"What an amazing retreat! Highly recommend to any lady (age, skill level, or experience) doesn't matter, these girls build your confidence and help with your fears from the very beginning all the way through till the end. Amazing fresh food, peaceful accommodations, sunsets, monkeys, yoga, massages, crafts, adventures, sharing your life with others, laughs, smiles, new friends, accomplishment, motivation, ocean, sun,and addiction to surfing! Thank you Chelsea Grenier Coco Barbier and Marjie Barbier for all of these things! Thank you Beth Buchanan and Cindy Joyner for making it extra special."
I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy surfing, yoga, great food and wonderful company. It was an amazing week for me!"
"Such a unbelievable week with all of you! I love my "surf warriors" so much fun!"
"You guys are the best! Thanks for an incredible week and for the fun surf adventures. Can't wait to come back in November, or maybe even July!"
My friend and I had an incredible time with Sistersurf. It was a last moment R&R trip that Marjie and Coco were kind enough to accommodate. As a compulsive planner I was pleasantly surprised that every detail of our trip was thought through from the airport pick up/drop off to the meals to the daily schedule meticulously planned around the tides and best waves for our level. All we had to do was board the plane and prepare to enjoy ourselves. Coco and Marjie are great teachers who had us standing up on the surfboards on Day 1 - something I had my doubts would happen at all given that our physical ability did not go far beyond splashing in the ocean. Yoga was cleverly weaved into our surfing schedule. Be it restorative afternoon, intense morning or a relaxing sunset session Coco always knew what our bodies needed depending on a day of surfing we had. Marjie's superb massages were a cherry on top of our stay. Another special surprise was a photo session on our last day at which point the combination of excellent instruction and skillful photography actually made us look rather spectacular. The general mood of the village / hotel is wonderfully leisurely and you would be hard pressed to find a reason to change out of your swimsuit. A special thank you to Gail and Marco whose hotel/restaurant were our home base where we feasted on the most delectable menu of whole fried snapper, tuna tartar, tacos and pastas home made by it's Italian owner. The unassuming restaurant is a destination in itself with a ceviche that has been on my mind ever since the last bite (it is rightfully the stuff of local legends). Our days revolved around surfing but Marjie and Coco offered some really cool options for our downtime - we made dream catchers, visited secret tide pools, biked to neighborhood beaches, caught a glimpse of leatherback turtles on a night tour. The retreat was a wonderful combination of intense physical challenges mixed with just the right amount of relaxation. But what made it really special were Marjie and Coco. Besides being excellent teachers they were great company. They kept the mood light and effervescent while patiently motivating us to challenge ourselves. I could not have imagined better people to introduce me to surfing or spend 5 days on the water with. Their thoughtful little touches - shell necklaces, local cocoa sunblock, special morning coffee, sunset drinks, the beautifully edited video of our surfing highlights - made the retreat very special. Thank you, ladies, for giving us this amazing experience! I can’t wait to be back.
AMAZING experience with incredible women!
Wow! The three sisters that own and operate this retreat are fantastic. From the surfing to the yoga everything was taught with love and compassion. Marjie, Coco & Chelsea are incredible surf instructors and our group (from all walks of life) feeling comfortable in the ocean and catching waves. Coco lead us in daily mediation that helped with breathing in the water as well as relaxing our bodies before and after surf. I cannot express my gratitude and love for these three ladies as well as the women that attended the retreat.
Oh, and the food was so yummy!!!
I will definitely be going back:)
- With Love, Angela Gonzales