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

Surf With Amigas has been starting to expand our offerings beyond just a super fun surf coaching vacation in the tropics to begin to offer retreats that hold even more space for transformation. This retreat is in partnership with a pair of healers from Northern California. 

Trip Details:

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.

They brought their expertise and passion for transformation, connection, and femine wisdom together to create the Birth the New You Framework that they will guide you through on your 7 day epic surf adventure in the jungle.


What’s included:

  • Daily coached surf sessions just like all the other SURF WITH AMIGAS retreats
  • Daily 1 hr yin yoga practice
  • 1 hour guided group session going through 6 phases of birth and how to use it to help you break through a personal challenge (You do not need to be a mother or future mother to participate in this learning)
  • Daily workbook with 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 time for quiet
  • Delicious meals shared together, a perfect time for connecting with each other
  • 45 minute individual Zoom call with Elise prior to trip
  • 90 minute group Zoom call  with Laura and Elise prior to trip to go over details, ask questions, and review framework
  • Email support on booking travel to and from Costa Rica
“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!

Elevating Female Surfers Who Are Breaking Stereotypes: A Visual Project

When we’re asked to collaborate with a few inspiring women in Northern Costa Rica to support a project that elevates the reality of diverse lineups of female surfers, we immediately said YES.
Our friend Ivana +  her team recently created a set of fine photography prints (soon to be transformed into a gorgeous coffee table book) that are being used to tell a different story about women’s surfing than traditional marketing tells. The project is meant to encourage girls and women around the globe to free themselves of stereotypes and limitations of their engagement in sports and recreation.

Below you can learn more about the project from Ivana herself-

I am the author and producer of the project Nature of Surf Women, which is a result of my passion of making a project about a new wave of female surfers that are breaking existing stereotypes of beauty, age, and strength.
I met the photographer, Gabriela Tellez, in 2020. She has a deep understanding of creating a narrative, so we did a test photoshoot in April 2020. Not only does Gabi have the artistic style I was envisioning for the project she also fits the profile of being a female photographer from Costa Rica with an international career. It was an instant match, so we decided to live and work together in Nosara for a year.

In Nosara, there is a diversity of female surfers and many were happy to join the project and to evolve in their relationship with their bodies, with nature, the ocean and surfing. We have photographed a total of 33 women ages 12-67 years old representing all surfing levels.

We just published our website with a number of limited edition fine art photography prints. Buying the images will help us raise funds for the next stage of the project which is a coffee table book design and publication. It will be a multimedia book that will use QR codes with sounds of nature from Costa Rica, original songs from some of the surfers portrayed in the book as well as their life stories.

Our goal is to apply for Kickstarter to introduce the project to the broader audience of women who love nature, surfing, and adventure, while also encouraging girls and women around the globe to free themselves of stereotypes such as beauty standards and limitations of their engagement in sports and recreation.
We are honored that Holly Beck joined our team and that she will share her life story as an introduction to the book.
Stay tuned as we will post you when we launch the project on Kickstarter.

Stay connected to the project here-