How Does SWA Give Back to the Community in Northern Nicaragua?

Mujeres Que Mueven is a non-profit organization in northern Nicaragua that inspires and empowers women to better self-manage their health through movement, group support, and dietary awareness. This is just one of several organizations that SWA supports in rural northern Nicaragua. We believe that travel is more meaningful when you have a chance to give back and support programs that improve the lives of locals wherever you are.
When you join a surf with amigas retreat In nicaragua, this is how you’re helping give back!

Last year SWA funded Mujeres Que Mueven’s annual nutrition challenge, and we’re proud to be funding the event again this year! The inspiring event in the village of Aserradores gives local women access to a month-long intensive program that is focused on exercise, nutrition, healthy cooking, and healthy habit forming.

Aside from the annual nutrition challenge, Mujeres Que Mueven holds exercise classes every afternoon, and each month offers one educational workshop and one women’s night. The women’s nights are built around wellness practices that include affirmations, vision boards, empowerment circles, self massage, and reiki.

MQM is empowering women in rural Northern Nicaragua to take charge of their personal wellness to lead healthier and happier lives.

At many of the monthly workshops, Nicaraguan women are invited on behalf of the organization to come to the village and teach local women about nutrition and self care. An amazing workshop was hosted in April 2022 that focused on education about the menstrual cycle and how to use menstrual cups + period panties. Over 30 cups were donated by Lenacup and MQM purchased panties to give to the women who attended. Over 25 women from the surrounding area attended and there were even families of three generations. Check out a highlight of the incredible event here.


Birth The New You Retreat: Feb 4-11, 2023 in Southern Costa Rica

Surf With Amigas has started to expand our offerings beyond super fun surf vacations in the tropics, and we’re beginning to offer retreats that hold even more space for transformation! The Birth The New You Retreat is in partnership with a pair of healers from Northern California. 


Join midwife, Laura Doyle, and Life and Wellness Coach, Elise Knox for their second annual Birth the New You Southern Costa Rica Retreat. When you’re not catching waves, riding horses, searching for sloths, or eating delicious local food, Laura and Elise will guide you on a daily journey focused on TRANSFORMATION and REJUVENATION.

As a midwife, Laura has supported hundreds of women through the process of natural birth. She recognized that the process women must go through to bring a baby into the world is a process we can apply to other aspects of our lives.

As a life and wellness coach, Elise has supported many women and teens to connect with their inner child, rediscover ease in their lives, regulate their nervous system, and identify (and most importantly interrupt) the beliefs that are keeping them stuck.

Together they bring their expertise and passion for true connection and feminine wisdom together to create the Birth the New You Framework. They will guide you through the framework in January, the month before leaving for your epic 7-day surf adventure in the jungle where you will bring it all into practice and alignment.

What’s Included:

  • Before you leave:
    • One 45 minute 1 on 1  Zoom call with Elise to clarify your focus for January
    • Three 90 minute group calls with Laura and Elise to guide you through the framework and workbook
    • Email support on booking travel to and from Costa Rica, trip details, packing, etc.
  • On the trip:
    • Daily surf lessons, jungle adventure, horseback riding, waterfalls, chocolate making workshop, etc.
    • 1 hour daily restorative movement/yoga
    • Guided visualizations
    • Daily embodiment practices
    • Daily journaling prompts and tools to support your process
    • Intentional connection to BEing and a break from the hustle of everyday life
    • A strong group dynamic
    • Intentional daily time for quiet
    • 3 delicious, locally sourced meals shared together, a perfect time for connecting with each other

“The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.”

To book this special retreat click here!

Or email for more information.

SWA just announced Longboard Surf House Retreats for 2023

If you’re on our mailing list, you saw it first! We’ve officially posted ALL 2023 Longboard Surf House retreat dates on the schedule. Join SWA for an epic adventure in April, May, June, or July 2023!

Why so far ahead of time? This retreat location fills up QUICK!

  • Left point-breaks in the backyard
  • Delicious food
  • Refreshing pool
  • Cute accommodations
  • Jungle adventures

Plus the usual super frothy SWA team of badass ladies to support and encourage you in the surf!

Check out the dates by clicking here.

See you in the jungle in 2023!

~  P U R A  V I D A  ~

New Surf Therapy Workshops with Holly

Are you interested in Surf Therapy Workshops?

SWA founder Holly Beck has been running some really cool surf therapy workshops in California, including one specifically designed to address overcoming fear in the water.

Join a small group (max 6 participants) in learning about what fear is, how it shows up in our bodies, some tools to work on managing our reactions when we feel fearful as well as some practical surf tools to minimize feeling fearful in the ocean.

“Overcoming Fear” surf therapy workshop: March 5th, Bolsa Chica, 8:30am – 11:30am 

The workshop ($250) includes:
  • on-land learning component
  • coached surf session
  • 1:1 zoom call with Holly to go over your surf footage (and anything else you want to discuss)

But wait, there’s more! Holly also has surf therapy workshops that address your Inner Critic on March 6th and 12th in San Clemente. CLICK HERE for all the info.

Even more options:

Mar 3rd: Belonging: Finding Your Place in the Line Up; South County San Diego

Mar 11th: Your Relationship with Your Board & Others; North County San Diego

Mar 18th: Fear and Falling; North County San Diego

Email with questions!

Listen to Holly Beck on the Kookcast Podcast

Surf With Amigas Founder Holly Beck has many stories to tell. She recently chatted with Coach Chris on the Kookcast podcast to about her life as a professional surfer, owner of Surf With Amigas, and surf therapy facilitator. Listen in on real conversations about women’s surfing, overcoming fear, and more.

Click below to listen!

Founder of Surf with Amigas: Holly Beck