Surf life is the place to get grounded and get in touch with who you really are. Not only is it a lot of fun, but the discussions, activities and meditation help you get a lot of clarity and renewed passion for living!!
Have you ever felt like you were trapped in a corner with no way out? That's how I felt when I joined Rick and the other VysionQuesters on our retreat in June 2015. At the age of 30, I had just finished treatment for breast cancer and was in need of a serious reevaluation of my entire existence (to put it bluntly!)
I had led a fulfilling life up until cancer- a super successful career doing what I love making a positive impact on the world, amazing friends, tons of adventures, the opportunities to visit over 100 countries and live in 6, and the curse/blessing of being able to see the most beautiful and ugly sides of humanity. I knew who I was and I loved myself, but cancer put a wrench in all of that. I didn't trust myself or my body anymore, compromised my own needs to keep up appearances and forgot who I really am, to a point that it had completely shaken up my world.
I met Rick through friends in Bali who said "you've gotta meet this guy, he knows what you are going through" and man were they ever right. The retreat itself was incredible. Surfing and yoga everyday (and a beautiful snorkel!) with a group of the most lovely and supportive people who encouraged me to be patient with myself and my recovery process. I needed to learn how to be active in and learn to love my new self, and at a pace/style that felt good, not forced. VysionQuest helped me learn how to really say "no, I need this, no compromises" by checking in with my intuition more regularly.
The workshops and meditation were the highlight of the retreat for me, as they helped me to reclaim my passion for life and re-prioritize what I want for the future. The clarity I received in these sessions was "luar biasa" (out of this world) and has given me the motivation to further build and diversify my amazing career/life purpose while maintaining more balance with other things that are equally as important.
The lessons I learned and clarity I found at the retreat have literally changed my life and given me the courage, strength and motivation to move forward with even more momentum than I had before. I now realize, thank you Rick, that cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me — it gave me the gift of being able to truly look into myself and tackle fears/bad patterns that inhibit growth, and do this at a pretty young age. I'm so thankful for that, and for Rick, who made that realization possible.
It would be wrong of me to not mention how I was "healed" by Mr. Santi (Rick's five year old son). Having him on the retreat brought out my true self, and the side of me that represents who I want to become- a sparkly, loving, passionate inspiration to children both professionally and personally. Thank you, Santi, for your laughs, joys, self-awareness, knowledge, love and energy.
So in short, go on the retreat no matter where you are on your path to becoming your true self. It's the best decision you will ever make.
Enjoy the sun, sea and mountains!! I'm off to finally solo backpack Sri Lanka next week, one thing to check off the Fyckit List :)
Thank you, Rick. I've regained the motivation to keep changing the world.