Dear speakers, participants and new members of our community,
It is with a heavy heart that we write to you as we continue to reflect on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on communities around the world. Our thoughts are with those that have been directly impacted, including the ill, the overworked health care providers, those who are without a home and the most vulnerable members of society around the world.
At the moment the Harvest team is in isolation scattered across different countries. Some of us are in the US, others in Europe and a few of us are in Kaplankaya.
Our home, Kaplankaya, has been in lock down for the last two weeks. A group of residents and volunteers from the Six Senses team have decided to stay behind and make this their home through this period. This group is trying a new approach where resources are pooled together to support and sustain each other. New skills are emerging every day with some picking up farming while others help out in the kitchen.
For the last two years Harvest gatherings have allowed us to look at things that matter from a different perspective. In building our program around wellbeing, we tried to go beyond the basic four pillars of wellness – sleep, nutrition, stress management and physical activity – to explore the impact of factors, such as living in a community and spirituality, on our wellbeing. We also looked at ways of matching healthspan with lifespan and the importance of living with purpose. In the end we saw that wellbeing was about living a fulfilling life; when the body retains its functionality and our mind is at peace we have a better chance of living a fulfilling life with purpose and in happiness.
When we expanded our program to cover environmental issues, we thought that we needed to try to understand the world in which we live and the nature that we are all part of through a positive lens. Encouraging action through love rather than fear, promoting recognition of the beauty and the value of nature through appreciation was the premise on which Harvest Nature was programmed.
The world around us is changing. It seems premature to even attempt to get a clear understanding of how. All we can sense for the moment is that when this is over we will all be living in a new world. We are eager to get together for the next Harvest event to try to get a better understanding of these questions and how they will impact both us as a species and the environment in which we live.
As you can imagine it is very difficult at this time to move forward with a commitment to holding this event during the first week of June, which is why we have decided to postpone it. While we have been reluctant to announce a new date and then find ourselves in a situation of having to move it again, we know we owe those of you who have registered and booked tickets some clarity on our thinking on this subject.
What we know for certain at this time is that the three of us and the incredibly dedicated group of the Harvest team are committed to carrying the mission of Harvest forward. We intend to set a date for the next Harvest event at the earliest possible opportunity. We will continue to communicate with you as we have more clarity on the timeline for the rest of this year.
We hope you will still be able to join us for the newly scheduled event, once the dates are announced. However, in the meantime if you would like to cancel your booking, we are of course happy to issue a full refund.
Please take very good care of yourselves and the communities in which you are. We will be in touch soon.
Lots of love,
Roman, Nick & Burak - Founders of Harvest Kaplankaya