Giving Back

ISIY has researched ways in which we can give back and help achieve our vision of people living harmoniously with each other and the planet and our mission:

To bring a wave of positive energy, health and happiness to the planet by inspiring people to get in the flow.

We seek out the most inspiring retreat & course operators with sustainable operations or who give back to local communities.  We believe this supports a more sustainable, harmonious tourism industry one that ensures money flows back to local communities where the money is being made.  However we feel we must also lead by example.

We walk the talk by donating a portion of the profits we earn to charities and non-profit organizations we believe in - those that work directly with the communities they are assisting (and preferably working or living in).  It is important to ISIY that decision-making is community driven and actions are derived from the belief that the community knows best what will help them.

We have selected these two Non-profits to support through ISIY and will donate 1% of our profits to them.

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Waves of Hope Foundation

Waves of Hope is a Canadian based non profit organization working in northern Nicaragua to help alleviate poverty and create a better future for all.  Please visit www.waves-of-hope.com to learn more about their programs, initiatives and internships.

ISIY Director attended her first surf yoga retreat at El Coco Loco and was so inspired by the work that the owners were doing with Waves of Hope.  

From Waves of Hope

“Since our humble beginnings in 2009, we’ve raised over $200,000 for our community and had over 30 interns helping us on the ground. We have begun to see tangible results in education, health and prosperity within our community and we are just getting started!

We believe that living as part of our community is what makes Waves of Hope unique. Our friends and neighbors have taught us the beauty of simplicity, of how to be present in life everyday and how to enjoy even the smallest of passing moments.

Our projects and initiatives have generally been ideas and concepts developed by community identified needs and desires. We see our role mainly as being a facilitator. We help to review the feasibility of projects and assist in determining the best way to implement these projects. We then seek out funding partners to help make these community dreams into reality and then assist in the management and implementation of these projects. This partnership empowers our neighbors and allows them to design and implement their own path out of poverty."

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RAVEN - Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs

RAVEN is a non-profit charitable organization that provides financial resources to assist Aboriginal Nations within Canada in lawfully forcing industrial development to be reconciled with their traditional ways of life, and in a manner that addresses global warming or other ecological sustainability challenges.

We are a global community but ISIY’s home is Canada.  Though we live in a First World country, we still have many of our own living in third world conditions.  Yet it is sometimes these same people who are standing up for and protecting our precious eco-systems - which many are threatened by proposals for developing mines and oil pipelines.  RAVEN supports First Nations in their efforts to preserve important habitats and sacred lands.

From RAVEN

“When we formed RAVEN in 2009, it was because the original board recognized the need to redress an inherent imbalance. To obtain justice in the courts for Canada’s First Nations in their struggle to protect rights and lands native leaders, advocates and their legal teams almost always face overwhelming odds when going against the established interests of large corporations and the governments that support them. Governments and wealthy corporations hire large teams of lawyers and experts to bolster their arguments. Their resources appear almost limitless to cash-strapped First Nations and their dedicated legal teams that all too often work pro bono because of their belief in the cause. The background research and other costs attendant on the fight for native rights are invariably immense. Yet, without adequate research and background information, native causes are bound to fail in non-native legal systems.

Since our humble beginnings, in a donated office based in Victoria, BC with just one staff person, we have already enjoyed significant success. We were able to help mount not one but two formidable campaigns to raise the funds that enabled the Tsilhqot’in National Government to achieve success in defence of Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) and a sacred homeland. We have kept the Beaver Lake Cree Nation’s legal action alive, despite efforts to have it thrown out of court. And we have assisted other nations, such as Lake Babine First Nation, with legal actions. We also expanded, moving to a new space large enough to house our growing team.”

RAVEN’s vision is a country that embraces the caretaker values of First Nations and their equitable access to the justice system within a thriving natural habitat.

“Our mission is to raise legal defence funds to assist First Nations who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories. Through our education programs, RAVEN transforms public awareness to eliminate environmental racism and create a collaborative new economy.  

#33Trees Campaign

For a sustainable future, we will plant 33 trees for every new guest we send to one of our affiliates.  Through Eden Projects we hope our contribution continues to help restore the environment, allows families to grow more food and build a sustainable future.  The ISIY community will be able to see their impact - and who knows, maybe one day we’ll all go for a hike through forests we helped plant!

For more information please check out our campaign page #33trees

Or to check out our donation page: http://www.edenprojects.org/donate/?recruiter_id=25298

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