Surf & Yoga Retreat

The Soul of Surfing – Part 2

In the second instalment of four articles, Sam Bleakley explores The Soul of Surfing alongside the stunning photography of Katie Rae. You can read part one here, where Sam discusses the cultural context of the term ‘soul surfer’ and the often overlooked role of the wipeout. The Blessing of the Board The spiritual importance of […]

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The Soul of Surfing

In the first instalment of four articles, Sam Bleakley explores The Soul of Surfing alongside the stunning photography of Katie Rae. Immersed in Water Today there are over 30 million surfers in the world, a rainbow spectrum of ages and nations, all seeking fulfilment from riding waves. You can surf reefs, points, beach breaks, river […]

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A Traditional Ayurvedic Detox in Kerala, India

Our team in Kerala recently bid farewell to Lou Burton – who after a couple of months helping out in our clifftop cafe in Varkala, is now off on the next leg of her adventure with partner-in-crime Mark (you can follow along at TannedTonedTravelled.com). While she was with us, Lou took the opportunity to book […]

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Soul People – Sam Bleakley

For three seasons now, Sam Bleakley – champion longboarder, writer, journalist and documentary maker – has done a month-long residency at Soul & Surf in Varkala, offering longboard workshops to both locals, guests and non-guests, giving them the chance to dance on waves. Sam spent some time with us in Sri Lanka before jetting off […]

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Varkala – Without Love…

One of the best things about Varkala is spending time with all the guys who grew up here. Some of them learnt to surf through Soul & Surf, growing into strong and wonderful souls who now inspire the next generation to walk on water. At first they were reserved; they’ve known each other for years […]

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Guest Reviews

I spent 10 days in November at Soul and Surf and it was without a doubt the best holiday I’ve ever been on. The buildings were beautifully done, a chilled boho vibe. The rooms were super clean and homely. The gardens are stunning, looking out over the Arabian sea, truly one of the most peaceful […]

Lea Marsden