A Mideast Bond, Stitched of Pain and Healing This article is about a Palestinian little girl and an Israeli little boy both recovering from injuries inflicted by their respective enemies. Amazingly beautiful lesson on humanity.
A mindshare mountain for the Uber Alpine Communal Capitalist
See how inclusive altruism blooms as millennials are launching ski towns and this alpine utopia is a poster child for how dreams become things like ski enlightened ski resorts.
Here is what they have to say about themselves:
Summit is building a mountain town around the spirit of innovation in the heart of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Summit Powder Mountain aims to rethink the great American mountain town around a community focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, arts, and altruism. Tucked on the southern side of Powder Mountain, in the town of Eden, Utah, it’s a new kind of neighborhood, where friends, family, and the change makers of today and tomorrow gather in an environment created to catalyze personal and collective growth.
I consider this idea the anti Yellowstone Club - A former nest of greed, luxury and exclusivity that imploded in the mid 200's and now is a high end private ski resort with a wicked past.
After writing about and going to the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky Montana and visiting, the experience felt more exclusive if you weren't part of their inner circle. Summit? Ok, get me a guitar a maker shack, some telemark skis, a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Jack Russell, a frisbee, a bunch of brainiacs, lots of good California wine, and great Mexican Tequila. Oh and let's not forget the pine cone to table food, the owl's nest to bed handmade luxury and Dwell Magazine design ethos. Most importantly, there better be a climate that behaves. Good snow, environmental stewardship, manners, self expression, diversity and peace and love. And what about a few people with gray hair, the sages and the proven warriors in this "space.?" Bring it on.
Excerpt from New York Times Profile by Andy Isaacson
“What Tesla did to cars,” Elliott Bisnow, a Powder Mountain owner, explained, wide-eyed, to the group visiting in January, “we’re going to do with towns!”
Other than being idealistic and unabashedly earnest, Powder’s young owners are also savvy connectors. In 2008, Mr. Bisnow, then 23 and a founder of a successful real estate industry e-newsletter company (Bisnow Media), gathered 19 entrepreneurs at the Alta Mountain ski area in Utah. A bonding ski trip turned into another company called Summit Series, which has hosted annual conferences in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and Washington. In April 2011, Summit chartered a cruise ship around the Bahamas for 1,500 attendees, while also raising nearly $1 million with the Nature Conservancy to support a marine protected area there. The next winter, the company took over much of the Squaw Valley resort in California for a weekend.
Summit's mission is to build community, catalyze entrepreneurship, address global issues, and support artistic achievement, in an effort to make our world a more joyful place.
On Slow Life has an affinity for the mountain resort. Highlights of the high life will always have a home here. See other articles on winter wonderlands
As nature's fragility is amplified, so is the need to experience it. Here are some places that lure people from all over the planet to sample the world. Through the artistic lens of a lodge and all of the inspired minds that play, work, thrive and dwell there, here is a small exploration of some big places.
A Bit about Fogo
The Inn, located on Fogo Island, off the remote northeast coast of Newfoundland, is perched on the furthest edge of the Earth and surrounded by whales, seabirds, and icebergs. The 29-suite property stands on crooked pilotis on the dramatic and rocky coastline, providing panoramic views through its wall-to-wall, floor-to- ceiling windows.
The opening is a milestone in the work of The Shorefast Foundation and its founder, visionary Zita Cobb. Following a career in the high technology industry, Cobb returned to Fogo Island, her birthplace, to invest millions of her own money – with support from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Government of Canada – to reinvigorate the waning economy. The local economy was bruised after a 1992 moratorium on the traditional cod fishery. One of the goals of the foundation is to create jobs while fostering cultural resiliency; the Inn is operated by a staff of 70 – most of whom are Fogo Island residents.
Fogo Island Inn picture this
People and place are inextricably tangled up with one another on Fogo Island. It is crucial to hear stories from the people who have lived here before truly being able feel this place and understand how everything fits together. Fogo Islanders are naturally friendly people: whether on the ferry ride or during a music festival, visitors are bound to strike up a conversation with a local person. This is just a part of the culture – it’s how we are.
Fogo island Inn has an international reputation for exceptional, embodied, place-specific hospitality and bold, thoughtful, humanistic contemporary design.
Nature links us and places inspire us. Lodges in the wild elevate and celebrate place with their unique flavor. The heritage and lineage of a lodge can be long with deep roots and family narratives or daring and raw perched the edge of the world like an open book. You get the idea and you get to write the story.
These splurges are worth it when you go large and into the wild. If you fly across the world to a remote place, chances are that place is doing something helpful (or I won't mention it here), for the land, the people, the imagination and wildlife. Think of a trip to an incubator of inspiration as an investment in the world and yourself. It's not all about the lodge or you but they make you feel like it is.
Sandibe Lodge Botswana
Each bring something to our internal compass and craving to explore. Whether a young innovative architect from a completely random entry point (and country) creates a structure that interprets the land, or a legacy family or steward extends a life long passion for conservation through a deep rooted relationship and history, lodges take us in.
Rhino near Londolozi
My time @ Londolozi
When I traveled with my Aunt to Africa, my maiden voyage was with an 80 year old mama lion in the incubator of Londolozi,which taught me that nature is the ultimate equalizer inspiring spirits from any age across the world.
Our first lodge Londolozi, seduced us into the culture The New Africa with a classical safari heritage and bush chic architecture at four camps laid out with different themes. There is something in the air that felt familiar to my history of spending time in Big Sur at Esalen and growing up between Los Angeles and San Francisco, a mentality that is slightly folded in the ethos of Londolozi as the young guard, the children of Dave Varty are at the helm. Londolozi is a homegrown Varty family run community with conservation roots and a bit of bohemian culture.The camp was founded more than eighty years ago as a hunting ground and was transformed into a nature reserve in 1973 by Dave and John Varty, visionaries of the restoration movement. Bronwyn and Boyd Varty are now the legacy visionaries and environmentalists, the next generation. They were raised in the bush and created an incubator of classic safari meets “intentional community,” a chain of lodges that speak to the safari through different themes: tree, leopard, founders, pioneer. Each is interconnected and inspires guests and staff to live tribally and people can come to the bush and take field trips like tracking , etc., to figure out their own nature and life's purpose. My aunt and I wanted game drives and sundowners and the experience of seeing the animals. It was our very first time so the only thing I did similar to what I do at home was take a yoga class in the canopy @ Varty Camp. I was immediately seduced by the container of Londolozi where my aunt and I dropped into the bush and found a magical connection of nature, ageless wisdom and a surprisingly compatible rhythm held up by the Londolozi ethos which I describe as The New Africa.
Their Story In their words
It’s a rare place in the world where naturalists, musicians, artists and rogues find a place and a space where their eclectic skills become a symphony of style and experience. It’s a rare place where guides and trackers are storytellers for the land. At Londolozi we have learnt over four generations that luxury means nothing without feeling, soul and those faint emotions that can’t be conveyed through fancy décor.
The Londolozi family is a collection of people who are passionate about the safari experience. We have families within our family. We have an accountant who also plays guitar and an artist in residence capturing nature’s divine harmony in paint-frozen moments. We have a filmmaker, a sculptor, sommeliers and a girl from Chicago who just never left.
Our rangers have slept on the ground miles out in the bush and kept midnight watch around a tiny fire as smoke danced across the night sky. We have elders and ancient Shangaan wisdom. We have educators and philanthropists, who share a passion for red wine, African skies and the odd cheroot. We believe in a great safari hat.
Perhaps the greatest intangible in our village is the awareness that life’s joys come from relationships and friendships, not from material objects. The kitchens and courtyards of Londolozi resound with laughter; it is the spontaneous joy of those who are in the company of kindred spirits, sharing endeavour and a common vision.
Drawn from a diverse ancestral tapestry, these different family groups are united by their commitment to Londolozi, protector of all living things. These family members, some of whom are third generation Londolozi family, work in close proximity with one another, building a lifelong bond with colleagues and guests alike.
Nature workshops just happen when you choose to stay in a delicate and courageous spot surrounded by uncontrollable creatures and landscapes. Just being somewhere that makes you think more than twice about where you step, how loud you talk, how fast you breathe, has a ripple effect. The animals feel it, the land gives way, and if you are lucky enough to travel into the belly of nature, lodges allow us to surrender to the ways of a place. Game drives, forest foraging, rock climbing, scuba diving, hiking or wandering in certain places require trust. As much as uncertainty is part of the fun, a lodge can act as learning center, home, design inspiration, refuge, family. It is the shelter that lures us out off the path and the guides, hosts, chefs, rangers, teachers make the experience.
Care of the Land, Wildlife and People
Their mission in short:
At &Beyond we believe in taking a shared responsibility for our future, as well as the futures of our children and our planet.
From our greater conservation model down to the tiniest details of the activities that take place in our lodges every day, every decision that we make revolves around our core ethic of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, and Care of the People. These values have become an intuitive part of the way that we operate and, increasingly, are part of the reason why our guests find their experience with us so rewarding.
While the main guest areas hug the shelter of the Delta forest, the twelve guest nests peep out from beneath its canopy above the fringes of papyrus that line the Delta channels.
Pop up luxury lodge tree ( the lodge can be dismantled is not permanently affixed) house bee's nest Botswana delicacy walking and talking quietly at night with bush porters, hippos snorting in the night, wild elephants, hovering around the steps and the occasional leopard dancing on the roof, this is tender footed swampy, luxury that can be dismantled as needed. It is modern and traditional where feasting, and bumping around in the bush and sand, the moon and stark outback of anywhere is tucked in the heartbeat of a waterway and the bush. Botswana, a refuge in Africa where rhinos and elephants are being ushered by surrounding countries for protection.
On the other side of the world, Alpine old school heritage in Vermont the Von Trapp Family legacy a lodge for the ages and a little editorial visit from Richard Bangs:
Trapp Family Lodge
A Richard Bangs Favorite (here is a word or several from Richard)
Vermont in winter is a salve to the soul, and there are so many retreats that are transcendent for the urban escapee. A must-experience, though, is the Trapp Family Lodge, as much for its legacy as its comfort and singular access to the best cross-country skiing in the Northeast.
One of the most successful movie musicals of all time was “The Sound of Music,” and like millions I rubbed tears away as the von Trapps, in the final scene, escaped the Nazis by crossing the Alps out of Austria in 1938. But what happened next?
Well, who wouldn’t be stressed after leaving a beloved homeland as fugitives on the run? But the sequel has a happy ending. The family landed in Vermont, and started the 96-room Austrian-style Trapp Family Lodge on a 2500-acre wooded spread. Today Sam von Trapp runs the lodge with his father Johannas, youngest child born to Maria and Captain Gehrig von Trapp. I catch up with Sam, who suggests we go out for a cross country ski run just outside the lodge. “My father started the first commercial cross-country ski resort in the United States back in 1968. Now we have some 100 miles of Nordic trails, and snow making for longer seasons.”
The Mediterranean Island of Malta is slowly growing into my own personal history. With old friends, ancient architecture and the soothing and seductive lure of the sea, it is one place I have been that I can drop out of the world and still learn a lot about it. It is remote and international, isolated and inundated with spirit, history, ancient gorgeous cathedrals, phonetic language, a mash up of civilizations that feel Arabic, Italian, Greek, spacious and crowded.
It has a raw simplicity of earth, rock, sea and sky (particularly on the island of Gozo), true old friends that put my relationship to time and space back in focus. When I first came here I cultivated my love of slow life and the eccentric nature of islanders, particularly this one. Malta is all things majestic and primitive. I love it and feel blessed to have had friends through my ages where slow and timeless adventures in coves and rocks, churches and piazzas house parties and country roads unravel a country so small and so vast.
The capital of Malta is forever linked to the history of the military and charitable Order of St John of Jerusalem. It was ruled successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and the Order of the Knights of St John. Valletta’s 320 monuments, all within an area of 55 ha, make it one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world.
And My Obsession With the Water Which Cradles The Jewels
Human and Architectural
Seriously Seeking Serinity
Reconnecting with long lost friends welcoming me back to
La Dolce Vita - Malta is Just A Choppy Hop From
Solange the Rib Diva Real Estate Mogul & Thoroughly Modern Maltese Mom
She's Mostly Maltese But Talks Like A Fast American Brought Me To This Crazy Island In The First Place And Is The Unofficial American Ambassador According To Me
We dove off the “rib” to snorkel catch sea urchins, swim in coves, hopped back on and marveled at the glory of the water. My friend's go from traditional Maltese mothers and local matriarchs to goofy girls constantly enchanted by the island's capacity for daily adventures. Accents are gutteral, lyrical, dramatic punctuated by the words MADONNA!! EEEE LA LOO.. distinct fodder for me to mimic while entertaining them with my Maltese accent. My friend Solange morphed from college student I originally met,to traditional Maltese housewife to real estate maven bombing around the island's surreal waters in her zodiac with a la dolce vita attitude and that heavy sing song accent forever imprinted in my mind. She cooks for her grown sons, goes to church with her mother knows more about the stock market and tides, the world and most importantly secret coves. Jessica born in California raised mostly in Malta flips from American to Maltese, clutches on to her American (ness), with such specificity being around her in Malta makes both places feel like home.
Malta is a forty minute speed boat drive away from Gozo and a civilization of churches, fortresses, a mashup of multiple civilizations all surrounded by the clearest water in the Med. People are just starting to hear about Malta, with its grand palazzos, overbuilt water front in Silema, the hidden cobble stone streets of the walled city of Mdina and the hauntingly beautiful feasts in every village. This is an island that now attracts tax evaders, investors, refugees, immigrants, sun worshippers and yes, Joile and Pitt for the romantic film set on and around water.
The Girls About To Hit The Waves
Why Malta? Revisiting The Island 30 Years Later With My Local Friends
Who Welcomed Me Back With Open Arms, A Speed Boat, Good Wine & Stories
After bumping along at 40mph in the Med off the coast of Malta crossing a small channel with my daredevil friends, I had to process what happened to us over the years. Actually there was nothing new, time slowed down in the speed boat. I was glad I didn't wait too much longer to immerse myself in all things Maltese. These were slightly wild women with grown kids and respectable lives on the island but their water was clearly kid's zone a playground as compelling in glorious mid life as it was during college. We had the reunion we talked about for ages. One thing I know, time goes fast so it's key to slow it down and find the people that you can eat and laugh with. That will slow everything down properly and in the most fundamental way.
Good to be back... timeless grace of the sea
Docking in an azure cove tucked in Mgarr ix-Xini bay on the island of Gozo (hiding place of Knights) under the new movie set of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s upcoming movie, here's the set.
An afternoon lunch with a group of Brits, Maltese and Italians where the wine flowed, the locally grown peaches and plums delighted. Laughing, bathing suits, pools and discussions and a bit of gossip.
Yeah, Food Glorious Food & Wine
slow lunch & a few laughs
What makes Malta Slow? It's easy to eat and drink all day or hang out on boats but the people talk fast, drive fast, enjoy their news and travel a lot. They are also good at recycling, conservation, cultural tourism, world heritage status, EU standing. They rock.
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