The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards 2023 – Health and Wellness

Words Emi Vilas Bôas
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Welcome to the Regenerative Travel Impact Awards, a platform dedicated to acknowledging the transformative power of initiatives that prioritize health and wellness through holistic and restorative approaches. The pace of modern life often leaves us disconnected from our well-being, this award shine a spotlight on individuals and projects that embody the spirit of regeneration by fostering a deeper connection to ourselves, our communities, and the world at large.

The pursuit of health and wellness goes beyond physical fitness—it encompasses mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards celebrate those who recognize the profound interconnectedness between personal well-being and the well-being of the planet. By embracing a holistic understanding of wellness, these changemakers are redefining how we approach our lives, both within and beyond the realm of travel.

The Regenerative Travel Impact Awards celebrate those who champion a future where well-being is not a fleeting moment, but a sustained state of being. As we delve into the stories of these trailblazers, we uncover the essence of regeneration—the act of replenishing, restoring, and rejuvenating. From promoting mental well-being to nurturing a harmonious relationship with nature, these initiatives invite us to embark on a transformative journey toward a more balanced, connected, and fulfilling existence.

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Winner

Unveiling SOM at Woods At Sasan: A Holistic Retreat of Regeneration and Harmony – India

Woods At Sasan, a pioneering retreat, embodies a dedication to regenerative principles that shape its core values of environmental stewardship and societal advancement. Its firm commitment to enhancing the environment finds tangible expression in an expansive permaculture-based food forest sprawling across 8 acres. This haven of fruit-bearing trees, vibrant berries, and nourishing vegetable gardens stands as a testament to the retreat’s mission to reduce carbon footprint, invigorate local sourcing, and drive afforestation. It not only serves as a living illustration of carbon-neutral practices but also sets a profound example for sustainable models.

At Woods At Sasan, SOM represents an enclave of ayurveda, yoga, and inner well-being. Drawing inspiration from timeless Indian traditions of holistic living, SOM provides a gateway to achieving unity of the mind, body, and spirit. Its array of treatments encompasses Ayurveda, naturopathy, acupuncture, yoga, and meditation. Vanaushadhi, derived from ‘medicines from the forest,’ integrates aromatic herbs, healing plants, and freshly powdered herbal leaves, along with oil extracts cultivated from the resort’s edible garden. Under SOM’s care, the path to well-being commences with an insightful consultation, paving the way for a selection of treatments aligned with individual health aspirations.


Finalists

The Rockhouse Hotel Introduces Psilocybin Sound Bath for a Tranquil Mind – Jamaica

Introducing a novel wellness experience, The Rockhouse Hotel in Negril introduces a weekly Psilocybin Sound Bath session. This two-hour wellness endeavor artfully blends the therapeutic properties of plant medicine with the soothing effects of breathwork and sound therapy. The use of psilocybin, commonly known as “magic mushrooms,” is legally permitted in Jamaica.

In collaboration with local brand Patoo Chocolate, renowned for its Jamaican cacao-infused chocolate bars, Rockhouse Hotel presents this unique wellness class. Featuring a special variety of indigenous psilocybin fungi, the optional microdose aims to induce a subtly altered state of consciousness. Guided by a meditation instructor, the session is amplified through breathwork and energy techniques, accompanied by a live sound bath that employs immersive musical instruments to induce relaxation and mental tranquility. This transformative experience unfolds at the recently opened Rockhouse Farmhouse, nestled in the hotel’s organic garden, and extends to the new hydroponic greenhouse, creating an environment that resonates with natural harmony.

Future Found Sanctuary: 5-Sense, 5-Element, 5 Rhythm Experience of Nature – South Africa

Step into a realm of limitless possibilities guided by the visionary Director of Wellbeing, Romy Paull, and the devoted Sanctuary team. Through embracing the abundance found in the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet,  this 7-acre secluded escape offers unparalleled opportunity to form a deeper connection with yourself through treatments, practices and time spent in the elements Within this haven, curated serene spaces and guided activities offered through REALIGN Experiences invite you to rediscover your inner essence and synchronize with nature’s breathtaking stage. The fusion of aesthetics and tranquility creates an idyllic setting for the exploration of your untapped capacities.

Embark on an ancient acupuncture journey, where the flow of life-force energy is unblocked and amplified, fostering holistic wellness and invigoration. Dive into the realm of sound healing, as its calming tones and resonances align your energies, inducing profound relaxation and renewal. Immerse yourself in the transformative realm of Energetic Kinesiology, an integration of time-honored principles and modern techniques that facilitate self-healing and the embrace of your intrinsic potential for holistic balance.

Bliss & Stars: A Stargazing Paradise to Explore the Cosmos in Cederberg Mountains

Nestled in the calming arms of South Africa’s Cederberg Mountains, Bliss & Stars offers a luxurious and rejuvenating way to experience the wilderness and reconnect with your inner self. Rocky terrain and star-infused skies are all that surround the resort so the call to slow down and appreciate the intricacies of nature is strong. Set amidst a pristine location, far from the grasp of light pollution, Bliss & Stars beckons stargazing enthusiasts and astrophotographers to a magical haven. The night skies are breathtaking, offering mesmerizing backdrops for unforgettable experiences under the naked eye of the cosmos.

Embark on a truly transformative encounter with the Stellar Serenity Retreat. This unique fusion of astronomy, meditation, and immersion in nature invites participants to forge a deeper connection with the cosmos and their inner selves.For three nights, the Star Bathing experience unfolds, whisking you away from urban clamor to witness the celestial glory of the Milky Way traversing the night sky. Guided by experts, you’ll explore ancient caves and rock art, following in the footsteps of the wise Khoisan people, and rediscovering the beauty of the universe and your own essence.

The Datai Langkawi: Forest Bathing Malay Style through Mandi Embun Wellness

Embark on a Malay wellness journey at The Datai Langkawi and uncover the ancient ritual of Mandi Embun, a practice steeped in centuries-old Malay traditions. This ritual, translating to ‘bathing in the morning dew,’ brings forth remarkable health benefits by immersing individuals in the rainforest’s sensory wonders. Inspired by Japan’s forest bathing, Mandi Embun soothes stress, moderates blood pressure, and bolsters the immune system.

Guided by this tradition, the journey guides participants to a serene forest stream, where gentle stretches and mindful breathing prepare them for a refreshing dip in the clear jungle waters of The Datai. The Mandi Maul Hayat ritual, meaning ‘bathing in the water of life,’ follows, believed to regulate circadian rhythms, enhance sleep, and nurture overall well-being. Afterward, a leisurely trek through the forest, over the stream, and across hills and valleys leads back. Participants are indulged with a rejuvenating Urut Melayu massage at The Spa, followed by a nutritious lunch that embraces the Enam Rasa – the six taste sensations. These experiences transcend personal well-being, extending to communities and ecosystems, exemplifying socially and environmentally responsible journeys.

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