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17 Students Off to Middle School

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It is with great pleasure to announce that the School’s Back Beach Bash fundraising event held at Palmar tent lodge early this month was a huge excess that exceeded everyone’s expectation. Thanks to an awesome turnout from the Bocas Del Toro community and invaluable support from our partners, Palmar and Jak Kennedy’s Tronco Negro ferry cruise, we were able to come together and raise the funds necessary to send all 17 of Bahia Roja’s deserving middle school students to school in Old Bank.
Now, for the sake of reliving the excitement, lets take a look back to some of the days most memorable moments.


Alexander to Police Academy!

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Eddie’s eighteen year old brother Alexander will finally be achieving one of his lifelong dreams of attending the Panamanian police academy (school stars today!) thanks to the diligent fundraising of our stellar volunteer Elyse Eng in 2014. For those of you in other parts of the world, Eddie is a great friend of ours and the captain of our ship. He has been instrumental in taking charge of a number of projects in Bahia Roja and Bahia Honda. Alexander appears to be following in his steps towards a life of public service. After graduating from high school in the top 5 of his class, Alexander knew more than anything that the police academy was the next step for him. All of this was made possible through the fundraising efforts of Elyse and her network of supporters. We can’t thank you enough for making this possible!



Join Our Yoga/Service Retreat March 22nd-29th


Email to join and visit the Facebook event,

More Info:

Join Give and Surf and Durgaya Palmieri for a beautiful week of yoga, sun, and giving back in the island archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Where: Visit Bocas del Toro, Panama and stay at Palmar Tent Lodge to benefit the non-profit organization Give & Surf. Palmar is a one of a kind eco-friendly oceanfront lodge for yoga retreats, A place where you can relax and enjoy nature as you spend your days lounging on beautiful Red Frog Beach and your nightsfalling asleep to the peaceful sounds of the jungle and the rhythm of breaking waves. Accommodations range from comfortable private safari style tents to shared dorm safari tents or dorm bed.

What: A week of yoga, relaxation, adventure, and service. This group trip will be benefitting the education programs of local non-profit organization Give and Surf. Give & Surf is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the area that has established a preschool, kindergarten, summer school, after-school program, music program, and english program. The organization provides substantive, hands-on, real world assistance to the indigenous Ngobe people of this island archipelago.

When: March 22nd-29th Saturday to Saturday with the option to extend your stay in Panama City or Bocas del Toro.

*Pricing varies depending on accommodation preferences. The proceeds are donated to Give & Surf.

$1,500 private single occupancy
$1,200 private double occupancy
$1,100 private triple occupancy
$1,000 dorm

3 Meals a Day: fresh and healthy food both meat and non-meat options available
Yoga Instruction
Transportation in Bocas del Toro (all transportation is over water by boat)
Bilingual Guides
Service Projects: spend time in the community with Give & Surf
Use of surfboards, snorkel gear

Not Included:
Activities offered by third party service providers
Transportation expenses in Panama

Growing up on a spiritual community Durgaya was taught yoga and mediation from a young age. Trained in multiple disciplines her classes are a mixture of alignment techniques, breath work and mediation that have earned her recognition at Wanderlust in the City and other honors. Check out for more info.

Join: please email to register for this amazing experience. Limited space is available. Please share with friends and family. There is a $200/discount per friend referral.


Roller Hockey Benefit for a New School Boat raises over $1,000

Our fundraising efforts for A New School Boat continue going strong with the help of beautiful people in New Jersey this past Saturday.  Great friend and supporter, Luke Levanchy, hosted a roller hockey tournament, raffle, and festivities for a crew of spirited people.  Congrats goes to members of the winning team: Blake Wardrop, Mitch Cardone,  Brett Killianski, Elliot Berger.

Read more on what you missed Roller Hockey Benefit , and enjoy the pics! 

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