SILENT AUCTION ADVENTURES
MAGICAL GETAWAY IN THE RAINFOREST OF COSTA RICA AT FINCA LUNA NUEVA LODGE
Bid for a magical getaway in the rainforests of Costa Rica at the Finca Luna Nueva Lodge! Dedicated to preserving the precious rainforest and maintaining a sacred bond with the land, Finca Luna Nueva is a rustic yet luxurious eco-lodge located outside of La Fortuna, Central Highlands. This certified organic biodynamic farm is alive with energy and a living manifestation of sustainable practices, as well as a sanctuary that harbors a dynamic collection of roughly 300 medicinal plants.
For those interested in the organic and sustainability movement, this is an excellent opportunity to interact with a living farm, meet like-minded people and explore the Arenal Volcano region. For outdoor enthusiasts, La Fortuna is the adventure capital of Costa Rica! This item includes a stay of up to four nights for two people who will share a private bungalow.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – featuring delicious meals that include offerings from the farm itself and local producers, depending on the season – are included. The stay will include a guided tour of the farm, through which guests will experience a working organic biodynamic farm. Guests will also be taken on a “chocolate tour”, through which they’ll see and experience every step in the creation of chocolate, from the ancient Mayan process to modern European techniques. The tour will also allow guests to make their own “Drink of the Gods” – an ancient Mayan drink made from the cacao fruit – and make their own chocolate confections.
Airfare is not included in this package, and guests will need to make their own flight arrangements. Transportation costs are also not included, although the lodge can arrange a shuttle to and from the San Jose airport upon request.
Please bid generously on this amazing experience! The lodge will work with the winning bidder to schedule a visit, which is subject to availability. Guests are encouraged to book reservations well in advance, especially during the high season that runs from the end of December through mid-May.
Donated by: Tom Newmark
STAY AND SAFARI AT EZULWINI LODGE IN SOUTH AFRICA
Bid on this once-in-a-lifetime experience to spend six nights at world famous Ezulwini Lodge in South Africa. Ezulwini, the Zulu word for 'Place of Paradise', is situated in the middle of the Greater Kruger National Park, Balule Nature Reserve section, where Africa remains unspoiled. Ezulwini prides itself on being able to offer an exceptional African setting, indigenous fauna and flora as well as unique character and charm, to provide you with an authentic experience. Ezulwini Lodge nestles deep in the heart of lion country, and sits on the famous Olifants River, with large riverine trees and wonderful sightings of elephants, hippos and crocodiles.
Good for four people, this package includes all meals and local beer and wine. It also includes two 'Big Five' safari game drives daily, as well as delightful 'sundowners' that include wine and snacks out in the bush at sunset during the evening game drives. Lastly, you and your group will be treated to a private tasting in the Ezulwini wine cellar.
In addition to having the trip of a lifetime, you'll also be supporting a wonderful establishment. Ezulwini employs sixty staff members who come from impoverished backgrounds, and in turn, support over five hundred family members collectively. The Ezulwini team are strong supporters of United Nations award-winning Black Mambas - A group of strong women from disadvantaged backgrounds who are involved in anti-poaching patrols. They are also major funders of the conservation efforts for the endangered Black and White Rhinos.
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OCEANSIDE GETAWAY IN MANZANILLO, MEXICO
Casa Piazza is a stunning 8000 square foot multi-level blending of Mexican and Italian Mediterranean architecture. Relax & enjoy 7 nights in this luxurious villa, located in the oceanfront community of LaPunta. Casa Piazza is easy to get to, but you may not want to leave once you’re there.
This amazing getaway will include:
A fully staffed villa that includes a Private Chef, House Manager, and cleaning staff.
5 full bedrooms with private balconies and 6.5 baths. Ideal for 5 couples or 2 families with children.
This getaway is available for up to one year from the date of the auction. The ONLY blackout dates are the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Easter. All other weeks are subject to availability. The host will work with the winning bidder to schedule your visit!
Fly into Manzanillo International Airport, which is 35-40 minutes from the villa. Airfare and other travel costs are not included in the price of the bid.
Non-transferable and bidders must be at least 30 years of age. Winning bidder must accompany guests at the villa. Excludes costs of food/beverage, a nominal resort fee, and gratuity. Not suitable for corporate/business retreats, weddings, etc.
Casa Piazza is a spacious and airy villa, designed for relaxed tropical vacationing and a week you'll never forget. Please bid generously on this amazing opportunity!!
SPIRIT WORKS DISTILLERY TOUR & GIFT BASKET
Bid for a tour, tasting and gift basket from the Spirit Works Distillery in Sebastopol, CA!
Founded, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Timo and Ashby Marshall, Spirit
Works are dedicated to the “grain to glass” philosophy. This means that each batch of their delicious spirits starts with whole grains that are brought to the distillery and then milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, and finally bottled — entirely on-site.
Before starting Spirit Works, Ashby and Timo worked for many years as part of the Greenpeace actions team. Our ships play a special part in their story, as they each worked as crew for over three years, met on a Greenpeace ship and got engaged onboard. Our ships are even part of their brand, as the UPC code on all their labels is a rendition of the Rainbow Warrior under sail.
A tour and tasting at their distillery will include great stories from their time on the environmental front lines, in addition to showcasing their unique and exceptional spirits. With their dedication to the environment in mind, Spirit Works is committed to using locally sourced, organic products as often as possible, and only all-natural ingredients.
This item includes a tour and tasting for up to ten, as well as a gift basket containing four flasks and three bottles of their delicious spirits for the winning bidder. Please bid generously for a chance to experience firsthand all the things that make Spirit Works so unique and special!
Donated by: Timo and Ashby Marshall
ENCHANTING ESCAPE IN THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS OF CALIFORNIA
This item includes a stay of up to four nights in this gorgeous mountain home in Sheep Ranch, CA. Located 140 miles from San Francisco, it is an idyllic getaway from the pace and routine of Bay Area life. The house is a beautiful and energy efficient straw bale home and sits on 55 stunning acres in the Sierra Foothills. It accommodates up to 12 guests.
The main house has two bedrooms and two baths. One of the bedrooms is a bunk room that sleeps up to seven. Outside of the bedrooms, there is a spacious open floor plan with a large dining table, a fully equipped kitchen, and two main living areas. The house has a stunning wraparound porch and a deck with a hot tub and large outdoor seating area, all with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The pool, which looks out onto the nearby mountains, is surrounded by a large patio and grill. There is also a beautiful cabin located about 50 yards from the main house with a queen bed that sleeps two. The cabin has a bathroom, outdoor tub, and shower. Both spaces combined provide the perfect opportunity to read, relax, enjoy the weather, watch the sunset, stargaze, meditate, recharge and unwind.
The awe-inspiring 55-acre property is full of hiking trails and streams. There’s even an old mine shaft! Whether you’re coming to hike, explore, relax or all of the above, this is a wonderful escape and a beautiful place for you and your guests.
Please bid generously on this incredible getaway, and come experience this charming retreat in the heart of gold country! The owners will work with the winning bidder to schedule your visit, which will be subject to availability. With that in mind, guests are encouraged to make reservations as far in advance as possible.
VIP TOUR & TASTING AT LAGUNITAS BREWERY IN PETALUMA, CA
Bid on a VIP Tour of the Brewery for up to 10 people, 1 case of Lagunitas signature IPA to enjoy at home, 2 Custom Mason Jars to drink it out of, 1 T-Shirt to spill it on, PLUS 20 Coasters, 4 Posters, 20 Magnets, and 1 Bottle Opener.
The VIP tour includes free beer for the afternoon in the Lagunitas SUPER SECRET hangout area. The tour is typically an hour long, but ends in the Loft where you and your friends can hang out for hours!
Designated driver not included, but highly recommended!
Donated by: Lagunitas Brewery
TAKE A FLIGHT IN THE GREENPEACE AIRSHIP
Bid for a ride in the Greenpeace Airship! Somewhere between a blimp and a hot air balloon, Greenpeace thermal airship, named A.E. Bates, is one of four vessels of its kind in the United States and one of only 60 in the world.
The A.E. Bates Thermal Airship has been owned and flown by Greenpeace since 2010. It is named in honor of the late Mr. A.E. Bates, who gave over 25,000 hours of volunteer service to the organization over a span of 17 years before his passing in 2008.
The unique and airborne nature of our airship and its ability to display banners that can be changed to represent specific campaigns allow us to communicate large visual messaging in spectacular fashion. Over the years, Greenpeace has used it to draw attention to issues ranging from the problems of overfishing in the Bering Sea to the impacts of global warming in Glacier National Park.
Greenpeace will work with the winning bidder to schedule a flight time at an appropriate place in the greater Bay Area. It is, of course, weather dependent, so please bid generously on this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a bit of scheduling flexibility in mind.
Donated by: Greenpeace
RIDE IN THE SKY IN THE GREENPEACE HOT AIR BALLOON
Bid for a ride in Greenpeace’s iconic Hot Air Balloon! Like our airship, it’s unique and airborne nature combined with its ability to display different banners tailored for specific projects allow us to communicate our campaign messaging in dramatic fashion. Hot air balloons have long been a part of the Greenpeace fabric. Historic Greenpeace balloon events include flights over the Berlin wall in 1983, over the US Nevada nuclear test site in 1987 and over the Taj Mahal during a protest in India in 1998.
We’ve had our current balloon since 2008 when it made its inaugural flight during the famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta to draw attention to the threat of global warming. It was a spectacular sight over the horizon and drew a lot of attention to itself in the midst of many amazing balloons at one of the largest balloon events in the world. Since then it has been used by Greenpeace to highlight environmental problems and solutions around the globe. Greenpeace will work with the winning bidder to schedule a flight time at an appropriate place in the greater Bay Area. It is, of course, weather dependent, so please bid generously on this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a bit of scheduling flexibility in mind.
Donated by: Greenpeace
RIGID INFLATABLE BOAT PARTY & PICNIC
Looking to take your party hosting game to another level? How about an outing for up to 10 people in our fleet of Rigid Inflatable Boats? We'll take you and your crew out for a day on the Bay they'll be talking about for years to come.
Your generous bid could win an incredible excursion that will include rides across the Bay, an island picnic, drinks, photo ops and memories to last a lifetime. It's a chance to not only experience the Bay like never before, but to also get an idea of what it's like to be involved in Greenpeace's sea-based efforts that our signature RIBs make possible.
Greenpeace will work with the winning bidder to schedule a party like no other. It is of course weather dependent, so please bid generously on this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a bit of scheduling flexibility in mind.
Donated by: Greenpeace
EXCURSION IN A GREENPEACE RIGID INFLATABLE BOAT
Bid for a ride in a Greenpeace Rigid Inflatable Boat! While these boats in our fleet (otherwise known as RIBs by their acronym) might not be our biggest boats, they are often our most effective tools at sea.
Below the water is a rigid hull that allows the boat to travel at high speeds through rough seas. A specially-constructed rubber tube that runs along the bow and sides of the hull gives the boat exceptional buoyancy and stability in the water. A powerful engine makes the boat fast and maneuverable. For applications such as getting between a whaling ship and a whale, stopping toxic waste dumping at sea and confronting illegal fishing operations on the high seas they have no equal.
Many Greenpeace inflatables over the years have had barrels of radioactive waste dropped on them, been squashed by ships transporting illegal timber and been sprayed with powerful water cannons from offshore oil rigs. They have confronted whalers in the Southern Ocean, helped document the full extent of the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010 and played a key role in our campaign to keep Shell from drilling in the Arctic in 2015. These boats have been used by Greenpeace around the world in our global efforts to protect the environment.
Greenpeace will work with the winning bidder to schedule a memorable outing on the Bay. It is of course weather dependent, so please bid generously on this once-in-a-lifetime experience with a bit of scheduling flexibility in mind.
Donated by: Greenpeace