Casa Karma. For those who have had the pleasure of setting foot in this truly amazing place in Vallarta, you already know how hard it is to explain to others how much magic there is contained in that space. It is a resort hotel in Conchas Chinas sitting on the highway going south with lots of steps going down to the rocky coastline and the water. (That last sentence is for location only!)
I have been to Casa Karma for fundraisers, concerts, dinners, picnics, cocktails, Bloody Sundays (a whole article is needed for that!) but the best use of Casa Karma I have experienced yet, was last Saturday night’s ‘Dolphin Reiki Sound – Healing’ event. More than 25 of us spread our yoga mats in a huge circle on the labyrinth at the edge of the rocky shoreline. Early evening; still an onshore breeze, a calm, friendly group, introducing ourselves, exchanging hugs and finally we began with deep breathing exercises, crystals placed over eyes and hearts, rainsticks, overhead birds and always rhythmic waves breaking against the rocks for background sounds. A back-to-childhood memory visit led by Carlos and Haidee in two languages, visualizing being under the sea looking for dolphins and whales. We were sitting together watching the sun go down an energized hour later. Tears fell, hearts were lifted, awareness boosted; all of us giving thanks to our living, breathing Earth so abundantly close at hand at Casa Karma.
There is so much more coming from this single event including the eventual release of the 400 dolphins currently in captivity in Mexico. When I have details I will pass on the information.
Georgia Darehshori, the owner of Casa Karma, celebrated her 73rd birthday on the last day of April and threw herself a surprise party at – guess where! – Casa Karma. A few guests dressed up in the fashion of the 60’s and 70’s…for some of us, it wasn’t much of a push! We danced to the tunes spun by the DJ; enjoyed nibblies by Jim Lee and Sean Carey of Celebrations Vallarta, drank fabulous cocktails poured by Manny and the rest of Casa Karma’s great bar staff, with all the profits donated to the “Grow a Shoe” Program. With contributions from guests, bar sales, and Georgia matching what was raised, 88 needy kids in Vallarta will get new shoes that will grow along with them.
On Friday, May 5 at 8 pm, another event is planned for Casa Karma: “Cena con Causa”. Founded in 2010, Fundacion Careaga is raising funds that will help support various independent projects including IAMPV (Instituto de Artes Musicales de Puerto Vallarta) and the Los Mangos Library’s Summer Camp Program to name just two.
Cocktails start at 8 pm with a gala dinner being served by Café des Artistes, La Leche and Trio Restaurants. Entertainment, live music and many surprises are in store.
See everyone at Casa Karma…until then that’s it, From Here.