I am Yana, a Belgian semi-nomadic adventurer and foodie. I love exploring new places, things and dishes. Depending on where I am, I crave to go rock climbing, freediving or enjoy a yoga session. But hey, I also love some me-time to read a book.
From a young age, I was lucky that my parents took me abroad to discover the world. This sparked a travel bug that hasn’t ceased to exist. We live on an amazing planet in so many ways!
But the more countries I visited, the more I became aware of the injustices in the tourism industry. For example the exploitation of indigenous communities and in some places also animals. Or the pollution of fragile ecosystems. All these left a lasting impression on me. I figured there had to be a better way.
My passion for travel and especially sustainability led me to work for UNESCO in Kenya. I also conducted research on the development of sustainable tourism on multiple continents. I gained valuable insights and experience in how the tourism industry works.
After living and working in Spain and Kenya, I returned to Belgium. There I worked as a journalist for a few years. I loved to do research and write stories, but I missed being involved in empowering sustainable tourism.
I felt stuck and as if that wasn’t bad enough, I also became very ill. During my 1,5 year recovery, I decided to create my dream career. So I combined my passion and my skills in what is now EcoScapes.
I want to support like-minded people through EcoScapes. because I believe that conscious sustainable tourism can be a catalyst for the empowerment and the protection of the local communities and the ecosystem.
I know, that sounds like a lot of research work and so many things to take into account. But that’s why I am here to help you.
Together we can co-create an eco-conscious retreat that has a transformative impact on your clients as well as the receiving local community and ecosystem.
I’m 100 % dedicated to being of service to you. Because I have seen with my own eyes that making a positive impact with a retreat is possible. And YOU can do this too.
I provide different packages tailored to your unique vision and needs.
Eco Explorer Package
A three week individual guidance program to get clarity on the vision for your retreat and to start bringing it to life.
Read what our happy customers have to say!
"Working with Yana was great! I was in the beginning stages of creating my month long travel while you work program for socially conscious entrepreneurs. From our first meeting, she made it easy. She got all the details from me that she needed and ran with it. I highly recommend Yana for any project you might have."