Morocco May 30 - June 6 2020

Trauma Resolution Retreat - postponed until further notice

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Overview

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.

Included

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Psycho-eductaion
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Yoga
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Mindfulness
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Experiential group therapy
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Surf lessons
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7 nights accomodation
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All meals
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Detailed assessment
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Follow-up after-care suggestions
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Rest day of culture - trip to imsouane
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Meditation
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Airport transfer

Highlights

Surfing

This is a core element of the Resurface programme that underlines and supports everything we do. 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 (Rogers, C. M., Mallinson,T., & Peppers, D., 2014). There are various reasons why surfing might have such a positive impact on mental health. The most obvious being participating in physical activity, but other important factors include engaging in a group activity and experiencing flow states.

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Psycho-education

Psychoeducation is an evidence-based therapeutic intervention for clients and that provides information and support to better understand and cope with depression and trauma. Psycho-education teaches problem-solving and communication skills and provides education and resources in an empathetic and supportive environment. Results from more than 30 studies indicate psychoeducation improves family well-being, lowers rates of relapse and improves recovery (Vreeland, B., 2012)

Each day starts with a workshop related to trauma recovery. The purpose of these daily interactive workshops and lectures is to explain and frame the basics for each day’s topic, as well as giving you an understanding of the traumatic condition. These workshop also give you the tools to manage traumatic symptoms, reframe thinking styles and develop positive resources to help you build resilience and flow in your life. Research shows that education alone has a powerful therapeutic effect and is particularly empowering when part of a holistic program.

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Experiential Group Therapy

Developed in the 1970s, experiential group therapy is a therapeutic approach that encourages patients to identify and address hidden or subconscious issues through activities such as role playing, guided imagery, the use of props, and a range of other active experiences.

The deep potential impact of these sessions cannot be understated. We see again and again from past testimonies that clients experience powerful realisations and revelations during these experiential groups, enabling major positive behavioural changes.

While each session will have a volunteer main protagonist enact a scene from their past, present or future, enrolling the help of their ‘fellows’ to do so, it is often those witnessing these that will gain the most from the process. These sessions invite a deep connection between participants and help heal many of the defects associated with neglect and trauma.

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Body Work Groups (Yoga and mindfulness)

In our view, and in the view of many, the body needs to be part of the treatment process. We have to actively and purposefully engage the body and learn how to 'intercept' if we are to recover from trauma.

Interoception is our capacity to feel and sense our body’s experience. It’s our sense of the physiological condition or environment of the body, e.g., our perception of sensation and muscle dynamics. In the words of functional neuroanatomist A. D. Craig, interoception is our experience of our “sentient self.”

Because of advances in neuroimaging, we now know that particular parts of the brain which are involved in interoception are under-active in traumatized people. At Resurface we hope to start reactivating these interoceptive pathways.

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Rest Day - Surf, Food and Culture

As well as making new fiends, group bonding and learning therapeutic skills, we hope that you will enjoy tasting much of Moroccan culture. On the mid-week rest day we take a trip up the coast to the fishing village of Imsouane, where there is the option of surfing a world class long-board wave and eating delicious grilled fish for lunch.

On the way we see some of the most famous Moroccan waves (Boilers, Dracula, Tamri) as well as the Bedouin caves, Tamri sand dunes, opportunities to buy Argan oil goods, the illustrious ninja goats and beautiful panoramic views.

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Evidence-based - Significant Decreases in Anxiety and Depression

At Resurface we believe that all our therapeutic interventions must be evidence-based and proven to work. Our research shows significant decreases in anxiety and depression, and an increase in outlook after attending a Resurface retreat.

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Meet The Team

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.

For more information please visit LinkedIn Page.

Dr. Kristine Steffenak

Dr. Kristine Steffenak

Dr. Kristine Steffenak - M.D./Yoga (cert.)

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.

Venue

The Riad Dar Haven

A special place to stay, away from the hustle.

The Resurface programme includes full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) sharing in a twin room at the hotel. We encourage participants to share rooms as part of the healing process. We hope that you will generate new connections, a sense of community and an opportunity to process the day's events with someone on a more private level.

There are limited single-room options on some of the retreats. Please contact if you want to discuss further.

Website: https://www.riad-dar-haven.com/en/

Accomodation

Shared Twin Room

At Resurface we encourage participants to share rooms as part of the healing process. We do our best to match you with someone appropriate.

From: $2,516.00/pp

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'What is trauma?'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'The need for Interoception'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'Challenging your thinking'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

Day trip to the fishing village on Imsouane. This includes a bbq lunch, option to surf on a world class long-board wave, and taking in the sights including ninja goats, the Bedouin caves and famous surf spots including Dracula, boilers and Tamri.

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'Letting go of the past'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

7.15 am -8am - Optional yoga on the roof terrace

8-9am - Breakfast

9.15-10.15am - Lecture/workshop 'Post-traumatic growth'

10.30 - 3pm Surf school (includes lunch on the beach)

3.30pm - 5.30pm - Experiential Group Therapy session

6-7pm - Body stretching, Mindfulness, Meditation

7.30pm - Dinner

9am - breakfast

10-1pm - rest, massage, shopping etc.

3pm - leave for the airport

Is this trip for me

Hammam and Spa

We really recommend booking a hammam or massage on the Wednesday evening, once we come back from the day trip, or on Saturday morning before the return flight home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not at all. We welcome people of all abilities from complete beginners to seasoned professionals. In Morocco we work with the legendary Youness Arhbi.

No, all equipment is provided. Before the retreat starts we will contact you to measure up wetsuits and any other surf needs you might have. we have an array of soft and hardboards for you to use. 

Please contact us to discuss which programme might be best for you.

Although sharing a room isn't compulsory, it is highly recommended. There is limited availability for single room occupancy and this accrues a higher price. Sharing rooms is standard practice on all our retreats and is usual throughout the industry. This allows for greater bonding, a sense of connection and community, and allows clients to off load in a more intimate way at the end of the day. We take great care in selecting appropriate room-mates and do our best to suit your needs.

The programme is open to anyone who wants to address any form of trauma in their lives. This could be someone who is starting to look at their trauma for the first time, those who are looking to expand their pool of resources within their therapeutic process or those in recovery who may want a boost in healing from trauma. 

 

Please feel free to contact us to discuss whether you think you are appropriate to attend or benefit from the Resurface programme. 

Not at all. The programme will work for those who may be suffering depression or those who are looking to boost their recoveries.

This programme is open to anyone on the depressive to flourishing spectrum. The retreat will help those who are struggling with their depressive thinking, those looking for purpose and meaning in their lives, and those wishing to increase their peak performance.

The retreat programmes costs £1950 inc. VAT. This includes the surf tuition, accommodation, dining (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and all group therapy. 

The intensives are created on a bespoke basis and price will be arranged during the creation process.

We are looking to create a friendly, fun and intimate vibe and have set the programme up to accommodate ten people.

The weather in central Morocco is generally glorious with sunny days all year round. Last October in Tamraght the average daytime temperature was 25ºC and the average sea temperature was 21ºC. Over the year the average daytime temperature rarely drops below 20ºC even in December/January. 

Casual and comfortable clothing/shoes, examples: jeans, shorts, athletic shoes, swimsuit, pyjamas, and sweats. In cooler season add a light jacket or sweater as well as an outdoor jacket for the evening.

Personal care products: toothpaste, razor, toiletries, soap, shampoo, blow dryer, aspirin etc. Woolacombe has a pharmacy, a small Londis supermarket, surf shops, cash points, galleries and a jolly arcade.

Cash or credit card if you want to shop in town.

Books, journals, magazines, radio with earphones are okay to bring.

On booking your stay on the programme we will contact you to gather any psychological and physical information that you wish us to have.

Yes, participants must be 18 or over unless accompanied by an adult.

Yes. All participants need travel insurance to attend the retreats. Surfing is usually included in all travel insurance policies.

Morocco May 30 - June 6 2020

From $2,516 Per Person

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