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Surf Goddess Retreats is a boutique holiday adventure on the magical island of Bali created especially for women just like you. Perfect for absolute beginner surfers and solo travelers, our retreat provides an enchanting space where you can learn how to surf in a totally positive and supportive environment packed with fun and laughter with your surf sisters! You'll also have plenty of time to unwind from the pressures of life and take time to pamper yourself. Retreat to a paradise full of transformative yoga sessions, decadent spa treatments, and a health and well-being program that will spark your spirit and leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.
The Surf Goddess Yoga Journey is a physical and philosophical practice to promote your evolution as a strong, conscious, energized being. We offer our unique style of 'Rising Heart' yoga which is designed to facilitate a transformative mind, body and spirit connection. Through acknowledging the whole person, each session engages the student at every level. Body, intellect and heart are opened by a practice embracing the full potential of yoga as a tool for personal transformation. We welcome all levels of experience and teachings are shared in a supportive environment that invites exploration and encourages growth. We have introduced many of our guests to yoga for the first time; plus we regularly have yoga teachers join us as guests who also come away with new learning to add to their yoga practice.
At Surf Goddess Retreats, we have had years of experience teaching a wide range of female surfers, and are currently recognized as providing the highest level of professional instruction and surf guiding for women in Asia. Our goal is to not just teach women how to surf on their holiday, but to help create life-long surfers who will share the soul of surfing' across all the seas. Surf Goddess Retreats has collaborated with the Rip Curl School of Surf in teaching our tailor-made women's surf program that has been especially designed to be fun, and yet also intensive enough in theory and practice so you will have all the skills you'll need to feel confident in continuing to surf independently once you've finished our retreat.
We believe you don't need to rough it to go on a yoga retreat or surf camp. At our women only retreats great care has been taken to create a pampering space fit for a Goddess!
Be transported to a softer, gentler world at our quietly elegant property that was created specifically for Surf Goddess Retreats alone. Enjoy kicking off your shoes and lounging in a private haven that captures the timeless essence of island tranquility.
Awaken to the joyful song of birds as the warm tropical sun rises and be lulled to sleep by the faint rhythmic sounds of the ocean as you dream of riding its waves. Fondly called the 'Surf Goddess Sanctuary', our colonial style villa is full of fanciful feminine details and a place where you can truly relax and retreat.
Each room is individually decorated in our own 'laid back luxe' that reflects our love of the ocean and the exotic history of Bali. All rooms have all the luxurious comforts you need to enjoy your stay - from fresh cotton linens, Ipod dock stereo, hair dryers and our own custom blended spa products. Each room is fully air conditioned & also have ceiling fans, so you can enjoy indoor / outdoor living at its best. All rooms have direct access to either shared or private pools.
Most Surf Goddess guests are solo travelers and so we can match you up with a room mate if you wish to share a room. One of the agreed highlight for our guests on the retreat is the new friendships with fun and inspiring women from around the world!
This large 2 person shared room has two double beds and shares a separate bathroom with the Joy room. The bathroom features two sinks and rain shower. This bedroom is enclosed and fully air conditioned, or swing open your door to let in the sea breeze in. Its double french doors open onto a balcony that overlooks the pool and gardens. Solo guests will be matched with roommate.
Shared rooms have two double beds for two guests, you can share it with a friend or with another Surf Goddess guest. Most Surf Goddess guests are solo travelers and so we can match you up with a room mate if you wish to share a room. One of the agreed highlight for our guests on the retreat is the new friendships with fun and inspiring women from around the world!
This oversized rooms is very spacious which makes it perfect for sharing. It features two double beds, is fully air conditioned and connected ensuite bathroom. Solo guests will be matched with roommate.
This charming private room has one queen sized bed and shares a separate bathroom with the Harmony room^. The bathroom features two sinks and large rain shower. This bedroom is enclosed and fully air conditioned, or swing open your door to let in the sea breeze as french doors open onto a balcony that overlooks the pool and gardens.
Immerse yourself in a rejuvenating retreat experience with the tranquility of your own private room with queen size bed and its own ensuite bathroom with rain shower. This bedroom is enclosed and fully air conditioned, or swing open your door to let in the sea breeze in. Beautifully appointed with luxurious features to immerse yourself in a rejuvenating retreat experience.
The Ultimate Goddess Experience! Relax with a premium private room with en suite bathroom in our luxurious 2 bedroom self-contained villa that you will share with one other person. Each Divine bedroom has a queen bed and is fully air conditioned. Both rooms have their own private indoor / outdoor ensuite bathrooms with large bath tub and rain shower. Each suite has a flat screen TV / DVD player and Cable TV.
This charming villa has it's own plunge pool and expansive outdoor living space with large sunny terrace and kitchen all overlooking your own private garden and cushioned pavilion for reading a relaxing. This is perfect for either solo travelers (who would to share the villa with one other guest), or two friends or family members who want to have their own rooms in a patch of paradise dedicated just for themselves.
Our surf and yoga retreats are situated on the magical island of Bali, in the chic village of Seminyak; a most sought after location on the West Coast that meets the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Surf Goddess Retreats captures the essence of carefree island living. The Island of Gods (as Bali is known) has a unique blend of lush landscapes, stunning beaches and a timeless culture, where everyone greets you with a warm smile. It's a breathtakingly beautiful and spiritual place that enjoys a delicious tropical climate year round, and with amazing shopping, fantastic bars & restaurants and chic but affordable spas, it's a dream getaway for women.
Bali is an enchanting place that will stay with you long after your suntan has faded, and the island has a calming yet revitalizing energy which is hard to explain and even harder to resist. Somehow, your worries seem to melt away with the setting sun, and after blissful nights of island dreaming, you'll leave feeling stronger in body, lighter in spirit, and inspired in mind.
Discover your inner gypsy as we explore sacred beaches, magical Monkey Forests, and embrace the rich Balinese culture as we travel through quaint villages and terraced rice fields to the cultural and artistic heart of Bali that is Ubud - a popular spot for alternative healing that attracts yogis, mystics, and healers from all around. It is this blend of surf, culture and well-being that make Bali the ultimate place for our women's surf yoga and spa retreats.
Due to its consistent year round surf, Bali is considered a surf haven, and dream destination for surfers of all levels. Our villa is located just a few minutes walk to an expansive beach that runs on uninterrupted for miles. The main beaches, Pantai Legian, Kuta and Seminyak, provide easy, fun waves on sand bottom beaches in which to learn; while the surrounding areas offer extensive world class reef breaks more for the advanced surfer.
The Surf Goddess Sanctuary is located on a private lane, which makes it an oasis of calm, peaceful and serene, but only steps from gourmet restaurants, boutique shops and a wide variety of decadent yet very affordable spas which allows our guests to follow their bliss on wonderful adventures in addition to our daily retreat activities.
We have designed our surf retreat to be an oasis where you can get away from the hassles of the modern world and treat yourself to a wonderful abundance of experiences to nourish your body, find your bliss and spark your spirit.
Your day starts usually begins with yoga as a tropical sun shines over the gold and green landscape. After an energizing practice you will be ready for a healthy yet wickedly satisfying gourmet style brunch with changing daily treats.
We then head out for a morning of fun in the surf as you learn to ride glorious warm water waves. Our surf lessons are full of fun and laughter as we cheer each other on!
In the afternoon there is personal time to follow your blissrelax with a decadent spa treatment, soak up the sun by the swimming pool with your new friends, find amazing bargains shopping, or head back out into the surf again! The choice is yours.
The day winds down with enjoying an exquisite dinner with great company as you toast to experiencing another day in paradise!
In addition to our retreat activities, there are so many experiences you can also enjoy at your leisure; such as those listed below, or you may choose to simply relax with a good book by the pool and get a massage in our villas spa room, the choice is yours.
These options may include additional costs. If you have any inquiry or you would like to make further arrangements, you can do so by contacting the organizer. Simply click on the contact organizer button to send a message to the organizer. The programs are flexible. We can customize them according to your wishes and the activities you prefer.
"The second hardest part of the Surf Goddess Retreats is handing over the fantastic plastic, no denying. The hardest part, HOWEVER, will be leaving as it is amazingly well worth it.I was picked up from my hotel and winged my way through the narrowest of streets dodging 50 million scooters to an oasis in the heart of Seminyak. Ashley was there to greet on arrival and I was graciously upgraded to my own room. The communal dinner on the first night was just what I needed, as a first timer to Bali and this was my longest trip as a solo traveler. Yoga and surfing was sensational and Alisha & Sharni happily help everyone out with whatever level youre at.I choose snorkeling as my bliss day activity and it was also well worth it. Lunch was provided but either take some snacks and drinks (water is provided) or some extra cash to spend at the gorgeous caf on the beach where youll have lunch. The retreat organized getting a few of us to a fabric store and organized a Seamstress to visit the retreat where I got a beautiful dress made.The food is amazing. The smoothies are great- Mango and yoghurt for life!! The two nights where dinner is on you is towards the end of the week, so you will definitely be comfortable with everyone by then (I went in a small group) and the retreat does make recommendations (hint: Sardine)Did I mention the UNLIMITED spa and the worlds best chocolate cookies, magically refilled every day by cookie fairies? Like any adventure, it will be what you make of it. So go with an open heart and mind and youll be amazed. Thanks to the entire Surf Goddess team for an incredible week and bringing together incredible women. Full of laughs, tears and empowering women of such diversity. Bring on Snow Goddess 2017!!"
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"I'm a surfer now. Who knew right before my 50th birthday I'd learn how to surf!?! Surf Goddess Retreats is so much more than a vacation and an opportunity to learn how to surf.Let's start at the beginning. Surf Goddess Retreats takes care of all of your logistics. Book your flight, let them know and they'll have the driver collect you from and return you to the airport. Hanging out in Bali before and/or after your Surf Goddess Retreat, no problem, they'll have a driver collect you from the airport and/or collect you from the location you're in when the retreat starts. Hanging out in Bali after the retreat to chill, they'll have a driver drop you at your next location.Surfing: they use the Rip Curl School of surfing and the guys at the school will have you standing up and surfing by the end of the week. You may not be ready to surf Hawaii's North Shore in December, but if you're like me, you'll tell everyone you can surf! Yoga: it's daily and usually twice a day. You don't have to be a yogi to do yoga. The instructors adjust to your level and help you get the most out of your yoga sessions.I know this all sounds exhausting, right!?! Never fear, the on premises spa will recharge/relax you. You get unlimited treatments (you must schedule them) while you're on the retreat. Hot stone massages, pedicures, manicures, aroma therapy... I could go on forever.Thinking to yourself, what a grind... yoga, surf, spa treatment, yoga, spa treatments... how to break up the monotony. There's the bliss day for that. You pick your adventure (they'll provide you with a list of options [I chose Balinese cooking] but there are more exciting options like rafting, cycle tours [that one is actually all downhill], temple visits etc...) and the staff will take care of the rest.If you're thinking, this sounds OK, but what about meals. Food, it's my thing and Surf Goddess delivers in spades. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all taste amazing, but the presentation... beautiful. All of the goddesses dine together and there's always a member of staff at each meal to ensure any last minute logistics are handled or to make sure you're good to go with your spa schedule for the day. If you have any dietary concerns, let Surf Goddess know before you arrive and they will ensure you get beautiful delicious meals that fit within your dietary constraints. We had one person who was gluten free, a vegetarian and I believe a vegan. Nobody complains about the food. Keep in mind, Surf Goddess Retreats is neither a diet nor cleanse program. You're on vacation, don't count calories!Waiting for your next spa treatment and don't know what to do? Heck, lounge by the pool, head over to an outdoor covered area bed type thing for a read (yeah, I pretended to read and napped each time I was there). There's also an upstairs outdoor sitting area. Because of how the property is arranged, I didn't explore the other villas. The villa with my room was in the same area as the spa room, outdoor dining room (not like there's an indoor dining room) pool, yoga area (also outdoors) and office.There's are options for rooms. You can share or not. I don't share (totally another post in another forum). I had a single room with private bath. The shower was an indoor/outdoor sort of affair. You're indoors, but the roof lets the sun in. Surf Goddess provides you with soap, shampoo and conditioner. I only used the soap, so you'll need to check other reviews about the shampoo and conditioner. You're also provided with a hair dryer (you'll never use it), those cotton pads to remove make-up and a shower cap. If you forget anything, you're within walking distance of a Circle K. But, ask the staff first, they can probably provide it for you. They also keep a stock of aloe vera for post sun soothing.When I first booked, I was rather concerned about the other women who would be on the retreat. The website has early 20-somethings on it, so I thought I'd be the oldest person there. I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of women there. Among 14 women, we hailed from four continents and ranged in age from the 20s to 50s. It was a really good mix that worked well. We also had diverse backgrounds that led to interesting meal chat as you tried to get to know each other. If you're an introvert, the fist couple of meals can be daunting, but it really does work out.So, what did I really think? The staff might be the most available staff I've ever come into contact with. There's absolutely nothing you can't ask for and they're always happy to make your stay even better (not kidding, learned the hard way, just ask). The villas and grounds are gorgeous and lush (Bali is tropical) and well maintained (watching the gardener sweep the leaves up every afternoon always gave me a bit of a giggle). I'm neither an athlete nor flexible, but I managed to surf and do yoga (did I mention I'm not flexible?) and again, the staff made it work for me. In the end, great facility, great program set up for the retreat , amazing food!!!, but what really makes Surf Goddess Retreat the best thing you'll ever do for yourself are a staff who will make everything you want/need happen. They'll do it with a smile and quickly."
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"If you like- unlimited spa treatments (based on availability of therapists of course)- learning, for reals, how to take a wave... quicker than you thought and with a super supportive group and funny instructors- loads of yoga with the best teacher ever- having fun with a bunch of beautiful accomplished women- delicious meals (I still dream of the avocado smoothie)Then definitely consider Goddess retreats.Went there with a good friend, left with several more."
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"I literally had saved Surf Goddess Retreats as a favorite website for three years on my computer...I had travelled extensively and had attended other fitness type retreats. I expected this retreat to be exciting and fun but I didn't expect to be blown away. Blown away I was...I'm not sure even where to begin, but I'll try.What made my experience so memorable were the individuals that led the retreat. So much sincere effort, warmth, and generosity was exuded daily by our Goddess leaders.Joyce--our concierge and private chef was incredible.. so much so I asked her to adopt me : ) Every meal was an insane, delicious and artistic master piece. I'm not exaggerating; the Goddess kitchen rivaled any five star restaurant.. My mouth is still drooling from the gourmet bliss.Melinda, our surf coach went above and beyond to help everyone regardless of their level of surfing experience. She even added in extra surf time by taking the advanced beginners and intermediates out at dawn to secluded surf breaks. I felt as though I had a private trainer out there in the water and there is no greater rush than taking that first wave as the sun is rising.Susan our yoga guru was lovely, insightful and also incredibly generous with her time and attention. Each class was unique and thoughtful and definitely had a healing effect upon our tired and sore surf bodies.Chelsea, Chelsea..how could i forget the supreme Goddess, creator and kahuna extraordinaire? This is one cool woman. She led this retreat so smoothly and never did I hear the word "no" come from her voice. She bent over backwards to make every one's experience enjoyable. So many thoughtful details it would take me five hours to list them all...but here are a few notables: top notch accommodations..Private and luxurious without being pretentious. Great equipment...every size and shape board for any level of surfer.Bliss day..which was a pick your poison since every choice was amazing.. white water rafting, cooking class, bike trekking, spa treatments, ..I'm forgetting a few I'm sure.Ah and the group...I must admit I was a bit leery about being around an estrogen filled villa for an entire week.However the women that attended were extraordinary and had travelled from all areas of the globe. We all bonded through this amazing experience and I felt as though I had new sisters by the end of the retreat. I'm getting vaclempt just thinking about how beautiful it was to watch everyone improve, and grow as surfers. It is difficult to describe the inner strength that we all were tapping into by the end of the week.A Ghandi quote that I had heard many years ago finally began to resonate with me..."Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."The retreat just ended but I know I'll still be carrying the pitter patter in my heart for a long time. The Surf Goddess Retreat affirmed for me that adventure is good for the soul. So my advice to those considering this vacation is an affirmative, carpe diem. Go for it because the experience you'll have is priceless."
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"My Awakening...I had the amazing pleasure of attending the Surf Goddess Retreat this month May 2010. Truly words cannot capture this experience; from the very first day, I felt I was able to leave behind my everyday life and enter into a true Goddess haven.As I open the door of Retreat facility I was transported to an oasis of comfort.... The decor at the Villa is perfect down to the smallest of details (flowers in the toilet), rooms are so tranquil and clean, the pool and dining area are surrounded by the most gorgeous immaculately manicured landscaping.As if this relaxing purlieu and esthetically perfect environment is not enough, I was then to be nothing short of pampered, the meals were spectacular, the staff were friendly and helpful, on site massages, transport, proximity to shopping and activities everything was perfect.I felt we each attending Goddess was each given such individual care and focus for example I have some dietary restrictions (shell fish and peanuts) and I was catered to. Joyce is so talented, and is also one of the most authentically nurturing people I have ever met; I felt very well taken care of. It would be hard not to have a spiritual experience in this paradise, practicing yoga in the most gorgeous and calm part of the grounds.Then you inject surfing into the experience, I cannot lie I found it challenging but Melinda, Chelsea and the Surf School staff encouraged and guided me (look up), I will never forget the feeling when I finally stood up, the waves underneath me it was an awakening of my inner spirit and strength. You get all this plus you have the pleasure of meeting and sharing your experience with extraordinary, inspiring and diverting women from a variety of backgrounds and realities.For me the entire experience was an awakening, a true gift...my hope is for every woman to give herself this wonderful gift and attend the Surf Goddess Retreat. Thank You to Surf Goddess Retreat (Chelsea, Joyce, Melinda, Susan and friends)."
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"At 47 years old, I finally decided that it was time for me to learn to surf! Luckily I found Surf Goddess Retreat (it was recommended by a female business leader in the surf industry).The retreat provided just the right mix of comfort, activities, nurturing (particularly by providing gourmet healthy food), and space to relax. Rooms are classy, Key West bed and breakfast chic style (with air conditioning, nice linens, ceiling fans, and plenty of space).The food provided was creative, delicious, and varied - and we had lots of affordable choices for those meals we ate outside the retreat (a Moroccan restaurant near the villas had excellent food).Massages from recommended therapists can be booked at "home" at the villas for approx. $10 US per hour - a spa room on the property has two massage tables (and air conditioning - yes, you are detecting a theme, it is warm in Bali!).The local surf instructors were enthusiastic and supportive for all skill levels and you can decide how little or how much help you prefer as you learn to ride the wave. Surfing is not easy but it does an amazing thing for your soul: while you are in the ocean with your board you must focus on surfing to the exclusion of anything else, and this is a wonderful gift for those of us who are accustomed to doing a zillion things every day in our work and home life.A wonderful quote (I believe attributed to artist Jane Evershed), prepared me for this retreat: "While others preferred to chase the wave, I chose to ride it."
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