368 episodes

To strive is human, to saunter divine. Welcome to The Tortoise - a podcast that digs deep into the power of slow. Brooke McAlary (author of "Slow", "Care" and "Destination Simple") is joined by her husband Ben for a monthly deep dive into the realities of trying to live slow in a world that won't stop racing. On the third Thursday of every month, join Brooke and Ben for an unscripted, unedited, always candid and usually fun conversation about slow living and how embracing our inner tortoise can impact every part of life: relationships, work, family, community, tech, health, care, personal growth. If you’re burnt out, overwhelmed, frustrated at the sheer pace of life or just looking for a sign to slow down, this is the podcast (a plodcast!) for you.

The Tortoise with Brooke McAlary Brooke McAlary

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    • 4.8 • 393 Ratings

To strive is human, to saunter divine. Welcome to The Tortoise - a podcast that digs deep into the power of slow. Brooke McAlary (author of "Slow", "Care" and "Destination Simple") is joined by her husband Ben for a monthly deep dive into the realities of trying to live slow in a world that won't stop racing. On the third Thursday of every month, join Brooke and Ben for an unscripted, unedited, always candid and usually fun conversation about slow living and how embracing our inner tortoise can impact every part of life: relationships, work, family, community, tech, health, care, personal growth. If you’re burnt out, overwhelmed, frustrated at the sheer pace of life or just looking for a sign to slow down, this is the podcast (a plodcast!) for you.

    Pleasure: Episode 14

    Pleasure: Episode 14

    Pleasure. Just the word brings a little shiver to the spine, doesn't it?

    Defined as “a feeling or experience that involves enjoyment or satisfaction,” in today’s episode, Brooke and Ben dig a little deeper into what pleasure is in real terms, what it means to them personally and why expanding our individual definitions might be the key to unlocking a whole new way of experiencing life.

    For Brooke it relates to not only her word of the year (joy) but also the theme she's currently exploring over on The Tortoise — rebellious living. While at first glance, pleasure doesn’t appear to be particularly related to living rebelliously, throughout this conversation, she and Ben dig into why centring pleasure in a world that feels too much, too heavy, too overwhelming really can be an act of rebellion. (Honestly!)

    In a wide-ranging conversation, they also discuss how the senses are related to pleasure, why redefining and reclaiming it could increase the amount of pleasure we experience, the relationship between pleasure and addiction and why embracing joy and delight might make us less prone to capitalistic manipulation.

    They also talk about the six-second kiss that's been a game-changer, list some of their own simple pleasures and talk about the importance of becoming a better self-observer if we're going to invite more pleasure into our lives.

    Head over to The Tortoise for the full show notes, and if you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to the free weekly newsletter while you're there. 

    Thanks for listening! 
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    • 59 min
    Soft Life: Episode 13

    Soft Life: Episode 13

    If you spend any time on TikTok, you've probably seen the #softlife trend pop up over the past couple of years. Brooke and Ben aren't on TikTok, so are late to the party as usual, but wanted to dive into the sister movement of slow living anyway.

    In today's episode, they look at what soft living is, where it began, how it relates to slow living, and why it's following a similar trajectory as that of self-care, slow living, and other counter-cultural movements. (ie. becoming increasingly mainstream and commercial).

    They look at soft living as the opposite of hard living (which proves both obvious and helpful) and try to define it for themselves. For Brooke it revolves around joy, and for Ben its in learning how to ask for help - both of which offer unexpected ways of looking at softness.

    They also talk about the consumerism attached to these movements, and offer some practical suggestions on how to create space for softness in your day-to-day life.

    Head over to The Tortoise for the full show notes, and if you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to the free weekly newsletter while you're there. 

    Thanks for listening! 
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    • 57 min
    Curveballs: Episode 12

    Curveballs: Episode 12

    Brooke and Ben talk curveballs, what happens when our foundations get shaken and how to harness some of slow living's key ideas to navigate new life circumstances.

    • 55 min
    Joyful Living: Episode 11

    Joyful Living: Episode 11

    What is joy? And how does it differ from happiness? Can we learn to be more joyful? And what does that look like? Brooke and Ben dig into joy in Episode 11 of The Tortoise podcast.

    • 58 min
    2023 Top Ten: Episode 10

    2023 Top Ten: Episode 10

    Brooke and Ben talk through their Top Ten of 2023 list - including favourite meals, books, albums, films and experiences.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Addiction: Episode 9

    Addiction: Episode 9

    This month's episode digs into the topic of addiction (and more broadly, obsessive behaviour) for things like tech-use, busyness, food and consumption. If you need help with addiction or mental health, there's a list of resources over at The Tortoise. 

    In today's show, Ben shares his experience with tech over-use and the links he sees between it and the hustle-grind-capitalism-productivity culture, and he and Brooke look at how the proliferation of tech (especially smart phones and social media) have increased our desire for instant gratification. 

    Brooke talks through her compulsion to consume bad news, and shares a few ways she's trying to break those patterns of behaviour. She also talks about the role that tech and consumerism intertwine to create a world that feels simultaneously too much and not enough, and how that has her and many other women she knows feeling angry. 

    It's an interesting and meandering conversation that will hopefully leave you with lots to think about. Head over to The Tortoise for the full show notes, and if you haven't already, make sure to subscribe to the free weekly newsletter while you're there. 

    Thanks for listening! 
    Join The Tortoise Community: https://brookemcalary.substack.com/
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
393 Ratings

393 Ratings

tarynshultz ,

I love this show

I love this show so much I wish apple would let me follow it. If it wasn’t for Brooke’s email reminders I’d be in trouble. This is my all time favorite podcast but apple doesn’t care, every time a new show airs sure enough I look and it has been removed from shows I follow. Apple please fix this!

JAC thriver ,

Wonderful

I have been listening to Brooke and Ben for years and I just adore their podcast in all the forms it has taken. I’ve read all of Brooke’s books and find myself returning to them when I need a reminder to be gentle with myself. I appreciate the honesty and openness with which they discuss the topics. Give them a listen, you won’t be sorry.

hanabi718 ,

Pogpast 2.0

Have loved listening to Brooke and Ben over the years and truly enjoyed where they’ve meandered. The journey and discovery of what they’re sharing along the way is truly delightful. I’m glad I still get to have new conversations in my ear with the pogpast turned plodcast!

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