I am a beginner surfer does that matter?
Ocean Surf retreat is a great place to learn to surf. The majority of our guests are beginners and we have specifically designed the program to cater to all levels of experience. Our certified coaches will take you through step by step until you are comfortable and confident riding waves. After each session, our photo analysis will give you constructive feedback so you can improve on a daily basis.
I am an intermediate/experienced surfer. Do your retreats cater for that?
Our program can be tailored for intermediate and experienced surfers. Our surf Instructor will teach and guide you to many of the surf breaks that Bali has to offer.
I am new to yoga. Does that matter?
Our yoga classes are suitable for all levels. Our experienced instructor is able to adapt each pose to accommodate everyone.
Do I need to be fit to surf?
As a beginner, you will be learning in a shallow environment and close to shore, so if you get tired you are able to come in for a rest. As surfing is a physical sport, it does make it easier to be in good physical condition before beginning. If you would like some pointers to get you a little more prepared before attending a retreat, let us know and we will happily prepare a gentle training program for you.
Combining surfing with yoga builds strength in the core, back, shoulders and legs, keeping your muscles balanced. To ensure you get the most out of your week with Ocean Surf Retreats, we recommend you do some cross-training prior to your arrival. This will help improve your flexibility, strength and aerobic capacity, and may help speed up your learning curve. Once your booking is confirmed, we will be happy to provide you with a list of cross training activities suitable for surfing that can be adapted to fit into your daily schedule.
Am I able to come by myself? Or does it have to be with a group of friends?
The majority of our guests are solo travellers, however, they are happy to report leaving the retreat with a bunch of new friends! Part of the fun at Ocean Surf retreats is to meet different women from all over the world. If you are travelling with a group, we offer special rates for groups of four or more.
If I am on my own, can I share a room?
Definitely! If you are happy to share, we will pair you up with one of the other women attending the retreat. The bond you form with your fellow surf sister ends up being a big part of your experience with us.
Why is the retreat only woman?
Being in a female only environment creates a little bit of extra magic and allows everyone to feel comfortable in a completely non-judgmental and supportive environment.
What is the age range of Guests?
We attract women of all ages and backgrounds, with the majority being in their twenties to late forties, which makes for a truly rewarding experience.
What is a typical day at Retreat?
We like to rise early at Ocean Soul Retreat. Your morning will start with either an early beach walk or gentle stretch. Following the morning exercise, we gather for a wholesome breakfast.
After breakfast, morning activities commence, which depend on the program selected. We then all join together for a nutritious lunch.
After enjoying a healthy lunch, we have treatments – enjoy a relaxing message, holistic therapies or alternatively, you might just relax by the pool. We then gather together for yoga and meditation late afternoon. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our chef.
*schedule times are subject to change
What time of year is the “best time” to visit Ocean Soul Retreat?
The weather in Bali is spectacular all year around, so the timing of your visit just depends on finding a date that is suitable for you.
Can I request a customized package?
Absolutely! Ocean Soul is a boutique women’s wellness retreat that prides itself on accommodating guests needs. If you have a special request please do not hesitate to contact us directly and we can discuss your needs.
Can I bring my own surfboard?
You are most welcome to bring your own board, keeping in mind that most airlines will charge a fee. Ocean Soul Retreat will be supplying you with a board and all equipment needed to learn to surf as part of your package. We find that the best boards for beginners are foam boards in the 8 to 10 foot range.
What do I need to bring for this trip? As for things to bring:
- Personal Toiletries
- Leggings for surfing in
- Sun Block (waterproof spf 30+)
- Beach Sandals
- Sun hat
- Yoga clothes
- Money to exchange
- Valid passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiring.
- Insect repellent
- Beach wear
- Any medications necessary for known medical conditions
- Alarm Clock
Do I need to bring extra cash for this trip if it is all-inclusive?
Ocean Soul is an all-inclusive retreat, however, if you would like additional treatments, you will be charged in the local currency. If you would like to bring some additional money for shopping, you may do so. We can organize for you to get to an ATM or a money exchange point.
How much free time will I have?
Your schedule for the week is busy and all activities are recommended but not mandatory. There is time in between your sessions. However, we recommend that if you wanted to do any sight seeing to book time either side of the retreat.
What is the perfect time to arrive at the retreat?
A Saturday afternoon arrival is perfect – Check in is from 2pm and the retreat activities start early afternoon.
When should I book my returning flight?
The week concludes on Friday morning and we recommend you book your flights for Friday afternoon/evening. Alternatively, you might like to extend your stay for a few more days to explore the island.
What if I can’t start on Saturday?
Ocean Soul is a boutique Retreat that strives to meet our guests every need. Should you need to ask for a different day to arrive just let us know and we will do everything possible to accommodate your needs.