Whole & Happy

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Whole & Happy is a transformational retreat company in partnership with eco-conscious accommodations and resorts worldwide, with a mission to help you discover your happy place. We partner with organisations that support local and are kind to the environment, with an emphasis on giving back whilst looking after yourself. We focus on 5 pillars for a Whole & Happy Lifestyle - Gratitude, Nature, Connection, Playfulness and Creativity.
Member since: 02 Aug 2017

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

We partner with resorts that give back to local communities and employ local.

The resorts employ local people providing stable long term work for Thai people in the area with a fair salary. We arrange tours with local guides.

Food, beverages and supplies are where possible sought from local markets rather than big chain supermarkets of importers, if they cannot be provided from the resort’s own organic farm/gardens.

Eco-Logic Resort for Charity donates 100% of profits to the Thai Child Development Foundation and their onsite school, which educates local children with learning difficulties and trains them in occupations that they are well suited to, so that in the future they are able to support themselves and live a sustainable life.

We practice yoga and meditation with the children of the school, and encourage interaction and understanding between cultures. They run a community learning centre to share permaculture workshops, playhouse building, occupational training and abundance workshops.

Environmental responsibility

We partner with resorts that have their own water sources and therefore do not need to use plastic water bottles.

We encourage our guests in pre-arrival information to bring a reusable water bottle so there is no wastage, championing a plastic-free policy.

We provide bamboo straws to our guests in Southeast Asia in their welcome bags so there is no usage of plastic straws.
 
We source food and drink from local markets and suppliers so as to minimise import/export emissions and support local farmers.
 
In SE Asia we use fans to minimise air-conditioning energy, and when the resort does have air conditioning we ask guests to be conscious about their use and turn off when they leave the room.

Our resorts use any food waste to feed the chickens and at one of our locations, Eco-Logic, this is used to produce bio-gas.

Our resorts sell their recyclable waste to a local recycling business.

Eco-Logic runs a wastewater treatment system where bacteria reduces the waste and water overflows to the second and third tank. This water is used for watering and maintenance of organic gardens onsite.

On our Karma retreat our guests plant trees with the children of the Thai Child Development Foundation encouraging reforestation and education of youths about the importance of environment.

We use LCD Lamps and energy efficient lighting wherever possible.

Our resorts use solar energy.

We encourage shared transport for guests, we use bicycles where possible on retreats.

At Faasai we encourage karma yoga by doing an organised beach “rubbish pickup” to clear local beaches of plastic and rubble.

Faasai has a carbon sink of more than 1000 aloeswood trees and are protecting a local wetlands White Water Lake for wildlife habitat where our guests can enjoy bird watching, nature walks and permaculture. Faasai Resort is growing an integrated organic edible forest garden both at the resort and the lake in response to global crises such as food shortages, fuel and water shortage, climate change and financial instability (by following sufficiency economy practices). It integrates food production and water resources into the resort, provides local, healthy food for our guests on retreat, and also the staff and family of staff, it builds on cultural traditions of Asia, increases biodiversity, provides a model for Thai neighbours that organic techniques are a practical alternative to pesticides and herbicides, provides inspiration, recreation and education to our guests and is sustainable for the future, as the ecological balance Faasai is creating will minimize and offset carbon emissions, cool the local atmosphere, attract and retain water for the local aquifers, and build healthy soils for future food production.

By maximizing local production our resorts minimise the need to outsource.

Social responsibility

Thai Child Development Foundation supported by Eco-Logic Resort for Charity- by bringing guests on retreat here they are simultaneously donating to the TCDF school.

We visit local temples with local guides to educate our guests about local culture, Buddhism and the lifestyle for the local people.

We encourage guests to get involved in local festivals and activities as a cultural immersion.

We run Thai Culture, cooking and language courses on retreat to help guests understand the local culture and language better.

We organise a picnic/bonfire/live music night on the final night of retreats with staff of the resorts.

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