Evidence-based surf-therapy retreats

Resurface provides evidence-based week-long surf-therapy retreats and bespoke EMDR intensives for trauma, resilience and flow, creativity and self-care (clinicians) in Morocco.
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Meet the creator

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Josh Dickson

MSc., FDAP (accredited), SMMGP, EMDR (accredited)

Josh is an accredited EMDR therapist, an accredited drugs and alcohol counsellor and a licenced Heartmath coach. He is the clinical director of the Resurface programme.

He has been working in private practice and as a consultant for Start2Stop since 2012 and has a special interest in treating trauma and promoting positive psychology. He is an experienced group facilitator, lecturer and public speaker.

He is currently training with The Flow Research Collective.

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All levels of surfing experience welcome from complete beginners to experienced pros
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A safe, fun therapeutic space set in a beautiful location for deep work with trusted professionals

Upcoming retreats

Morocco

EMDR Intensives for Peak Performance

Resurface provides 5 day (with a rest day in the middle) intensive programmes for adults for a significant improvement in peak performance. The intensives include daily EMDR sessions, trauma-focused yoga /coherence training, surf lessons and the opportunity for a massage or hammam.

The treatment includes psycho-education, creating a collaborative treatment plan and a user-friendly explanation of the EMDR process, including its three-stage, eight-phase protocol.

Once the client is deemed resourced and stable enough we will move to addressing the micro-traumas that are getting in the way of your flourishing, leading to greater internal motivation, clearer thinking and a greater psychological bandwidth.

Daily yoga/coherence training will be implemented. This is to give the client both a source of resilience and stabilisation, and an opportunity to access and release some of the somatic symptoms associated with blocks to peak performance in a bottom up manner, complimenting the top-down approach of EMDR.

The daily surfing offers the opportunity to combine fun and exhilaration with the development of new skills and a sense of accomplishment, as well as connection to nature and the opportunity to live “in the moment”. ​

Please get in touch for further details.

Morocco

EMDR Intensives for Trauma Resolution

Resurface provides 5 day (with a rest day in the middle) intensive programmes for adults for the rapid treatment of trauma. The intensives include daily EMDR sessions, trauma-focused yoga/coherence training, surf lessons and the opportunity for a massage or hammam.

The treatment includes psycho-education, creating a collaborative treatment plan and a user-friendly explanation of the EMDR process, including its three-stage, eight-phase protocol.

Once the client is deemed resourced and stable enough we will move to trauma confrontation, desensitisation and reprocessing of the traumas/blocks to performance and the installation of positive cognitions (phases 4-8).

Daily trauma focused yoga/coherence training will be implemented. This is to give the client both a source of resilience and stabilisation, and an opportunity to access and release some of the somatic symptoms associated with trauma/blocks to peak performance in a bottom up manner, complimenting the top-down approach of EMDR.

The daily surfing offers the opportunity to combine fun and exhilaration with the development of new skills and a sense of accomplishment, as well as connection to nature and the opportunity to live “in the moment”. ​

Please get in touch for further details.

Morocco

Resurface Surf Trips

Resurface is able to put together surf packages to suit all your needs. These include:

Accommodation
Transport
Surf tuition
Surf guiding
Equipment hire
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Yoga ​

Resurface has a large range of surfboards (hard and soft) and warm, comfortable wetsuits included to accommodate any client's needs. All forms of surf instruction include all transport and lunch as part of the experience.

Morocco April 18 - 25 2020

Resilience and Flow Retreat - postponed until further notice

This exclusive, life-changing programme is dedicated to understanding the science of human flourishing. The goal of our programme is to give you the knowledge, tools and practice to deeply – significantly - impact your life strategies, in a fun, action-based week. It is the truly unique fusion of the power of surfing, positive psychology workshops, mindfulness, group therapy and bonding in an intimate group that translate our aim into reality.

At Resurface we believe that treating any psychological condition requires a holistic approach due to the complex nature of the human condition. Trauma and depression often impacts a client’s cognitive skills, emotional regulation and somatic responses. As a result of this we need a variety of interventions and approaches to successfully deal with all of these problems. The Resurface programme is primarily based on three evidence based modalities recommended by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as safe and effective trauma treatment: EMDR, CBT and Mindfulness.

Morocco May 30 - June 6 2020

Trauma Resolution Retreat - postponed until further notice

The renowned, life-changing Resurface retreats are designed to help you redefine yourself, reconnecting you to your purpose, as well as building resilience and flow into your life. It is the truly unique fusion of the power of surfing, experiential group therapy, psycho-education, mindfulness and bonding in an intimate group of 10 people that translate our healing goal into reality.

At Resurface we combine flow activities and group work, bringing back a sense of order and allowing you to reframe your narrative. We have clearly seen through our previous retreats that our clients often experience a deep therapeutic boost with a concurrent acceleration of both understanding and recovery from past traumas.

We believe that it is the holistic approach of mind, body, science and fun, set in the confines of a small group within a safe environment that underline our success. Our aim is to facilitate a new found recovery that positively affects your life strategies and behaviours.

While we welcome everyone and have experience in treating a range of trauma related conditions, this program is particularly suitable to recovering addicts, PTSD sufferers, people with childhood issues and those frightened of life.

Testimonials

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"Thank you for a putting on such a life changing retreat! I’d wanted to try surfing for years but never had the confidence to so do. The structure of the week really got me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow in a supportive environment. I met a great group of people, had lots of laughs and shed a few tears. The professional team were second to none, very inspiring. I would highly recommended the retreat to anyone considering it."

Resurface alumni
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"My experience at Resurface was nothing but positive. I gained insight, built resilience, connected with new people, and had lots of fun on top of it all. It was professionally carried out and yet familial at the same time. An absolute boost and turning point in my recovery and process of wellbeing. Everything I hoped for and more. I will definitely join at the next opportunity."

Resurface alumni
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"Having spent so long being miserable, experiencing a bit of flourishing and learning to let go of my residual pessimism seemed exactly like what I needed. It was incredibly moving to see these people bravely confront their pain honestly and head-on, and it renewed my faith in the human spirit."

Queen of Retreat Review

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"The work that I have done with Resurface has been invaluable.  

Past traumas have been revisited, played out working with the sub-conscious and positive endings achieved.  

 I can’t recommend this enough."

Resurface alumni
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