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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#125 Anrika Colbourne of “One N Only Cakes”

Anrika Colbourne got her start at Ulster County Boces simply by being in the Culinary program, which opened a door to a whole new world! She later graduated from Johnson & Wales University where she was able to experience a myriad of new elements of the pastry world. She later studied in Peru and Canada, while she working in resorts, restaurants, and as a pastry instructor. From interning at Bobby Flay’s restaurant, to working at small bakeries (sometimes 2-3 at a time), to the transition into the corporate world as an industrial pastry chef, her love always lied with cakes. She started One N Only Cakes as a home-based establishment created in Kingston, New York in 2013.Being a first-generation American to Caribbean parents, Anrika is a vibrant, passionate, innovative pastry chef with a strong Caribbean background, which is a big influence in her baking. Her love of flavor reflects in her baking with a somewhat modern style. She prides herself on her quality, original flavors and thinking of something new and creative with every request.  After years of traveling up and down the east coast of South America, central Canada, and the east coast of America, Anrika is finally back home where it all started. One N Only Cakes offers a wide array of tiered and sculpted cakes for weddings, baby showers, birthdays and so much more!

​We talk about how she got into and through culinary school, her various jobs and travels, landing back in Kingston to start One N Only Cakes, COVID quarantine, losing her grandfather, Love Slices, self care and overcoming self doubt!

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