Positive Legacy, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arm of Cloud 9 Adventures, is committed to integrating live music and service by taking actions that positively impact the communities we visit. Positive Legacy’s mission inspires music fans and artists to collectively take action and build a better world. The goal is to develop service activities that people can participate in to bring a deeper sense of purpose to their travel experiences and the music surrounding it.

Day of Service

For our 2018 Day of Service, guests joined us for a day of work and celebration at the beautiful beach, Xcacel, with local NGO Flora, Fauna y Cultura. The beach is a Turtle Sanctuary that maintains protection of nesting areas and the mangroves near the beach. The turtles born here this year will return to lay their own eggs as adults.

Everyone worked hard in the morning, contributing their artistic skills by painting signage or collecting trash from the nesting areas. Our goal was to support the facilities on-site by contributing to ecological conservation of both plants and animals. We celebrated our work with locally made eats while listening to a “dream jazz” duo, and followed it up with swimming in the blissful Caribbean sea!

Thank you to all our participants in the Day of Service, it was a memorable and educational experience for us! Stay tuned for how to get involved in 2019.

Charity Auctions

Our live and silent auction brought in over $31,000 at the 2018 event – our most successful year yet! We had a solid crowd bidding on items, while Jimi Jazz Jam (featuring Jimi Jazz, Karl Denson, and Jeff Franca) played some tunes. Highlights of our auction pieces were the many autographed photos and posters of the 2018 artists, a custom-designed Closer to the Sun guitar, plus a custom autographed bomber jacket. If you’re interested in donating an item for a future Closer to the Sun auction, please contact Positive Legacy directly.

Donation Drive

Your donations will be disbursed to Dreams for Mayan Children for community distribution. Help us provide necessary materials for schooling and essential medical supplies – together we can make a difference!

Donation items should be dropped off at the Convention Center on Event Day 1 or Positive Legacy Headquarters in the Hacienda Lobby Bar on Day 2. Items will be brought into the community on Day 3. We kindly ask that you leave the plastic bags at home.

  • School Supplies: Backpacks, pencils, notebooks, crayons, markers, colored pencils, calculators, rulers, and reams of paper
  • Medical Supplies: Gloves, masks, swabs, bandages, gauze, antiseptics, ibuprofen & acetaminophen, allergy medicine, toothbrushes & toothpaste, eye drops, ace bandages, and hand sanitizer
  • Toys: Soccer ball and pump, baseballs, jump ropes, etc.


Positive Legacy is always looking for a few good helping hands!

  • Collect and organize donations at events
  • Assist our team to prepare items for our Charity Auctions
  • Staff the Positive Legacy table on site and share the activities and great work we are doing
  • Participate in one of Day of Service events
  • Act as a Volunteer Captain for “Day Of” events and outings

If you are interested, please contact Positive Legacy.

Carbon Offset

Trees, Water & People make it easy to travel responsibly, by offsetting the emissions from your travel to Closer to the Sun. Starting at only $15, your generosity helps to fund tree planting and clean cookstove construction in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Cuba. Make your donation when placing your reservation or log in at any time to donate! Not booked this year? You can still donate online.

Take this opportunity to feel empowered and leave your own positive legacy during Closer to the Sun, because every party has an impact!