Surfing Your Edge
Have you noticed, retreats don't work?
By the end of your first Monday back in your real life, all the epiphanies, plans, and energy you felt while on retreat have evaporated.
You're back to treading water...and that life-changing event you just experienced hasn't actually changed anything...
If you're tired of letting your hard-earned transformations slip away...
and you're ready to live a bigger, bolder life every day...
then I created the
2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience
just for you!
After wrestling with the problem myself for 20 years…
I finally have a handle on what it takes to
make a potentially life-changing experience
into an experience that truly changes your life,
in a lasting and meaningful way!
Surf and Whale & Dolphin Nature Immersion Retreat:
NEW DATES!!!! SEPTEMBER 7 - 14, 2019
Santa Catalina and Panama City, Panama
Transformational Coaching Program:
August - December, 2019
OPTIONAL Spa & Deep Coaching Extension
September 15 - 18, 2019
El Valle de Anton, Panama - Talk with me for details!
Surfing Your Edge Experience
Truly Transformative Travel
You've never seen anything like this…
…the 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience is an amazing tropical adventure wrapped in a retreat and cocooned in a 6-month coaching program to help catalyze and then integrate your unique transformation—so its momentum propels you forward in every area of your life long after the retreat is over...
This is BIG...
Not only am I inviting you to learn to surf, I’m inviting you to learn to surf in a foreign country you may not have considered visiting before. I’m inviting you to spend time in airplanes, buses, and on boats. I’m inviting you to immerse yourself in nature, in the rainforest, in the ocean, on a remote island. I’m inviting you to do all of these things with people you do not yet know. And I’m inviting you to be flexible, open, and adventurous enough to be present for whatever happens.
Any of those things, by themselves, may be outside your current comfort zone. And together, taken as a whole, that’s already a lot.
But on top of that, I’m also inviting you to fully immerse yourself in this experience––and then bring it home in a way that will inform the way you live the rest of your life.
This IS a dream vacation, but it’s so much more than that: this is an invitation to live a bigger, more adventurous life. This is an invitation to practice and inhabit a new way of being, a new way of thinking, a new way of experiencing the world you live in. This is an invitation to live the life you’ve always wanted to live. This is an invitation to live the dreams you came to this planet to live.
Accept my invitation. Let's face our fears, try new things, make mistakes, laugh at ourselves, and step into this new way of being, together!
“Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
Whales, and Dolphins, and You – Oh My!
Highlights of the 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience
Before the Retreat:
We will set the stage for your transformation in several exciting ways, beginning with a one-on-one coaching session to determine your goals, hopes, and fears for this program, as well as an individualized preparation plan. As a group, we will begin getting to know each other through group coaching sessions in August to begin building the runway for the transformative retreat. I will also provide suggestions for preparing for learning to surf as well as activities to begin the transformation process and set the stage for your experience.
This eight-day adventure begins outside Panama City, in the mystical Soberania National Park where we will spend our first two nights together in the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. In this eco-lodge nestled in a pristine natural environment on the Chagres River, you’ll be immediately immersed in a way of life far removed from your everyday concerns. Already, new ideas about who you are will become possible and ready for you to try them on.
Then, we’ll travel together by private transportation to our beachfront hotel, Hotel Santa Catalina on the Pacific Ocean. We’ll be inspired by the world-class surfers surfing the point break in front of the hotel, while we take daily surf lessons at a more gentle beach break just a few minutes’ walk from our rooms.
In the afternoons, we’ll be inspired to release our more playful sides and awed by the wonders of the natural world as we take dolphin and whale watching boat excursions and spend a day snorkeling with sea turtles and island hopping, including a visit with alligators, agoutis, and capuchin monkeys at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Isla Coiba--an island so rich in biodiversity, it rivals the Galapagos. If you are hoping to slow down and re-engage with the natural world, this will be the perfect opportunity.
In the evenings, we’ll explore salsa and burlesque dancing, improv, and other activities to be determined by the interests of the group to further explore the edges of our comfort zone.
The trip concludes at the Magnolia Inn, a French colonial mansion in the historic district in Panama City, where we’ll slowly re-engage with the quicker pace of modern life as we stroll among art galleries, historic buildings, and exciting restaurants.
After the Retreat:
We will continue our journey together once we have returned home with six months of individual, deep coaching sessions along with group coaching sessions, online community, and ongoing exercises to deepen and integrate what we learned on retreat. As we continue stretching, we will share our breakthroughs and challenges, and rely on our ongoing friendships and support to help us navigate the choices in front of us, remember who we are and why it's important to surf our edges, and take steps to integrate our epiphanies into our daily lives. This is when we'll create the life-changing transformations and begin to feel the momentum carrying us forward!
A Deeper Dive...
What's Included in the 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience
Comprehensive Personal Transformation Program
Six virtual (Zoom or phone), one-on-one, deep coaching sessions and support in creating and implementing your unique, personal transformation plan.
Six virtual group coaching sessions
Exercises designed to help you meet your unique goals before, during, and after the retreat.
Only the Best
Tropical Surf & Nature Immersion Retreat
All Surfing Your Edge retreat on-site coaching, activities, and materials
Two nights hotel at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort (arrival night September 7 and September 8)
One night hotel in the historic old Panama City, Magnolia Inn (last night, September 14)
Five nights hotel at the Hotel Santa Catalina (September 9 - 13)
Four days of group surf lessons (1 hr. 20 min. each day) and unlimited surfboard rental
Group Salsa lesson
One full-day tour to Isla Coiba with nature guide, including snorkeling and island hopping
Two ¾ days whale and dolphin watching from boat
Breakfasts at Hotel Santa Catalina and Gamboa Resort (7 total)
5 lunches at Hotel Santa Catalina
Expert ocean guide/naturalist
Ground transportation to and from Int’l. airport in Panama City (Tocumen code: PTY)
Transportation to and from Santa Catalina by private ground transport
Membership in the Surfrider Foundation
Package is priced for double-occupancy. If you do not wish to share a room, a single supplement is available for an additional fee.
Package Price Does Not Include
International flights to and from Panama City (PTY)
3 Lunches (at Gamboa and on days we're traveling between locations)
Dinners and extra snacks and beverages
Any extra tours or activities not listed above
Tips and gratuities
Mandatory travelers insurance
Get Your Surf On!
Isn't it time you stopped playing small?
The 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience is an amazing tropical adventure wrapped in a retreat and cocooned in a 6-month coaching program to help catalyze and then integrate your unique transformation—so its momentum propels you forward in every area of your life long after the retreat is over...
How and Why I Created the
Surfing Your Edge Experience
"...I chose surfing because it was the thing that scared me most.
For me, it’s about deliberately facing a fear of open water that has been with me my whole life… for you it may be the fear of flying just to get where we’re going or the fear of failing in front of other people or taking your first trip outside of North America…but whatever it is, together, with a small, safe group of like-minded women, we will expand our comfort zone, experience being vulnerable in a supportive setting and get chills of excitement as each of us begins to see ourselves in new and exciting ways.
If you can learn to 'feel the fear and do it anyway' and I can learn to dance with my fear of open water, we can learn to dance with any fear we encounter anywhere, any time...."
This is an invitation to live a bigger, more adventurous life;
to practice and inhabit a new way of being,
a new way of thinking,
a new way of experiencing the world you live in.
This is an invitation to live the dreams
you came to this planet to live.
Spots - and hammocks - are limited!
Every room in our surf hotel has its own outdoor hammock...
...but because of the intimate nature of this program and the depth of the coaching I’m providing, I can only accept 16 people for the Surfing Your Edge Experience. So click the button below to sign up for a time to talk with me and get all of your questions answered right away.
Will you accept my invitation?
Insight Often Comes in a Flash...
But transformation comes one baby step at a time.
Is your heart racing?
Are your toes dancing?
If so, I encourage you to take your next step which is to set up a no-commitment call with me to get your questions answered! If we're a good fit, I'll invite you to join the program and our adventure together can begin!
You might be wondering...
What exactly is Surfing Your Edge?
Surfing is only one aspect of this life-enhancing trip…
Surfing Your Edge is about consistently testing the boundaries of your comfort zone so you are always growing and challenging yourself in ways that are meaningful to you, so you are excited and engaged in all areas of your life, and so you feel you are truly being yourself and bringing the best parts of you to the world.
It’s about refusing to play small.
It’s about refusing to stand on the shore and watch the waves roll in while you wish you had the courage to go out and play.
It’s about feeling the rush of balancing on your board, on your wave, on your edge and having the strength and willingness to hold a bigger vision of your real power; your true capacity; your innate, unique beauty.
It’s about getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and learning to trust that you have everything you need to thrive, whatever the circumstance.
It’s about learning to trust your instincts, open to your creativity, and let go of the fear that if you let the “real you” show, you will be “too much” for the world to handle.
What Surfing Your Edge is NOT:
It’s not about thrill-seeking or being an adrenaline-junkie; it’s not about change-for-the-sake-of-change; it’s not about always feeling you need to be better, or other, than you are. It’s not about accepting dares or comparing yourself to other people in any way. And while I say it’s about learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable, it’s definitely not about feeling unsafe, choosing to put yourself into dangerous situations without concern for your well-being, or taking unnecessary risks.
Who is the 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience for?
It’s become my mission to help women…who have lived by the rules, done all the things that were expected of them, and lost parts of themselves to the expectations of others…rekindle their sense of adventure and rediscover their sense of self. And, to explore beyond their current boundaries, test their edges, and see what's truly possible for them.
If you feel like you are at a crossroads or a turning point and you’re searching for that catalyzing experience, you are in the right place, because I can help you save years of pain and disappointment.
You can start living your bigger, bolder, more-fully-you YOU right now!
The 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience is open to women of all ages and physical abilities. This is intended for beginner surfers. Please consult your physician if you have any concern about your physical capabilities. Also, only you know your body and yourself, so it will be important for you to respect and recognize where you are comfortable stretching and where your hard limits reside. This will be a supportive, no peer-pressure, inclusive group organized around mutual respect and physical and emotional safety.
You said retreats don't work--so how is Surfing Your Edge different?
I have been through the pain of going on life-changing adventures only to return home and find my life hasn't changed a bit--and the Surfing Your Edge Experience is the product of my twenty-year search for a solution.
Instead of going home from this surf and nature retreat, telling a few people about the great trip you had while they swipe through a week’s worth of photos in 60 seconds on your cell phone, and then settling into your usual routine…
…you will actually make real, concrete changes in your everyday life that reinforce the work you did on the retreat—and empower you to keep surfing the edge of your comfort zone in whatever areas of your life you choose!
This is because the Surfing Your Edge Experience helps you prepare for your retreat with your own personal transformation plan and three months of coaching before the retreat. Then, the retreat is followed up with three months of post-adventure structured support to help you integrate what you learned on retreat into your daily life and your “travel self” into your “real life self.”
You won’t be going it alone! In fact, you just may find you have a new group of lifelong friends ready to support you with every wave you ever choose to surf.
What if I need to cancel?
Registrations cancelled more than 90 days from the date of the first day of the Retreat will receive a full refund, minus 100% of the deposit. Registrations cancelled 60 days before the date of the first day of the Retreat will receive a refund of 50%, minus 100% of the deposit. Registrations cancelled less than 60 days from the date of the Retreat will not receive a refund, unless we can replace the empty space and the Surfing Your Edge Experience is sold out.
What happens next?
Click any of the buttons on this website to set up a call with me. I'll answer all of your questions and help you be sure the 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience is a good fit for you and your current goals before you commit to joining us.
As soon as you join the 2019 Surfing Your Edge Experience, you'll get everything we talked about... we’ll set up a time for our first, one-on-one coaching session where we’ll define your goals for the program, discuss any fears you need to face, and begin setting the stage for your transformation with questions and exercises to help you envision what is possible for you; you’ll be invited to join the exclusive online community where you’ll get to know your fellow Edge Surfers; and you’ll be able to participate in the 6 group coaching sessions that begin August 19, 2019 that will catalyze and integrate your transformation.
What Surfing Your Edge Feels Like...
The 2018 Surfing Your Edge Experience retreat in Panama was amazingly magnificent, marvelous, perfect! It wasn't so much what we did, it was how I felt. Once I got there, I felt like I could do anything! It was a feeling of perfect freedom.
When I saw Kristine’s post about the program, I almost didn't sign up because I didn’t have a passport, didn’t think I could leave my teenage son, and had no idea where I would find the money––but I knew I was ready to live my life again. Turns out, I was able to expedite my passport application, and as soon as I committed to the program, the money to pay for it started appearing like magic! It was amazing! Somehow everything lined up and changed my life!
In the months since, I've actually taken action
toward creating a new life and I’m starting to see a vision for my future emerging.
I can’t recommend this program enough for anyone that feels stuck, like they are in a hamster wheel, wants to make a change, wants more out of life while they are still living it, or just wants an amazing, exciting, renewing, relaxing adventure!!
I can’t wait to go back again in 2019—I know it’s going to be even better!