Feel like a surfing holiday, or always wanted to learn? Need that all-important time to ‘chill out’ and unwind too – and perhaps enjoy a bit of yoga? Well perhaps, you need a surf-yoga retreat. And, oh yes, surf yoga retreats are totally a thing!
Perhaps you’ve always enjoyed surfing, and keen to do a bit more of it while enjoying some time out from your busy lifestyle. Or perhaps the magic of the water has been calling you for some time, and you’re feeling compelled to give surfing a go in a relaxed and low-pressure way.
Either way, whether you’re a beginner surfer or more of a ‘pro’, there are indeed plenty of retreats which offer surfing as a focus, with plenty of relaxing and invigorating yoga thrown in too.
Surfing not only offers the opportunity to improve your physical strength and coordination, but many say its also a great way of discovering who you are, what makes you tick, to improve your resilience and find that elusive sense of ‘inner calm’. Combine that with yoga on the beach – and it could well be a match made in heaven.
Sound good? Check out the following great surf yoga retreats and you’ll be catching those waves (and hopefully some extra ‘ZZZZ’s’) in no time!
Salt Gypsy Surf Yoga Retreats
Located near Yamba in Northern NSW, you’ll be able to combine great surf lessons with yoga and nourishing meals, allowing you to recharge, rejuvenate and get reinspired.
Accommodation is at the Higher Ground Permaculture Eco Retreat, set on 146 acres of natural bush. You’ll get to enjoy ‘glamping’ with their twin-share ‘Belle’ tents (all beautifully appointed) with nearby outdoor toilets and hot showers – and a rustic camp kitchen.
Your daily schedule will begin at 7am with sunrise beach yoga, followed by a morning surf lesson, then a breakfast hamper on the beach. Bliss! Free beach or surf time then follows, before returning to the eco-retreat for lunch. Between 1pm and 4pm you’ll be given time to simply rest, followed by a restorative Yin Class, dinner, evening discussion and then bedtime yoga.
Find out more at https://saltygypsysurfyoga.com.au/retreats/
Australian Surfing Adventures – Surf & Yoga Retreats
If you’re hoping for a little more luxury, then Australian Surfing Adventures has you covered. Choose between their 5-day luxury surf and yoga retreat in Byron Bay, or their 3-day surf and yoga camp on the Gold Coast.
Either way, both are designed to take you away from your daily grind, so you slow down, have a little fun, learn new surfing skills (beginner lessons catered for, along with expert coaching for the more advanced) and rediscover your own personal power and calm.
Find out more at https://www.australiansurfingadventures.com/.
Tidal Dreamings also combine great surfing with yoga and wellness, with weekend retreats, right through to 5 and 7-day retreats – both across Australia and worldwide.
Some retreats are designed to be women only, others include men too. Choose between their set retreat dates and programs (if you’re travelling by yourself) or get in touch with the team to customise a retreat for a larger group, that is fully tailored to your needs.
Find out more at https://www.tidaldreamings.com.au/
Pam Burridge Surf School Weekend Retreat
Pam Burridge is a female legend on the surfing scene, known as one of Australia’s first professional surfer girls.
Along with surfing lessons, she offers a great surf yoga weekend retreat on the NSW South Coast. Costing just $695 per person and staying in a renovated 60’s beach cottage at Mollymook Beach, you’ll enjoy a great mix of professional surfing instruction, yoga, great food provided, and plenty of opportunity to socialise and relax.
Find out more at https://www.pamburridge.com/surf-retreat
KiteWest – Abrohlos Island
Now this retreat, is quite unique. Located in Western Australia, you can explore the beautiful Albrohlos Island (near Geraldton), from a beautiful cruise ship (The Eco Abrohlos), while enjoying the local surf as you travel, along with yoga classes too.
There are three options to choose from – Surfing/Yoga Retreat, Kiteboarding/Yoga Retreat or the Yoga/Stand Up Paddle Board Retreat – where you learn to do yoga on a paddle board!
5-Day packages are available, and along with your chosen activities you’ll also get to explore the island, and participate in snorkelling, meditation and mindfulness.
Find out more at https://kitewest.com.au/retreat-australia/
Chill-Out and Surf Your Worries Away…
If you’re in desperate need to get away yet crave a little adventure and challenge – or if you simply love to surf, a surf yoga retreat might just be the thing for you.
It sure is a unique experience and who knows, you might just discover a hidden talent or a new passion for conquering those waves, and even rediscover yourself in the process.