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...]

Surf School Intern Experience: Taylor’s Reflection

Ocean Guardian Journey Onternship

Taylor, San Diego native and future lawyer, did an internship with us earlier this year, helping us develop the Ocean Guardian Program. Specifically, she helped us refine our Ocean Guardian Pledge, My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest, and use of the Blue Marbles. Here is her reflection after several months of travel and starting law school! There are no words to describe or do justice to the experience I had during my month in Bahia Ballena. That being said — I will try ☺. Earlier this year, I … [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...]

Service & Surf Saturdays

Beach cleanup

We cordially invite you to any and all of our bimonthly Service and Surf Saturdays happening from 8-11am every other Saturday at the community entrance to Playa Chaman. There are a host of purposes for these events aside from keeping our local beach beautiful and clean -- here are some of the other reasons we get up early (for a Saturday) every other week, and encourage you to do so as well: Keeping trash (specifically plastic) out of the ocean Setting a positive example for beach-goers, … [Read more...]

Geoporter: A Community, An Educator…and the Maps that Make a Difference

GPS project

The community of Bahia Ballena is located in the southwest region of Costa Rica, along the pacific coast. The region is considered a paradise for its natural beauty, biological diversity, and indigenous cultures. However, the area, including the community of Bahia Ballena, faces a challenging future, with the possibility of mega-projects such as an international airport, hydro-electric dams, and the rapid increase in the development of African palm plantations - which could change the social, … [Read more...]

2013 Earth Day Sign Painting

2013 Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day 2013, we decided to get as many people as we could together to create some colorful signs that we could put around our community of Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica. So yesterday, instead of doing our regular Sunday beach cleanup, we invited the “regulars” who help us, including neighbors, some of the town’s surfers, and some visitors, to come and get creative with us! We gathered some leftover wood from the construction site of our bungalow and yoga center to use as our … [Read more...]

Playa Uvita Beach Cleanups 2013

Uvita beach cleanup

One of the on-going service projects that Bodhi Surf is organizing is a weekly beach cleanup. The plan is that Bodhi Surf along with community members, local surfers, friends, family, and perhaps the occasional “lucky” tourist can invest one and a half hour (from 4pm to 5:30pm) each Sunday afternoon to cleaning up and improving the aesthetics of “Playa Colonia” and its respective area within the Ballena Marine National Park. This beach / park cleanup project was kicked-off this past Sunday … [Read more...]