Bodhi has either designed or co-developed a number of community programs that aim to preserve or improve the place we call home. Some of our areas of impact include providing educational opportunities, improving the environment, and uniting community members.
Why we do this
Bodhi Surf + Yoga’s community programs have done so much for us as a business and as individuals; they have made us better informed residents, allowed us to keep a finger on the pulse of our little town, and brought us together with our community members — something that can be difficult when everyone has different schedules, commitments, and priorities. We know that if we get involved and “get our hands dirty”, it will increasingly connect us to our fellow community members and give us a good perspective on the issues our community may face.
Service & Surf in the Marino Ballena National Park
We officially started our Service & Surf program in 2012. We provide our knowledge, surfing instructions, and resources to community members, especially youth, in exchange for community service work in the form of participation in a group trash cleanup. This program was built on the idea of “paying it forward,” both for participants and for ourselves. It also aims to foster a sense of community so together we can work to keep our local marine park clean and beautiful. The trash cleanup, usually on the beach, is largely symbolic — the act of picking up trash can feel tedious, and causes both participants and observers to think twice about littering and even about using the items in the first place! The surf lessons are meant to empower community youth, showing them what they’re capable of, and exposing them to the ocean. The event structure has undergone changes in the years since, but we greatly enjoy and believe in the core of the program and will continue its legacy.
Yoga for the community
The Yoga for the Community program started in 2013 with the same idea in mind. We wanted to exchange what we had to offer for participants’ commitment to pay it forward in the form of community service. We have a Spanish-speaking yoga instructor and an easily-accessible yoga space that we offer to our community, reducing local residents’ barriers in participating in yoga due to language, price, or accessibility. In exchange, the participants dedicate service hours for our community. The yoga itself promotes physical health among attendees; however, for those who attend classes consistently, it’s more than just a physical practice. Yoga is also mental, spiritual, and deeply personal, and the attendees of Yoga for the Community have seen the practice help them in many other aspects of their lives. We look forward to continuing with this program.
Semilla de Ballena
Semilla de Ballena was an initiative that Bodhi helped to start in 2014 along with Geoporter, Costa Rica Culture Tours, and Global Leadership Adventures’ Protecting the Pacific program. It is a project that focuses on reforesting lands in the community using local and native trees. This initiative has several components: collecting seeds, planting and caring for them in the tree nursery, re-planting the seedlings, and monitoring their growth. One of the main goals of this initiative is to protect the area against coastal erosion. Bodhi has contributed in several ways: co-designing the project, dedicating service hours, and making it a pinnacle project for our summer student service groups. Only time will tell what impact our collective efforts have on the environment and on our community, but it sure has felt good to get our hands dirty!
Bahia Ballena Libre de Plástico
In 2016, we were one of 15 local businesses that gathered on World Oceans Day to come up with ideas to reduce our plastic impact as a community. We were also one of the first that made a commitment to refuse single-use plastics. As of 2017, a portion of the funding from our Travelers’ Philanthropy Program has been used strategically by recipients Geoporters, ASANA, and Forjando Alas to advance the Bahia Ballena Libre de Plastico. Ahead of the annual Whales and Dolphins Festival held in September and October in Bahia Ballena, countless individuals, organizations, and businesses came together to create a nine meter long humpback whale replica out of 3,494 single-use plastic bottles. The whale was displayed at the festival and served as a symbol of human plastic consumption and its impact on the marine ecosystem and reminded visitors of the importance of reducing our impact.
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY MEASURES
Bodhi is built on an ethos of social and environmental responsibility, and is a tool by which we are forging a better world. Read on to see how we are doing this.
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