Why a Sit-a-thon?


Our Sit-a-thon 2016 Fundraiser is officially over – and we raised just over $10,000!

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The city has a fast-paced lifestyle. The average family is busier than they have ever been and schedules are packed with activities. Stress is a normal part of many people’s lives.

There has been a rise in circulation of the concept of ‘slow living,’ to counterbalance this fast-paced lifestyle. The Slow Movement was the result of the opening of a McDonald’s in Rome in 1986 as a reaction to “fast food.” Slow Food International aims to address the issues of quality and inequality that have arisen globally as a result of the demands of fast living in first-world countries.

“Slow living” can give us the chance to notice and appreciate the small things, the opportunity to relax and the opportunity to reconnect. Think about how many more things you might notice on a walk, as opposed to how many things you might stop and notice while driving somewhere in a hurry. Recent studies have also shown that time spent in nature is good for our mental health.

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A sit-spot is an invitation to try living slowly, even for just an hour or two. It will deepen connection with nature and oneself by providing one with a different perspective on the passing of time and the remembrance that people are a part of nature. It invites turning off phones, putting emails on hold and taking a break from fast living in the city.

By participating in our sit-spot fundraiser, Sit-a-thon 2015, you are invited to:

  • learn how to do a sit spot
  • do a digital detox
  • take some time to relax and lighten your mind
  • reconnect with yourself
  • observe nature’s non-human beings in their natural habitat
  • reconnect with nature
  • raise money for a local charity so that kids can learn wilderness skills and connect with nature too!