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.