and wardrobe stylist followed. These days Nicole applies her cultural curiosity, activist nature, and independent business chops to consulting and mentoring in the slow design and culture spaces.
Tara Mohr’s Playing Big FacilitatorsTraining for Women gave her the impetus to formalize this program and bring it to life.