How We're Different
We want to take you to extraordinary places around the globe. We want to move with you and breathe with you while we all enjoy the amazing features of these places. We want you to have a relaxing vacation with a touch of adventure, but we don’t want to come to these places, use them, and toss them aside like so many of the disposable things we have become accustomed to in our modern lives.
We want to become educated about the real place, not just the polished surface. We want to find out what could benefit the people, plants, and animals living in these areas, and we want to contribute. To this end, on every international retreat, we will research and select an organization working toward the betterment of that corner of the world. We will hold fundraisers and karma classes ahead of the retreat, and donate part of the retreat cost, to benefit this organization. Additionally, we will organize an optional one-day field trip dedicated to either service or education during each retreat. You get to decide the level of your involvement. You can participate in fundraising and field tripping, or you can just come along and laugh, play, eat, and move with us, knowing that your presence is contributing in its own way.
Organizations We Support
We think it is important to put your money where your mouth is. We teach regular karma classes to raise funds for organizations we think are doing the good work for our communities and the communities we visit when we travel. We also donate a portion of our profits from every retreat to an organization we believe in. Here are some organizations we support, and think you should too.
Lewis House 360 Communities- 360 Communities provides hope and support to more than 16,000 individuals each year with 9 programs in over 40 locations, including a network of five food shelves, two domestic violence shelters, two resource centers and three programs that support school success from birth through high school graduation. https://www.360communities.org
NOC Neighborhoods Organizing For Change- a grassroots, member-led organization building power in under-resourced communities and communities of color across the Twin Cities. http://www.mnnoc.org
Bridges Through Yoga- Bridges Through Yoga facilitates avenues towards healing for indigenous people, people of color, and allies through modeling, equity training, and opportunities for exchange. https://www.bridges.yoga
Sharing & Caring Hands- Sharing and Caring Hands provides a host of services that include food, clothing, shelter, transportation assistance, medical and dental help and much more to the over 20,000 people who come through our facility each month. http://www.sharingandcaringhands.org/mission-and-vision
All Hands- All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities. Our vision is to demonstrate the power and value of volunteer service through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers. https://www.hands.org
Whale Samana- Whale Samaná promotes responsible whale watching as a viable economic alternative to “whaling” and a sustainable, non-lethal, use of the North Atlantic Humpback whale. Kim Beddall, animal advocate and conservationist is the founder of commercial whale watching in Samaná, now considered one of the top ten destinations in the world to observe threatened, North Atlantic Humpback whales. http://www.whalesamana.com/samana-dominican-republic-whale-watching-tour.html