July Roundup

July Sunset

The summer is flying by! We have just one month left before we close Bodhi Surf School to rest, regroup, and prepare for the arrival of the newest Bodhi Surf team member – Clea James! Maya is very excited to be a big sister and to help her mom and dad when Clea arrives! And we are ready to end the season with a bang — August is looking to be very busy indeed!Here’s what we have been up to in the month of July.A month full of Ocean Guardianship This whole summer has had a strong Ocean … [Read more...]

June Roundup

Global Leadership Adventures student groups in Costa Rica

Well it’s official — we are halfway through 2015. Also official, is that we have been open for five whole years now! Stay tuned, we will continue to publish the Bodhi Five-Year Anniversary series as the year goes on. We celebrated this momentous occasion by debuting our very first professionally-done video: a huge thank you to Breakwall Media for such a great job.It’s been an exceptional month: busy, hot, and full of great people! As always, we had a lot going on aside from our regular yoga … [Read more...]

May Roundup

GPS and trash cleanup with Forjando Alas kids

May was a fairly low-key month at Bodhi Surf School, and both the Bodhi Anchors and the Bodhi Gypsies took advantage of this to visit their respective families. However, by staggering our time away, we were able to stay open and maintain our regular surf and yoga vacation operations. While the Gypsies celebrated Adrianne’s 28th birthday visiting family in Gibran’s hometown of San Blas, Mexico for the first two weeks of May, Travis, Pilar, and Maya held down the fort at Bodhi Surf School. Then … [Read more...]

Bodhi Surf’s Everyday Impact Reduction Measures

Handpainted 6 Rs Sign

We’re on a mission, and this mission is called the Ocean Guardian Journey! What does it consist of, you may wonder? Stewardship, and especially that in the sectors of community and environment. It is top priority for the team members at Bodhi Surf School to be the best that we can be, which means not just providing great and consistent service for our guests, but also being a business that practices Social and Environmental Responsibility. We want to be an example for other people as well as … [Read more...]

April Roundup

Jumping shot on the beach

We hope you are enjoying our Monthly Roundup blog posts. The purpose of these posts is to keep our friends and past guests informed about the goings-on at Bodhi Surf School (often times, we have activities aside from our day-to-day surf, yoga, and Bodhi Surf Lodge responsibilities). Also, we hope these posts will give you an idea of what to expect if you are planning your first trip to Bodhi Surf School!Another month over — and what a month it’s been! So what happened in April at Bodhi Surf … [Read more...]

March Roundup

La Union de Uvita

Well, March was a busy month, (as has been the first week of April — oops, this monthly roundup is already a week late!). The weather has been hard to pin down, most likely  because this year has officially been called as an El Niño year (a phenomenon of warm currents in the Pacific Ocean), and the first since the 1997-98 season. We’ve had some very hot weather, some cooler days, and some days of larger waves as well. True to the Bodhi way, we had our hand in many different pots (in addition to … [Read more...]

February Roundup

Team Bodhi on Pacuare Ferry in Costa Rica

February has been a lovely month indeed; not as hot and dry as in years past, though we're definitely not complaining about that! March is sure to be a scorcher, with the dry season in full effect — we’ll be spending more time at the beach, where the ocean air is always refreshing. February brought us many excellent and interesting people (many of whom who left as new friends). Our newly opened Bodhi Surf Lodge has been operational for only ten weeks, yet we’re so stoked that every single person … [Read more...]

Case Western University in Bahia Ballena 2014-15

Case Western Reserve University Costa Rica Service

We were fortunate to work with students and staff from Case Western University again over Christmas/New Years (for the 5th year running!) as they complete their course called Health and Health Care: A Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States. We were stoked to spend some time with them here in Bahia Ballena, leading them in some educational service projects, and of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a little yoga and surf! Also, something that was very exciting for us: the … [Read more...]

Yoga for the Community Program

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Even before opening the doors to the Bodhi Shambala Yoga Center in July of 2013, Pilar Salazar knew that she wanted to offer an option to her fellow community members in Bahia Ballena who were interested in learning more about the practice yoga but who perhaps didn’t have the disposable income to do so or even know where to begin. Pilar never forgets how her personal yoga journey fundamentally changed her life for the better, and she wants to ensure that others have the same opportunities she … [Read more...]

Protecting The Pacific: GLA Summer 2014 Ends on a High Note

High school students surfing in Costa Rica

This summer, Bodhi Surf School and the community of Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica hosted four groups of high school students who came down to participate in the “Protecting the Pacific” program through the travel company, Global Leadership Adventures (GLA). All four groups were in the community for 12 days each and participated in a number of activities, including surfing, zip-lining, whale watching, kayaking, and doing 30 hours of community service work. They also took part in a number of seminars … [Read more...]