The Regenerative Travel Summit 20-22 Sept 2021

DAY TWO: Honoring Sense of Place Key Takeaways

Key Quotes From Speakers: Day Two: Honoring Sense of Place

Welcome by Portia Hart, Founder, Blue Apple Beach & Standard Bearer at Regenerative Travel

“At Regenerative Travel, we define a hotel that honors places one that is harmonious with its surroundings. One that promotes and enables practices which are respectful of, inclusive of, and sensitive to local people and the natural environment. Our hotels are welcomed by their neighbors and they provide economic and professional opportunity to them.”

Session 4: Designing Spaces that Regenerate

A special conversation between Prashant Ashoka and Julia Watson on their work designing spaces that are in harmony with nature and informed by indigenous perspectives and local characteristics

“[Travel] is a bridge between cultures and ideologies. Instead of assuming a traditional employer-employee relationship with our community, we empower the people who work with us to come up with their own best practices and encourage them to share their wealth of generational knowledge with our visitors who will then in turn be privy to a truly authentic experience.” Prashant Ashoka, Designer & Owner of Casa Eterea

Rather than teaching high tech about the built environment, I just started to subversively slip in all these incredible technologies from [indigenous communities] around the world... These communities are forward-thinking, ahead of our times, rather than stuck in the historical past and can become an ally to build an incredible conversation about climate change’ Julia Watson, Designer & Author of Lo TEK

Session 5: Developing Indigenous-Owned Experiences

Anna Barrerra and Alicia Hegland-Thorpe shared what they’ve learned as they have worked together to develop tourism experiences owned by the Tribal Nations of North Dakota that are sensitive to community needs and historic injustices

‘We believe that education has the power to turn people into powerful allies or advocates for Native Americans, which in turn strengthens their sovereignty. And by sovereignty, what I mean is the right to govern themselves,’ Anna Barrera Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality Consultant

‘The apprehensions come from the treatment the indegenous people have received in the past hundred years or more, feeling less than, being repressed and not being recognized at the same time…. It’s awkward for many to be compensated for cultural knowledge. Tribal nations have been accommodating visitors and expecting nothing in return yet traditional knowledge and time have incredible value and this must be respected.” Alicia Hegland-Thorpe Tour Operations Manager North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance (NDNTA)

Keynote: Honoring Food and Culture

Stephen Satterfield, host of the critically-acclaimed Netflix docuseries High on the Hog, shared his work to better understand humans and the world through food. Moderated by Eaton Hotels’ Global Head of Purpose, Sheldon Scott, the two discussed Stephen’s Netflix series where he traveled the world tracing African American food origins and culture, his media company Whetstone, and his work to redefine food as a means of organizing, activating, and educating

“The story of food is the story of human beings. The two are synonymous, and those stories are about migration of people, of plants, of technology…. I started to think about the terroir of things like inequality or the terroir of racism, and this particular way of thinking allowed me to not just think in geographical terms, but also about the ways in which human beings have contributed to the geographies of these places or rather these circumstances. And so I went on a path of staying in [the] wine industry, but really wanting to explore stories at the intersection of food and land.”

"A real manifestation of indigenous people’s collective wisdom is their collective reverence and relationship to the land. And that relationship is about careful attention that has been cultivated over thousands of years, that honors the land at the top of the social and cultural hierarchy. That is an inverted system from the system that we have today and the world that we live in."

O’Shannon Burns, Ecosystem Steward at Regenerative Travel, closed day two of the summit by saying “It struck me today that many of our speakers’ practice is rooted in the history of the past. They are all working to build up our consciousness of and connection to that wisdom—whether it’s Julia’s work to document traditional ecological knowledge, the very practical journey that Prashant, Anna, and Alicia have gone on to feature local and indigenous voices in tourism respectfully and in a way that allows them to feel proud and empowered, and how we can embody this wisdom not only in our travels but in our lives, as Stephen said.”