Announcing Storyteller in Residence 2017

Announcing Storyteller in Residence 2017

Announcing Storyteller in Residence 2017

By Hans Pfister, Co-Founder of the Cayuga Collection
“Announcing Storyteller in Residence 2017” originally appeared on the Cayuga Collection blog and is reprinted and adapted with permission


In the fall of 2016, we first launched Storyteller in Residence with our Co-Presenters, Mike and Kim from Coffee Abroad.

Our goal was to give digital creators the opportunity to do their best creative work in the most incredible places on the planet, and to contribute to the conversation on sustainable travel.

It was scary — this was our first time partnering with creators to offer something like this. And while I believe in the value of artistic pursuits to further the sustainability conversation, there was still a part of me that wondered, “Will this make a difference?”.


This is what happened


Elizabeth Yuko, Storyteller in Residence 2016

Our first Storyteller — Bio-ethicist, writer, and comedian, Dr. Elizabeth Yuko — travelled to Jicaro Island Lodge in Nicaragua to pursue her residency on post-conflict tourism.

She wrote a humorous diary from the field called, “How Trump’s Election Brought out my Adventurous Side,” and her experience will become a dedicated chapter in her upcoming book, “I Was Afraid to Ask: Navigating 21st Century Ethical Issues”.

Elizabeth also placed her article, “What I Learned About Ethical Tourism”, in the prestigious online publication, The Development Set.

While I’m so thrilled about the writing, the publications, and the unexpected publicity Jicaro Island and its staff will receive from hosting her residency, what truly warms me is that Elizabeth has decided to graciously donate all of her earnings from her article to the Jicaro School.

It’s this kind of genuine enthusiasm and desire to contribute to the conversation on sustainable travel, that we wanted to cultivate through this program.



Announcing Storyteller in Residence 2017: “Food With Philosophy”


We’re looking for food storytellers to explore the challenges and rewards of sustainable eating.


This year, we focus on the simple rituals that bring people together, the local tastes that define a culture, and the re-imagining of how food even ends up on our plates.

You can find all the program details right here.

And in the coming weeks, keep an eye out on the blog. We’ll be sharing Elizabeth’s experience at Jicaro Island as our first Storyteller in Residence.

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