Dharma Voyage is holding a benefit for The Spirit of Westport program on March 19th at the DeDee Shattuck Gallery in Westport.  The Spirit of Westport is our hand-on boatbuilding program for the students of Westport Community Schools.  It is being fully integrated into the 8th grade curriculum.  Students will spend an entire semester in this 5-day-a-week program which includes in-school lectures on naval and local history, watershed stewardship and the art of boatbuilding.  Dharma Voyage has partnered with other local non-profits including The Westport Fishermen’s Association, The Westport Historical Society and The Westport River Watershed Alliance to provide expert lectures for program participants.  Students will also get out of the classroom and into the workshop to participate in all phases of building a 32′ Cornish Pilot Gig (to be christened, The Spirit of Westport.)  Dharma Voyage Executive Director, Ben Booth, is the lead teacher on the project and will supervise the boat build.  Dharma Voyage is grateful to have received grants from The Westport Education Foundation and The Westport Cultural Council to support this project.  This benefit is to raise the additional funds necessary to complete the program.


Please join us Saturday, March 19th from 7 – 10 pm at the DeDee Shattuck Gallery in Westport for a fun, casual evening of music, laughter, and information about the program.
Tickets are $75* and ticket price includes locally sourced fabulous food and beverages.
  • Music by The Spindle Rock River Rats.
  • Silent Auction featuring wonderful offerings!
  • Raffle for amazing “Experience Packages.”

* Tickets available at Partner’s Village Store,  Country Woolens, and Dharma Voyage Community Rowing.
Also available online at including a small service charge, or at the door for $85.
Dharma Voyage is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
The Spirit of Westport is supported in part through generous grants from The Westport Education Foundation and The Westport Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.