An inspirational “nature summit” at Six Senses’ hotel on the Aegean coast

The Harvest Kaplankaya weekend invites guests to engage with influential speakers to effect positive change

Harvest Kaplankaya is a weekend of talks, workshops and experiences
Harvest Kaplankaya is a weekend of talks, workshops and experiences

Kaplankaya is Six Senses’ pied-à-Med, located an hour’s drive (10 minutes by helicopter) north of Bodrum on Turkey’s Aegean coast. There, modernist villas from Foster + Partners punctuate a rolling landscape dotted with aged olive and cypress trees, while the clubhouse serves up sapphire sea views that sparkle for days. In a nod to responsible business, the hotel says it sources food and materials locally, through fair trade and ecological channels where possible, and funds regional reforestation projects. It’s appropriate, then, that this will be the stage for a three-day event, Harvest Kaplankaya (May 24-26), bringing together a community of inspirational and influential guests whose priorities include saving the planet (€840 for two people, including a room for two nights and dining during the event).

Six Senses’ Kaplankaya, near Bodrum, is the setting for the event
Six Senses’ Kaplankaya, near Bodrum, is the setting for the event

The weekend of talks, workshops and experiences hosted by the hotel’s owner Burak Öymen, along with his wife Tereza Maxová, is based around the theme of reconnecting with nature. The aim is to gather an audience of business leaders, entrepreneurs and activists at the hotel to discuss subjects relating to the exploration and conservation of the planet, with a focus on making positive change. 

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The event’s line-up includes the brilliant Lucy Martens, co-founder of Le Ciel Foundation and Cause & Effect films, whose work as a cinematographer, director and editor of documentaries and NGO films has been broadcast on international networks such as the BBC, CNN and Netflix; and whose feature-length documentary The Twelve shares the knowledge of 12 indigenous elders from across the globe. Also presenting is Hanli Prinsloo, the South African freediver and record-breaker whose background in documentary filmmaking has taken her to the front lines of social-political conflict all over Africa, and whose I Am Water foundation promotes the practice of ocean conservation through human experience. 

The line-up of speakers includes Lucy Martens and Hanli Prinsloo
The line-up of speakers includes Lucy Martens and Hanli Prinsloo

Swashbuckling adventurers come in the form of the National Geographic Society’s resident explorer Wade Davis and prolific author Kingsley Holgate, known as the Greybeard of African Adventure. The exceptionally inspiring André Borschberg, the entrepreneur who conceived the solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse, is speaking too: alternating with Bertrand Piccard in the cockpit, Borschberg completed the first circumnavigation of the globe without a drop of fuel, establishing a world record by flying five days and five nights non-stop over the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

Hosted by the hotel’s owner Burak Öymen, along with his wife Tereza Maxová, the weekend is based around the theme of reconnecting with nature
Hosted by the hotel’s owner Burak Öymen, along with his wife Tereza Maxová, the weekend is based around the theme of reconnecting with nature

Besides the talks, guests at the conference can take part in life-enhancing activities from yoga sessions and breath workshops to cooking classes and paddleboarding. Those who stay longer than the weekend might venture beyond the resort to visit nearby architectural remains at the ancient Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.

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