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Tourism For Peace

Dr. Gail Y. Lash, Ph.D.

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain.” Vivian Greene
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Dr. Gail Lash believes that we are all in one human family, and one with the Earth and its creatures. We express and see this oneness when we travel and get to know each other -- in our homes, work, and in leisure times & natural places.

Since 1991, Dr. Lash has worked with rural communities, assessing social and economic development issues related to community-based ecotourism in and around parks and protected areas. Her work in Ecuador, Belize, Indonesia and the United States has covered such topics as local perceptions of benefits from protected areas and/or endangered species, landowner rights, women's craft groups, guide training, conservation education, and building equitable partnerships.

Since 1998, Dr. Lash has also been on a spiritual journey, learning and developing her intuitive skills. By getting in touch with the Creator and the Divine-within, she has been able to balance her logical and intuitive knowledge, and purposefully create her life. She is blessed with opportunities to teach these principles of inner-knowing: how to be centered, grounded, detached from outcomes, and passionately creative! Also, she has learned how to access Divine healing and is a Spiritual healer, as well as teaching healing classes and doing Peace Counseling to those in need.

Dr. Lash is Founder and CEO of Tourism For Peace (TFP), promoting the teaching of peace through travelers and their hosts. She is Co-founder and Principal of Ursa International, a design firm that specializes in creating nature parks and visitor spaces worldwide, primarily zoological parks and animal sanctuaries. She is Coordinator of the Spirituality in Tourism Network for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), and an Associate with Community Conservation, Inc. (CC).  Dr. Lash was also a Teacher and Board of Directors member at Horizon Healing Center, and served on the Board of Directors of The Forest Foundation (TFF) which supports local producer artisan groups in several developing countries. She was also on the Board of the International Environment Forum (IEF), an internet-based organization that promotes spiritual principles for finding solutions to environmental problems.
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Dr. Lash also believes in connecting with our artist side, and nurturing heart-based living. Here are more of her views:

Animals & Nature

Wildlife and natural places bring a sense of wonder and connectedness into our lives. We realize that we are not alone. The beauty of Nature is a balm to the soul. These natural places and creatures can bring balance to our urban lifestyles, and be great teachers on the inter-relatedness of us all. This balance and spiritual balm is what we seek when we visit an urban zoological park or a wild tropical jungle.

Theater Arts

Dance, music, theater -- the Arts are a universal language among diverse people worldwide. We learn so much more when we put words to song, or emotions to dance. Children embody the essence of the arts. They teach us to "dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last." I love the arts, and believe that we achieve joy through their beauty. When we can laugh and play as a child, we can be healed.
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Spiritual Connections

Spirit is universal. We are connected like the drops which make up the ocean. The unity that we are striving to achieve is found when we recognize that all peoples, places, and things are spiritual energy. All healing (business, personal relationship, environmental) can be achieved by healing our spirit -- by bringing into our lives what we want, and by taking out what no longer serves us.

Choosing & Creating Peace

Peace is always present, but we must choose to see and acknowledge it. Tourism For Peace (TFP) is designed to engage tourists and host country tourism professionals & residents in creating and promoting peace -- between cultures, religions, languages and economic strata. Peace education, gardens and ceremonies bring acknowledgement that we can be the spiritual peacemakers needed to create a unified world.
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Dr. Lash has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from Duke University, a Masters of Science Degree in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia.

In her play time, Gail loves to solve mysteries, play with her dogs, hike in the mountains with her husband Nevin, travel to diverse countries and cultures, talk to and photograph wild animals, attend live theater, be a clown, and walk labyrinths.

Dr. Lash's Curriculum Vitae
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Tourism For Peace (TFP)
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