In their latest signature event, Indoestri encourages frenzied Jakartans to slow down...and that's a good thing.
In Indoestri’s latest event, the advocates of being #SelfMade are encouraging a new sort routine, a more mindful lifestyle known as Slow Living. They don’t mean throwing out your wardrobe for yoga pants (although we do love our yoga pants), organic everything, or being #blessed – before you roll your eyes, Slow Living is a reflective way of life where we are more conscious about what we consume and where it is coming from.
It’s hardly surprising that Indoestri went this route – they’ve been offering Slow Living-themed workshops for ages (we even took part in the Natural Dye workshop awhile back). Through Indoestri Day #05, Indoestri encouraged urbanites to try going back to the basics – local urban farming experts Tan-euh hosted a Herb Garden and Urban Farming class, while this time around we partook in a Djamu Laboratory with performance artist and jamu aficionado Fransisca Retno where we got to make beras kencur – a warm and fragrant traditional Javanese drink made up of rice and spices, historically consumed daily by Javanese royalty and lauded for its many health benefits.
Upstairs, the massive warehouse was once again transformed into a public open-house that showed visitors just what Slow Living was all about. Ceramicist Kharis Riza was on hand for a spellbinding live pottery action, there was a Herbarium Lab by Herbana, an Urban Farming demo by TAN-EUH where visitors could pick up a sampling of free seeds to plant and care for at home, and a book binding demo by the Indoestri Team. Those who attended Day One could catch Jo Elaine of ARA, singer Andien Aisyah, and Direz of Bluesville and darahkubiru, as the entrepreneurs spilled their secrets on maintaining a work-life balance. They revealed how, despite their crazy schedules, it is super important to have a creative outlet or hobby to keep things in check.
After all, Slow Living is about seeking balance and appreciating process, and appreciating things that truly matter in our lives. Not a bad philosophy to hold onto as we move away from this crazy year and into 2017.
Feeling inspired yet? Join the Slow Living movement and sign up for one of Indoestri’s next workshops.