A quiet moment spent pouring over an indie magazine is something to be savoured in our digital-first world. With their tactile thick pages and high quality images, these magazines are the epitome of the phrase ‘good things take time’. With some only being printed quarterly or even less frequently, slow living principles are embedded in the very making of such publications. And we think they’re worth the wait.
Below we share 11 of the most inspiring occasionally-published or independent magazines that encourage you to slow down and offer ideas for a more meaningful, conscious lifestyle.
The Best Magazines for Slow Living Inspiration
- Delayed Gratification
- Oh Comely
- Flow Magazine
- Another Escape
A list of slow living magazines wouldn’t be complete without Kinfolk. This quarterly slow lifestyle publication shares stories around home, work, style and culture and is now sold in over 100 countries worldwide. Aimed at creatives and the idea of slow living as pursuing what you really want to be doing, Kinfolk is minimal in style and has a distinct aesthetic. The magazine itself is a frequent prop of flatlay and interiors photos on Instagram. While good for publicity, co-founder Nathan Williams has raised concerns over stylised shots missing the true meaning of the magazine. Speaking to Deezen, he says, ‘it’s all about much deeper values, much deeper experiences, really genuinely spending time with the people that you care about.’
One for the wanderlusters. Suitcase is a quarterly magazine with long form travel stories and insider tips about the places you really want to visit. For a slow travel trip, doing your research and ear-marking pages of Suitcase is a lot more exciting than saving links from Tripadvisor. The inspiring photography will have you mentally planning your next adventure.
Seed is a bi-annual magazine that focuses on living consciously and sustainably. It’s created by Carole Bamford of Daylesford Farm. There’s plenty of food for thought on sustainable eating and seasonal recipes, as well as interesting conversations with artisans and creatives and travel inspiration. Seed’s mission is to inspire readers to make small lifestyle changes so they can collectively have a positive impact on the planet. They liken this to ‘sowing a seed that will grow and flourish into a plant’. There are currently three volumes of this fairly new slow living magazine.
4. Delayed Gratification
Delayed Gratification is focused on slow news or slow journalism. This quarterly magazine is an antidote to the deluge of news headlines we scroll through on our phones – those which are read and soon forgotten. Delayed Gratification revisits the events of the three months leading up to its publication to share how stories end. Rather than focusing on ‘churnalism’ and the rush to be the first to break news, Delayed Gratification takes pride in being ‘right’.
Gardening is a hugely mindful activity. Bloom magazine offers a celebration of the natural world, as well as practical advice for gardeners and plant lovers. Bloom’s creators say the publication is for anyone with a passion for nature ‘whether you have a garden, a balcony or a windowsill.’ Currently Bloom publishes three issues per year.
It may be biannual, but Cereal magazine’s reach is anything but small. With one million Instagram followers, this popular publication shares stories and imagery around style, art and travel. The photography is striking, but the covers themselves have also become pieces of art, often being featured in lifestyle and interiors flatlays. The magazine is literary in style, being structured in themed chapters.
7. Oh Comely
Oh is a mindfulness magazine that strives to be the opposite of advert-filled publications that, in their opinion, have become fixated on portraying perfection and selling products. Topics are varied and are accompanied by whimsical illustrations and plenty of colour.
The Swedish word lagom is often loosely translated as not too much, not too little. The magazine of the same name features stories around independent travel, living a balanced life and thoughtful design. Each issue is divided into three sections: Visit, Create and Unwind. Lagom promises to be an inspiring magazine for those seeking to adopt a more meaningful lifestyle.
Update: Lagom is currently on pause.
9. Flow Magazine
Flow offers a burst of colour and positiveness. According to the founders, Flow is ‘a magazine of unhurried time, all about doing things differently and making new choices.’ It features mindfulness, creativity, thoughts on psychology and captures the essence of finding beauty in the imperfect and the everyday. Flow is published at least eight times a year, and features quirky illustrations and extra paper-based surprises that are ideal for collages or craft projects. Fans of stationery will love their accompanying Paper Lovers books for some mindful moments.
10. Another Escape
Another Escape shares stories about those passionate about nature. For outdoor lovers, this magazine encourages readers to connect with nature in a meaningful and conscious way. Beautiful photography accompanies the volumes which each have a theme, such as ‘The Wilderness Volume’ and ‘The Altitudes Volume’.
CONSIDERED is published bi-annually and covers articles on living a mindful and sustainable lifestyle, as well as travel. They also run gatherings for those looking to slow down and connect as part of their CONSIDERED Community. As a fairly new independent magazine, there are three volumes of CONSIDERED so far.
Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at our advice on how to slow down and for more additions to your bookshelf, read our summary of SLOW by Brooke McAlary and our round-up of the best slow interior design coffee table books.