Resilience and Flow Retreat

One of the most unique weeks of your life


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 and bonding in an intimate group of only 10 people, along with the founder of Resurface UK himself, that translate our aim into reality.  


This exclusive program is dedicated to understanding and learning Positive Psychology, the science of human flourishing. It has been carefully structured by Josh Dickson, a therapist who has gained his practical experience and insights, in the field of drug addiction treatment and private practice.


For more information on Josh, click here



Psycho Education 

The purpose of these daily interactive workshops and lectures is to explain and frame the basics for each day’s topic (see below for list of topics focused on). Research shows that education alone has a therapeutic effect and is particularly empowering when part of a holistic program. 


Surfing lessons 

This is the core element that underlines and supports everything we do. There is a growing body of research and work that links the practice of surfing to a host of beneficial mental improvements (see here for more information), and it is our love of surfing that has provided the initial impetus to create Resurface. 


We welcome all levels of surfing skills, from absolute beginner to experienced surfer. Surfing is a core element in developing new positive resources, so it is just as crucial that like we adapt to respond to your therapeutic needs adequately, we adapt to your surfing experience. 


Coherence training 

The purpose of this bio-feedback training is to increase resilience by working with your heart rate variance (HRV). We will introduce you to 6 techniques that are proven to help one become calmer, more focused and more energised. [ Or gain in focus and energy]

Experiential group therapy

The deep potential impact of these sessions cannot be understated. We see again and again from past testimonies, powerful realisations and revelations unexpectedly happen to most of our clients during those sessions, enabling the ignition of major 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.

7-nights accommodation at the Riad Dar Haven

All meals 

The surfing is open to all levels of ability - from complete beginner to experienced surfer. At Resurface we will accommodate all your surfing needs as well as your therapeutic needs.

*In the event of cancellation by the customer, regardless of the circumstances, the following refund apply: Cancellation 2 weeks or less before due arrival date, 0% refund Cancellation 2 to 4 weeks before due arrival date, 25% refund Cancellation 4 to 8 weeks before due arrival date, 50% refund Cancellation more than 8 weeks before due arrival date, 100% refund






Yes - no previous surfing experience required

Riad Dar Haven,










Number of participants


Cost £1950*

April 18th - 25th 2020

​It is important to emphasise that there is no required level of surfing to attend the retreats. Previous participants have ranged from complete beginners to competent, confident surfers. At Resurface we will accommodate your surfing needs as well as your therapeutic needs.

Both Morocco retreats will be for seven nights with six days of activities. There will be the option of surfing on the final morning if flight schedules allow.

Five of these days will include therapeutic activities as well as surfing. There will be one day for either a day trip to the fishing village of Imsouane, with the potential of surfing its famous long wave, or a trip to Paradise Valley. This will be contingent on the weather conditions.

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.



A detailed assessment and follow-up after-care suggestions are made before and after attending a retreat.

At Resurface we believe that treating trauma requires a holistic approach due to the complex nature of the traumatic condition. Trauma 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.


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.

The Positive Psychology Retreat will take place in The Dar Haven hotel. 

Airport transfers from Agadir are included in the price.


The surfing will be run by the legendary Youness Ahrbi.

"Youness is a local who has been with Surf Maroc for five years. He was great fun but also intense and analytical, giving feedback after every wave I caught: "Hands further up the board!"; "Paddle harder!"; and, time and again "Don't look down at the board!" A couple of guys who have surfed all over the world told me Youness was the best instructor they have ever had."


Flights are to Agadir airport. Flying from London we recommend Easy Jet with an approx flight time of 3 hours and twenty minutes. Prices are currently low and we recommend that you snap up your flights as quickly as possible.


It is essential that you book travel insurance for the trip (most cover surfing as standard). This can be very cheap and can start for as little as £5.99

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