Astro-Guide Training

Astro-Guide Training

for lodges and independent guides in east africa
 

The astronomy guide training blends essential naked-eye and binocular astronomy skills with Kenya’s rich ecological and cultural heritage. This training goes beyond scientific theory and technical equipment, integrating basic science and low-equipment practical skills with culturally relevant information about the night sky. It empowers guides to deliver captivating, locally relevant night sky tours, enhancing the tourism experience and fostering a deeper appreciation for Kenya’s nocturnal heritage.

With a lifelong passion for the night sky, I have dedicated myself to the intersection of astrotourism and dark sky conservation since 2019. My journey began with a guide-training pilot project in Maasai Mara, Kenya, and expanded to leading guided night sky tours in Slovenia and developing resources for rural astrotourism globally. My expertise spans both theoretical and practical astronomy, complemented by an understanding of nocturnal ecosystems and the impact of light pollution, honed through years of advocacy work with DarkSky International and DarkSky Kenya. This training reflects my commitment to preserving and celebrating the night sky, while providing guides with the tools to share its wonders with others.

Training components:

1. Accessible Astronomy

Learn equatorial astronomy basics and night sky navigation through theoretical training and practical sessions, and using binoculars and digital tools for stargazing.

2. Ecological awareness

Explore the nocturnal ecosystem’s role in wildlife conservation and how the moon, stars, and artificial lighting influence Kenya’s biodiversity and overall ecosystem health.

3. cultural heritage

Discover Kenyan cultural astronomy and tribal stories about the cosmos, offering a deeper understanding of local beliefs to enrich any night sky experience.

How this training can benefit lodges and camps:

Offer Unique Experiences

Equip your guides with the knowledge to deliver compelling, unique tours of the Kenyan night sky, enhancing the guest experience.

Ecological and Cultural Insight

Promote ecological awareness and cultural heritage, offering a richer, more meaningful narrative to your guests.

Competitive Edge

Position your lodge as a leader in sustainable astrotourism, attracting a niche market of eco-conscious and culturally curious tourists.

Enhanced Revenue Streams

Create new revenue opportunities by incorporating astrotourism into your existing offerings.

How this training can benefit lodges and camps:

Offer Unique Experiences

Equip your guides with the knowledge to deliver compelling, unique tours of the Kenyan night sky, enhancing the guest experience.

Ecological and Cultural Insight

Promote ecological awareness and cultural heritage, offering a richer, more meaningful narrative to your guests.

Competitive Edge

Position your lodge as a leader in sustainable astrotourism, attracting a niche market of eco-conscious and culturally curious tourists.

Enhanced Revenue Streams

Create new revenue opportunities by incorporating astrotourism into your existing offerings.

For quotes, custom training options, or more information, reach out to info@samyuktamanikumar.com

FAQs

Previous astronomy knowledge helps, but is not necessary. The training is suitable for all levels, from beginners to those with some basic astronomy knowledge. Modules are tailored to accommodate a diverse range of participants.

The training is spread out over 4 days with daytime lectures and practical evening sessions.

Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the training and assessment.

The setup is flexible and committed to delivering a tailored experience that meets your needs. I’m happy to work with you to align the training program with your specific requirements.

I recommend that each training session have no more than 10 participants to ensure enough dedicated attention to each participant.

contact information

For inquiries and booking, please contact:

Samyukta Manikumar

+254 792 289 987

info@samyuktamanikumar.com

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