At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we use our business as a force for good and believe that we must be the change we seek in the world.
Since our inception in 2010, we have been both a surf and yoga school. Why? Well, Bodhi Surf + Yoga was founded by three surfers and a yogini, and, naturally, we wanted to utilize all of our strengths and talents in building our company.
From watching the results play out over and over, we have realized something incredible: surfing and yoga not only go well together, but are a perfect match in every way, and each benefits our guests’ learning of the other.
Surfing and yoga: better together
We designed our Bodhi Sessions surf and yoga camp after five years of being in business and working with countless individuals and groups, some of whom did surfing or yoga on their own, and others who did them together. We noticed that our guests benefitted so greatly from doing the two together. They learned better, their bodies were more relaxed, and their minds more open. We knew that if we could ensure that guests participated in five surf lessons and five yoga classes, we would be able to have the time and opportunity to really teach them, help them build strong foundations, and impart the many valuable lessons to be learned both on the mat and in the ocean.
Nowadays, we shy away from single surf lessons or one-time yoga classes, because we know that we can only teach a fraction of what we believe are the very important basics in a day. So whether you are more interested in one or the other, or are curious about each activity, whether your most pressing desire is either learning to surf or improving your yoga practice — we highly encourage you to try both and commit to doing the full week of Bodhi Sessions.
How yoga can benefit the process of learning to surf
There isn’t much in life, physical or mental, that yoga doesn’t enhance. For one thing, it has amazing physical and physiological benefits, with practitioners seeing an increase in strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance. Even more valuable are its mental and spiritual benefits. The true, ancient yoga practice was actually much more mental than physical, and highlighted a great many “golden rules” in such a way that was more about self-reflection than self-reproach.
We educate, inspire, and empower our stakeholders to live more sustainably through surfing, yoga, nature immersion, and community engagement. We are proud to be:
2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winner
“Best for the World” award-winning Certified B Corporation
1% for the Planet member
We love welcoming guests into our quaint, coastal community of Bahia Ballena, Osa, Costa Rica, at the footsteps of the stunning Marino Ballena National Park.
At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, small is beautiful — spaces are limited to 10 guests per week — so reserve today!
Surfing + Yoga are better TOGETHER
Yoga is known to complement most sports, surfing included. At Bodhi, we have discovered a secret that many camps have overlooked: surfing and yoga are mutually beneficial — theoretically, practically, physically, and mentally. The two practices complement each other so perfectly, which is why they have equal weight in our weekly camps.
Bodhi Surf + Yoga is built on an ethos of social and environmental responsibility, an aspiration that our business can be the tool with which we forge a better world for ourselves, for each other, and for future generations. We are changemakers in the world, and take actions that are in line with our “true north” — to make a positive difference. Our mission statement is “Educating, inspiring, and empowering our stakeholders to live more sustainably through surfing, yoga, nature immersion, and community engagement.”
We are formally committed to donate the equivalent of 2% of revenues or more to charitable partners each year (including in kind product donations). Our Corporate Responsibility measures are the means by which we make progress on this journey, and we have endeavored to be transparent with this process by releasing a document highlighting each year’s initiatives since 2013.
While we are very proud of the work we have accomplished, we are by no means finished. In 2016, we joined the ranks as a B Corporation, and look forward to our business being held accountable to a rigorous set of standards by a global, third party nonprofit.
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 are providing educational opportunities, improving the environment, and uniting community members. A few examples include our Service & Surf Saturdays, Yoga for the Community, and Bahia Ballena Libre de Plástico (Bahia Ballena Plastic-Free).
At Bodhi, we like to be active and invest in our community because as individuals we love our home and as a business we depend on its well-being; moreover, we know that a community that is well cared for is a community that thrives. There are many ways that we invest back into our community, some of the most notable initiatives include our Travelers’ Philanthropy Program, our summer service programs with high school students, and our participation in a number of community groups.
We believe that we have a unique opportunity to not just provide our guests with the opportunity to have powerful experiences in a beautiful, protected natural area, but to utilize those moments as a catalyst to create long-term behavioral change. We have found a way to utilize what we do — hosting surf and yoga camps — as a vehicle to spread environmental awareness. Some of the ways we do that are through our surf and yoga curricula and our Ocean Guardian Pledge and Digest.
It’s one thing to talk the talk, and another to walk the walk. At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we believe that reducing our individual and company footprint is important, both for the act itself and to be positive role models for other people and businesses alike. This is a category in which we can still improve a great deal, but this challenge serves as motivation. Currently, we reduce our environmental impact by having onsite compost and recycling, limiting our use of plastics, and using biodegradable cleaning products.
As members of a global community, Bodhi sees the need to contribute on a global level. Throughout the years, we have donated to different groups, organizations, or movements whose values are aligned with our own. Some of the causes that are important to us are responsible travel, marine conservation, and plastic reduction, and some of the organizations we’ve donated to include the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), 5 Gyres, and Plastic Pollution Coalition.
The travel industry is very influential, but hasn’t historically been the greatest for local culture, society, or the environment. We have learned that “with great power comes great responsibility” — this is why we believe in a travel industry model that doesn’t blindly seek profit, but considers people and planet as well. Some of the ways we do that are by attending responsible tourism conferences and staying educated in our industry, working with other local responsible travel providers, promoting guest interaction with the community, and putting investments back into our community.