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Conjuring Wellness and Renewal. A Transnational Feminist Approach To Global Travel. Presented by Skye Ward. Workshop Guidelines. Honor time allocations for workshop segments/topics. Pay attention and listen analytically, respectfully and empathetically. (Active listening)

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conjuring wellness and renewal

Conjuring Wellness and Renewal

A Transnational Feminist Approach To Global Travel

Presented by Skye Ward

workshop guidelines
Workshop Guidelines
  • Honor time allocations for workshop segments/topics.
  • Pay attentionand listen analytically, respectfully and empathetically. (Active listening)
  • Speak for yourself. Use “I” statements.
  • Address the group when speaking, not just the facilitator.
  • Be gentle and compassionate with yourself and other participants.
goals and objectives
Goals and Objectives
  • Presentation & Discussion:
    • Disseminate international travel resources;
    • Exchange anecdotal tips;
    • Discuss cultural and societal barriers to international travel for women of color;
    • Create a preliminary plan for traveling to a new destination.
travel research sources
Travel Research Sources
  • Print
  • On-line
  • Colleagues
  • Affinity Groups
  • Friends and Family
  • Visualization

“Fear is a doorway, not a wall.”

[Stephanie Austin]

  • Logistics

Flight, lodging, health and safety, and packing.

  • Cross-cultural issues

Gender, ethnicity, class, economic, and religious

money issues
Money Issues
  • Plan in advance.
  • Obtain hotel/air package deals.
  • Pay monthly bills prior departure!
  • Use ATM. Hotel safe. Bring small amount of local currency
  • Maintain expense list for U.S. Customs declaration.
health safety
Health & Safety
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Immunizations months in advance.
  • Review medical insurance.
  • Prepare mini-first aid kit-include

extra prescriptions. (pills & glasses).

  • Drink sealed bottled water.
  • Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
security issues
Security Issues
  • Duplicate passport, drivers license,

birth certificate, itinerary & pay stub.

  • Beware of racial profile. (e.g. drug mule,

sex worker, economically poor.)

  • Don’t document lesbian identity or activity.
  • Beware proliferation of closed circuit cameras. (e.g. public/private, in/outdoors)
  • Leave confidential voice mail or paper trail

of your whereabouts.

  • What notions of self-worth, accessibility and scarcity act as barriers to travel?
    • Indoctrination?
    • Paucity of role models?
    • Self-imposed limitations?
    • Modest income & leisure time?
  • Develop tools and gather information to dismantle

inhibitions and barriers.

    • Advance planning and research.
    • Be flexible and patient.
    • Participant in organized trips and

use alternative lodging.

    • KNOW that you are worthy and deserving of global travel experiences.
transnational feminism
Transnational Feminism

As a feminist approach, it can be said that transnational feminism is generally attentive to intersections among

  • nationhood,
  • race,
  • gender,
  • sexuality and
  • economic exploitation
  • on a world scale, in the context of emergent globalcapitalism.


feminist traveler
Feminist Traveler
  • Develop an awareness of the unequal distribution of economic and natural resources that results from global capitalism.
  • Inquire into social, political and economic conditions of local communities where you plan to visit.
  • Be mindful of contributing to economic and cultural exploitation on a world scale.