Thera-Sea Wellbeing Retreat


1 week Sri Lanka Catered

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Overview

Join Thera-Sea for an exciting surf and well-being holiday on the exotic island of Sri Lanka.

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E S C A P E

for a week retreat with Thera-Sea.

Voted one of the six best wellness breaks - The Guardian

“I didn’t realise quite how much I needed this” - Chris Sayer, VICE

 

We provide transformational retreats that combine surfing, yoga and well-being, all set in a stunning beach front location, complete with delicious nutritious local cuisine. This retreat aims to give people time out from their busy lives to relax, get back to nature and develop well-being skills so the feel good factor continues long after you leave us.

RELAX.

RESET.

REDISCOVER.

 

Our experienced professionals are passionate about giving people the tools they require to manage stress and improve well-being whilst having a great time. The educational courses break free from outdated preconceptions and enable people to take back control of their lives through a lifestyle approach to health. Thera-Sea helps people develop a better understanding of the body’s systems and teach you how to implement coping skills that can transform people’s lives.

"Thera-sea changed my life."

 

Spend a week at Thera-Sea's beach front surf house in the South West Coast of Sri Lanka honoring your surfing skills, or learning to surf with our professional coaches at a variety of reef and beach breaks, complimented by surf specific yoga and fuelled by tremendously tasty local food.

Sri Lanka is an exotic paradise with breath-taking beauty, raw wildlife, colourful cuisine and fascinating culture. It is also home to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.

If you're looking to surf a variety of user-friendly reef beach breaks wrapped by tropical jungle all day and feast on the most incredible curries by night, then Sri Lanka is the one.

 

THE TEAM

Katy

Katy is the founder of Thera-Sea and has worked on the front line of mental health for 12 years with continued training in multiple therapies such as; cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy and lifestyle medicine. Her workshops are filled with a wealth of knowledge. Alongside Katy’s clinical experience she has always been a keen adventurer and lover of the outdoors, you will always find her surfing, on paddleboard expeditions or taking on the next impossible challenge.

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Katy

Katy is the founder of Thera-Sea and has worked on the front line of mental health for 12 years with continued training in multiple therapies such as; cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy and lifestyle medicine. Her workshops are filled with a wealth of knowledge. Alongside Katy’s clinical experience she has always been a keen adventurer and lover of the outdoors, you will always find her surfing, on paddleboard expeditions or taking on the next impossible challenge.

Liv

Katy’s younger sister Liv is also a fellow mental health nurse. Liv has been working as a mental health nurse for five years, she is passionate about working in a psycho-social framework and has developed various different strategies and knowledge in applied therapies; such as anxiety/stress management, principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. In her free time, you’ll often find Liv in the mountains, wild swimming and exploring new places.

">Liv   Katy’s younger sister Liv is also a fellow mental health nurse. Liv has been working as a mental health nurse for five years, she is passionate about working in a psycho-social framework and has developed various different strategies and knowledge in applied therapies; such as anxiety/stress management, principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. In her free time, you’ll often find Liv in the mountains, wild swimming and exploring new places.

Liv

Katy’s younger sister Liv is also a fellow mental health nurse. Liv has been working as a mental health nurse for five years, she is passionate about working in a psycho-social framework and has developed various different strategies and knowledge in applied therapies; such as anxiety/stress management, principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. In her free time, you’ll often find Liv in the mountains, wild swimming and exploring new places.

Katie

Guiding you through your yoga practice on the retreat will be Katie. A ray of positive energy and kindness. Her teaching is focused around helping us to find more peace and balance in both body and mind. She will guide you through not only strength and agility focused Vinyasa style classes, but also relaxation and mobility centred practices drawn from her training in Restorative and Yin yoga. She is also currently studying a masters in Mindfulness and will introduce you to some of her favourite meditation and mindfulness practices on the retreat.

">Katie   Guiding you through your yoga practice on the retreat will be Katie. A ray of positive energy and kindness. Her teaching is focused around helping us to find more peace and balance in both body and mind. She will guide you through not only strength and agility focused Vinyasa style classes, but also relaxation and mobility centred practices drawn from her training in Restorative and Yin yoga. She is also currently studying a masters in Mindfulness and will introduce you to some of her favourite meditation and mindfulness practices on the retreat.

Katie

Guiding you through your yoga practice on the retreat will be Katie. A ray of positive energy and kindness. Her teaching is focused around helping us to find more peace and balance in both body and mind. She will guide you through not only strength and agility focused Vinyasa style classes, but also relaxation and mobility centred practices drawn from her training in Restorative and Yin yoga. She is also currently studying a masters in Mindfulness and will introduce you to some of her favourite meditation and mindfulness practices on the retreat.

What to Expect

Most people don’t need a pill, they need a lifestyle prescription.

Learn to master your own well-being with workshops delivered to you by our own specialist mental health nurse, stress management consultant and keen adventurer; Katy Griffin. Katy’s ethos is to make people her students and not her patients by empowering them to take home the skills they learn and implement into their everyday lives. Human beings have not evolved biologically for 30,000 years. Our minds are prehistoric hardware trying to run the softwear of the 21st century. No wonder we crash once in a while. These progressive workshops focus on 21st century solutions for 21st century problems. Through Katy’s passion for helping people to understand mental health and wellbeing, she has developed forward thinking and innovative workshops that get to the root cause of peoples difficulties. This workshop empowers you to develop skills, knowledge and techniques to understand and overcome life’s challenges which all impact upon health and well-being.

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We provide world class surf coaching by working with professional, highly experienced coaches who have competed at a professional level and also hold recognised lifesaving qualifications to ensure your safety. Whatever your surfing ability, complete beginner or total ripper our coaches commitment is to take your surfing to the next level whilst giving you the skills to progress independently as well.

NIKITA:

Nikita Robb is one of the top female surfers in the World and one of the best surf coaches in the game. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa where she is a multiple National Champion, Nikita has been involved in our surf adventures since the start. She spent a part of her early twenties traveling the World surfing on the prestigious ASP World Tour, but has decided to plant roots in Sri Lanka, doing what she does best, sharing her love of the ocean and surfing with stoked guests. Nikita has been a part of the development of our legendary surf coaching programs and can guarantee to make you a better surfer.

DAVID:

David 'Pof' Solomon is also from South Africa where he competes at a professional level. He is a passionate surf coach and has been working in Sri Lanka and Indonesia for the past few years, spreading the stoke to many happy customers. David has tireless energy levels and an infectious positive attitude. If he's not teaching you to surf your best, he'll be surfing himself and putting on a show

 

SURF:

Sri Lanka has been on the map of traveling surfers since the 70’s but it’s still relatively quiet. Whilst most surfers head for Indonesia, Sri Lanka is receiving the same swells, but due to the deep water over the reefs, it is a great place for beginner – intermediate surfers to get an introduction to surfing reef breaks. The waves around Ahangama range from 3 mile stretches of playful beach breaks and long left hander point breaks, to short, fast barreling rights. The right hand point breaks around Arugam Bay are World class. Video Analysis: This is a tried and tested technique that helps you to improve your surfing. We will also take lots of photos throughout your trip which handily double up as holiday mementos as well.

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The Villa

The Surf House is located in the thriving local town of Ahangama, on the SW Coast, nicely tucked away into the jungle away from the hustle and bustle, yet just 50m from one of the best surf spots in the region. The house is a stone’s throw away from the waves on the South West Coast and we've got all the surf facilities you would expect. Triple, twin and double rooms are available. All of which are en suite, with comfy beds to ensure a good nights sleep after a hard days shredding.

Accommodation comprises of shared triple rooms with a fan.

You can upgrade to a shared double or twin room with air-conditioning.

Single occupancy is available for an additional charge.

Whats Included:

  • Five well-being workshops

  • Five surf lessons with video analysis

  • Five group surf lessons

  • Equipment hire

  • Airport transfers at selected times

  • Two daily yoga sessions

  • A day's excursion

  • One massage

  • Daily breakfast

  • Five evening meals

  • 1:1 chat with Katy or Liv

  • Seven night's accommodation in a shared triple room with ensuite.

Upgrade for a shared twin or double room with ensuite and air conditioning for £1175, Single occupancy available for £1475.

1
week

TimeLine

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Day 1 - First Day 1 Day

    12.00: TRANSFERS

    15.00: Arrival
    18.00: Welcome
    19.00: Dinner

  • Day 2,3 & 4 3 Days

    06.30: Yoga
    07.30: Breakfast
    08.30: Surf lesson
    11.00: Surf analysis
    11.30: *Free time
    13.00: Workshop
    15.00: *Free time
    18.00: Yoga
    19.00: Dinner

  • Day 5 1 Day

    07.30: Breakfast
    Excursion Day
    19.00: Dinner out

  • Day 6 1 Day

    06.30: Yoga
    07.30: Breakfast
    08.30: Surf lesson
    11.00: Surf analysis
    11.30: *Free time
    13.00: Workshop
    15.00: *Free time
    18.00: Yoga
    19.00: Dinner Out

  • Day 7 - Final Day 1 Day

    07.30: Breakfast

    09.00 TRANSFERS

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FAQs

Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

Your breakfast, lunch and 5 of 10 dinners are all included, so you don't have to worry too much about budgeting for your food. A meal in Sri Lanka can range from as little as £1 for a simple rice or curry, while a fresh tuna steak and a large Lion beer will set you back about £5.

The majority of surfers on our trips are beginners with minimal surfing experience. Sri Lanka is the perfect place to learn with super fun waves and friendly beach breaks but we can also cater to more advanced surfers. Our Trip Leaders are very experienced surfers and coaches that tailor their coaching to your skill level, so you'll leave Sri Lanka an infinitely better surfer than when you arrived.

None! Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise where wetsuits aren't required. We provide rash vests to offer some protection from the sun - just don’t forget your swim wear and plenty of sun cream! The surf camp also has a range of surfboards which you can try out over the week, hire is included in the price.

Everyone traveling to Sri Lanka must have Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for entering in to Sri Lanka. Visit www.eta.gov.lkfor more information.

Before you leave for Sri Lanka, please go and see either your local GP or travel surgery and explain where you are going, so that you can be vaccinated accordingly. It is important to do this is good time and we would suggest sorting this 3 or 4 weeks before you leave. For more information, please check out the following websites:

Fit for Travel - www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and The World Health Organisation – www.who.int.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Sri Lanka. However, the following vaccinations are recommended: Typhoid (monovalent), Polio, Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies. The health risks in Sri Lanka are different to those encountered in Europe and North America. Watch out for bowel diseases such as diarrhoea and amoebic dysentery, vector borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and a variety of fungal infections. Sri Lanka’s physicians are very experienced in dealing with locally occurring diseases.

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Of course! The vast majority of people on any of our trips come alone, as it is a great way to meet people and do the holiday you want. 

testimonials


Fun waves and the friendliest people - simply the best surf trip ever.

Will Jessup

This was one of the best vacations of my life! Surfed a lot, met amazing people and there was a great atmosphere at the surf camp. Beautiful beach right in front of you and the surf camp is situated in a very authentic and local area. Max, Angie and Lee were amazing, ready to meet everybody's needs and create a friendly, chilled out and sparkling vibe.

Elena De Besi

I had a great time in beautiful Sri Lanka, surfing in clear blue warm water and making new friends, shame it was all over too quickly!

Pat Porter

Sri Lanka is beautiful with blue green sea, unspoilt beaches and perfect waves. Two weeks of paradise with amazing people, eating fantastic food and drinking arrack. Partying from sunset to sunrise...The surfing was pretty sick too. Thank you!

Siobahn Hill

Sri Lanka - friendly and beautiful with the funnest waves! Great place to explore and build up confidence in the water

Mari O'Connor

My TTRide trip to Sri Lanka was just insane! The country is absolutely incredible, all of the people I met were super fun and friendly and my surfing ability has come on so much. I can't wait for my next TTRide adventure!

Ellen Rudge

Fantastic trip and a great atmosphere throughout the entire time. I’ve met so many great people on this trip, with whom I hope to stay in touch and reconnect in the future. I was lucky enough to be put in a single room, which was a bonus and made a huge difference to the overall experience. Great vibes at Sion Surf camp, amazing time and great staff there; their BBQs are legendary by now. Everything was well organised before the trip and during the entire stay, and Max and Josh made sure everything went smooth, were very responsive to anything we have raised with them, or whenever we have asked any questions and also well connected with our group. It was quite intense first two weeks, packed with yoga, surf, and more surf, but in a good sense. I loved that we could see our videos and photos from each day trip and see our progress and receive feedback. I have never had that before in any of my surf trips (even organised ones) and it really makes a huge difference to improve, if you can see yourself and get a feedback on your surfing. Also Olly and Rodger our local surf instructors were very nice and wanted to ensure we had fun and catching waves, even when the swell was small. I can say the same about Fasal from Arugambay, who gave us very useful tips before each session. It was definitely one of my best surf trips, I somehow magically managed to progress to much shorter board, I thought it would take me another two years to ride! It was a great holiday, one of the best.

Irena Miroforidu

Sri Lanka, a stunning country to learn to surf in! Perfect for beginners, and intermediates, and made all the more special by a great coaching team of Josh David and Max! Don’t think about it! DO IT!!

Lisa

The best way to sum up TTR trips is 'good vibes'. From the surf instructors, yoga, camp staff and the weird and wonderful people you meet on the trip, the good vibes are always flowing. Couldn't recommend a TTR trip more if you want to improve your surf, practice yoga, explore a stunning new country and drink local beers with awesome like-minded people along the way.

Ellen

Loved the trip, first surfing experience abroad to remember. Can't speak highly enough of Josh as an instructor and general organiser of daily activities as well as David and the Sion instructors. Will definitely be back to sri lanka

Elin

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