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What to expect on a Resurface Retreat



The key to any form of lasting psychological change is re-embracing connection with others whom you value. Addiction, depression and trauma always lead to isolation, loneliness and a lack of being understood

Resurface retreats put the power of connectivity at the forefront of all the therapeutic activities. In interviews with previous clients, it is the power of the group that is reported time and again as the most powerful element of the programme.



Following a retreat, clients will be armed with new information and understanding relating to both why they felt the way they did but also information on how to progress going forward in their lives. The whole programme and all the interventions used are grounded in an evidence-based structure, built on the latest neuroscience and bio/neuro-feedback techniques.

The Resurface Trauma Recovery programme is structured on the essential resource building stages of both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), the only two treatment modalities recommended by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) for the treatment of PTSD."



Previous clients have reported that attending a Resurface retreat gives them a huge 'therapeutic boost', saving time and energy on their rehabilitative journey.

This saving of time allows for a greater ease of implementing and integrating various therapeutic techniques, tools and resources into both their every day lives and their therapy practice (if this is relevant).

As well as learning crucial new tools and interventions aimed at recovery from trauma and increasing flourishing, the retreats generate new, positive memories (themselves a resource to carry forward), generates unexpected realisations in their own lives as well as witnessing other people's courage, vulnerability and strength.

This creates a great springboard into the next stage of a client's healing process. Please visit the research page for more details on the impact and results of attending a Resurface retreat.



A Resurface retreat is not just therapy, reflection and introspection. As well as all those things, it is a place to relax, try out surfing in a beautiful environment, bathe in the post-glow of a hard and rewarding day, develop new friendships and experience connection on a deeper level.



Resurface utilises a unique combination of concepts and interventions that makes for such a successful approach. The combination of mind, body, science, fun within the confines of a small group, creating a safe environment is key to its lasting success.

Evidence based research

The therapeutic effects of surfing are becoming increasingly evident in psychological research. Recent studies have started to document how surfing can lead to improvements in post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression (ref. 1).

Our research

Meet The Team


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.

For more information please visit LinkedIn Page.


Kristine Steffenak

Medical Doctor and certified yoga Teacher

Kristine is a medical doctor with experience as both a GP and Obstetrics/Gyneacology, working in both the UK and Norway.

She completed her 200 hours yoga teaching in Kerala, India, in January 2019 and is certified by Yoga Alliance USA. Kristine is particularly interested in Trauma-focused yoga (TF-yoga).

Kristine is a keen photographer and her photos can be seen on the Resurface Instagram page.


Youness Arhbi

Qualified surf instructor and local Moroccan surf legend

Youness started surfing in Agadir, Morocco, in his early teens and quickly progressed to entering and winning competitions. 

He gained his surf teaching qualifications in 2006 and has been a mainstay of surf instruction in and around Taghazout ever since. Youness has worked with some of the most famous surf schools including Surf Maroc, and continues to instruct and surf guide under his Surface moniker.

A 2012 Guardian article  referred to him as "the best instructor they have ever had."

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