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Welcome to SurfSup Yoga Retreat in the gorgeous city of Durban, South Africa. Known for its pristine sun-kissed beaches, all year round warm weather, incredible eclectic mix of cultures and awesome surfing spots, Durban is an ideal location for a retreat of this nature.
The accommodation is located at Umhlanga Rocks and is within walking distance from the beach, shops and restaurants.
You will spend your days doing yoga, learning to surf and stand up paddle board, relaxing on the beach, eating wholesome vegetarian meals and exploring the coast of Durban. Just the right mix of relaxation and adventure to ensure that you get the most out of your time spent at this blissful retreat.
Lauren Crichton will be conducting the yoga classes and coordinating the schedule / accommodation / meals etc. She has her International Yoga Federation 200-hour Yoga teacher training certification. Lauren Crichton has now achieved her 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training qualification through Yoga Alliance
Allan Wallace will be the surf instructor. He has been teaching the Roxy Learn to Surf Camp in Durban for many years.
Brandon Reed will be giving the SUP lessons and is a qualified SUP instructor.
Situated on the east coast of South Africa just north of the vibrant Port City of Durban, Umhlanga faces the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and has the best South African accommodation, with superb holiday apartments, luxury hotels, lodges and B&B's. It also has up-market office parks and first world shopping centre. %The golden sandy beach stretch northwards for more than 200 kilometers, all the way to the spectacular Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site. Inland from Umhlanga, endless fields of sugarcane give way to the undulating landscape of the Valley of 1000 Hills, the massive Inanda Dam and the mystical hidden valleys of Zululand.
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Enjoy the wholesome, nutritious vegetarian breakfasts and lunches with fresh fruit snacks and bottled water.
Dinner is not included and this will give you the opportunity to experience local restaurants, a number of which are within walking distance from where you will be staying.
During the leisure time in the afternoon you can explore and enjoy what Durban has to offer such as taking a bike ride along the famous golden mile, visiting a traditional African village, going dolphin and whale watching, being pampered at a luxurious spa or shopping at one of the largest shopping centers in the southern hemisphere.
"Lauren's yoga is the perfect mix of challenging and relaxing for me. Wonderful."
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"I had an amazing time with Lauren and the Roxy Learn 2 Surf team last month. I enjoyed Lauren's yoga instruction and got to see some beautiful views of the ocean when I would have normally still been in bed. Lauren is friendly, relaxed, flexible, approachable and accessible and kept us posted on the sessions and weather predictions. I met some lovely ladies and we shared a lot of laughs together. Truly inspiring. Thanks!"
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"I would definitely recommend this to anyone who needs a break. It is really accessible (no need to be an athlete), you can go alone or in group (so even solo-travellers shouldn't be put of) and spending all this time at the great Durban sea will calm anyone. No need to worry if the weather doesn't allow you to surf on a day, there are plenty more things that can be done (bike, durbantour,...)I was a complete novice to all three of the sports offered, so it was a big unknown for me as I entered the retreat. I must say that I found all three sports very easy to get into and found it great to learn in such a short period of time. My goal when I came to this retreat was to get some me-time and learn new things. The retreat definitely provided that. I found the combination of grouptime and me time very good. Lauren is a very nice, enthusiastic, empathic teacher who genuinely cares about the retreat-experience for the participants. The hightlight for me was finding me alone a sup-board in the sea - just me and the sea :-)"
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"What a heavenly retreat. It's a super-cool trilogy of surfing, supping and sunrise yoga, such an original outdoor fun concept. I love it and want to do it again! Durban is the perfect place to enjoy a warm, tropical ocean and Lauren, the surfsupyoga coach is gentle, patient and wonderful company!"
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