Come shake off the winter blahs!

Catch up with friends and make new ones while doing something good for the world.
There will be savory nibbles, yummy desserts and plenty of drinks!
Oh...and women only

RSVP (if you haven't already!)

Just in case you are playing along at home - so far that is 20 guests who are coming!

Donate to Dominica

With over 80% of all buildings destroyed or damaged in Hurricane Maria, the building boom is on.  The Dominican Red Cross is assisting with the rebuilding effort as well as providing daily necessities. 

This charity was recommended by my friends who work at the Jungle Bay Resort as one that is truly putting the money back into the community where it matters. 

Already donated to too many other disasters this year?  Come anyway!!  No pressure 🙂

Why Dominica?

Dominic, The Nature Island, is a small and very mountainous island in the Caribbean with a population of about 75,000.  It is an independent nation that has struggled to sustain a healthy economy after the combination of multiple crop failures (bananas, limes, etc) and a series of natural disasters.  What it does have going for it is a beautiful island with geothermal activity so there are beaches to snorkel, volcanoes to climb, hot springs to soak in, waterfalls to careen down.  And best of all...nothing poisonous! 

I visited in the winter of 2014 and stayed at the Jungle Bay resort which was started by Sam Raphael.  Sam was lured back to Dominica by the government to start a business and help out his homeland.  He created a magical eco-resort with all local labor and staffed mainly by people from the nearby villages.  The resort was destroyed by mudslides in Tropical Storm Erica, leaving over 65 locals jobless.  They are rebuilding and will open this year.  I have been impatiently waiting as the resort is wonderful - tree houses with porches & hammocks, yoga every morning overlooking the ocean, massage treatments every night, healthy food and a wonderful staff.  Luckily, Maria did minimal damage to the the resort.   But the island was decimated with an estimated 80-90% of the buildings damaged.

The folks at Jungle Bay recommended donations for the Domincan Red Cross which is helping extensively with the rebuilding efforts.