Explorers x Photographers x Filmmakers x Cinematographers
Conservationists x Change-makers >> This is for you
If storytelling is your thing, join this community of explorers, photographers, filmmakers, writers and storytellers, discover unseen & untold stories, gain insights by renowned professionals, exchange traditional knowledge, indulge in authentic explorations, meet local thought leaders and co-create magic on this journey of endless possibilities.
Story Trails by The Impact Society, is a journey designed for experiencing thought-provoking stories of natural history, cultural legacy, environmental & wildlife conservation, climate actions and sustainable leadership, with a tribe of conscious seekers & explorers.
Curated with Thought!
What do Storytellers seek?
Explorations beyond the Unknown / Carving a Niche
Finding Impactful Stories / Local Expertise & Knowledge
Experience & Know-How / Education & Awareness
Curated with thought, Story Trails is an immersive and authentic experience of impact stories and a mix of breath-taking explorations and mentorship guidance from professionals on storytelling.
Find your niche in Impact Storytelling by exchanging knowledge with local leaders, meeting a resonating tribe and opening doors to potential collaborations with thought provoking storytellers.
Meet change-makers on this unique journey
Travel & Wedding Photographer
Author & Travel Photographer
Biologist & Science Journalist
Find your Tribe of
STORYTELLERS & LEADERS
Unlearn the Art
FROM INSPIRING EXPERTS
LOCAL LIFE & CO-EXISTENCE
UNTOLD & UNSEEN STORIES
KNOWLEDGE & INSIGHTS
Dates: 15 - 22 July
From snow clad mountain canopies to 1000-year old monasteries, this trans-himalayan region is one of the toughest and extreme habitats to survive and within it lies unheard, untold and unseen stories of change, history and sustainability.
Dates: 12 - 19 August
A expedition to discover the rich culture, ancient history, stunning landscapes, and the unique way of Ladakhi life.
Untold Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots identified in the world and has the highest biodiversity per unit area of land amongst Asian countries. Discover Sri Lanka's biodiversity, which has the highest species density for flowering plants, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
WHAT YOU TAKE BACK
explore authentic stories
Each destination is handpicked and curated for its unique mix of ecological, cultural & ethnic diversity from the most obscure and exotic habitats in the country.
explore visual communication & storytelling
Films and photographs have the ability to engage us both emotionally as well as socially. By incorporating scientific research and relevant themes into films, there is potential for the creation of a new dimension to the spread of scientific ideas by sparkling citizen interest and simultaneously inspiring audiences to further engage in broader discussions on the issue itself.
get mentored by renowned filmmakers + one-on-one sessions
A one-of-a-kind experience with exposure to the leading minds in the field, our trip is heroed by renowned storytellers who will guide you to open your minds to diverse forms of storytelling & leadership.
lasting memories & positive impact
a comprehensive photography/filmmaking/writing/storytelling journey
meet local heroes
Craft unforgettable memories with like-minded storytellers who are united by a common goal to drive social change and create an impact.
There is no experience as comprehensive and immersive as a journey with like-minded individuals and world-renowned mentors.
Dive deep into local heritage and culture, and experience the spirit of the wild through the eyes of those who carry the torch of past generations.
HEAR FROM OUR MENTORS
Jodhpur Royal Family & Founder - Bagheeras Camp
"Extremely happy that someone has taken the initiative to bring a platform for storytellers in India"
"I always thought India has produced some of the best explorers who have been underrepresented and I strongly believe this platform is a great platform to voice out the stories of explorations. It feels great to see the rise of explorer community in india"
"Creating awareness about climate change, its causes and its subsequent effects is the need of the hour, and one effective medium of doing this is through visual communication mediums, the likes of photography and filmmaking."
Social Entrepreneur & Founder - Spiti Ecosphere
"Storytelling is not just an art of telling compelling stories but to also experiencing life beyond the unseen."
MEET SOME OF THE FINEST STORYTELLERS
EXPLORER | PHOTOGRAPHER
FOUNDER - JOURNEYS EXPLORE
Sushil is an avid traveller and a photo artist based out of Pune. He has traversed India extensively and there's nothing he loves doing more. His passion for what he does translates into every one of his travels, ensuring every client experiences and makes the most out of their travel with him.
With a cumulative experience of 15 years in the field in association with an array of organizations, In the course of his travels and having mastered in biodiversity, he has had the privilege to observe some very fascinating and rare creatures that inhabit the wildernesses.
SCIENCE FILMMAKER & PHOTOGRAPHER
A photographer, filmmaker and a science enthusiast who specializes in documenting scientific expeditions and research activities. He has been involved in several projects with his work taking him to the three Cryospheric polar regions of our planet (Arctic, Antarctic and the Himalayas) making him amongst the few documentary film makers to do so.
His recent film “The Climate Challenge” won the Best Science Film award at the International Science Film Festival of India.
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR &
FOUNDER - SPITI ECOSPHERE
Ishita Khanna is a dynamic social entrepreneur who is the founder and director of Ecosphere (a social enterprise) - that helps create sustainable livelihoods that are linked to nature and culture conservation.
Her experience of working at the grassroots and passion for the environment and the mountains has been the driving force for Ecosphere which enables her to live her philosophy. Here they address the triple bottom-line of conservation, development and economies, which also forms the very foundation of their genesis.
EXPLORER | PHOTOGRAPHER
FOUNDER - ROOTS OF INDIGENE
A travel photographer and experience creator, Vishal Bali curates stories from tribal and local landscapes with a zeal to provide an authentic and rooted experience to fellow travellers.
As a photographer, he documents the unseen tribes of India, to understand local life from the grass root level and works on preserving their knowledge systems and indigenous cultures.
BY OUR COLLECTIVE
180 SEC IMPACT FILM PROJECT
A lockdown experiment to mentor 20 participants in "180 SEC Impact Storytelling' by Science Filmmaker - Rakesh Rao
12 Storytellers on a quest to discover & document tales of climate resilient communities in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Read the Story...
8 Storytellers collaborate to uncover 'Conservation, Communities & Co-Existence' of Panna Tiger Reserve.
JOIN US ON THIS EPIC JOURNEY