“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

(Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Surf Your Mind runs mindfulness retreats aimed at helping people transform the relationship they have with themselves, their thoughts and emotions, and their lives. Participants learn skills to create lasting positive change and increase life satisfaction.

During the program you'll learn to surf, and learn to surf your mind. What does that mean? It's means you'll learn how to look at your thoughts and feelings differently, with curiosity and interest. You'll learn techniques to react to your thoughts and feelings differently, with ease and flexibility. And you'll learn, that by making these adjustments you'll create positive change in important areas of your life. You'll learn how to better manage emotions like anxiety and depression, to improve your relationships and dating, and to build self-belief and genuine confidence. At a Surf Your Mind retreat you'll practice techniques and learn skills scientifically shown to reduce stress, manage your health, and increase life satisfaction.

Discover your version of a rich and meaningful life.

Check out our video from the February 2017 program in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica, plus a video of Shaka Costa Rica where programs are currently held.


Reviews & Past Programs

... the most transformational program I have had the opportunity to attend. The content is priceless. I have been a student of mindfulness for years, and this experience nails down the practical side of incorporating mindfulness to stay true to living the life meant for us.
— August 2018
A fantastic way to step back and really dig deep into issues that affect my daily life that I may never have been aware of.
— February 2018
Thanks to this week, I have a better sense of who I want to be and how I can overcome the obstacles on my path. I never thought that I could learn so much about myself in a week; this workshop turned out to be immeasurably valuable.
— Daniel B, July 2017
Practical tools for my everyday and exploration of value-centric living... This is a great program and I give it my highest recommendation!
— Jackie G, February 2017


Tried self-help books? Followed friendly well-meaning advice or 'pop' psychology ideas - such as 'fake it until you make it' and 'just think positively'? During the week you'll develop an understanding of why these strategies as well as traditional therapies, may have created only short-term positive change.

You'll explore your core values and life goals and learn how to take meaningful action to help you to live with purpose. The focus of this program is on teaching you to understand the role thoughts and feelings have played in holding you back from achieving your life goals.

A Surf Your Mind retreat will teach you brief day-to-day mindfulness skills within a broader framework of acceptance and commitment training - these skills can help us all to better manage the regular ups and downs of everyday life – whether this is within your work or personal life. We’re confident you’ll find this is the best way to a happier life.

you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
— jon kabat-zinn