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...]

What is the Ocean Guardian Journey?

Sustainability image

Bodhi Surf School's Ocean Guardian Journey is the title for our corporate social and environmental responsibility initiatives, an area in which we are constantly learning, growing, and developing. We have the utmost respect for the ocean, for nature, and our environment, and we strive to give back to these beings without which we would not exist! Getting away from the word “Sustainability” Sustainability. sustainable |səˈstānəbəl| adjective 1 able to be maintained at a certain rate or … [Read more...]

Blue Mind, Blue Marbles, and Bodhi Surf, Oh My!

Wallace J. Nichols inspirational thinker

You know that moment when you read a book or a quote by someone wise, and something just clicks and you think, “YES! This is perfect. I needed to read/hear/see this”. For the members of Bodhi Surf School, that feeling came to us when we learned about Wallace J. Nichols, a marine scientist and conservation activist, who uses science to prove why we as humans need the ocean and, consequently, why we should protect it. Bodhi Surf discovers Dr. Wallace J. Nichols It all started a few years ago … [Read more...]

We Have Launched Our Travelers’ Philanthropy Program!

Travelers' Philanthropy

You may have heard lots of buzz from us in recent months regarding something called a “Travelers’ Philanthropy Program”. Travelers’ philanthropy is not a new concept, in fact, you have probably encountered opportunities to donate to different causes in the places that you have visited. Primarily, the idea behind travelers’ philanthropy is that via the investments of visitors, travel destinations can be either maintained or improved for both residents and visitors. Travelers’ philanthropy is a … [Read more...]

What I’ve Learned About Business

Surf school inauguration

I’ve never considered myself a “business-y person”: I always avoided classes with terms like economics, management, and marketing like the plague. It probably had something to do with being young, idealistic (naive?), and slightly revolutionary. Very dramatically, I always believed that the majority of business and industry (and those who controlled them) would stop at nothing in their quest for profits. I also believed that there was a way to do “good” in the world and shake up the status quo, … [Read more...]

Corporate Responsibility: Etnies’ Tree Planting Project in Costa Rica

Responsible business

Established in 1986, Etnies describes itself as a "global action sports footwear and apparel" company, and it also sponsors a team of skateboarders, snowboarders, surfers, BMXers, and motocross racers. In 2007, the company's president, Pierre Andre Senizergues, met with government officials in Costa Rica and was pleasantly surprised to learn that Costa Rica had pledged to to be carbon neutral by 2021, one of the first developing countries to do so. Senizergues felt an increased affinity to the … [Read more...]

Bodhi Surf: Recipient of Sustainable Trip’s ‘Making a Difference’ Award January 2011

Costa Rica service learning trip

We hope this is a sign of things to come but we are starting off 2011 with a bang! We are happy to announce that Bodhi Surf School has received the January 2011 “Making a Difference” award from SustainableTrip.org - a website launched by the Rainforest Alliance that promotes sustainable tourism businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean to travelers, tour operators, and travel agencies. Each month the editors of SustainableTrip.org select a tourism business that makes outstanding efforts … [Read more...]

The Importance of Working Together

Working together

In Western culture, independence is a highly regarded quality. From an early age we are encouraged to learn on our own, and strive for personal achievement and self-sufficiency. This is a prime difference between “Western” societies and others. However, we must remember that units -- be they familial, communal, societal, national, or even global - have been so important in our development, and are necessary if we want to continue to progress as human beings. … [Read more...]

Partners Recognized by Sustainable Trips Organization

Sustainable ecolodge

Bodhi Surf School would like to congratulate Bahia Aventuras and La Cusinga Eco Lodge for their continued efforts to improve their businesses based on sustainable models. For their great work they were recently recognized by a Rainforest Alliance service called Sustainable Trips; a service that features tour operators, hotels, and other businesses throughout Latin America and the Caribbean who have either been verified by independent sustainable tourism certification programs or by reputable … [Read more...]

It’s Not ‘Just Business’ with Bodhi Surf School

Not just business with Bodhi Surf

I recently read an article on the Huffington Post by Alec Baldwin, and I was made to reflect upon our surf school and its business operations. In the article’s last paragraph, Baldwin makes this statement: Business is about cold numbers, strict adherence to bottom lines and the ascent of those with the greatest skills and advantages. Governing requires a humanism that we find largely absent in the business world of today. It calls for skills that the business world often overlooks or shuns. In … [Read more...]