Evidence-based surf-therapy retreats

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

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Josh Dickson

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

Josh is an accredited EMDR Consultant, 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.

Josh has recently finished training with The Flow Research Collective and continues to be active in research around flow states, trauma and recovery.

For more information please visit his LinkedIn Page.

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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 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 April 23 - 30 2022

Trauma Resolution Retreat

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. We combine flow activities and group work in a progressive and efficacious way. We have clearly seen through our previous retreats that our clients often experience a deep therapeutic boost along with the acceleration of both understanding and recovery from some of their past traumas.

At Resurface we believe that it is the holistic approach of mind, body, science and fun, set in the confines of a small group in a safe environment that underline our success so far. Our aim is to facilitate turning traumas that unconsciously and negatively affect your behaviour and outlook on life today, into awareness supported by a portfolio of practical positive tactics, and a community of like minded ‘fellows’, to positively affect 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.

United Kingdom January 29 2022

Day Retreat - Self-esteem

“To trust one’s mind and to know that one is worthy of happiness is the essence of self-esteem.” – Nathaniel Branden, The Psychology of self-esteem, 1969

On Saturday January 29th, we will be facilitating our first city day retreat. This will include all the therapeutic aspects of a Resurface retreat into day of creativity, self-discovery and self-care.

This retreat will focus on the concept of self-esteem: defining what it means and how to improve it.

The day will include yoga facilitated by Kristine, meditation, experiential work and deep relaxation with Barnaby, and pscho-education and experiential group work with Josh.

We encourage you to eat together but if you would prefer to eat elsewhere please do bring your own lunch or check out the many other places to eat in Dalston.

We have all yoga equipment but if you wish to bring your own mat please do so.

Dress for yoga/meditation in the morning. For the experiential we will use clay which doesn't stain so feel free to dress as you wish.

There is a consultation room and toilets in which to change.

United Kingdom May 20 - 23 2022

Resilience and Flow Retreat North Devon

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 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.

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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