Tourism for Resilience and Regeneration

This customisable 5-week programme is designed to support a small group of hosts to come together and begin to co-create a regenerative tourism model in their place.
Participants will begin to develop:
  • A new way of thinking about tourism based on an understanding of what it takes for life to thrive – for people, enterprise and place
  • Insights about the caring your place needs, and how collaborative action across tourism and beyond can support that caring
  • Insights about your potential, individually and collectively, to contribute to your place and community and how your own resilience can be served
  • An understanding of the reciprocal care you wish to extend to and receive from guests, and how to align invitations and offerings with that understanding
  • Shared vocabulary and a small number of helpful guiding frameworks
  • A connected cohort of local peers with enhanced community capacity to generate new initiatives and respond to change, in resilience and ongoing regeneration
Meet Your Facilitators
Debbie Clarke
Debbie Clarke is from Morrinsville, New Zealand and splits her time between Whangamata, New Zealand and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Debbie is Director of Regenerative Development, brings a background of education and counselling, founded her own niche tourism business serving LGBTQ+ travellers, and is now dedicated to developing the capabilities of tourism and travel systems to contribute to the well-being of people, communities, and natural ecosystems.
Josie Major
Josie Major is from Te Whanganui a Tara/Wellington in New Zealand, and is passionate about the potential of a regenerative approach to tourism for contributing to thriving communities and places. She is a trained regenerative practitioner and co-host of the GOOD Awaits podcast. Josie believes in seeking creative and courageous ways of fostering deeper connections to people and place, looking beyond business-as-usual, and embracing our roles as stewards of our planet.
Michelle Holliday
For the past two decades, Michelle Holliday has inspired with her thought leadership and vision. As a writer, presenter, facilitator and researcher, her work centers around “thrivability” — a set of perspectives and practices based on a view of organizations and communities as dynamic living systems. To that end, she brings people together and helps them discover ways they can feel more alive, connect more meaningfully with each other, and serve life more powerfully and effectively through their work. Her research and experience are brought together in the highly acclaimed book, The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World.
Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for a group of businesses and individuals in a region or place to work through together as a cohort. We invite participants who see themselves as:

  • Tourism operators - experienced or emerging
  • Hosts – of visitors or their own community
  • Stewards of their place - those who want to see their region thrive
Course Details
Develop a new way of thinking about tourism based on an understanding of what it takes for life to thrive – for people, enterprise and place.
5 weeks
Online Cohort Course
2 hours/week
What's included?
  • Programme materials released weekly, including pre-recorded videos, reading materials and exercises
  • Support from programme guides throughout the 5 weeks including facilitation of online sessions and answering questions and support via email between sessions
  • Access to an online collaborative document or hub to share ideas, connect with other participants and harvest learnings together
  • Recommended additional resources for deepening learning
  • Membership to a small sub-group of participants to form connections, support each other’s learning and collaborate on programme exercises
  • Opportunity to take part in a follow up “deep dive” programme offering
Course Content

Tourism for Resilience and Regeneration

Session 1

Session 1: Grounding in purpose

  • Welcome and grounding in shared context and care.
  • Whakawhanaungatanga and creating connections.
  • Introduction to foundational regenerative principles and systems thinking.
Session 2

Session 2: What is the story and potential of this place?

  • Who is this place? Who does it want to become? 
  • How can that shape our collaborations across tourism and beyond.

Session 3

Session 3: What is the healing and resiliency needed in this place?

  • What is the care this place needs?
Session 4

Session 4: Regeneration and resiliency?

  • How can a regenerative approach to tourism strengthen the resiliency of our community and our enterprises?
Session 5

Session 5: What more could each of us contribute within an expanded story of hospitality?

  • What is your potential, individually and collectively, to add capability to the systems you work in?
Session 7
Session 8
Session 6

Join us for this course

Develop a new way of thinking about tourism based on an understanding of what it takes for life to thrive – for people, enterprise and place.
5 weeks
2 hours/week
Online Cohort Course