Make waves while practising mindfulness at Bali’s exciting new surf wellness retreat – exclusively for women.

COMO Uma Canggu and COMO Shambhala Estate hotels have teamed up with professional surfer, Sally Fitzgibbons – currently ranked third in the Women’s World Surf League – to promote the mental benefits of surfing.

‘What are they?’ you ask. Well: surfing has been proven to reduce stress and tension, meaning guests will be encouraged to let go and relax in nature’s hold, forging new bonds with other women and experiencing the shared empowerment of learning new skills. We can definitely get on board with that (sorry).

The philosophy behind the retreat is to celebrate women’s strength and ability, and is suitable for everyone from beginner through to intermediate level.

Guests will spend four nights at COMO Uma Canggu followed by three nights at COMO Shambhala Estate. The carefully curated itinerary will take them from the shores of Bali’s best surf beaches to the peaceful sanctuary of dense jungle and gentle birdsong.

Participants can experience the award-winning COMO Shambhala Cuisine and legendary service, as well as the huge variety of outdoor, relaxing and spiritual activities that are on offer. In the cocooning environment of COMO Hotels and Resorts, guests can wind down and reconnect, enjoying one-to-one conversation with Sally, as well as meeting like-minded individuals on this inaugural adventure.

Sally definitely has the creds to back her up as a true surfing pro and the ideal instructor for the retreat; she has won 11 World Surfing League World Tour Championships and achieved runner-up for the World Title for three consecutive years.

Sally says: “It is such an exciting time for women surf professionals. Right now a perfect storm of passion, determination, hunger, belief and enthusiasm are all feeding into the pipeline. I want to bring this passion for women in surf to this workshop in partnership with COMO.”

In addition to Sally’s guidance, instructors from Tropicsurf – which has run COMO’s surf programmes in the Maldives and Bali since 2014 – will provide lessons tailored to the female physique and personalised according to guests’ needs, whether it’s learning the basics of surfing or improving the foundations of guests’ technique.

The Surf and Wellness Retreat with Sally Fitzgibbons runs from November 2 to 9 2019.


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