"It was a triumph. Deep work coupled with sincere laughter, learning and of course surfing."
“I wanted to let you know that following the retreat I am much happier in my everyday life. I am now looking forward to the future and believe that I can be happy independently of X and his life. To feel empowered to decide myself over my future and my own happiness is something that makes me feel strong and relaxed, and this I haven’t felt in a long time. It gives me hope! I am actually looking forward to the future and all the possibilities in it.
Of course, there will be setbacks, but I am not afraid of them anymore. Thus, I want to thank you so much for the amazing, yet challenging week, which has taught me so much in this regard. I think the concept is amazing. When I came, I didn't dare dreaming it would be as transformative as it turned out to be. Truly extraordinary!
I am looking at the pictures now; I can’t wait to be back on the board, stand up strong both in the sea and in life, and that means so much to me.”
“Firstly I would like to thank you for this incredible opportunity that has had such a positive impact on my life. I appreciate it more than I can put into words and will forever remember this amazing experience.
Over the course of the Resurface retreat my confidence grew with every improvement I made with surfing. I began the trip feeling very anxious about how I would get on, but by the end of the week I was having the most amazing time in the water. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed myself that much. Surfing was the most perfect escape from my busy mind which never seems to stop. The surfing gave me space to just be me, to feel alive and be happy.
The yoga and body work groups gave me a chance to check in with my body and see what was going on there. My anxiety and stress takes its toll on me physically so it was really interesting to see where there was tension in my body. With the guidance from Kristine I was able to tolerate these groups much more than I ever have done in the past. I have previously found yoga very difficult, feeling agitated with the stillness but I was able to engage with these sessions and definitely felt the benefits in my body and it helped clear some space in my mind for calmness and relaxation.
Throughout the trip, and particularly in the group therapy sessions, I was able to build meaningful connections with other people and for me it very quickly felt like a safe space. It meant the world to be surrounded by such supportive people as I struggle with feeling very lonely. I have experienced a lot of loss and abandonment in my life and this community made me feel safe and cared for. For the first time in a long time I could be me, exactly as I am, and people were welcoming and accepting of every part of me.
I have come away from this retreat with a new-found support network who have helped improved my confidence and gave me a chance to feel safe. I was able to leave behind some of my frustrations and anger towards how I’m feeling, with the headspace to look forward and focus on my future. I have been inspired by the group, Josh and Kristine to try my best to always keep looking forward no matter what.”
“Fantastic week with a wonderful team. Initially I was nervous to go and thought maybe a “overkill” but this is for everyone. The team are amazing. Super professional, kind and very caring. You will instantly feel at ease and leave a fresher, stronger and better you!”
"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."