Surf & Yoga Retreat

Soul People – Mike Wakefield

The first time we met Mike – the photographer behind Pura Vida Cornwall – he took some seriously beautiful shots of our home and surrounding neighbourhood in Sri Lanka. We couldn’t resist getting him back out to the jungle to shoot some more for us, and luckily for us he agreed to share some words […]

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Portugal Winter Sessions

It might still be peak season over in Portugal, at our new home in the Algarve, but we’ve been busy behind the scenes making plans for how we’ll be spending our first winter in Europe. Officially, our season ends in November – but we’re firm believers that a little cold water never hurt no one! […]

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Therapies pop-up: Shiatsu at Soul & Surf India

We’re really excited to have Becca Spooner popping up with us for the month of January. As a Zen Shiatsu practitioner, Becca incorporates knowledge from each of her practices into Holistic treatments that empower her clients’ innate ability to heal themselves, restoring balance, energy and a sense of calm in their lives. Here’s a bit of […]

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After the floods: an update from Kerala

Earlier this year, Kerala was hit with the worst flooding the state has seen in almost a century. We’re lucky here in Varkala to have been largely unaffected, but many areas further inland have been completely devastated by the disaster. We’re open for business, as are most other businesses locally – but there’s still a […]

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Video: Thread the Needle with Jessamin

Jumping over from Kerala to Sri Lanka for our next yoga tutorial – y’know, just to keep you on your toes. Jessamin explores ‘thread the needle,’ which is all about creating greater mobility and rotation in the torso, shoulders and neck. Surfers, this can help us out in the water with our turns…handy! YOGA – […]

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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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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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Soul People – Lush Palm

Next in our Soul People series is 2 inspiring individuals who stayed with us in Sri Lanka, Tara and Eric from Lush Palm.   Where’s home for you guys? Tara: Sunny Encinitas, California… and we absolutely love it! Encinitas is a beautiful mellow surf town in north San Diego so it’s an easy place to […]

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Vesakha – Sri Lanka

On the full moon of May, Buddhists commemorate the birth, enlightenment and the passing away of Gautama Buddha. Simple offerings of flowers, candles and joss-sticks are brought to illuminated and decorated temples, where the celebration is an opportunity to reiterate their determination to lead noble lives, to develop their minds, to practise loving-kindness and to […]

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Sam Bleakley – MultiKulti

MULTIKULTI The first in our series of guests posts from pro surfer, explorer and author Sam Bleakley takes us on a history trip of surfing in India and explores the vast coastline and all it’s surf potential. With nearly 1.3 billion people, India is the world’s second most populous nation, has over 7,500km (4,700 miles) […]

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Soul People – Rakhul

What makes Soul&Surf tick? The amazing bunch of people that work with us of course. Soul People will introduce you to some of the incredible people we work in both Sri Lanka and India. Photo: Steve Coombes Name: My name is Rakhul, find me on Facebook Age: 25 Where’s Home? I’m from the Western Ghats What’s your […]

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Stuff We Like – The Tempest

Stephanie Gilmore – The Tempest. from Monster Children on Vimeo. Stephanie Gilmore oozes style and class in this beautiful short from Monster Children.  Kelly Slater put it best: “Stephanie is an original badass. She surfs like people should surf and plays music from her soul. She’s interested in a variety of topics outside of riding waves. […]

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How to Set up a Tropical Business, Surf & Practice Yoga Daily – Part Three

But I don’t know how to do anything else. It’s all very well leaving everything behind, travelling thew world and having a wonderful time but if you don’t actually get around to doing something new and different and just have a few drinks, some lie-ins and a bit of a laugh you’ll end up going back […]

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Guest Reviews

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Sophie, UK