Some Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’m already feeling stressed and that I don’t spend enough time with my family. Why should I take 3 days to go on this retreat?
A: Exactly. The more stressed and burned out you are feeling the more important it is that you take this time for yourself. There’s something really powerful about dedicating time for rejuvenation, especially near the ocean. No one will be demanding that you help them RIGHT NOW, there won’t be any fires to put out (unless we build one on the beach), and you will have the chance to slow down and think. The better question is what will happen if you DON’T take this time for yourself?
Q: Do I have to surf? What if I’m afraid?
A: The cornerstone of our retreats is learning to surf because the challenges that come up often mirror the challenges we face in our lives whenever we step outside of our comfort zone, especially when we try to play bigger.
The great news about the locations where we surf is that they are relatively shallow. We surf the wash, which is the whitewater part of the wave after it breaks and you can usually carry your board out to the break without having to paddle.
If you have a reason you absolutely aren’t able to surf and are still dedicated to the work of the retreat please let us know and we will discuss options.
Q: Do I have to know how to swim?
A: Absolutely. Even though beginners stay in the wash (the area after the wave breaks which is much shallower) and most people can walk out to where we catch waves you still must be a strong enough swimmer to get yourself back to shore in case you are separated from your board.
Q: Am I too old to learn to surf?
A: Um, no. If you can swim you can surf.
Q: My partner/child/dog has a recital/baseball game/African dance show the first day/last day/middle of the retreat. Can I come late/leave early/leave in the middle?
A: No. In order for you and the other women in the group to have a fully immersive experience it’s important for you to be here for the duration. Plus it’s an opportunity to practice blocking off time for yourself so that you can fully re-boot without feeling pulled in different directions. You get enough of that on a daily basis already. Also, if leaving on Sunday evening makes travel more difficult you have the option to stay an additional night.
Q: What’s Ayurveda and how can it help me?
A: Ayurveda, thought to be developed in India over 5,000 years ago, continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful mind-body health systems. Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge in Sanskrit). The principles of Ayurveda help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.
The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda
- The mind and the body are inextricably connected
- Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind (see https://chopra.com/articles/what-is-ayurveda)
Q: What do I bring?
A: We’ll send you a packing list as part of your welcome materials. We provide all of the linens, towels, etc. for your stay as well as the surf equipment.