270 Elissa Garay “Sustainable Travel” and Amy Summers from “Raising Hope”

In the first half of today’s show, I am joined by Elissa Garay, Freelance Editor & Writer in Travel & Lifestyle. A modern-day explorer, perpetual seeker, and diligent travel scribe, she’s also a champion for sustainable tourism and believes that we can all travel with conscience, for the greater good. With over 20 years’ experience in the field, she’s worked as an editor at leading travel publications like AFAR, Fodor’s,Travelzoo, and ShermansTravel, and has had hundreds of travel and lifestyle articles published in Condé Nast Traveler, Good Housekeeping, Parents, CNN, BBC, and more. She studied journalism at SUNY New Paltz and has since 2016 lived here in our home base of Kingston, NY.

Today, Elissa shares her path to writing about sustainable tourism, what sustainable tourism means and tips for the traveler on how to adopt more green travel practices.

Following our conversation, I shared a positive story about what has happened locally in my hometown of Olive to better conserve and preserve our natural resources during a time of major development here in the Hudson Valley. The Pacama Conservation Organization has been vital in preserving land near and dear to me.

In the second half of the show I am joined by returning guest, Amy Summers, Raising HOPE Program Director. She is responsible for overall management and leadership of Raising HOPE including outreach, recruitment, interviewing, and managing workshops, trainings, and support groups. Amy joined the United Way team in 2019.

Before joining Raising HOPE, Amy directed a Big Brothers Big Sisters program at Amherst College, owned Transformations Workshops and Gallery, and taught meditation and Conscious Communication at the Five College Consortium. In 1999, Amy founded the Center for Circles of Empowerment, where she led women’s empowerment workshops. Amy is a former resident of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, she also resided and taught at Centro Creativo, in Costa Rica. She serves on the New Start
for Women Advisory Board (SUNY Ulster) where she also teaches Stress Management. She is an Ulster Leadership Development Institute alumna, a facilitator of women’s empowerment circles for the Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Center, and a graduate of Omega Institute’s Women’s Leadership Intensive.

Amy holds an advanced degree in Women’s Studies and is the founder/facilitator of Aquoga aquatic cardio, yoga and meditation classes. She is a survivor of a near fatal car accident, and brings the unique perspective of someone who healed from 16 assorted broken bones, and relearned how to walk, into her tool box of inspiration.

Amy shares about the Benefit Concert for Raising Hope’s Scholarship Fund happening on Saturday April 29th at Rosendale Theater. BETTY will be the special guest performer at this special happening! We also talk about their mentorship program and the amazing workshops that they offer on a regular basis. It’s always uplifting to hear about the good work happening at Raising Hope.

You can purchase tickets to the benefit party at Rosendale Theatre.

Here’s your New Moon Report.

Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda of Radio Kingston.

Our show music is from Shana Falana !!!

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